Anxiety Panic Attacks and Chest Pain and Scared of Driving.

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Two weeks ago i was coimg to home driving car and my heart started poundung and felt like i am having heart attack and i stoped the car and managed to went to nearest shop they called me an ambulance and i was short of breath and shaking and on and on... Paramadis came and put the ecg machine and check blood pressure and it was ok thats waht they said and the they bring me ER and had blood test and chest X-Ray and Treaddmill Stress Test all seems to be ok and they sent me home....

Went to my GP he gave me Anxicalm 5MG 2 tabs as required and i took few tablets and then managed to stay away from them few days.

But i fell everyday Chest Pain specialy left side and sufocated and scared to drive and walk alone because when i was walking last time alone i feel like my heart is stoping and all the power is gone from my body.

I am always in fear and scared.

Now my GP put me on Citrol (Citalopram) 10mg one tab a day.

Any help advise i really need your help. 

Waiting for the magic words to cool down my Anxiety and Panic Attacks. 

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    The same thing happens to me. On the same meds. Same fears. It gets better. I promise. (im still in early phases but I have great days and bad days)
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      Thanks Delaina, Day 3 on Citrol (Citalopram) my DR told me i will feel more Panic and Anxiety level for few days or week then this tab will kick in.

      At the moment day 3 and my Panic and Anxiety is extremely high now how many days i have to wait to be feel ok... Well i took Anxicalm 5MG to keep me cool down.  

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      Thanks again Sarah smile

      I started Chamomile tea from yesterday how many cups can i drink in a day and i started Triple Omega 3.6.9 as well.

      I take citalopram around 11am one tab a day but i feel Panic and Anxiety around 5pm till late night ups and down and sleeping only 5 to 6 hours even i took Anxicalm last night half tablet.

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    I was on citalopram and after about 1 week I felt a little better. It takes 4 weeks to work properly. It really helped but I also had counselling and put things in place like walking, drinking chamomile tea, exercising, keeping mind focussed. It helped but you have to work at it. It's not nice but keep telling yourself you won't let it beat you and you will get through it !
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      Thanks Sarah for sharing your experience and making my positive moral high God Bless You.

      And if you find anything more sugestion for me please share.

      I will be updating my situation on a regular basis.

      ​Again God Bless you Sarah.

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    Hi Ali,

    You poor soul. I am fairly new to this site but I am amazed at the number of people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. I had my run in with both over thirty years ago, and I also suffered from an overpowering phobia of public speaking. I finally sought out a psychologist who specialised in phobias and, after just six sessions, he helped me conquer my phobia and the panic attacks and anxiety, which were connected.

    Though it took six weeks to conquer my fears, I learnt one very valuable lesson - it actually takes our brain less than a second to make very powerful changes. You don't change a bit at a time. You brain stores up stuff then, when it is ready to make that change, it happens almost instantaneous.

    Remember this, Ali. Your heart is absolutely fine. You had that confirmed by several specialists so let your heart beat as it sees fit. So what is it that you are afraid of? Your panic attacks and anxiety are your brain's way of protecting you from something that it believes will hurt you. Your brain isn't out to hurt you, Ali, it is there to protect you, so sometimes you need to find out what it believes it is protecting you from. Start a conversation with it: ask it what your anxiety does FOR you. That should get you started on an amazing conversation.   

    Don't be a stranger, tell us how you are progessing, Ali.  

    Best always,

    myc   

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      Dear Myc,

      Thanks for the kind words and reply I will be looking for counsellor in my area I found few online I will give them a ring tomorrow and see which one is better and can help me.

      I live in Ireland (Dublin) Hope I can find some good counsellor or meeting plans so I can be in order sooner then latter.

      And again I really appreciate your help and will be updating this thread.

      May god bless you MYC

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    hi Ali,

    I can share your pain, i've suffered with anxiety, panic attacks and depression for just over 10 years. I know how soul crushing it can feel when your whole world is consumed by an overwhelming panicked feeling. 

