4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 10:58 PM
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Panic attack versus a heart attack in Park Ridge. Anyone experienced a panic attack so debilitating that it made you feel and think you were having a heart attack? Any advice

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:03 PM

Yes. A few times. Tighten random muscles in your body. Like your arm or thigh or calf. It helps to change your blood flow. Also deep breaths hold for 3 seconds exhale as much as you can. In through mouth out through nose

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:03 PM

Yes. I had to sit and concentrate on something and take deep breaths. The app “headspace” can help you. It’s so scary and I’m so sorry you experienced this. I called my doctor for medication to help calm me. Im not sure if that’s an option for you. You have to focus on something to keep you grounded. Try practicing your breathing throughout the day to be proactive with your panic attacks. Good luck. Sending love your way!

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:05 PM

Yes. Try and focus and count your breathing. In your mouth count to 3 blow out for 3 secs. Remember to focus!

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:05 PM

Yes! Advice In my experience it’s because your medication is not a working for you to have such a bad panic attack. Assuming that you are on any medication that is.

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:06 PM

Alyssa Von D ^^^^^this^^^

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:08 PM

Yep. I had those a lot. I ended up seeing a therapist and psychiatrist and getting on meds. Much more manageable. Haven’t had one in a few years. I used to have them at least weekly

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:09 PM

I thought I had a hole in my lung or something! Yeah so for me if I run or do something physical to raise my heart rate for a reasonable reason that would ordinarily raise my heart rate anyway like dancing or running for something— that seems to help kinda give the panic an outlet. I actually went to an oncologist when I had my panic attack and thought I had cancer or something in my Heart or lungs causing me to have so much trouble breathing! Then i went to an allergist. She laughed and told me that the way I was breathing in that office wasn’t asthma or allergies but anxiety. She told me I needed to cry and to see a shrink! Hahaha she was right! My parents has just died 3 months apart and I hadn’t really had time to process it. Took time but eventually the attacks went away. The grounding exercise is great. If you had any trauma, Emdr is a super effective therapy. Good luck!

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:13 PM

The above breathing tricks help especially if you can sit in a tub with the shower running on your head. Water on your face helps with your heart rate.

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:14 PM

Love all of the advice. You're not alone! ❤️

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:15 PM

I learned when taking those breaths, they should be slow and deep through the nose until you feel it all the way to your stomach and then out through the mouth. As scary as it may seem, try to stay calm, the more worked up you get the worse the attack!

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:19 PM

Cognitive behavioral therapy

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:21 PM

Yes Emily I so understand . Remember I told you my dad has Parkinsonand and dementia now my mom has it too. I wish there was something that cures these anxiety attacks . If you need to talk message me because I am trying to find a cure too. They are HORRIBLE.

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:31 PM

A panic attack, and I have them, immediately subsides as soon as the threat is gone, at least for me. My guess is that if you continue to feel heart symptoms, go check it out.

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:47 PM

I had a handful of them which I later found out was in relation to gallbladder attacks. It messed with my fight or flight response. Now I that my gall bladder is out, I have no more attacks. I guess the threat is gone. The slow breathing helped me.

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:51 PM

See a health care professional. Look into Emotions Anonymous meetings.

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4 months ago on 05/23/2020 at 11:59 PM

Yes. If you were even able to write about it in Facebook, it's not a heart attack. Trust me.

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4 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 12:01 AM

I think you should call your doc

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4 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 12:03 AM

