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managing hideous panic attacks
« on: May 05, 2014, 01:23:29 AM »
Hello all, hope you are well

I am having a horrible panic attack tonight. My palms are clammy and sweaty, my heart is racing, my stomach is upset...it is bad tonight. Above all, I have this feeling of there being like mucus in my throat. When I breathe in and out my mouth I don't feel mucus rattling around, but I keep feeling like I need to swallow and it is making me freak out more...when I swallow the feeling goes away for a few seconds then comes right back until I swallow again.

It feels really ugly and I can't seem to stop thinking about it, especially since I'm trying to go to sleep....I have a final exam tomorrow morning, and I can't get my mind to stop racing. Ugh ugh ugh..

How do you all manage late night anxiety attacks? I can't stop thinking about this feeling in my throat....it is bugging me so much and I am laying in bed panicking and frustrated :(
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Re: managing hideous panic attacks
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 01:32:15 AM »
Drink water. Not easy to do sometimes but you can swish it in your mouth and release it down you throat gently.

Tell us more about yourself. This will occupy your mind and distract you.

Of course, medication is one of the surer things. But even homeopathic versions can be of some help, if not a full solution. Take a walk around the block (assuming this is practical).

How often does this happen? Are there any "triggers"? What have you tried in the past, whether it worked or not?
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Re: managing hideous panic attacks
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 01:42:32 AM »
Well...let me think...I always hate talking about myself because I feel like there is nothing interesting for me to say....I feel sort of bad, I guess, because I should be happy. The exam tomorrow morning is going to be the last one I ever take as an undergraduate...I'm actually going to be graduating next weekend....and you'd think with that coming up, I would feel great, but the fact is, I feel just the opposite...

As for triggers, I can't really say. I know I go through days in a general state of alarm....it's kind of what's normal for me. Last week was bad because my partner and I got into some hideous arguments....and ny cat bit me last night. I know I have been panicking about that because I'm scared of getting an infection from the bite....I guess that has really been bugging me today.

It all just kind of mixea together until I can't take it anymore....I get so tired of being so aware of what my body does. I have been poking and prodding my cat bite, sure that it is infected, and I can't stop talking about it....to the point where my partner is just exasperated with me...
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Re: managing hideous panic attacks
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2014, 02:04:55 AM »
It's not unrealistic to be concerned about cat bites. I have 3 of the little devils myself and every once in a while I break the cardinal rule of "don't overstimulate your cat". Ouch! I assume you cleaned the area with hydrogen peroxide and applied antibiotic lotion. Your cat doesn't have rabies, you know where it lives, and you'll be fine.

Next, try not to over-stimulate yourself. You know that what you are feeling is not real. It's a chemical imbalance in your brain that makes you respond to things that aren't real. Of course, knowing that doesn't make the problem go away but it might let you relax while you examine this and sometimes being analytical distracts you long enough for you to rebalance.

Don't dismiss medication. Either prescription or not. There are several ways of making these attacks wind down or prevent them in advance.

When you post in a community like this, you don't have to be "interesting".  Just let anything roll out - we're here to support each other, not analyze our writing skills.

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Re: managing hideous panic attacks
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2014, 02:13:45 AM »
Honestly, the surest way I handled late night attacks was ambien.

But other than that I did my CBT stuff, controlled breathing, tensing all my muscles (make your fists and feet as tight as you can for 20 seconds to a minute, then release) stuff like that. I feel like the boards would be helpful. We're all here for you. We've probably all had a late night panic attack.

Keep in mind the sweetest words in English: It's temporary

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Re: managing hideous panic attacks
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2014, 11:47:48 AM »
Hello again, thank you for all your kind responses.

I did manage to go to sleep and make it to my exam on time. I did feel okay this morning until I started to sit down and relax. The sension of this lump in my throat, that I need to keep swallowing came back. I realize it is an anxious symptom, because when I woke up it was not there, and it seems as though as the morning has gone on, it has gotten worse.

During my exam I was okay, probably because I was concentrating on my writing. But now I feel it again, and I am so frustrated. I haven't eaten much today cause I am afraid I will choke from the sensation, and it is just so difficult to handle.

On the topic of medication, I will unfortunately not be allowed to visit a psychologist for some months, as my family recently switched health insurance providers and there is a waiting period for a therapist or mental health specialist visit. It has been rough up here...

I know my health anxiety is definitely made worse when I'm under pressure, and lately I have felt so wound up. I think what may have really set it off were the arguments between my partner and I last week. They were really bad and I was so stressed out and sad from them. Thinking about it now, I still kind of am. Where we live is out in the country, so there is not a lot to do....I can feel the tension in my shoulders, my jaw...

I am at achool now, and I will be going home in a few minutes, and I am so glad. Happy to finish my exam, but also so that I can just try and rest....:/
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Re: managing hideous panic attacks
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2014, 09:03:47 PM »
Hello all, hope you are well

I am having a horrible panic attack tonight. My palms are clammy and sweaty, my heart is racing, my stomach is upset...it is bad tonight. Above all, I have this feeling of there being like mucus in my throat. When I breathe in and out my mouth I don't feel mucus rattling around, but I keep feeling like I need to swallow and it is making me freak out more...when I swallow the feeling goes away for a few seconds then comes right back until I swallow again.

It feels really ugly and I can't seem to stop thinking about it, especially since I'm trying to go to sleep....I have a final exam tomorrow morning, and I can't get my mind to stop racing. Ugh ugh ugh..

How do you all manage late night anxiety attacks? I can't stop thinking about this feeling in my throat....it is bugging me so much and I am laying in bed panicking and frustrated :(

hey i can relate to you i have constant clammy hands and feet and racy heart i think the best thing to do is do something active like move around do things really quicky like clean really fast throw cold water on face drink glass of water             
 
*if that dont work go for a run doesnt matter were just run sometimes the body needs to release stress hormones and negative hormones maybe your body has to much running works*
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