    There isn't a thing i haven't tried from self shock treatments eg splashing my face with ice cold water to shock my brain into thinking of anything else but the panic to trying to talk about it with close family.

    The one thing that has actually physically helped me by stopping the panic attacks has been medication.

    I started on Citalopram but after 5 days I had to be changed to Venlafaxine due to Citalopram justnot being the right antidepressant for me, and it is finding the right medication for you and not the other way round.

    All i can suggest is that you really give Citalopram a chance to work, between 4 and 8 weeks they say to wait before expecting real results.

    For the panic side of the story though I take the Beta Blocker Propranolol, if your panic attacks continue i whole heartedly suggest you return to your doctor and ask for this. it actually stops your body from being able to release the adrenaline and this is what causes a panic attack.

    It's stopped mine dead on, I really owe my quality of life to Propranolol.

    Anyway I really hope your situation improves soon and I hope any of what I've written helps even in the smallest way.

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      Hi Dannie,

      Thanks for all the kind words and sharing you experience with me means a lot to me I will give these tabs 4 to 8 weeks and hopefully they will workout for me.

      From no on I am trying some meditation videos from YouTube.

      I will see how my panick attacks are in 2 weeks if no changes I will go back to my GP.

      Thanks and may God bless you Dannie.

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      Hi again Ali,

      Dannie just recommended Propranolol which is something I recommended to another post yesterday. It stops your body over producing Andrenaline, which is really what drives all internal fears, anxiety and those horrible panic attacks. We over-produce Adrenaline as part of the Fight or Flight reflex left over from our caveman days (ooops, and cavelady days) when we needed to outrun a Saber Toothed Tiger.  

      Propranolol is amazing since it doesn't interfere with your brain. Unlike many prescribed drugs that treat anxiety but make you feel detached and spaced out, propranolol simply turns the adrenaline tap right down. You won't even know you've taken it. It will take a day or two for you to trust it, but when you do, I promise you you will have the same success as Dannie. 

      Good on yer, Dannie! I completely agree with you!

      best always,

      myc

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      Thank you myc smile

      I really would recommend this to anyone, it's none evasive medication and it really does, pardon the plainivity, does what is says on the tin.

      Most amazing thing i've discovered for my panic attacks and i haven't had a single on in almost a year.

      it's completely changed my life not always stressing about my next attack, which in turn relieved some of the anxiety, because whether you realise it or not you do start to feel more anxiety about when your next panic attack will come and how long it will last.

      It's like a metaphorical breath of fresh air not having that constant weight on your mind and lets you focus on a more deep rooted salvation for the reason behind it all.

       

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      Hey Dannie,

      I'm guessing you are in the UK as 'does what it says on the tin" is an expression I've only ever seen in my favourite UK motorcycle magazines. 

      And I'm glad you find hypnosis helpfull. I was trained as a hypnotherapist back in England. Working on a possible book/DVD series based on my research as to how good we really are when we introduce hypnosis into the mix. It really is mindboggling.

      Glad you have wrestled those panic attacks to the mat.

      Take care,

      myc

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      I am from the UK lol yes, where are you from??

      I really do find it helpful and i was a sceptic before i tried it. 

      Whenever i'm feeling anxious on a night and i'm struggling to sleep I play "Relax & sleep well" hypnotherapy and i'm asleep before i've even realised and wake up feeling rested and refreshed. I've never felt relaxation like it, my whole body just relaxes, my mind goes blank and i can sleep with ease.

      Can i just point out that I have Death Anxiety (Thanatophobia) and being relaxed at any point is an extremely big deal for me, especially when i'm trying to sleep.

      I'd recommend hypnotherapy to anyone suffering with anxiety.

      D x  

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      Hey Dannie Girl,

      I was actually born in Wimbledon, which is all the proof I need that God has a sense of humour since I'm hopeless on a tennis court. Moved around a,lot, ended up in Canada. Best country in the world. I'm a hour south of Calgary, Alberta and an hour from the snow capped Rocky Mountains.

      myc x 

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      Dannie,

      I had to Google Thanatophobia to understand what it was. Aren't we complicated beings? Anyway, I wanted to tell you something about your fear of death, just not sure this is the right forum but I'll plough ahead.

