anxiety attack - feeling bad

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So earlier I was walking outside up a hill, not to steep, and I am in shakpe, so shouldn't be a big deal. Then I was breathing a bit harder and felt like my heart did a flipped beat, I get this sensation often unfortunately. Have been checked for all possible heart ailments, done CBT, do the deep breathing, avoid all caffeine, exercise, and still this ridiculous feeling now that I am in the middle of a heart attack. I (think) I know that I'm not, but I recently read this article that said most women do not experience heart problems like men and that they should trust their instincts if they think something is wrong. But, I feel like I cannot trust myself because I am usually wrong, i.e. it's not a heart attack. But I cannot shake that nagging feeling that this time, it's something real. I hate this anxiety so much. I feel like my body just betrays me at every turn even when I work so hard to think it through and be rational. 

It's the what if it is something THIS time that has me wholly upset now. 

Just wanted to vent. Maybe someone else has some words of encouragement or has felt the same? Thanks. 

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    I feel exactly the same, today I was sat at my desk and my top lip felt weird bit tingly , I then started feeling like my speech was weird it wasn't but I had convinced myself it was, went straight to the toilet did some googling and that was it I was having a stroke!! I am the same I try and rationalise with myself I calm down then I think "what if I am having a stroke this time" it's bloody horrendous constantly sending myself round in circles.

    I have had my first session of CBT so I'm hoping that will help.

    Hope you feel better soon

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      Thanks for answering. It's the little rhings isn't, it? a tiny sensation, that our minds blow out of proportion and then, there we are. petrified of "what if". i hate it. cbt can help - it did actually for me, but sometimes i have a day wher i can't talk myself down. hope you feel better!
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    Hey I know how u feel I don't exercise much bc of anxiety and if I do somtimes feel like I'm going to have a panic attack
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      Hi Lee - I think exercising can help reduce anxiety. You work off energy and presumably stress / adrenalin and feel better. I was afraid of my workouts for a long time. After my first panic attack, I stopped completely thinking as you, that I woukd have a heart attack. I eased back in after my doctor said I shoukd, and it is helpful. Maybe try again? Good luck.
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    Well if you've been to a doctor and they did tests and everything is fine I'm pretty sure you're not having a heart attack. I am very familiar with anxiety attacks, panic attacks. I have been diagnosed earlier in my life with agoraphobia social anxiety generalized anxiety disorders. And then I think after my sister died I had some massive depression for about 4 years 5 years. Anyway I have been on valium and I would not suggest taking any benzodiazepines it is a nice quick fix and works within like 15 minutes of feeling like you're going to freak out or have a heart attack but getting off of them is not what you want believe me. Thanks to Jesus above I am tapering off of Valium right now very well. And I will never touch a benzo as long as I live! I have a therapist that is awesome and he told me that when I start to feel like freaking out because your heart will beat faster the more that you freak out. And sometimes it feels like it's doing a flip when your having an anxiety attack or panic attack. Butt breathe in from your gut slowly and count to 4 while you're breathing in through ur nose and then hold it and count to 7 then release your breath out ur mouth. Know from experience I know that this might be feeling scary when you do it because you might feel like you're going to pass out but believe me you won't. The reason why were feeling so crazy and the heart beating fast a lot of the time is because your body does this flight or fight reaction to things that you are uncomfortable with and sometimes these anxiety attacks just come out of the blue. But either way these are relaxation exercises of breathing and the deal is is that you have too much oxygen in your body. So by holding your breath you're replacing the carbon dioxide that you're lacking and because of lack and carbon dioxide it makes our hearts beat faster and your body feel like in your mind feel like you need to flee you know like you need to run from the situation which only elevates your fast heartbeat. Another thing is take a look at your situation around you and look at the reality of it it's kind of like a walkthrough. No one's chasing you, no one's out to kill you common no one's killing you you're a healthy individual so you're not having a heart attack you just got a little excited for whatever reason and you need to come down by getting more carbon dioxide back into your body. That's why you see people breathing into bags because they're letting out carbon dioxide into the bag.. then they suck it back in replacing the carbon dioxide. Believe me it will help slow down your heart rate and you will feel better. Just know it's a little bit scary at first because it does kind of feel like you might pass out but don't worry about it because you won't. I hope this helps I've been through a lot of hell with anxiety my entire life I'm pretty sure I was anxious from the moment of conception LOL no joke when I was born I was born 2 months early because an emergency C-section because my mom did PCP while I was in my mom's stomach still and I came out 2 months early because I had my umbilical cord wrapped around my neck choking me to death! That probably explains why I've had anxiety issues LOL. Anyway if you would like to chat more or need any more type of advice or help or if this is helpful in anyway which hopefully it was still free to contact me because I am full of information I've been dealing with all of this crap for many years!!
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    You have a mal function period. You are going to get panic attacks randomly or basically whenever you have too much stimulation. You can be walking along and your body can deciede for whatever broken reason theres too much going on and boom!  Thats when you use cbt and proper breathing. Cbt wont prevent the triigered fight or flight thats a mal function in you. It will aid in calming you down and hopefully in the first ten minutes of the triggred attack. Its really rough theres no preventative here there is manually handling it and coping after it begins. Maybe in time youll catch it early on and breathe through it before it excaltes but it is not a cure. It a coping mechanism. I have no honest understanding how this isnt labeled differently by science. They dont have a core cure for it. Its is obvious to anyone who lives with this it is a disbility, it is a mal function in the brain. 
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