Quote from diddy:hypodude,
why are u not regulated, r u on synthroid or anti-thyroid meds?...ive always been on the hyper side, but my T3 and T4 numbers are in the upper-normal range, its my TSH that is all f'd up at .01...I guess u can get these attacks whether you're hypo or hyper, or somehwere in between...
describe to me exactly what happens when you get these attacks, where and how often do they occur?...sometimes i can feel 1 coming on and am able to fight it off by calming myself down before it blows up...other times it's too tough to stop it at all and i get extremely hot and flustered, red blotches appear on my head and neck (feels like i have pins and needles like when your foot/arm falls asleep)...after a few minutes i'm able to calm down and the red blotches dissapear....
I am not regulated as of yet partially due to anxiety and partially due to the fact that I tried taking my Synthroid
meds twice already and felt like complete crap the next day. I got an endo appointment for January and hopefully I'll get it straight. As for what happens, well that's hard to explain. For me, the panic attacks definately come in waves and definately tend to breed more attacks. It will be like 2 months of attacks and somehow I manage to get through them and then I'll be fine for a few months until out of nowhere the next one sets in and I end up going through another round of attacks for a few months. I know that Im more prone to attacks during periods of my life that are particularly stressful. They mostly come on at supermarkets and at red lights while driving for some reason. Its like sometimes I feel extra-anxious and am more suseptible to them and sometimes I feel perfectly fine. I've even tested myself by trying to "induce" an attack on a few "good days" where I had no anxiety and didnt feel panicky and it did not work. They will usually come out of nowhere when they happen and they are difficult to stop once they get going. It feels like someone switched my Adrenaline button to "on" and left it there.
I've learned how to deal with them quite a bit being that I've never dies from one yet and have been having them for quite a few years now. The best way I usually catch them and stop them is by "staying in the moment". Try not to let yourself get caught up in thinking about them. Its very difficult I know but if you can somehow manage to engage your self in a conversation or anything that will take your mind away from the attack could help. At the supermarket, I've learned counting my money in wallet as rediculous as it sounds helps me a great deal while standing line - it gives me something to concentrate on.
I will tell you that one way NOT to go is by drinking to alleviate them (and yes, I've downed an entire bottle of Vodka at one point after an attack it was so bad and that certainly does not help - the next day at least) and by allowing yourself to become Agoraphobic - avoiding situations where you typically get attacks. You gotta nip that in the *** before it occurs if it hasnt already because you will find them more difficult to get over them then.
I know the panic attacks really stink. Try to think of the Adrenaline rush as something positive when they come on. Yell to yourself "bring it on!" and before you know it you put a positive spin on them and they go away. Weird and difficult to explain to anyone who doesnt get them but its part mental and part physical in my opinion. As for your college hoops and all the other "used to be's" - don't let that get you down further. Move on and deal with your problem. Think of it as a new chapter. I used to be the same deal - football player, hotshot stockbroker, weight lifter....adrenaline junkie believe it or not....pretty ironic. I actually used to think I shorted something out by tsaking too many weight lifting supplements in my life - I know a couple of ex-bodybuilders that get PA's. Good luck.