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Hello everyone. Every night before bed I feel like I'm rocking in a boat and very spacey. It prevents me from sleeping cos I will almost jolt myself up to prevent myself from "dying". I dunno what it could be. I'm so scared sad I'm going to see a doctor tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be diagnosed with something. I'm just so tired of feeling so anxious and out of control.

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  • katrinkels

    I should also mention that my hands and feet feel numb when this happens too. Somebody said it could be my soul wanting to travel.

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  • john59972

    Hi

    Dont want to disappoint you, but its NOT your soul travelling. Its classic Anxiety. It is unpleasant, but certainly nothing to worry about and 10000000000% you will not die. Make you a deal if you die I will give you my car!!!!!

    Tell your doctor, they will reassure you its a bit of anxiety and it will pass as quick as it came.

    Anxiety has and never will kill you, its unpleasant. Keep moving, keep busy, sing out loud, dance anything to take your mind off it and it will pass. Its only sticking around because you are thinking about it and giving it the time of day.

    Speak you doctor, get the reassurance you need, then move on. Hope that help, I think everyone on this site has been there.

    John

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    • ESaragosa john59972

      So, if anxiety doesn't kill you then my nerves wouldn't have been messed up. . White flashes in my eyes, asleep feet. My nerve funtion with my heart  I had 2 palpitations.. Sounds like it ws killing off my nerves. My breathing attacks. My auto neves. Twitching in my body and even my brain. It bounced like a cheeseburger on jack in the box commercial. No jobke. N I think even my heart. No joke. I had my feet fall asleep and I think one time after the brain and heart twitching my heart stopped. In my dream I seen a white bright place.. Like Just shiny white.. So have others from testimony on news and just reality. The next day I was like "What was my night about?" lol..  Anxiety almost suffocated me because I got about 2 breathing attacks.  N Few in the middle of the night. Anxiety does kill.. So anyway, after Doctors called it "anxiety" and I always disagreed. I beleived that my nerves were inflamed. Fatigue, loss of huneger, some constimpation, twitching, breathing attacks, (in day, middle of night, and lastly before I try and sleep It was just a shocker.)  One night of hallucination. 2 fat migrains. All udner 5 months. Really somethings was wrong with my nerves. I beleived it. & since I knew one nerve was already inflamed, due to sensation to my tooth, and having it taken out, I beleive it was there long enough for my other nerves to have something funny go on with them. Demand of MRI I always asked. CT scans I got. 2 times. My nerves were ok. The second time I stated I got hit in the head with a baseball bat. Was fatigued and had a cold all week. No good stool movement either. They gave me a shot, I refused and they said it was routine. I refused 3 times. I told them my head only hurts in the day these last 2 weeks. & I know it will hurt tomorrow. But right now its not hurting. I finally let them give me a shot after so many offers. It was Toradol shot about 40 MM They did another CT scan. They said it was ok. The next day at work I was on break and had a huge burp! Something I haven't done in such a long time. I was feeling good. I beleive it was a sign of myself getting back to normal. :D That night I looked up the shot cuz I felt good and they said yes for pain and I also found out it was for INFLAMED BLOOD VESSELS IN THE HEAD. I was shocked and stunned! I knew my blood vessels were inflamed! Lately i just get minor head sores now. Oh yeah I had massive chest inflamation. It's down now too. But feels like it can be chronic pain. But i'm ok. It comes and goes.I asked a doctor on a checkup this month if a CT scan is better than MRI for blood vessles. She said they are kind of the same. Although CT scan only is tryhing to see any clots or some sort. & i asked since they are so small, maybe couldn't see the inflammation. I said wherever my blood vessels were inflammed, they are not anymore! & THAT'S MY STORY! 2014 Sure I've had so much stress who does not? Not too a point where I take it out on someone and pull my hair out. Even though I'm bald lol. I had to live in a studio with my family at age 14 to age 18.. That's a lot of years of stress, right?? I'm in my late 20's now.. anxiety is said when doctors think it's mental and all. Junk answers. When you know there's something wrong with yourself, then there's something wrong. U know yourself better than anyone else! Besides God. But, this stress build up belief "Well for me, has been debunked." Some of you might have inflammed blood vessels or nerves and won't know. If you have these symptoms, take some antiinflamation meds or get Toradal shot at the ER and just say you fell off your bike and hit your head, no helmet, and your head still hurts from other day. The shot is a little shot, pain is pain. But the med will only go in your system and fight any inflamation and out once done cycling through body.  It's up to you. N it won't make you dissy or anything lol If yiou have coverage or medical, then great! Take Care & God Bless People! john59972, thanks for reading. Oh yeah, I had sciatica symptoms as well. That sucked cuz it was pain center of my right glut.. and of course thigh and lower leg and back.  lol 2 day of symptom. Wasn't that bad though.

