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    Old 06-06-2004, 05:24 PM   #1
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    What symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    I was just wondering what everyone's "list" of symptoms were when they have a panic attack, when they occur most often (time of day), how long they last (hours, days, weeks, etc) and the frequency with which you usually experience them (ie; twice a month, etc). Here's mine...

    I usually have them several dozen times per year but can go several months without them until they suddenly pounce on me out of the blue. Mine never occur in the morning but usually come in the very early evening (I'd say around 5-7 o'clock and last until I take a Xanax (otherwise, they just don't go away - period). They usually come and go for 4-6 days and then dissapear until they decide to put in an appearance again.

    My symptoms are almost always the following...

    1) Tightness in throat, "lump" in throat, difficulty swallowing, constricted-throat sensation, etc
    2) Feeling of dread and doom like I just KNOW I am dying from a horrible disease for which there is no cure.
    3) Feeling edgy, jittery, jumpy, nervous (sometimes irritable).
    4) Sometimes noises make me jump out of my seat.
    5) Neck pains, sharp (but minor) pains in my head that come and go.
    6) Adrenilin "surges" that shoot straight up through me (very scary!)
    7) Foggy, "anesthetized brain" feeling
    8) Shortness of breath/can't take a full breath
    9) Pure FEAR
    10) Depression - sometimes like there's no point to life (ie; eat, sleep, work, grow old and die...what's the point?)

    I guess that about it. What is everyone else's symptom list?

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    Old 06-06-2004, 05:59 PM   #2
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    I have most of your symptoms. Except I want to live and am afraid of dying. This is due to losing my brother three months ago. I get the jitters and the adrenaline surges and yes, they are tremendously bothersome. I try to breath through it, to break the panic attack. Start grounding, like say to yourself, here is the t.v, the coffee table, the walls are white, etc. Or you can look outside and say the trees are beautiful, the grass is a beautiful green, just keep grounding and say positive wonderful things, if you can.
    I tend to have muscle tremors, muscle twitches and I know that adrenaline surge is horrible. It's a part of the panic. You aren't going to die though but when it happens, I know you can feel that way. Also, if you do not have the desire to live, please by all means, go talk to someone. I want to live badly, so when I have a panic attack I think I'm in dooms land and fight myself and body badly cause I want to live for me, and my daughter.

    Andrea

     
    Old 06-06-2004, 06:28 PM   #3
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    When I feel an attack coming on I feel:

    Tightness in my chest
    Slight dizziness and spaciness
    On the verge of passing out, but never do
    Sometimes numbness in the back of my head and front of my teeth
    Begin to breathe quicker
    Light Sensitivity (this one really bothers me especially since I work with fluorescent lighting everyday)

    I do not have panic attacks everyday like I use to, just every once in a while. Mine usually come on at work, so when I feel these things coming on, I try to work thru them with the help of some Klonopin.

    In the beginning of my panic disorder, my attacks were a lot worse than these symptoms. I experienced pretty much the same things as everyone else, especially the fear that I was dying.

    Take care everyone!
    Shelly

    Last edited by shellybell; 06-07-2004 at 01:37 PM. Reason: forgot to list one symptom

     
    Old 06-06-2004, 08:01 PM   #4
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    The symptoms I seem to get is ALL OF THE ABOVE. And then you have the sideaffects from all the damn medication your taking.

    Shortness of Breath
    Severe Headaches and Muscle Aches
    Vomiting
    Lightheaded or Dizzy
    Nervous or Paranoid
    Fear of Passing out or Dying
    Shaky and Nerve Spasms ( an internal shock wave pretty much )
    Insomnia
    Feeling of Choking or Not able to Swallow
    Chest Pains
    Heart Racing
    Loss of Apetite
    IBS and Ulcers
    Acid Reflex

    and the list goes on........

    I hope everyone will be able to recover, can be hard to deal with especially when you have a routine with working or raising kiddos. Good Luck to all.
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    Old 06-07-2004, 10:59 AM   #5
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    During a panic attack I have the following symptoms, or this is what I remember lol *embarassed*

    Racing, pounding heart
    Heart palpitations (as in skipping beats)
    Feelings of despair
    Feeling like emotional life or physical life is coming to an end
    Chest pain
    Hyperventilation
    Chest tightness, feels like you can't breathe enough
    Weakness
    Blacking out
    Severe shaking
    Intestinal spasms (just painful, not that I need to go to the bathroom)
    Dry mouth
    Tight throat and inability to swallow
    Restless, always touching face and neck obsessively
    Nausea (my worst symptom grr)
    Dizziness/lightheadedness
    Obsessive thoughts
    Lack of concentration
    Heightened senses
    Muscle tension
    Numbness in face sometimes

    All I can remember. GAD causes the following:-

    Insomnia and therefore pretty bad fatigue
    Appetite loss (I lost 3 stones last year lol)
    Irritability/sudden mood changes that I hate
    Inability to eat small amounts(I am getting over this slowly but surely though)
    Intense stomach pain and nausea
    VERY intense intestinal spasms
    Paleness

    This is all I can remember
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    Old 06-07-2004, 04:53 PM   #6
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by krisey
    The symptoms I seem to get is ALL OF THE ABOVE. And then you have the sideaffects from all the damn medication your taking.

