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    Old 01-08-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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    I have couple of question to ask to my fellow sufferers.

    1) How does your panic attack begin? Any bodily sensation? Thoughts? Mine begins with (headache) numbness or heavy feelings inside of my head. If I start concentrating on these sensations, I start having hot flashes inside my head and chest area. Then Panic begins.....


    2) How do you feel after a panic attack? Does your body return to normal state? I feel like I am about to have another...which makes me feel very anxious and jumpy all day. Sometime, I get this headache (air head feeling) that last for couple of days, even when I am calm. I hate this....

     
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    Old 01-08-2004, 04:32 PM   #2
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    Hi AznMax,

    1) My panics start out with me getting really jittery. I have to tap my foot or I will feel restless and that I have to do something. Then comes the lightheadedness usually. My heartrate begins to increase. Most times (80%) I have feelings of derealization and depersonalization where I feel like I'm not real and the world around me isn't real. It gets really scary. It feels like I'm dying. My concentration also goes down the tube. Occasionally, I will have chest pains but those are usually after I have calmed down a bit.

    2) I have never returned to my normal state right after an attack. I will usually continue to feel at least the lightheadedness, derealization, and depersonalization for the entire day. My memory also gets really bad after an attack. If I go a couple days without an attack, I usually return to normal. Unfortunately, that's hardly the case. I usually have one about every day.

    If I have a severe attack, I feel weird for a few of days, at least. My first panic attack gave me depersonalization and derealization feelings for 6 months straight. There were attacks within those 6 months. But even when I was calm, I still felt out of it.

    I hate it too but I'm hoping between the meds and my determination to beat this, things will be ok.

     
    Old 01-08-2004, 04:52 PM   #3
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    I have couple of question to ask to my fellow sufferers.

    1) How does your panic attack begin? Any bodily sensation? Thoughts? Mine begins with (headache) numbness or heavy feelings inside of my head. If I start concentrating on these sensations, I start having hot flashes inside my head and chest area. Then Panic begins.....


    2) How do you feel after a panic attack? Does your body return to normal state? I feel like I am about to have another...which makes me feel very anxious and jumpy all day. Sometime, I get this headache (air head feeling) that last for couple of days, even when I am calm. I hate this....
    AznMax,
    Thankfully, I haven't had a full blown attack in awhile now, but most of my attacks usually start with a feeling like I'm going to pass out. I start to obsess about this feeling and then I panic. My most recent attacks have started with a tingling sensation over my face and scalp. It's the weirdest feeling-it almost feels like my head is asleep. And then, of course, I panic.

    After a panic attack, I am usually very tired and have a dull headache. A lot of times, I will feel like I'm on the verge of having another attack for days.

    Oh, another thing I sometimes experience is a metallic taste in my mouth right before an attack.

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    Old 01-09-2004, 03:36 AM   #4
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    AznMax,
    Thankfully, I haven't had a full blown attack in awhile now, but most of my attacks usually start with a feeling like I'm going to pass out. I start to obsess about this feeling and then I panic. My most recent attacks have started with a tingling sensation over my face and scalp. It's the weirdest feeling-it almost feels like my head is asleep. And then, of course, I panic.

    After a panic attack, I am usually very tired and have a dull headache. A lot of times, I will feel like I'm on the verge of having another attack for days.

    Oh, another thing I sometimes experience is a metallic taste in my mouth right before an attack.

    OMG! It is so weird that you said this! I get this too. I forgot all about that metallic taste. I hate it. I start freaking out when I taste this and then my lips feel like they are going numb. How weird.

    For me, it starts mostly at night when I'm sleeping. I wake up with this scared feeling and a weird feeling over my skin. I so hate that feeling. That is also what freaks me out and gets me right into a full blown attack. Then I get lightheaded and dizzy. I think it's worse for me cause I'm coming out of a sleep scared to death. I usually sit up real quick or stand up which makes it worse. Then I start feeling nauseted and have to vomit. My ears feel full too. Almost like they are burning. It's the skin feeling that I hate the most though.