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    • ESaragosa

      The tooth was to be taken out the next month after cold sensation, then the sensation went away and i thought that it was ok. But after the two months total, i had a breathing attack. An ER hospital in NYC stated they have more dental patients than medical. Symptoms are either Jaw pain OR breathing attack. & breathing attack was my very first symptom.

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    • ESaragosa

      ALSO TO SAY: I had tounge sensations on the tip sides and center.. then they started going away too smile & Now gone. Research showed that either it can mean nerve damage, or that my nerves were recovering. smile

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    • oliver81219 ESaragosa

      Hello ESaragosa

      Sorry to hear about your horrible treatment by doctors.

      If you are concerned about inflammation that isn't severe / concentrated enough to show up on a CT scan it can be detected with a simple blood test.

      Inflammation and blood proteins

      If you have inflammation in a part of your body then extra protein is often released from the site of inflammation and circulates in the bloodstream. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) and plasma viscosity (PV) blood tests are commonly used to detect this increase in protein, and so are markers of inflammation.

      https://patient.info/health/Blood-Test-Detecting-Inflammation.htm

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  • jane40765

    Katrinkels, mention to the doctor about your hands and feet going numb, as there could possibly be an underlying cause that's making you feel like this.unlikely but you should still mention it.

    Anxiety affects people in different ways.Good luck for tomorrow.

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  • dee21

    Hi there. All the symptoms you describe are what I had when I first had panic attacks. Sometimes I was certain I would fall out of bed or off a chair as I felt so spaced out / rocking. It is the constant adrenaline racing round your body that is causing this plus the numbness in feet/hands ( this is known as tingling in the extremities and when panic is very strong can be felt in the nose and face too ).

    Hopefully once your doctor has confirmed it is anxiety disorder you will be able to accept you are not about to die and that you can and will get better. Also if you doctor recommends temporary medication to help you in the early stages don't dismiss it as obviously it's better to go without medication but mine was so severe I needed that extra help and was glad I listened took my doctor and not my friends advice.

    Read up as much as you can about panic disorder and learn who to breathe properly , this will lower your anxiety level and ease the symptoms .

    It is not easy but with determination and patience it will get easier. Don't give up when you have a set back which you probably will as the fight is definatley worth it to start to feel good again.

    Lots of luck to you

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  • katrinkels

    Hi there! Thank you for your detailed message! I've actually been dealing with anxiety and panic disorder for the past 3-4 years now. 2012 and 2013 I was virtually anxiety free. But since August I've been feeling so anxious, suffering from all kinds of symptoms. I've been to all kinds of doctors and healers etc etc. They've all helped in their own way, except this very strange floaty, drunk, falling, on a boat feeling. It makes falling asleep so difficult. I just want it to go away. I'm going to my GP tomorrow and hopefully she can figure somethibg out, maybe there's somethibg wrong with my ears. I've completely changed my lifestyle cos of my anxiety, I've stopped smoking, drinking, eating wheat, eating red meat cos they all triggered me in some way. But thank you so much for your support. It means so much to me that there are people out there willing to listen and help. ❤️

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    • tonya46846 katrinkels

      This could be vertigo has it similar affects. I have anxiety and vertigo. And I see an ENT doctor for mine. Try to get a over the counter med for motion sickness.. It will help with the symptoms your having. I take bodine or antivert. Hope this helps

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    • Jim45991 katrinkels

      I have the same! I thought I was experiencing mini seizures. I have come off a small dose of valium 3 months ago and now im stuck with these vertigo + fits/twitching and feeling of falling when falling asleep. Its horrible. These jerks became more intense after i tried acupuncture. It's like whenever my brain is "working" too much, like after exercising, i know i will not be able to sleep at night 

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    • gettup Jim45991

      Hi Jim,

      What's happening to you is called "sleep starts" google that and I bet you will agree that's what it is. Also google "exploding head syndrome" and tell me if any of those symptoms fit what you're experiencing. I'm thinking exploding head sydrome MIGHT be a possibility, but you are DEFINITELY without a doubt experiencing sleep starts, that I know.

