Have you ever had an anxiety attack??

United States
November 8, 2007 5:49am CST
I have had small minor anxiety attacks in the past. Recently, I experienced a major attack. It was like one attack after another after another. I went to the hospital for treatment it was so bad. I was scared. My back went into spasm causing me great pain also. I have a heart murmur and I knew I needed to have that monitored. Have you ever experienced a major anxiety attack? What did you do? Did you seek medical treatment?
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@Springlady (3986)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Hi royal, Yes I've had anxiety attacks before and they are scary! Once I learned that they are pretty much harmless, then they began to gradually go away. I have to say that my faith in the Lord has helped me tremendously. I know that He is in control and when I remind myself of that, I always feel better. Hope you feel better soon! God bless.
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• United States
11 Nov 07
Oh wow!! I've never had them that badly. I do have panic/anxiety attacks. Every time it storms bad and especially if I am home alone or we're out somewhere in it where there is no basement. I told one of my doctors about it once and she have me some medicine to take to help calm me down but I couldn't take it when I went to work because it would put me to sleep. Unless I cut it in half but even then sometimes it would. My fear of storms is so bad that I would call in work if there was the threat of it. I panic about other things too but it's just minor ones I can usually pull myself right out of.
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• United States
20 Nov 07
This the worst anxiety attack I have ever had. It was brought on by extreme stress and severe depression. My heart was pounding. My chest tightened and was hurting. My back was in spasm and that was hurting also. It hurt to breathe. I was having a very hard time getting any air. The doctors had to give me something to help calm my body down. Then I was put on an anti-depressant medicine. It makes me sleepy but it is helping me. I have a therapist now. I have to slow down and take care of the mind, body and spirit since it all got out of whack.
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• United States
20 Nov 07
Please do take it as slow as you need. Want you to get better soon of course but the healing process is always a good thing too - or else you might have a relapse.
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Whenever I get REALLY upset, I get short of breath and experience pains in my chest. Not heart attack type pains, but pain non the less. Sorry you have been having so much stress to bring on the attacks. The doctors said I had a major anxiety/panic attack once. I had horrible back pain and felt sick to my stomach. I went to the bathroom to throw up and never came back out. My hubby found me there over 3 hours later. I could see/hear but could not move nor speak. When the ambulance arrived, my heart rate was 18 beats per minute. When all was said and done, I had gall stones and the pain had caused my body to go into a panic attack and shut down non necessary functions. It's always best to get checked out !!
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• United States
8 Nov 07
Wow! You had quite an experience there. Yes, I had the back pain and the chest pain. My chest was tightening and with my heart murmur, I got very worried. I was short of breath also. I am also depressed so then there was the uncontrollable crying and sobbing. My body went crazy and my emotions were all over the map. I thought I was having a break down. Stress will kill us.
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• United States
8 Nov 07
yes it will.. I have been under a lot lately, hust trying to get by and not let it kill me..lol. Take care of yourself !!
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
8 Nov 07
I think what I experience is what you would call small ones, always at night when I am trying to sleep, I for some reason think I am going to die, sometimes i think I have taken too many of my blood pressure pills, sometimes I think I haven't taken them, and it takes me awhile to snap out of it. Bit of a worry at time.
• United States
8 Nov 07
I have times when I also can not remember things. I get mad at myself for it. I have learned to write everything down now. It helps me a lot.
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
8 Nov 07
Mine only ever happens at night, I can have an afternoon sleep and it never happens....strange
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• India
9 Nov 07
Well, I sympathize with you. It must be terrible--what you are feeling! I don't really know much about these things, but I remember I used to feel very scared for no reasons when I was younger. Even now I sometimes do, but it is not that bad now. I never took any outside help for it. I tried meditation techniques which soothed me a lot. I hope you will find some relief soon. Take care...
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• United States
21 Nov 07
I appreciate your kind words. I suppose the best way for me describe the feeling is like this. Imagine your body functions being completely out of control and out of sync. Every time you think it is going to stop, it starts again. While that is happening, random thoughts are racing through your head and you can not quiet your mind no matter how hard you try. It is hard to think. It is hard to concentrate. This is the worst anxiety attack I have ever had.
• United States
9 Nov 07
One day I was standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes when my phone rang at the other end of the apartment. I was expecting a call from my sister and needed to talk to her, so I turned to run, slamming my toe, with great force, into the big Gothic mirror leaning against the fridge, waiting to be hung. If that wasn't bad enough, I had a little silver salamander toe ring on that got squashed on my toe (It was supposed to bring good luck! HA!). My toe instantly started swelling up over the ring and turning all shades of the color purple. I missed the phone, which worked out fine, because my attention was otherwise occupied for the next little while; I couldn't get the ring off and the toe was steadily increasing in size. I started to panic, which escalated as fast as my toe was swelling. The next thing I new, my heart was racing till I thought it was going to leave my body totally behind, my head began spinning so fast I couldn't even sit up. I dropped to the floor and crawled on my belly to the the front door, barely able to lift my arm without fainting, I managed to get the door open a few inches (my body was in the way of it opening any further), and collapsed with my head as far out into the fresh air as I could get it, taking in long, slow deep breaths. It felt like my life depended on it. I focused soley on the air as it entered and exited my nose... clearing my head, calming and soothing. It passed in about 15 minutes I guess. And fortunately my son had kept his head, which also helped me to not lose mine.
