In highschool I was carefree, daring, was always up for adventure, and basically pretty happy-go-lucky. I'm 20 now, and recently (about 3 months ago) out of the blue I've started having panic attacks.
It started, I think, when I moved away from home for the first time. I started getting sick a lot. I got UTIs and yeast infections and then I started getting headaches. All. The. Time. That lead into...'What if I have a brain tumor? Am I going to die in my sleep?' I would be terrified to go to sleep at night and when I did I'd only get about 4 hours.
After that, I would just freak out for no reason. I'd be at the grocery store and suddenly just have to leave and go home without even buying the groceries. I couldn't be in crowds (which used to never bother me) without having a melt down.
So a few days ago, I was going to travel up north (I'm from Alabama) to see my husband who is stationed up there with the military. I have traveled long distances to see him before, as recent as two weeks prior to this with no problem. I got up that morning, got in the car, was fine, and then I started feeling like my tongue was too big for my mouth and taking up room in my throat. My mouth was salivating a ton and then I started feeling like I couldnt breathe right. So I had to turn around and come back home.
Since then, I've still kinda felt foggy headed, like I'm about to pass out, and my heart seems really loud and fast, and I know I'm breathing, obviously, but it still seems difficult.
Has anyone here ever had like, residual symptoms after their panic attacks? Like, I don't feel panicky, at least not like I did in the car, but I have been uneasy because of the way I feel...any help?
Hi, my niece suffered with this for a while she couldn't drive. You need to see a dr and get on something and that will help. Plus there are books you can rea d up on to help calm yourself down during one. Cathy
Seriously, go see your PCP now. She may suggest behavioral therapy, which I wasn't a fan of, or she can put you on some medication everyday, like Zoloft or at least give you something to lessen the panic when it happens like Ativan? I dealt with this for years and only after 3 children and leaving my job when it got to the point where I was barely functioning, did I seek help. I am so angry at myself that for all those years, it was so easy to not have to feel this way that I waited. I was on Zoloft for 9 months, weaned myself off 6 weeks ago, started exercising and have never felt better! Please please, don't wait, it doesn't have to take over your life. You will be so happy you did!
If I didn't know any better, I would say that I wrote this post myself, twenty years ago! I know EXACTLY what you are feeling, as I have felt the same way MANY, MANY, times. What JFF104 said is right. I suffer from a few different disorders, and panic disorder w/agoraphobia is one of them, and it sounds like that is probably just ONE of the things you are suffering from.
Make an appointment with your Primary care doc, go in and tell him/her what has been going on, and all of the symptoms you are having. I have been on and off of meds for at least 20 years, and honestly, it's the only thing that helps me.
Please, do yourself a favor and get this under control as soon as you can, whether it be by talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, or a combo of two or all of them if you must. Don't let yourself suffer like so many of us have. There is help for us, we just have to ask for it!
Life is NOT like a bowl of cherries! It's more like a jar of Jalepenos...... what you do today might burn your A$$ tomorrow!