      Now, those two conditions I named above are actual conditions in and of themselves, BUT, they are also "symptoms" of another disorder called sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a recognized MEDICAL CONDITION, not psychiatric, yet, ppl are less willing to talk about it or tell anyone when they have an episode, in fear that ppl will think they're crazy because it's almost impossible to describe with precise accuracy and it seems so far fetched, like no one will believe you so you just don't say anything in fear of being judged as such. The thing is, altho it is a recognized medical condition, Dr's and scientist know very little about it. They attempt to explain "how" it happens, but they are at a loss as to WHAT exactly causes it and why. There are two types of sleep paralysis, it either happens AS you are starting to drift off to sleep (but i'm very clear when i say you are NOT ASLEEP, becuz the sudden jolt snaps u into awareness that u are fully awake (albeit, letharic as tho you have been drugged and the attempt to resist falling into sleep (because you feel if you do, you will sure die) brings on the onslaught of convulsions, which causes your heart to go into a frenzy and your heart is about beating out of your chest and when u finally "pull yourself out" of this state, your heart drops as if you're on a rollercoaster and a massive surge of adrenaline is pumped thru out your body. Its insane that one's heart doesn't give out under these conditions, you fear if you don't pull yourself out, like NOW, you'll certainly have a heart attack. So that's the one type, it's called "isolated sleep paralysis at sleep onset" . The other type of SP happens as you are coming out of sleep, so you basically were already asleep for however long, and now you are waking up, and again, i wanna stress that you ARE AWAKE (funny that they call it "sleep" paralysis when it ALWAYS occurs while your awake, (no matter how groggy or letharic, always awake, at least on a conscious level. You are aware that this is happening and that you are not just dreaming)

      Here's another weird fact: not only is sleep paralysis a condition in and of itself, but it is also a SYMPTOM of yet ANOTHER disorder: Narcolepsy (sure sounds alot like "epilepsy" to me, could there be some kind of connection where these mini seizures are concerned? Dr's haven't put forth enough research to find out but they are conducting sleep studies at universities)

      Now, the symptom of sleep paralysis at sleep onset is specifically characteristic to narcolespy, meaning, it usually only occurs during an episode of narcolepsy, but not always, but very rarely does it occur at any other time unless it is ISP, "isolated sleep paralysis" such as people with "chronic isolated sleep paralysis"

      The scientific explanation that Dr's give for the "phenomenom" sleep paralysis (which makes it sound like its a non-medical condition even tho it's classified as one) only explains it's occurence as one is waking up or coming out of their sleep. It doesn't explain it's occurence for happening as one is FALLING asleep and the "scientific explanation" fits for the type that occures as one is waking up, however, it does not fit at all with it's occurence at sleep onset.