    I'm glad someone here has that metallic taste like me. The doctor thinks I'm nuts when I tell him this.

    Chantel

     
    Old 01-09-2004, 05:50 PM   #5
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    Dear AznMax,
    I get different symptoms to start mine off everytime but usually I get numb lips first or I can feel the air is cool with my hands but the air I am breathing is to warm, like it is hard to breath. I usually do the opposite of medical science on this, which my doctor agrees with. I pour myself a big cup of coffee, light up a cigarette and the warm liquid seems to cool the air. The symptoms don't really go away but I just do something else because you have no control but to let it take its course. Mine come in cluster attacks generally. They last for a week or two or three. Then I feel fairly well for a short duration of time and then it starts again. I force myself to do things even if I am having a hard time at first and it seems to get easier and I tend to not pay as much if anything about the symptoms. A lot of times I wake with a limp on one or both of my feet. This is so common it is a given. One of you wrote about getting up real fast and vomiting. Don't raise up real fast and you will probably not vomit. I think one should not follow all the rules set down for controlling this disorder all together. If you are a long time coffee drinker or smoker or both and you are stable on it. Then have a cup of coffee and or a cigarette and forget your symptoms. You have enough on your plate to worry about without taking away something that you enjoy. Bad habits are sometimes small remedies. Food for thought. Have a nice day

    Sincerely,

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    Old 01-09-2004, 06:25 PM   #6
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    Gee - some of you sound like you could be having simple partial seizures.

     
    Old 01-09-2004, 06:30 PM   #7
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    Gee - some of you sound like you could be having simple partial seizures.
    Hi,
    Actually, I had a neurologist tell me he thought I was having partial seizures after I told him my symptoms. He prescribed me a few different meds. I went to my regular Dr. the same day and he told me I wasn't having seizures and not to take the meds.
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    Old 01-09-2004, 06:41 PM   #8
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    Mine usually starts out where i get really nervous and then it gets very hard for me to breath, my heart pounds.. but its the breathing that mostly gets me all worked up, worst feeling is when i feel like i can't take a deep breath. The causes of them. It very's from time to time, half the time i'm obsessing about a whether or not i have something wrong with me health wise, or sometimes when i get around a lot of people.

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    Old 01-10-2004, 03:15 AM   #9
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    Dear AznMax,
    I get different symptoms to start mine off everytime but usually I get numb lips first or I can feel the air is cool with my hands but the air I am breathing is to warm, like it is hard to breath. I usually do the opposite of medical science on this, which my doctor agrees with. I pour myself a big cup of coffee, light up a cigarette and the warm liquid seems to cool the air. The symptoms don't really go away but I just do something else because you have no control but to let it take its course. Mine come in cluster attacks generally. They last for a week or two or three. Then I feel fairly well for a short duration of time and then it starts again. I force myself to do things even if I am having a hard time at first and it seems to get easier and I tend to not pay as much if anything about the symptoms. A lot of times I wake with a limp on one or both of my feet. This is so common it is a given. One of you wrote about getting up real fast and vomiting. Don't raise up real fast and you will probably not vomit. I think one should not follow all the rules set down for controlling this disorder all together. If you are a long time coffee drinker or smoker or both and you are stable on it. Then have a cup of coffee and or a cigarette and forget your symptoms. You have enough on your plate to worry about without taking away something that you enjoy. Bad habits are sometimes small remedies. Food for thought. Have a nice day

    Sincerely,

    Sickman

    That was me that said I tend to jump up real fast. I don't think before I do this. I guess because I'm just waking up or something or maybe because i want to make sure I'm still alive. I don't know, it's just weird when it happens. It's like my brain says."JUMP"!

    I wonder why we all get the numb lip feeling? It would be interesting to try to research all of this. I am the kind of person that always wants to know why. I guess that is why I am in this predicament in the first place.

