Just recently identified with anxiety, although it seems like panic, what is the difference? The more I learn about this, the more I realize I have had symptoms for years!! Like most of us, I too made a trip to the ER, where I unfortunately work as RN manager. Fast heart beat, chest pains, etc., lucky for me I had had a long bout of diarrhea after having my gall bladder removed, and they attributed my symptoms to dehydration, BUT they gave me Ativan which helped immediately. I feel uncomfortable with the diagnosis even though there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. Followed up with my PCP who gave me a prescription for xanax if needed, she wanted to give my Zoloft or Paxil but I wasn't ready to accept this diagnosis. I didn't fill it and had a huge panic attack at midnight one night and would have killed for an all night pharmacy. The symptoms seem to be getting better, decrease muscle pain, diarrhea etc but still having alot of PVC's which are irregular beats that feel like your heart flips. Is this normal? Have avoid all caffeine, doing deep breathing, learning lots from great people like you, but does it usually take a while for the symptoms to go completely away, or do they go away suddenly? I haven't taken the xanax, have been able to talk myself out of my "attacks" Is it normal to want to keep this to yourself, I feel embarrassed, I have talked to my close friend and sister who seem to feel sorry for me and this doesn't help me. What do you do to help with the side effects of a panic attack? How do you deal with this new stuff?