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Old 08-04-2007, 10:24 AM   #1
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Please help

I think I am having a anxiety attack, I went out and had afew drinks last night and woke up this morning with my heart flying, visibly shaking and just all around feeling bad and I am really scared, my chest feels really tight and I feel kinda sick to my stomach, but I am scared it won't go away, the fact that my heart is beating sooo fast is really worrying me...Please advice.

 
Old 08-04-2007, 11:06 AM   #2
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Re: Please help

It could be anxiety. Relaxation techniques may help. Try to take deep breaths where you breathe in through your 'belly.' Think of a sleeping baby. Can you see its stomach rising and falling? This is considered the relaxation response. When you breathe with your upper chest, that induces the 'fight or flight' response, which perpetuates anxiety. Also, clear your mind, sit back in a relaxing position, play soothing music if you have it, and breathe.

If this doesn't help, you may have a hormonal imbalance. If you have difficulty breathing, chest pains, and tachycardia, it could be hyperthyroidism. If your heart is beating over 140 bmp or skipping beats, you may need to go to the emergency room. Are you thin? Eat a lot and can't gain weight? Those are signs of hyperthyroidism.

But if it calms on its own, it may be anxiety. A psychiatrist visit will confirm this. I wouldn't go to a GP because they cannot treat you (they can give you meds, but will refer you to a psych--might as well save some money and go straight to the specialist).

Let us know what you find out.

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Old 08-04-2007, 04:20 PM   #3
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Re: Please help

Thanks for the response I ended up taking a xanax and sure enough calmed right down, I have had this soooo long but it always seems to help when I post I think it calms me some how.

 
Old 08-04-2007, 08:33 PM   #4
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Yea, you feel better! Good to know it is anxiety. Thyroid problems are not fun.

Xanax is a mild tranquilizer, so those can help in a pinch. Plus, talking about it with people who understand your problem can be very therapeutic.

Have you thought about going to a psychiatrist to see if there is an underlying disorder? Just something to think about. You may be able to take a pill everyday and keep it at bay instead of having those surprise attacks.

Glad you're doing good.

Shakes

 
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