Anxiety, panic attacks & physical pain

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Hi, my anxiety happened over night was havin panic attacks really bad, my heart races I'm on propranolol that helps a little but it's the physical side that I can't cope with, I get pains in my chest & back sometimes , my arm aches all of the time it makes me so scared, I can't take it off my mind I have children & all of this is effecting my day to day like it feels like I'm getting strangled, can any one relate to this? Thanks

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    Hi Leonie33332

    I  can relate to it. Its a viscious circle. Once the physical  side of anxiety and panic  takes over the mind goes into overdrive. The things you are describing are related to anxiety and panic. Try to tell yourself that, in spite of these things happening, you are still here. I do that when I start to think what if it isnt just a panic attack, but something worse. However, thats easier said than done.but, yes i am still here and able to text and so are you. The mind is very powerful.  Are you having any help with counselling? Seems like you could do with a little help. Having children and trying to control anxiety and panic can't be easy. Trying to look after yourself is tough enough let alone a home and family. Maybe a revisit to your GP to say you are having a struggle might get you some extra help? I hope so.x

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      Hi sue, thanks for your reply means a lot,, it's not easy & I must say in gettin better at controlling it but I'm always thinking there's something wrong with me, I get tightening in my chest & arm & also a pain in the middle of my breasts sorry for the detail, do you get the physical side? It happens more a I'm thinking about it all of the time, it's making things hard for my partner, wished it would all go away x
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    Hi leonie, I too get physical symptoms but they are different to yours. I feel hot and cold at the same time, have stomach ache and often feel the need to go to the toilet. Obviously racing heart and fast breathing too. I know it is anxiety because when I don't feel anxious the symptoms dissapear. Do yours go away when you are not anxious?

    When I'm feeling bad I try to keep really busy so I don't have time to think about being anxious and then the physical symptoms are not there either. I'm worse when I'm not busy and especially when I'm alone.

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      Hi, and yeah when I'm really occupied it starts to go away but I'm a real worrier & every thing plays on my mind which is hard, I get really scared of being alone I think something bad will happen to me & there's no one to get me any help, this has come from no where it just happened one day, the more I think about the pains I get the more it happens I get back ache chest pains and my stomach feels like it's in knots with worry xx
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    Hi again Leonie. 

    I do get some strange reactions to panic attack. I certainly get the breathlessness feeling, then pins and needles. Feel as if  I am about to faint. Dry mouth, can't  swallow very well...lump type feeling in the throat. The list for anxiety and panic is endless and not everyone seems to have the exact same symptoms.

    Is there something that possibly triggered these attacksx

     

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      Hi, an yeah I get the pins & needles and also get aches & pains in my kneck and head aches, I get the hot flushes and my eyes get tired really easy, I don't know what has triggered all if this could be stress as I have 3 little ones and my son has ADHD which is hard to deal with at times, but I'm trying to work out what the cause is to try & get to the bottom of all this, I get scared to be alone an I used to enjoy time alone xx
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    I have started to worry about being alone, especially if I'm at home and my partner is at work and I can't contact him. If I feel this way I try to go out somewhere or to visit family or friends to take my mind off it.

    I wish people would treat this as a serious illness. If I had broke my leg, no one would expect me to carry on as normal would they! I hope you have a supportive partner and family.

    It is most likely anxiety causing further anxiety but there are other things that might be contributing such as thyroid problems or food intolerances.

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      Hi, yeah I have a supportive partner & also my mam help out wen he's at work as I don't like to be on my own & I hope not it scares me to think there could be something wrong as I've an ECG done & also blood tests and every thing was fine apart from low on iron, & also water samples and every thing has been done & still nothing, I'm gonna go bk to the doctors next week and ask for more tests to make sure there isn't any wrong & thanks x
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      Maybe ask docs about thyroid conditions and look at food intolerances. Try cutting something out of your diet for a couple of weeks then try something else such as wheat, dairy, sugars etc to see if you feel better. Do lots of excersise. Maybe ask your partner to take some time off work, go away for a few days a change of scenery might help x
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    Have you tried hypnotherapy?

    It may work for you as it did for me

    Also there are a lots of book out there that can teach you how to deal with your attacks

    Some will guide you step by step.

    It will get better with time , I know it sounds very cliche but it is true, hanging there. The most important step is that you recognized your issue, now you need to move to the second phase to confront your anxiety and reduce it to a minimum . After that you will move to the phase three and take control of your life again. You can do it.

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      Hi, thanks for your reply means a lot, and no I haven't tried any of them but I'm kinda in control again of the panic attacks it's the physical side that I can't cope with it frightens me lots, but even that's gettin easier over the last few days, did you have physical side ? X
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