    I switched to decaffeinated coffee, but still drink my coke every once in a while when I'm feeling good. I, like you, don't want to give up everything. I lost enough already!

    Peace to you hun,
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    Gee - some of you sound like you could be having simple partial seizures.

    I would shake so bad in the legs that my doctor thought I was having little seizers so I had an MRI done to rule this out. Everything came back fine. I have $13,000 dollars worth of bills right now. The only thing they found was an elevated liver test which dropped after they took me off all medicines. Not sure which one did this to me. I was on quite a few medicines at the time.

     
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    I would shake so bad in the legs that my doctor thought I was having little seizers so I had an MRI done to rule this out. Everything came back fine. I have $13,000 dollars worth of bills right now. The only thing they found was an elevated liver test which dropped after they took me off all medicines. Not sure which one did this to me. I was on quite a few medicines at the time.
    Dear chantel2003,
    I just hate it when I hear something like $1000's of dollars in medical bills. We are sure a hungry for money selfish breed. When I was in the Orient, if you were offered something to eat, you ate everything put before you, even though we were told not to eat any local food because of hepatitus, etc. You ate the food and graciously thanked the local for it because his offering to you meant that he may not eat for days because of it. When will we stop scaping the cream off the top and do some good for those in need by giving of ourselves instead of into the all mighty dollar. Touched me with this, sorry to vent.

    Sincerely,

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    Old 01-10-2004, 08:09 AM   #12
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    I would shake so bad in the legs that my doctor thought I was having little seizers so I had an MRI done to rule this out. Everything came back fine. I have $13,000 dollars worth of bills right now. The only thing they found was an elevated liver test which dropped after they took me off all medicines. Not sure which one did this to me. I was on quite a few medicines at the time.
    Chantel,
    You sound like me. I have several thousand dollars in medical bills right now, too. It's so frusterating-just when I think I'm starting to catch up, I get a few more medical bills in the mail. Just another thing that adds to our anxiety! lol

     
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    Dear chantel2003,
    I just hate it when I hear something like $1000's of dollars in medical bills. We are sure a hungry for money selfish breed. When I was in the Orient, if you were offered something to eat, you ate everything put before you, even though we were told not to eat any local food because of hepatitus, etc. You ate the food and graciously thanked the local for it because his offering to you meant that he may not eat for days because of it. When will we stop scaping the cream off the top and do some good for those in need by giving of ourselves instead of into the all mighty dollar. Touched me with this, sorry to vent.

    Sincerely,

    Sickman
    I agree. The hospitals complain because someone doesn't have insurance, but the rates for insurance now adays are so darn high. What exactly do they expect us to do? Do you know they did not want to admit me? I had to be rushed there 3 times and begged before they admitted me. How sad is that? Even though it was panic, it wasn't panic to begin with. All the hallucinating and stuff I was seeing was something from all that medication. I still think I could of died that night.

    The first doctor I saw told me he never heard of my symptoms and wanted to give me valium and charged me $200.00 dollars for nothing. That's not counting the emergency room visit. The second doctor I saw thought it was vertigo and gave me xanex and antivert for the dizzyness. I went through all kinds of tests and not one knew what was going on. I couldn't eat or drink for 3 days and I was dehydrated until finally my stomach doctor got ****** and told them to put me back in asap! So, turned out I had a reaction to one of the medicines(is what he thinks) that caused the panic and I also have gastritous which is an inflamation of my stomach. Did all that medication cause this? Probably so.

    Nice to hear from you hun, and wishing you well.....
    Chantel

     
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    Chantel,
    You sound like me. I have several thousand dollars in medical bills right now, too. It's so frusterating-just when I think I'm starting to catch up, I get a few more medical bills in the mail. Just another thing that adds to our anxiety! lol

    LOL, yea I know how you feel about the bills still coming in. I got out the hospital in September and I am still getting bills. How sad huh?

    Hugs hun,
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