My heart started racing for no reason and it lasted hours, even while I sat down. Disorientation, can't catch your breath, anxiety (obviously) and an overall out-of-control feeling. I thought my heart was going to explode! Then I puked and I haven't had another one since.
They suck. Hard.
like a heart attack. can't breathe, shaking, dizzy. sometimes fainty or pains. like you can't control your environment nor y ourself.
Scary as hell.
Occurring suddenly, without any warning and without any way to stop it.
The level of fear is way out of proportion to the actual situation, and is often completely unrelated.
It passes in a few minutes, however, repeated attacks can continue to recur for hours.
1. Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
3. Trembling or shaking
4. Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
5. Feeling of choking
6. Chest pain or discomfort
7. Nausea or abdominal distress
8. Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
9. Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
10. Fear of losing control or going crazy
11. Fear of dying
12. Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations)
13. Chills or hot flushes
My panic attacks start with muscle constrictions and tingling around the eyes, then the feeling spreads to my mouth and lower face. I develop a headache and feel a choking muscle constriction in my neck and tightening of my chest. There is a funny feeling in my chest, like shooting electricity. My heart starts pounding, my breathing is constricted and I feel very weak, especially in my arms and hands. A tingly feeling spreads over my whole body. I have a sense of unreality, of watching myself from a distance, and a growing fear of being unable to control myself. As things escalate, I desperately look for someplace — any place — to escape to. At its peak, I feel like I am going to faint and if things continue, I will surely die.
Mine are horrendous! My heart beats too fast and too much. I get clammy & my breathing accelerates. I start feeling super anxious almost like any little thing is going to tip me right over "the edge". I feel helpless and overwhelmed. Sometimes it makes my head hurt a bit, and they almost always make me nauseus. And like Mattie, I am completely & totally exhausted when one is over. Mine usually last 4+ hours. The only thing I've been able to predict about them is how they make me feel and that I tend to have one around my period.
Peace, Light, & Love!
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