Yep. It’s like running a race that you never can stop, your heart is pounding against your chest you’re all jittery you literally feel like you’re having a heart attack but you’re not. I’ve had such bad anxiety that I’m literally paralyzed with fear sometimes. I was much younger then and I can truly say that it’s not so bad now I can control what happens to my body. Recognizing it as anxiety that’s causing it. You just have to slow your body down and slow your mind down that’s feeding your body. Be aware that sometimes medications can cause you to have anxiety. A lot of depression medication has a side effect of anxiety. Try to find some thing that you can be thankful for each day and rely on your faith if you believe in God. Take a few minutes each day to just enjoy what you can. Like the beautiful sunny day we had today before the rain came I was grateful for that. My daughter had brain cancer at the age of nine and I can say that living in a hospital setting with her for 4 1/2 months was really hard. But I got through it not without some scars. I I found ways to get through it like I still tutored a few students during that time to supplement the amount of money that I was spending on parking fees at the hospital of $70 plus a week. I was able to turn that part of me off and just help a child during that time and that gave me a lot of fulfillment. During this season of Covid it’s hard not to be nervous or anxious. But what will happen will happen there’s not a whole lot that you can do to change that other than guard yourself as much as you can to keep you and your family healthy. Recognize that a lot of people are doing double and triple duty jobs. If you have children you are suddenly their primary caregiver and oh by the way still trying to work a job to support the family. There’s a lot of stress on both mothers and fathers right now. It helps to take it one day at a time and say let me just get through today in the best way that I can. Take a few minutes to focus on doing some thing that you enjoy each day. Find a way to help others because that takes a lot off of you. Get help from a trusted therapist. sometimes medication can help I’m really not a fan. get regular exercise and regular sleep and eat on the healthier side all of these things will help you. There is an organization called NAMI that you can call and talk to somebody and they will understand and they won’t judge you and they won’t make you feel lesser than what you are. People who struggle with depression and anxiety it’s not a disorder there’s one doctor that considers it a physical ailment. Anxiety basically set your body up like a car revving all day. https://www.nami.org/Home

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4 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 12:06 AM

I thought I was having a heart attack a few times and ended up in immediate care with a clear EKG. Turns out I’m allergic to dairy & it’s what was the cause.

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4 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 12:22 AM

Breathe in for four hold it for four out for four repeat

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4 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 12:40 AM

I had these when I started going through menopause. Went to the hospital er a few times.

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4 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 12:55 AM

What works for me is brushing my teeth. I know it's weird, but at that moment whatever works. Good luck! Stay calm. It will pass.

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4 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 1:27 AM

Kim Tunzi Sernel

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 5:46 AM

I’ll message you.

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 5:52 AM

I hope it was only a panic attack and not a heart issue and you are feeling better this morning. Have a beautiful day!

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 6:31 AM

Always see your doctor to get a medical diagnosis. I don't think a Facebook question is really the best way to make a determination about something you questioned so seriously. Good Luck and Good Health . God Bless.

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 6:56 AM

Yes, the mind is very powerful and could make you think and feel like your having a heart attack. After you’ve reached out to your Dr. to allay your concerns, look up meditation, there are many apps you can use. It will be hard at first but that’s helped me with my anxiety and panic attacks.

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 7:07 AM

A trick I learned from my psychologist is since your fight or flight system is what’s triggering your panic attack and your probably trying to inhale quickly and take deep breaths. You have to trick your mind to get out of fight or flight mode. It may feel uncomfortable at 1st but keep doing it. It worked for me. Inhale for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 6 and repeat. I really hope your doing better this morning. (Big hug)

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 7:42 AM

More than once

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 8:45 AM

Oh man yes and many other things. I have generalized anxiety disorder and struggle daily. Some days are ok others are tough. I swear I master one symptom then my body changes it up and makes me feel like something else is happening 😞 of course ask a doctor but know if def can

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 8:47 AM

These aren’t easy to deal with. As you see you are not alone.

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 9:01 AM

You are not alone! ❤️ Don’t categorize yourself as “different”, these attacks are temporary, they too shall pass. Message me, I would love to chat!

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 11:17 AM

Yes almost every day. 😞

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 12:32 PM

Jumping jacks!

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 1:30 PM

Yes. Hugs.

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 6:33 PM

Never self diagnose heart attack symptoms. If it was a panic attack it’s best to hear that from a doctor.

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3 months ago on 05/24/2020 at 7:56 PM

My ex would have them frequently. Each and every time, he swore it was a heart attack and refused to believe they were anxiety attacks. Went to multiple doctors seeking confirmation that it was his heart. They are very real and should have medical attention, to rule out other issues.

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