    Shortness of Breath
    Severe Headaches and Muscle Aches
    Vomiting
    Lightheaded or Dizzy
    Nervous or Paranoid
    Fear of Passing out or Dying
    Shaky and Nerve Spasms ( an internal shock wave pretty much )
    Insomnia
    Feeling of Choking or Not able to Swallow
    Chest Pains
    Heart Racing
    Loss of Apetite
    IBS and Ulcers
    Acid Reflex

    and the list goes on........

    I hope everyone will be able to recover, can be hard to deal with especially when you have a routine with working or raising kiddos. Good Luck to all.

    I know abour those shakey nerve spasms going through the body. They are with me all the time, but when the adrenaline surges, look out. I just want to tremble all over and wondering if I'm even standing or walking, LOL Not funny, but have to laugh to break the anxiety spaz here and there.

    Andrea

     
    Old 06-07-2004, 06:41 PM   #7
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    they usually last a few minutes for me. i've only had one that lasted hours. sometimes i'll have panic attacks every day for a week, than none for months. my symptoms are:
    chest pain/tigtness
    tingling in arms & hands
    severe shivering
    shaking hands
    horrible fear of dying
    dizziness
    feeling like nothing is real

     
    Old 06-07-2004, 07:22 PM   #8
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    Well, I don't know why I keep the tremors, but like I said they are with muscle exertion, but I will tremble without during an attack. I think mine is from an overbundance of adrenaline at times and also do to hormone changes in my body. Also, carrying around anxiety throughout the day.

    Andrea

     
    Old 06-08-2004, 06:08 AM   #9
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    It sounds like everyone has a horrible list of symtpms.

    Mine are:

    *Hyperventalintation (sp?)
    *Dizzyness
    *Shaking
    *Nasuea
    *Retching
    *Heart pounding
    *Pins and needles/ tingling (sometimes all over, sometimes just hands and feet but I hate it on my face. It's weird)
    *Feeling of absolute terror
    *legs like jelly.

    I'm not sure what else. I can't really remember. They tend to differ anyway.

    Take care all xx

     
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by why_did_you
    It sounds like everyone has a horrible list of symtpms.

    Mine are:

    *Hyperventalintation (sp?)
    *Dizzyness
    *Shaking
    *Nasuea
    *Retching
    *Heart pounding
    *Pins and needles/ tingling (sometimes all over, sometimes just hands and feet but I hate it on my face. It's weird)
    *Feeling of absolute terror
    *legs like jelly.

    I'm not sure what else. I can't really remember. They tend to differ anyway.

    Take care all xx
    I know how you feel and taking the anti-depressant seems to make me feel more anxious lately. I wanted to puke this morning too. Thinking about taking a pinch of Xanax. Now, do you feel these symptoms most of the time, or do they come and go. The most I feel all the times is the shakiness or trembles. I can't get into the Psych until the 21st, first have to see the therapist and I'm already going to a therapist. But I have to follow there program. So there it is. So tell me, do you have most of these symptoms all the time? It feels like you are overburdened with adrenaline, doesn't it?

    Andrea

     
    Old 06-08-2004, 05:58 PM   #11
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    Well My symptoms vary but they are usually:
    tightness in chest
    difficulty swallowing/can't get enough air
    dizzy/spacy
    feeling I am going to die
    horrible disease or tumor, e.t.c.
    shaking
    vision gets weird
    sensitivity to light
    ibs
    feel sick to my tummy
    deppression
    frustration
    there is a lot more.....sometimes my heart races or sometimes it just pounds real hard
    Gad sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    god bless you all
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    Old 06-08-2004, 07:00 PM   #12
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    Re: What are your symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    extreme shaking of my legs and arms
    nausea
    dizziness
    feeling like I can't be around anyone
    they always come at night
    I used to get them about every other night, but since I have been on Paxil I don't get them very often, but the medication seems to have made me depressed.

     
    Old 06-09-2004, 01:32 AM   #13
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    Re: What symptoms do you have with your attacks?

    Here are my symptoms.........

    Mine are at night, so I wake up like this........


    Very Scared
    Ears feel full
    Burning im ears and sometimes buzzing noise
    metallic taste in mouth
    skin crawling
    feeling of dying(like something in my body is going to give out)
    feeling nothing around me is real
    grey cloudy vision
    feeling like I'm outside of my body
    urgency to use the bathroom(but nothing happens)
    nausea
    dizzyness
    uncontrollable shaking all over

    Then when all is said and done, I am real cold.

    Chantel

     
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