Panic Attack Triggered by Dream? Help.
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I am looking for some help as to what condition I have and if anyone else has the same issue.
This all started about 5-6 years ago. They do not happen that often, but every couple of weeks I will have them. And...I usually have more than one in a day when they do happen. During the course of my day I will be doing something (usually nothing out of the ordinary) and I will have a glimpse of a dream where it feels so real. That is I see what I am doing at that moment and I recall an image from the dream where I was doing the same thing. Up to that point I have no idea that I saw this image in a dream. But when these attacks occur I remember the dream I had. It is only for a very brief moment.
My brain seems to scurry trying to recall everything else that happened in the dream as well. However, I try like crazy to stop myself from recalling my dream (it is very hard to do). Physically I start to get chest pains, feeling of impending doom, and to be honest I feel like I am going to lose bowel control. Also I have a hard time breathing. The situation is very scary to say the least.
After this episode, I feel as if my brain reset. I really do not remember what I was doing at the time nor anything else up to that point in the day. I just feel lost for awhile and it really messes up the rest of my day.
It is kind of hard to explain so I am doing my best here.
These attacks seem to occur after periods where I do not sleep very heavily...or maybe too heavy. I tend to recall that I wake up a lot during the course of my sleep and I do not feel well rested in the morning.
I have a weird work schedule as well. I work 12 hour shifts and switch between working nights and days. These attacks seem to be more frequent when I sleep during the day.
Also, there are some days when I just do not feel right and I fear one of these attacks may be likely that day. When this happens I will change what I am doing at the time. If I watch TV it keeps my mind occupied and off of worrying about an attack.
As far as the dreams, from what I do recall every time they are weird. I am in every dream and the situation is something that is familiar to me; like work. But the dream really does not make any sense. It is very hard to explain.
For instance, I may have a weird dream that involves me in the kitchen at work at some point. Maybe looking at a toaster while I wait for the microwave. Then when I am actually at work doing that I have an attack I remember bits and pieces from that dream. Like I said, my brain gets all fuzzy as it attempts to recall my dream. But, I do not want to because of the painful attack I am having.
I know this seems weird. But it is an attack brought on by something I am doing or seeing that I dreamed about. Prior to the attack I could not tell you what I had dreamed about in my sleep.
Another observation. Since these attacks have started, I really do not feel like the same person anymore. I have always had an excellent memory and I was able to recall images from the past. However, since these attacks have started I really feel like I am a little more "dumb" and do not have a good memory anymore. It is as-if my brain resets my short term memory or scrambles it. I feel very absent minded at times as well.
If anyone has had something like this or knows of something like this, I would sure like to know.
Thank you for reading this.
Last edited by DanOhio; 02-20-2011 at 10:53 PM.