      The scientific explanation given for isolated sleep paralysis (meaning, it cannot be ascribed to narcolepsy) is that in order to prevent us from physically "acting out" our dreams while we sleep (if one is dreaming they are in a fist fight, they might start actually "punching" in their sleep, and possibly beat up their significant other, or if one is dreaming they are building a house and are hammering nails into a wall, one might pick up a pair of scissors left on their nightstand thinking they are hammering nails when in fact they are actually stabbing their spouse to death in their sleep) so in order to prevent us from acting out our dreams, our brains secrete a chemical during REM sleep, which is the sleep cycle in which we dream, and ONLY during REM does our brains release this chemical which temporarily suppresses (paralyzes) all voluntary movement, so all involuntary movement such as breathing, our heart beating, eye twitching or eye movement- all that continues) Dr's say, with sleep paralysis, the person "wakes up" before the REM cycle has completed or "worn off" so even tho we are mentally awake, our bodies are still "physically asleep" or paralyzed, which makes perfect sense if you're talking about the episodes that occur as one is WAKING UP, however, it does not at all jibe with the episodes that occur at sleep ONSET, (the type that is specifically usually isolated as a symptom of narcolepsy) because these ppl HAVEN'T yet fallen asleep so how can they be in REM sleep if they haven't even fallen asleep yet? So i don't buy the scientific explanation given because it doesn't explain the episodes at sleep onset, which is what i experience and have experienced my entire life since childhood and have never had an episode as i'm waking up, ever. And i do not have narcolepsy (at least i've never been diagnosed with it, but i think i would know if i were having uncontrollable urges to fall asleep during the day that i can't resist and succumb to, i don't and never have, yet SP at sleep onset supposedly ONLY occurs in ppl with narcolepsy, well i am here to tell you that is not the case. I have what you call CISP (chronic isolated sleep paralysis) which ONLY occurs at sleep onset and i have back to back episodes, sometimes as many as 3,4,5 or 6 a night! As soon as i pull myself out of one, i find myself falling right back into another one and it gets to a point where i am resisting "falling back into another episode" so hard, literally putting forth every ounce of energy within me, that only just recently have i started to convulse with these mini seizures because one will do ANYTHING not to fall back into one! And it is EXHAUSTING!

      I've had it all my life but THANK GOD not every night. It is very sporadic, sometimes i'll have it every night for months, sometimes only once or twice a week for months and sometimes i'll go months without one but it always comes back. At times i sense an evil presence in the room as if i am beung observed from afar. It is very creepy and malevolent to the point I just have to pull myself out and force myself to stay awake, sometimes (once i am finally able to move) i'll just get up altogether and turn on the light and TV, open a window if i have to. Some ppl are convinced it's a spiritual thing, like a spiritual war going on and evil spirits are attempting to take control of ones body. I dont necessarlily know what to believe. All i know is that it is terrifying, scares the living hell out of me and i'd do anything to avoid another episode. Since it is classified as a medical condition and not a psychiatric one, i know i am not crazy but these mini seizures i have started to experience in the recent months are just as terifying and i feel as tho i could die from this. It does feel like i am "dying" as i lay there AWAKE convulsing, yet, unable to move voluntarily (epilepsy are INVOLUNTARY movements which are not suppressed during an episode of SP, if i were to buy the scientific explanation which only makes sense for the SP episodes that occur as one is waking up, not as they are falling asleep, which are the only ones I have, so I dunno, but it does make sense that I would be able to convulse during an episode of SP, since the movement is involuntary and inviluntary movements are not suppressed, because sleep paralysis is just that, PARALYSIS, paralyzed, can't move. So i was baffled by the fact that my body was shaking and convulsing (MOVING) yet, i'm not able to stop it and get up off the couch or out of bed.

      Theres a plethora of other unpleasant symptoms related to sleep paralysis, wether isolated, at sleep onset or during wake up, or related to narcolepsy, which include auditory hallucenations (doors slamming, glass breaking, ppl whispering or talking when you're the only one in the room, sounds that sound like everything is underwater, intense pressure in the ears like your eardrums are about to burst, ears ringing SUPER LOUD, buzzing sounds in the ears (like the sound you hear as you change between radio stations but havent landed on a channel yet, just turning the dial, sometimes strange music can be heard, there are also visual hallucenations, seeing a shadowy figure go by (if ur eyes happen to be open when you slip into an episode) i once saw a pentagram branded into my ceiling which was smoldering around the edges and hot spots burning, this totally freaked me out because it looked so real. That is the only visual i have ever had. There are tactile hallucentations as well, which i have encountered several times. (The feeling of being touched, like someone tapping you on the arm but nobody is there, or feeling the head of your mattress sink down as if somebody came in and sat down on the bed next to you while you "sleep" (or lay there awake unable to move or speak, giving off the appearance of sleep) .

