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Hi. I am a 45 year old in the US. I started getting panic attacks when I was 28. Funny thing though, they started off as what felt like hormonal surges in my body. Which lead me to anxious thinking, which brings me to today.
I will apologize if this is scattered. I’m feeling pretty scattered right now. I went I’d AD when I was 28. It provided great relief for 10 years. With some breakthrough hormonal surges that left me in bed. What I mean by hormonal surges is this: anxiety, shaking uncontrollably, muscle tension, feelings on doom, a warm flush from my chest/back down to my stomach and uncontrollable thoughts. Oh yeah, and racing heart and tightness in my chest.
These surges normally happened a few days into my period. Now, flash forward to today. I was getting these surges periodically, now they are coming on regularly. I’m freaking out. I have three kids at home (12,10 & 10). The thoughts of not being able to function are driving me crazy. I have muscle tension, abdominal pain, lightheadedness, anxiety, racing thoughts, warm flushes and tingling.
What can I do to help. I have to be strong for my kids. I have to be kind to myself. Yet, I just want to crawl up and hide!
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