Anxiety Attack

United States
November 13, 2012 8:16pm CST
I use to be able to tell when I was approaching an anxiety attack. Today one hit me out of the blue or maybe it's been a while since I had a severe one and forget the early symptoms. Anyway, my heart got to pounding,my left eye got blurry and my left arm was numb and tingling. Since I've had bad attacks before, I took me a pill and laid down, talking myself into relaxing. I rested for a while and then had an achy headache. Took some Ibruprofen and my husband cooked supper and I ate. Now my whole body is just so relaxed. Have any of you ,mylotters suffer from anxiety/panic attacks? What do you do and do you foresee them coming or do they take you by surprise?
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16 responses
• United States
14 Nov 12
I get a slight warning but by then it is too late. I get a rapid heart beat and my hands begin to shake and the tears are uncontrolable. If I am in the car and I feel one coming i will hurry and take my pill and and lay my head back. sometimes I can get to it fast enough and others I can't. If I am alone in my house for a long time I lose control.
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• United States
15 Nov 12
I shake too sometimes in my arms and hands. Mostly though I can't speak when I'm anxious. I get expressive aphasia.
@Micmac (9460)
14 Nov 12
I'm not sure but I think I had some kind of panic attack when I saw my uncle sick and I felt my heart pounding really fast and had to take deep breathe to compose myself. Another time, I saw a strange incident that frightened me terribly and I felt nauseated and out of sorts. Also once I was shopping in a very small thrift shop and out of the blue I felt like claustrophobic and couldn't stand being in that shop and the customers bothered me for no reason. I had to run out of the shop or else I think I would have fainted. Since then I haven't had any more anxiety attacks. Take care dear.
• United States
16 Nov 12
I've heard people have anxiety attacks when they have phobias, but mine are brought on by stress. Most of the times mine are from worrying about the "what ifs" in different situations. I worry about things that I have no control over. Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@GreenMoo (11842)
14 Nov 12
I've never had one, or at least I've never recognised it for what it was. Perhaps today you were so caught up in what you were doing that you missed your bodies' signals? Glad you're feeling better now.
• United States
16 Nov 12
Exactly, some times I'm so caught up in trying not to think about worrying about things that I missed my body's signals. I think when my eye was going blurry, I should have taken my anxiety pill then. But by the time I realized my symptoms I then thought maybe I'm having a light stroke. Then I get to worrying about the "what ifs." Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
14 Nov 12
I have had only a few anxiety/panic attacks in my life. When I got my first one I almost hyperventulated! I did this beacuse I saw something I never saw before and it freaked me out! The other times it happened was do to similar situations. Never expected to happen so I never prepared for it!
• United States
16 Nov 12
I know that I'm prone to anxiety attacks and I try to find what will set them off. It's usually caused by stress for me. I'm a worrier, a lot of times I worry over things that are beyond my control. For most part, I know when to relax and try to stop worrying, but occasionally I don't even realize I'm worrying about something. Thanks for joining this discussion!
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
14 Nov 12
Maybe you should relax and be with your loved ones. Meditate too and pray. God will get rid of your anxiety. Have a nice day!
• United States
16 Nov 12
I definitely pray that whatever problem it is that I may encounter, God will help me through it. A lot of times I don't know how burdened I am about a problem until I get a bad anxiety attack. Only then do I realize I can't handle whatever problem on my own. Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
14 Nov 12
I hope you are okay now. But, what triggered your anxiety attack? I had this incident 2 years back, I am not sure how to call it, if it was an anxiety attack or just a crazy reaction of a wife overhearing her husband talking to someone so sweet on his cellphone. I heard his phone ring. Then I heard him talking sweetly instead of the loud "hello" that he usually says. I just made it to three steps in the stairs then my feet went wobbly. I felt my chest getting tight. Then I slowly went my way to the chair and was starting to hyperventilate. My hands were clammy and shivering. I could barely talk. My skype was online so I called my brother in law's wife and have somehow told her what I heard. She got so worried she wanted to come over but I told her I'd be fine soon. I think it took 30 minutes before my breathing came back to normal. It happened again a few weeks back, again seeing my husband texting away with God knows who!
• United States
16 Nov 12
Usually stress triggers my anxiety attacks. I try not to worry about things and think I'm not worrying about things but I really am. I try to have the attitude that it's mind over matter. If I would see my husband texting who knows who, I think would be mad and the adrenilin rush would be kicking in out of anger! Thanks for joining in this discussion!
@AmbiePam (50133)
• United States
18 Nov 12
I've only ever had one, and at the time of it I didn't know what it was. I was lying in the ER on a hospital bed. I had had a migraine that had lasted several days and was dehydrated from throwing up. I've been in the ER several times prior and never had a problem. But that time, that day I suddenly had the urge to get up from the table, and run right out of the hospital. I had to fight to keep myself on that table/bed. No one was in the room with me at the time. It lasted several minutes and then it was over. I have not had one since. It was months later when I brought it up to my doctor that I was told what it was.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
16 Nov 12
Idid have an anxiety attack and I had to talk with someone to resolve it, but it was mostly a worry what did I o wrong and why has no one forgiven me for it type of attack. That is, there was a reason for it. I have not had one that just came out of the blue and I feel rather bad for those who do.
• United States
15 Nov 12
Anxiety attacks starts in the mind. If you learn to conquer your mind, then the attacks go away.
• United States
15 Nov 12
I get anxiety a lot. I don't get warnings. When I get them, oftentimes I cannot talk. I forget how to speak and can't find any words. Sometimes I just stutter really bad and can't get my words out. It hits me in different ways. Twice it hit me as chest pain.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
14 Nov 12
I don't have anxiety attacks....but both my best friend and her husband do...he has been in the emergency room a couple of times thinking he was having a heart attack....she has just had one.....too much stress. His come out of the blue and he never knows when he will have one...its scary!
• Saudi Arabia
14 Nov 12
most often by surprise. Sometimes, when thinking about an upcoming event or something, I really get anxious.,.
@natliegleb (5184)
• India
14 Nov 12
well that happens to everyone,so there is no need to panic at all,just dont fret be calm
@mutahhar (10)
14 Nov 12
that is really annoying, sometimes happens to me, and i just keep myself cool and try to get bussy
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
14 Nov 12
I don't think I have ever had an anxiety attack. At least if I have had one I didn't know that is what it was. I get stressed out and frustrated a lot and my heart beats fast, but I don't recall ever having the rest of the symptoms you described. I am glad your husband was around to help you out. I hope getting a chance to relax helped.
• Philippines
14 Nov 12
It's my first time to read about anxiety attack. I don't know if my husband is undergoing that too sometimes. I'll research about it later. I hope it won't happen again. You should not think of your problems if there are any. I guess you are stressed. It's better if you'll take some rest for awhile.