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Panick Attacks??

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  • Posted By: butterflymom
  • September 1, 2008
  • 02:50 AM

Hello I wrote a while ago but feel like I am going crazy. It started a few months ago at work of feeling dizzy. Then in the beginning of July the dizzeness seemed worse along with my heart feeling as if it was going to pop out of my chest. I went to the emergency room which said was a panick attack which I do believe was brought on by how I was feeling and not knowing what was going to happen. I went to my family doctor who thought it was my thyroid. After seeing a specialist and having test done found nodules which turned out to be fine and my t levels where also fine. Now the are saying that it is panick attackes.

My question is why is it all of a sudden out of nowhere for no reason why I could be having these. It happens almost everyday. Most times I am not thinking of it. When I lie down at night most times it feels as if my heart is pumping so hard. I am tired all the time when I start doing to much the dizzeness starts along with heart pumping hard or just my heart seems to be pumping hard. Yes i have had stress but no more than I have usually had and nothing that would cause it to be worse. Was out with family today and it happen on and off. Some people around me feel as if it is all in my head. Believe me I am not one to go to the doctors unless really need to and I hate feeling this way.

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  • How much caffeine do you have each day? Try slowly cutting it out of your diet.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • September 2, 2008
    • 04:56 PM
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  • I cut out caffeine last April. I never drink coffee and just drank soda but gave all that up.
    butterflymom 1 Replies
    • September 2, 2008
    • 06:21 PM
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  • Do *you* think you're having panic attacks? Are you stressed? Gastroesophageal reflux can cause this. Also, gallstones. I was told I had "panic attacks" when I had chest pain which radiated down my right arm. It turned out to be gallstones. Best wishes.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • September 3, 2008
    • 07:39 PM
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  • You are definately describing panick attacks. I suffered for many years and tried every medicine out there I think. I don't know how many times I thought I was having a heart attack. They just seem to come from out of the blue. I did have some triggers but not every attack came to be from those triggers. Finally a doctor prescribed what I think of as a miracle drug names xanax. After a couple of years of treatment I eventually did not need it any more and the anxiety attacks simply went away. I always kept a xanax with me "just in case". Panic attacks started to make me think I was crazy and it took over my life. With xanax I got control of my life again. It couldn't hurt to see if it works for. Most people have no idea what it is like andmost will tell you to get over it. I personally didn't find caffeine to be trigger.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2008
    • 04:33 AM
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  • Ask your doctor about tofranil. It has been around forever. It works to PREVENT anxiety/panic attacks, unlike Xanax, that you take once it starts. I consider that to be too late, particularly if you begin to experience these attacks when you are responsible for kids/driving a car, out someplace alone, etc.. You take Tofranil (Immipramine is the generic name) at bedtime because it makes you a little sleepy. The thing about anxiety/panic attacks is that you start to worry about when it will strike, then you get anxious, maybe don't go out as much, etc. Tofranil will not make you feel "drugged" like Xanax. I've had this problem for 25 years although mine were accompanied by extreme dizziness. Horrible diagnosis process back then. Now it's Trust me, ask about the Tofranil. :)
    gofigure 2 Replies
    • September 9, 2008
    • 00:55 AM
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  • I just read your message and wanted you to know that you are not crazy, nor are you alone. I had this same thing happen to me last year. My heart would beat really hard when I laid down, not fast, just hard, like it was going to come right out of my chest, I also had shortness of breath and pains so bad that it was like a heart attack. My doctor prescribed Lexipro, and it made all the difference.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2009
    • 05:43 AM
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