      One thing i have learned to do during an episode that i could never do until just recently and that is call out for help & hope my bf hears me, which he usually does, and the moment he shakes me or touches me its an immediate release from the stronghold of sleep paralysis, the thing is, when i try to call out, (it is very common to not be able to speak during sleep paralysis which is one of the reasons its so terrifying besides being unable to move, ppl try to call out for help but nothing comes out, me, (i guess since ive had these episodes for years and years now, i have managed to manipulate my vocal cords and i cant necessarily "speak" its more like a sound coming from deep within my throat, i can manage to say one word "help" or my bf's name, but it sounds very strange, like i'm talking while somebody is holding my tongue (well, prolly becuz it is being held in a sense, its paralyzed and cant move since its a "voluntary" movement, but ya, hold your tongue down and try to talk, thats exactly what it sounds like when i call out for help. It sounds like that to me and it sounds like that to my bf, so i know thats what it really sounds like, like i am drunk or have a nuerological disorder or a brain injury, thats exactly what it sounds like.

      I just wish they would put more research into it and not leave it to be stigmatized by ppl claiming to have been abducted by aliens, or a spiritual battle with the devil or a "phenominon. It's a medical condition for God's sake so they need to treat it like one and come up with some answers but more importantly, COME UP WITH A TREATMENT or better yet, A CURE.

      I hope this information was helpful to you. This is NOT anxiety. It's something much much more than that and I hope someday we can find out what, exactly, that it is because i'm not satisfied with the explanation given. It doesn't fully explain it, only half of it.

      They say you can't die from it? I call bull. Just google "Sudden Nocturnal Death Syndrome" which is essentially a healthy person with no history of any heart problems basically having a heart attack during their sleep in the middle of the night at a young age (or at least not old) ... Uh, i dunno, you think maybe they were literally SCARED TO DEATH? (Which is how I feel during those mini seizures, like i'm going to have a freaking heart attack my heart pounds so hard! I'm thinking thats exactly what that is.

      As if

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  • Ljfaith77

    I have the same things happen and so glad I'm starting to get it all under control, but I still have the feeling of being off balance, it's like when my eyes kind of shift a little as if a feeling of shaking side to side, but it happens in my head instead. It feels like I may fall but I don't. It all started with fluid and a ringing in my left ear last April. Looking back I wish I would not have panicked so much that it may be a brain tumor, the worst parts came after and it's all from worry. After the brain MRI was clear, I was relieved, but still had high anxiety and found I suddenly had to get my heart rate under control. I was constantly checking because it was I high all the time! Im assuming this was from the anxiety of the health scare. I was feeling depressed a, then the dizziness came and now a feeling of not being able to breathe that started in August, I feel something in my throat, but nothing there this is almost constant. I have had nearly every test more than one and only thing any Dr can come up with is anxiety. I also now enveloped cfs..I started taking natural supplements and dynamic greens, so I hope OCR time this will help. Good luck to you! Praying for answers and healing!!

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  • katrinkels

    Thank you so much! I went to see a homeopath and he has given me a remedy for shock which he thinks is causing my anxiety. I've gone through lots of stressful traumatic events over the last couple of years, and I probably haven't been dealing with it properly. So im going to take this remedy and start going for therapy again. I hope everyone who suffers from anxiety can sort it out! Love and light x

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    • alpakka katrinkels

      hey interested to see how you are now? I have been having the similar sensation..  Like just when I am drifting off into sleep I have a weird sinking/falling/spinning/surreal sensation which jolts me back up and doesn't let me sleep...I also have had lots of trauma and stress which I repressed and like you I also haven't dealt with it properly...instead i have intellectualised everything and disassociated from my body (if that makes sense...i.e. numbed everything from emotions to physical senses)...now I think I am coming back into my body more and this is why i am starting to feel these thigns and it freaks me out...

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  • Ljfaith77

    I have had lots of really stressful events too, along with having 3 teenagers, which doesn't help the level of stress and worry go down very easily. Good luck to you! I have a question, has anyone had chronic breathing issues, even when things seem calm? I had my lungs, heart n oxygen checked back in September n everything was ok except my spirometry test was a little low, Dr said it wasn't too bad but probably just from being a former smoker, my oxygen was at 100%. He didn't seem to think heart or lung issues. But, why am I having breathing issues even on greats, happy stressless days? I feel they're missing something. Or maybe it's because I'm focused on it. I know when worried about my heart rate, it went up, now I rarely think about it and it's regulated. I know thoughts control a lot. I just choose to trust Jesus, that's all I can do.

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  • stephan45716 katrinkels

    Hello! 

