I haven't been on the site for ages because I've generally been doing better, but sadly things have taken a turn for the worse. I don't usually have panic attacks, although I guess I feel panicky a lot (seemingly for no reason) for a short period of time. A lot of times I will feel like I have sort of a ball of tension in my chest, and if I hyperventilate for a couple of minutes it will usually kind of go away. I'm sure that's not a good thing, but it makes it go away and I can always control my breathing, so I could stop hyperventilating if I wanted to, it would just mean that feeling is still there.
However, today is just awful. I feel like I've been having a sort of low grade panic attack basically since I woke up. I've felt like I needed to hyperventilate all the time, and if I do, it doesn't really do much. It's like my brain is telling my body "You need to breathe right now!!!" even though I'm getting enough air. So I've not really been breathing normally all day and it's making my chest hurt (like my ribs), which leads to more panic because what if it's not stress and it's something else really bad? And now I'm exhausted because I've just been so on edge all day. I feel like I'm constantly holding my breath even though I try to breathe normally. Has anyone else had a similar thing happen before?