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    Old 08-12-2004, 10:39 AM   #1
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    Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    I had a panic attack last night that made my body feel really hot, felt like I had to use the bathroom, and like I was going to be sick, my face was white and my pupils were dilated. Does this sound normal? Has anyone else had the dilation or these other symptoms?

     
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    Old 08-12-2004, 10:53 AM   #2
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    Re: Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    Hi Sonia,

    When I was having attacks I had all but one of those symptoms...I say all but one because to tell you the truth I never really looked at my pupils to see if they were dilated or not.
    Just remember that not everyone gets the same symptoms with this disorder.
    Some people get very cold when they are having an attack, but I was like you I got very hot.
    It was strange because my face would be as white as a sheet, but my ears would be very red and actually hot to the touch.

     
    Old 08-12-2004, 12:17 PM   #3
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    Re: Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    eye changes are fairly common during panic attacks, blurred vision, tunnel vision, etc

     
    Old 08-12-2004, 12:47 PM   #4
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    Re: Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    Hi Sonia,
    When I went to the emergency during one of my first panic attacks, the doctor said that my pupils were dilated, and then proceded to ask me if I was on drugs! I never noticed it before, but my neurologist siad that it is quite common. I will be the first to say that anxiety can do some really, really wierd things to us!

    Carrie

     
    Old 08-12-2004, 02:08 PM   #5
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    Re: Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    Hi Sonia

    When I went thru a bad panic/anxiety episode once, I was was secretly tested by the ER due to what they say was my pupils and other symptoms. They thought I was on some kind of drugs like cocaine.

    Thought it was kind of strange they could do that without telling me. But I didn't really care since I don't use drugs.

     
    Old 08-13-2004, 05:22 PM   #6
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    Re: Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    I hadnt thought of a panic attack being confused with illegal drugtaking problems, but it could

    anxiety sufferers who are very nervous are sometimes thought of by docs as being drug addicts in withdrawl, especially when they ask for valium or some other benzo

     
    Old 08-13-2004, 05:39 PM   #7
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    Re: Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    Dilated pupils are probably a symptom of anxiety and heightened arousal in general. It's also possible that certain meds used to treat anxiety or depression might cause some pupil dilation -- my pupils are usually somewhat large, and I'd always assumed it was Zoloft that was doing it.

     
    Old 08-15-2004, 09:56 PM   #8
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    Re: Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    my pupils get dilated also,during a bad attack. i also feel as though i have to use the bathroom constantly.

     
    Old 08-16-2004, 07:04 PM   #9
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    Re: Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    Yeah my pupils dialate sometimes cause I would look in the mirror and think I was having an anuerysm or seizure or something.

     
    Old 08-17-2004, 09:33 PM   #10
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    Re: Pupil dilation during panic attack...anyone else?

    i was at a wedding the other day and my dad pointed out that my pupils were really dialated. i wasn't extremely anxious at the time but i had that feeling of impending doom...
    my dad lives seven hours away, i'm nineteen, the next day he called me when he got home and accused me of doing all sorts of drugs... yeah ok dad...

    now that i read this thread i can say that yeah that's gotta be the cause lol
    now i can tell my dad how stupid he is ( i don't do drugs by the way )

     
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