    I just recently had a similar situation about 3 hrs ago and I want to tell you that your not alone at all. I am a 25 yr old man with a pretty good bill of health yet I always feel like my days are numbered. Im a very anxious person myself and for the last yr or so I have been dealing with moderate anxiety starting with my first panic attack last summer. Prior to my panic attack, I was fired from my job, and my girlfriend who was pregnant at the time miscarried. Stress levels were raising yet I always maintained my mental stability strongly through it all. I was always able to surpress my emotions, especially in public or around family and friends yet deep down I was begining to feel bad about myself. I felt as if nothing was going right in my life and that I was hopeless. 

    One day last summer I was over a friends house and I was all alone. She had gone to work and left me at her apartment. It was there where it all hit me at once like a speeding train. I was being visited by all the negative thoughts and I first started feeling my heart begin to race. before long I started to fear that I was having a heart attack and then came the inpending doom and all the classic panic attack symptoms. This eventually subsided but during this bout, I thought for sure I was dying. This has happend to me a few times after that also with the worse case being in late November when I was slipped an LSD laced candy chew. This sent my anxiety spiralling out of control as well as my mental stabilty. I totally lost focus and felt as though I had in fact died. I had to be hospitalized to calm me down and since then thing's have been really hazy. I was attacked by a Pitbull in December as well and was hospitalized for about 2 weeks. While in the hospital I was mostly always sedated therefore I couldnt feel the head pain I feel now adays. I did however, begin to have strange dreams. 

    When I was released from the hospital, I was instructed to take Zoloft to help with my anxiety. This only made me feel like a zombie, with zero emotion. I would also have a really hard time getting to sleep. It would feel like I was falling backwards. I would hear a sizzling sound as well and my heart would ache. Often, I would jolt awake when I finally did fall asleep and it was very distressing. I was feeling like nothing was working and that I was going crazy. These feelings slowly began to subside but about a few weeks ago they started to present themselves again, stronger than before. (I would also like to make note that I stopped taking the Zoloft so that could possibly be the reason).

    Which finally brings me to the topic of discussion.Sorry if I talked you to all to death with my backstory rolleyes.  Anyway, yesterday I woke up at about 8am for a dentist appt. I was prompt and on time and was out of there by 10am. It was a really warm, bright sunny summer day and from the looks of things, I was on the start to a good day. I took a bike ride through the park and did a little shopping also then headed back home. I arrived at home at about 12:30pm. When I got home I layed across my bed to relax and ended up falling asleep. I woke up to a missed phone call at about 6:30pm. I tried going back to sleep but was wide awake. I knew then that I would have trouble sleeping later on that night and I was right. I tried to get back to sleep through out the night but nothing was working. I tried to watch a movie until I fell asleep and even listened to music. Nothing worked. Finally I fell asleep but due to a random phonecall I was jolted awake at 3:30am this morning. I talked to the person on the phone for about 5 mins, trying to get them off the phone. This didnt work however and what I thought would be a 5 min convo would become an hr long. I finally ended the call at 4:45am and tried to go back to sleep. Once again I was wide awake, only this time I was feeling heavy headed. It felt as though I had on a football helmet and this tension only began to get worse as time progressed. I tossed and turned but I could not fall asleep to save my life. I remembered I had a few Percusset pills left over from the dog attack so I took one in hopes that it would calm my head tension and possibly put me to sleep. about 30mins later I began to feel it working. I was losing the tension feeling and starting to get sleepy. As I fell asleep I noticed that my whole body was going numb however and I started to freak out. It felt as though I was paralyzed. I couldnt even talk. I was afraid that my heart wasnt beating also. I fell asleep finally at 6am only to be jolted yet again after a strange dream where I was hearing multiple voices and feeling as if my soul was being sucked out from my body. And here I am. Sluggish and sleepy yet afraid to go back to sleep. This clearly isnt new to me yet I am afraid of what I am becoming. I just wanted you to know that you arent alone on this. I am currently seeking all the help I could get on this situation and I hope you find help as well Katrinkels.  

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    • kittykatmeowwww stephan45716

      Hey. I've had similar extreme feelings like this as well. I write now because last night I was jolted awake (from sleep) feeling like my soul was being sucked out of my body. I was floating and confused. I took a deep breath and realized I was sleeping on my back, which is not normal for me. So I turned over on my stomach and fell back asleep. 

