I have had three of what I am hoping are panic attacks and not heart attacks. They all came on randomly while doing normal everyday things, all at home too.
It starts with a feeling in my stomach, like gas is stuck somewhere which then begins to hurt. My chest gets painful. In the centre, like a tightness in my upper stomach and chest. It really hurts. I sweat, not excessively, but my body feels damp and I get really hot. Today I felt nausea too and felt like I had to sit on the toilet but just passed a normal stool, not diarrhoea. The three times its happened, its lasted about 20 mins and then gone away and left me feeling fine. Today was over a bit quicker but I think it helped putting a damp cloth on my head to cool me down. While this is happening I feel like I want to run away. But away from myself and the horrible feeling. Is this a panic attack? I feel nothing of my heart, aren't you supposed to be aware of your heart if it's a panic attack? Also I'm not aware of hyperventilating although it does hurt to breathe.
Is this a panic attack or a heart attack or something more?
I am taking citalopram for anxiety.
I am 28 and female.
Someone please reassure me. What do panic attacks feel like?