      When I turned thirty, I learnt I'd been a twin. My twin had been born two weeks before our due date (Dec 19) and in those days the doctors were pretty closed lipped about talking to their patients. So my mum never knew if she'd lost a boy or girl baby. It was such an ahha moment when I finally discovered I'd been one of two because I'd been restless my whole life, feeling I was missing something.

      Then things went really strange. Within a few weeks of learning I'd been a twin, I began to get strange premonitions that were extremely detailed and propethic. I began to wonder if I was somehow still connected to my twin (I began to refer to him/her as my Spirit Twin). These premonitions have continued for decades, literally in their hundreds and every one has been totally accurate.

      Twenty-five years ago, I was in a car accident and suffered severe whiplash which turned into a continuous migraine. I mean, twenty-four seven, non stop for almost twenty years. Anyway, because my neck was involved, my doctor put me on Vioxx (taken off the market years ago). Unfortunately I suffered internal bleeding from two Vioxx induced ulcers. Hemaglobin count dropped to 60 (should be 180) and I looked like Casper the Ghost. My wife at the time got me to the doctor's office. He immediately called for an ambulance, absolutely convinced I was about to take a massive heart attack with my hemaglobin that low.

      Here's the good bit. My wife, my doctor, his nurse, his receptionist and three paramedics were in the room, staring at me laying on a stretcher, convinced I was at death's door. Which of course, I was.

      Then, in the corner of the room, above me and slightly to the left, I noticed a light came on. Not like a ligh bulb but a shaft of light coming from the ceiling. I seemed to be the only one who could see it.

      Then, I lady called out my name "Michael." Again, I seemed to be the only one who could hear her. I looked up at the ceiling. The light remained on as she spoke to me (I couldn't see her behind the light). She told me not to worry and that I would be fine because it as not my turn (to die). As she spoke, I felt every cell in my body relax and I understood that, as she promised, I would be absolutely fine.

      I was taken to Calgary by ambulance and amazed the paramedics by sitting up with them talking about all manner of things. Against all odds, I survived and thrived. 

      As a result of that experience, I no longer have any fear of death or dying. Maybe we all have our own expiry date. Since then, I have had many experiences with people who have died and have been able to communicate with me. Weird, I know and like you I am the least religious man on thne planet. But Dannie, I can absolutely promise you that dying is mearly a state of transition to a much more interesting place and there is nothing to fear whatsoever. We are all just big bundles of energy, and energy can never be created or destroyed, only changed into a different form.  

      I hope this helped just a tiddly bit.

      myc x

           

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      hi myc,

      Thank you whole heartedly for 1: taking up the time to read about my phobea as very few know it's an actual thing, hell, i didnt until about 2 years ago......and 2: for sharing your, what was surly, an amazing and life changing experience, that really is something to happen to someone, almost dying and then being promised by a girl, who could have been your 'spirit twin', that you were going to be ok.

      Those types of thing are a once in a life time experience.

      I myself wasn't a twin but my older brother was, he had a brother who died of cot death at 6 months old called Andrew, and i always wonder what it would have been like to have another brother.

      I have in the past talked to him for solice or just on occasion he's popped into my mind, for no perticular reason, i just remember his name as i was born after he passed.

      I really wish i could have some sort of enlightening spiritual moment like yours, even a little one, just to put some other thought in my mind except for nothingness. I really wish i could think like you, i wish i could be religious or anything apart from scientific and logical, ie there is no life after death, no other existance, everything must die and so for must I, to make room for future generations, isn't that why everything dies?

      My fear and feelings towards death are so strong i often wonder if having children is unfair in a way, bringing life into this world just so it can die???? 

      My fear is very complicated and messes with my way of thinking to the point where i see the bad in almost everything and see no point in anything. It's a horrible way to have an outlook on life but such is mine.

