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A different kind of panic attack?
« on: December 15, 2013, 03:58:48 PM »
I really don't know what in the heck happened to me last night, but I'll try my best to explain. I had what started as a typical panic attack (shaking, shallow breathing, rapid heart rate, hot/cold flashes), but then, I started hallucinating. Shapes were shifting, and at one point I thought I was in a jungle. I found myself crawling all over the floor, biting through my tongue because I couldn't feel it. My husband had to come hold me. I began praying to myself, and saying I was the only God. Then, it was like I could SEE my insides, every part of my body. Vessels, nerves, you name it. I have never had a panic attack like this before. I feel fine today...just in a bit of disbelief. I would love to never experience that again, it was horribly frightening, and I was 100% convinced I was dying. Has this ever happened to anyone before?
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 08:38:44 AM »
Hi lamorrow,

was that a panic attack waking you from your sleep?
I have heard of hallucinations with severe anxiety but haven't experienced it myself.
I imagine your were scared. Amazing thing, our brain, isn't it?

Hope you are feeling better.
Take care!
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 10:55:02 AM »
No, I've never experienced that. I'm sorry, sounds very scary! Are you on new medications? Certainly could be a medication affect.  even if not a psyciatric medication; Chantix (for smoking cessation) and prednisone can both exacerbate mental health symptoms. I strongly recommend getting in to your medical provider and discussing this new episode with them.
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2013, 12:15:11 PM »
Thanks for your replies! It was in the evening, and I was having a dry cough, which made my throat hurt. For whatever reason, I just started freaking out about it, like I was suffocating, then everything spiraled out of control. I have been on 100 mg Zoloft since June, and have been doing pretty well, until that episode. I've been having anxious dreams the past few nights, which sucks, because it makes me feel like I haven't slept at all. I have an appointment with my pdoc in January - that's the earliest he can be seen, but it would also put me on schedule for my 6 month follow-up after starting the Zoloft. I am going to tell him about this, because it was very bizarre, and it sounds like it may be out of the normal realm of anxiety? I know it's certainly abnormal for me!
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2013, 12:08:54 PM »
Seems like you hyperventilated when you got panicked and then you hallucinated because you had way too much oxygen and not enough carbon dioxide. I used to have very bad hyperventilation attacks and once I felt a crushing sensation (I was only 16 at the time) and my whole body went completely numb so I could not really even walk and I called the paramedics and they had me at the hospital breathing in a paper bag.
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2014, 03:05:27 AM »
to be honest it sounds like schizophrenia I would tell ur doctor
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2014, 05:27:20 AM »
How are you, lamorrow? Did you have that appt with your doc yet?

crystalclear81, it does not sound like schizophrenia to me. I would tell the doctor for sure, since we are not doctors and cannot give diagnosis, but from my knowledge and 2nd hand experience schizophrenia does not begin like this.

Best of luck, lamorrow  :action-smiley-065:!
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2014, 02:51:16 PM »
Thanks for checking in on me! I have my appointment on the 22nd. I haven't had any more issues like that lately, thankfully. It still puzzles me, but I'm really thinking I just had a colossal panic attack with weird symptoms. I have a close friend with schizophrenia, and his symptoms are very different from what I experienced, so I don't think it's that. I'll let you know what the doc says!
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2014, 04:02:49 PM »
Thank you for the update! Glad to read that had been an one time experience so far. Keeping my fingers crossed for the 22nd.

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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2014, 07:48:01 PM »
i have had a panic disorder where shapes begin to shift on me and everything starts to look, i dunno, fake? almost cartoon-ish. I'm curious to see what your doctor says about it
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2014, 04:31:37 PM »
Well, I had my appointment today! The doctor said that it was likely just psychosis caused by hyperventilating, racing thoughts, etc. and since it hasn't happened again, it didn't concern him too much. He wants to keep me on Zoloft 100 mg for at least a year then do a followup to see how I'm doing.
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2014, 04:35:32 PM »
Good! Happy for you. Doc not being concerned always feels nice, doesn't it?

Hope u feel better. Wishing you all the best!
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Re: A different kind of panic attack?
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2014, 09:52:34 PM »
Thanks, Leo! It makes me feel a lot better.
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