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Offline Teran

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Awaking to panic, but not being awoken by it.
« on: January 29, 2014, 02:02:10 PM »
I have recently been having a very odd issue. I find that I am able to sleep for a up to 6 hours with the help of my sleep meds. But when I am waking up the panic and anxiety feel like they are crushing me. I will first get hit with the panic attack sensation, rapid pulse, clammy hands, stomach pains, tremors, trouble breathing, and the feeling like I am going to throw up. The only way I have been able to being myself out of this recently is to take a .5mg Xanax. Anyone else get this, and it does differ from my nocturnal panic attack that I have gotten.
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Re: Awaking to panic, but not being awoken by it.
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014, 03:24:37 PM »
I've had that before....I found that as soon as I woke, I was determined to get up, get dressed and find something to do.  I found walking was great, but if you are in an area that the weather doesn't permit that right now, put on an exercise program or some music and either exercise or dance.....burn off that panic!  Try not taking Xanax until you've exercised first...it helped me
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Re: Awaking to panic, but not being awoken by it.
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2014, 04:58:47 PM »
I have tried to get up and burn off my tremors and anxiety, meditate, stationary bike, weights, and even riding my unicycle( all be it near impossible now because the anxiety ruins my balance). The main issue is that while I a doing these things the anxiety just builds till I have panic attacks or just break down. It is very self defeating to have to fall back on something like Xanax just so I can function enough to do class work. After I get through this I can go the rest of the day without panic, but the anxiety is there in full force.  It is hard for me to cope from the day to day with this
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Re: Awaking to panic, but not being awoken by it.
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 06:18:02 PM »
U should ask ur doctor for a beta blocker if it's the physical symptoms bothering u, and maybe look to a long term med?
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Re: Awaking to panic, but not being awoken by it.
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 07:02:08 PM »
A beta blocker will cut off the adrenaline flow and stop the physical symptoms from developing which is huge ... I really think you should temporarily get on one of them
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Re: Awaking to panic, but not being awoken by it.
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2014, 07:30:27 PM »
I am on Zoloft at 100mg right now and have been it for about 20 days. I was on 75 before that for a week, and 25 for 25 days. I also am on Buspar for a similar timespan. I will definitely bring up beta-blockers with my Pdoc
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Re: Awaking to panic, but not being awoken by it.
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2014, 01:00:03 AM »
Yeah I think it would benefit u temporarily because u wouldn't have to worry about your physical symptoms while ur getting ur meds and stuff figured out
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Re: Awaking to panic, but not being awoken by it.
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2014, 10:14:20 AM »
The only problem with I beta-blocker that I could see is that I am a diabetic. I know they do not like to prescribe them when you are because they mask the signs of hypoglycemia. So I am not certain my Pdoc would entertain the idea.
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