      I often wonder why everyone isn't like me seeing as everyone must die at some point but i guess denial is strong in everyone to a point.

      I may just be a big bundle of energy myc but I won't be 'me' when i die, i wont be anything, and that's my upmost fear.

      I hate it every single day but have to live with it each second of every minute of every hour of every day. It NEVER leaves my thought's, even for a second and i'm honestly not being over the top, it effects my every day life, what i will and wont do, how i feel towards myself and others.

      it's exhausting at best and destructive at worst.

      But to turn a conversation from morbid to moderately nice, you have helped me, maybe not in the way you intended but just in the fact you've taken interest and actually seem to understand, which in my life is a rarity in all forms. Not even my own family have gone to the extent you have so from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

      D x

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      Hi Dannie Girl,

      As far as your phobia is concerned, I'm curious how long you have had it and what triggered it? Most phobias are born out of a traumatic incident and are described as creating a morbid feat of something. Mine (Public Speaking but I'm over that now) happened on stage in front of 120 people. The brain is amazing because it will take that traumatic incident and will design a bullet-proof phobia to protect you from ever having another traumatic moment like the first one. The brain recognises the pain the trauma produced and simply says, don't you worry, Dannie girl, I will make sure you are never subjected to that trauma ever again. Bingo! It creates a phobia for you. It is actually extremely smart when you think about it. In my case, it happened while I was introducing a gentleman up on stage and I was reading from his biog when everything went sideways (stress had been building for several months, this was the final straw). Afterwards, my brain really did a number on me. Anything that related to public speaking made me feel dreadful. Worse of all, I wasn't able to read anything out loud. I couldn't even read a bedtime story to my two sons. But you know what? I got so much better at making up bedtime stories and my kids loved them!      

      The point I'm trying to make, Dannie, is that while you view your phobia as something horrific, try looking at it as something your brain has designed to protect you. From what, I'm not sure, but I do know phobias are our minds way of protecting us from additional trauma. Once you are able to view it from that perspective, you will find it doesn't hurt as much. Your phobia isn't trying to hurt you. It is simply protecting you from a repeat performance of an earlier trauma. Sounds weird to say it, but your phobia honestly believes it is helping you.

      Let me know if any of this helps. I truly do understand your fear and want nothing but the best for you. We were not put on this earth to see through each other, but to see each other through.

      myc xx.  

       

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      Hi myc,

      well to answer your questions my phobia started when i was 15/16 when my nan (basically my second mother) passed away at 64 due to cancer. It just brought my own existance into the lime light, ever sice then i've had a massive phobia mostly about my own death but also about the death of my loved ones. I dont know whats going to happen exactly when my mum and dad pass away but i now it's probably the worst thing thats ever going to happen too me.

      But thats mostly why i cant get over my phobia so easily because i cant stop this from happening but am going to have to deal with it at some point, so any advice you have on that would be helpful??? lol

      I really do get what you mean when you say my phobia is trying to protect me but how is that ever going to be plausable?? people die every day, how can my brain protect me from that??

      it all seems pretty hopeless in my eyes because i compare my phobia to others but wonder how you can get over something thats inevitably going to happen??

      sorry if ive answered your questions with questions lol but you see my problem no??

      Your phobia hit rather quickly didnt it, but i'm glad you managed to turn it into good, even if you had to go through a horrible time to get there. was surly worth it.

      I just dont see how i can turn mine around like you did.

      You have helped though, again, by your little enlightenment about a phobia is there to protect you in a way, it's quite ensightful.

      look forward to some answers smile 

      D x

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      AGGGHHHH!

      I just wrote you a great text and was near the end when it literally disappeared. A little box opened saying my Flash something had crashed. My flashdrive? I have searced everywhere but cannot find my reply to you.

      myc

         

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      Hi Dannie,

      I am trying to send you a private message but cannot figure out to to do that. Youy sent me one so I'm hoping you can text me back here and guide me though the process. 

      Thx Dannie

      myc

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