tgrose, I'm right there with ya on this one. I had total and complete control over my anxiety/panic disorder for a good 3 years, no meds, NOTHING! and then one night...BAM! Wake up with a nocturnal panic attack, thinking the same as you, "OMG i'm having a heart attack", and the cycle began again.....*sigh*
So here I am, a year later, back on zoloft and xanax. But hey, at least they're going away again. This time however, was totally different, they seem more intense! Like "am I really having a heart attack or a stroke?" kind of thinking, because they're all new symptoms. I started getting tingling down my arms, and up my neck, into my head and face!
That is a new one to me, as it has never happened during my 25 years of dealing with this monster. So of course, what did I do......Go to the ER, just to make sure that's what it was. It scared the crap out of me! So then about a month goes by and BAM! another one with the tingling.....drove myself to the ER AGAIN! Something's got to be wrong right?
NOPE! They gave me 1 mg ativan through IV and i was calm within a half hour. Well after 2 trips to the ER, and two EKG's, and all types of bloodwork, within two months, i'm perfectly healthy they say.
Makes ya wonder sometimes huh?
You're not alone!