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• United States
9 Nov 07
Thank you for sharing your experience. Yes, you described it well. Air! Air! This overwhelming need for air. There is not enough air. Dizzy, lightheaded, sensitivity to sounds and lights. Quite the experience.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
9 Nov 07
Hi royal.... yes I've had an anxiety attack and they're no fun to go through. I get them when in crowded areas or when there's too much going on for me to catch up. I have to go somewhere alone to get my thoughts together or I'd lose it for sure. My eyes are my ears and seeing too much makes me bonkers. So far I've been quite lucky for I've never had to be hospitalized for it.... so far.
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• United States
9 Nov 07
Oh trust me, this was definitely not a fun experience to go through. I sure hope it does not happen again. I can understand how too much information coming in (through your eyes) can hard to process.
@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
9 Nov 07
hi there royal52gens one time i had an panic attack and the doctor gave me an injection to calm me down but i do have depression which i take tablets for thanks for this discussion
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• United States
9 Nov 07
Anderol?? I probably did not spell that right. They gave me something like that to calm my body down. My heart was racing and my breathing was shallow. I was fighting to get some air. My chest was hurting real bad and my back muscles went into spasms. I hope I never go through that much pain again.
@angelface23 (2497)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I guess you could call it that. About 2 years ago. I had just broken up with my long term bf, slept with another guy who I found out was the town man wh(re and saw the autopsy of a little girl. Everything just hit me at once and after the autopsy I just freaked out. I was shaking and my stomach my churning. I can't really describe how it felt. I tried to hang out with my friends but nothing worked. I ended up having my ex stay with me that night and that seemed to make things better.
• United States
9 Nov 07
All of that would be totally overwhelming for me also. I think I would definitely have to take a time out. You don't need to describe it since I have lived through that freaking out situation. Take care.
• United States
8 Nov 07
I had one big one once. It was terrifying. I called my Mother at 5:00 am and told her to call me back in 2 hours and if I didnt answer come get my kids. I didnt want to tell her that I thought I was going to die. It is hard to explain what one is like but they are horrible. I never did get medical treatment. After I figured out what was going on I can see the attacks comming and I try to take better care of me.
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• United States
9 Nov 07
I have walked in your footsteps. I have been where you have been. It is hard to describe what they are like.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I have anxiety and panic attacks often and have since I was quite young....When I was younger I just flipped out since i didnt knwo what the hell was goin on but these days I generally just let them run their course (if its minor to medium) and the big ones I have a system set up with my husband, kids and close friends....
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• United States
9 Nov 07
The small ones that I have had in the past, I just let them run their course also. I got through them. This recent one was huge and out of control. I have a heart murmur and I really got scared that I would have a heart attack on top of it. I am in the process of setting up a support system with family and friends.
• India
8 Nov 07
Anxiety is severe form of Fear. Did you ever thought about the reason for getting anxiety attacks. Sit for 10 minutes, close your eyes and start thinking only about what could be the reason for your anxiety attack. You will come to know. It will be for small reason. Once you know the reason, you will be allright. Fear, anxiety and depression all will have effect on body. You will suffer from pain at defferent places. This is called psychosomatic condition. Psycho means psycological(fear,anxiety and depression), Somatic means body. Body pains are nothing, but they are indications for your anxiety. Please visit my profile to understand about this anxiety much better and how to tackle even with out medicines. Please do take medical treatment and also do some meditation.
• United States
9 Nov 07
My anxiety is based in fear and insecurity mixed with anger, rage and long-term depression. I know, probably manic-depressive. If you go back through some of my other discussions you can see that this has been building up for awhile.
• India
9 Nov 07
yes ..but it is not strong like this .i havn't consult any physistion
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
8 Nov 07
I have anxiety attacks a few years back. I was afraid to go to sleep because I thought will never wake up again. I was also afraid to take bath for fear of collapsing and knocked myself unconscious. There was one time where I had to ask someone to watch me sleeping so that in case I stopped breathing, he or she could wake me up. I went to see the doctor about this and he prescribed medication for me to take which he said would lessen the "activity" in my brain. I only took once and no more. Now I have to remind myself that everything is okay. This is the only way I can prevent myself from having another attack in the future.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Once when I was about 13-14 I had one when another kid at our bus stop had an epileptic seizure (first one I'd ever seen) and he fell through a plate glass window. Scared the jeebies out of me. There was so much blood and he was flopping all over. I had a panic attack thinking he was going to die. The ambulance came and took him to the hospital and I had calmed down enough by then although, if memory serves me, I didn't go to school that day. My ex-b/f's mother used to fake them all the time for attention. Drove me nuts. "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS" **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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