      I think I do not breathe as well on my back, I have woken up gasping for air as if I stopped breathing for a good minute. Maybe a type of sleep apnea. This creates adrenaline and anxiety as well. Just another thing to add to the list. 

      What I feel helps with all of the anxiety attacks is thinking about what brought me there, and it is usually the thoughts about death. The fear of dying. So, in order to lessen my anxiety for good I am learning to be okay with the thought of dying. It is hard,

      I do not want it to happen, being a 26 year old who enjoys her life, but there is also a 100% chance that I am going to die, as with everyone else, and this sureness stresses me the most. 

      Sometimes I've even feared that If I learn to be okay with dying that right when I accept it, in that moment I will die. Which produces another panic attack and sends me into a tornado of fear and confusion. I think I'm confused because I am in fact, not dying. 

      I have not died yet and I have experienced many many times where my mind actually believed I was dead. Being alive, that is the biggest fear one could have. 

      So, I learn to have faith(Strength, courage and hope) that my automatic body functions, like the beating of my heart, are strong and will do there job well into my 80s. Learning to have faith in something, whether it is science, God or the universe helps you trust yourself. Learning to be brave when thinking about dying helps you learn how to actually live. 

      It is no easy task learning to accept the concept of death but I know people who are brave when thinking of the thought and they seem more free than I could ever be. So I try, I try every day to be brave and to accept the unknown for I understand all my anxiety comes from the fear of death. 

      Thought this might help someone. Examine your thoughts and face your fears, know that they are just thoughts, do not judge yourself for thinking them, just accept them and question why or how you can change your future thought processes to one of bravery and strength.  

      Be consistent and do not give up, it takes a lot of consistency to change thought patterns and in order create new leading neuronal pathways. Dig that pathway of health, strength, faith, positivity and you will feel more free.  

      Good fortune to all. 

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    • golddance kittykatmeowwww

      I've been going through the same anxiety every night just as I try or am about to fall asleep.  The root of all of my anxiety is death.  As with a lot of people with this problem I have ptsd, mine is from witnessing parental suicide at a young age.  Tried therapy/pills/meditation, but it always comes back.  My faith is gone and don't know how to get it back.  Feels like it's slowly killing me.  Terrified of the darkness and the panic falling asleep creates.  So exhausted from all of this.  Any suggestions would be great.  

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    • beth180092 golddance

      Hello,

      My very sincerest apologies for you having to witness such an tramatic event that has unfortunately had long term negative impact on you. Dealing with something like that is not easy and I appreciated your courage in posting your story and wanting to seek advice. I have experienced panic attacks at a point in my life. The best advice that I had read was to, in the moment of the attack think of something that I loved and that brought me pure joy and a feeling of euphoria in life. For example, if you have a pet that you are very close with set some time aside and hug them. While you are hugging them remeber how they physically feel, how soft their is and how they look and smell. You may even opt to clip a little piece of their hair and put it in a little plastic bag so you have it with you at all times. If you don't have a pet if you have a favorite place in nature you like to visit then you need to imagine how it feels to be there physically,mentally, emotionally. When you have your attack this will indeed help keep you calm. Calm enough for you to understand that you are experiencing a feeling of panic so at the time it occurs you can channel your focus on good energy which helps take your mind off of the anxiety and onto another feeling of joy and happiness. This take technique may take some time to practice but I can say with confidence that this will help you as this technique helped me when I am all by myself experiencing a panic attack. I truly hope you are able to find peace soon! Wishing you all of the best and hoping you keep your her head held high when trying to get through this difficult situation.

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    • beth180092 golddance

      Hello,

      My very sincerest apologies for you having to witness such an tramatic event that has unfortunately had long term negative impact on you. Dealing with something like that is not easy and I appreciated your courage in posting your story and wanting to seek advice. I have experienced panic attacks at a point in my life. The best advice that I had read was to, in the moment of the attack think of something that I loved and that brought me pure joy and a feeling of euphoria in life. For example, if you have a pet that you are very close with set some time aside and hug them. While you are hugging them remeber how they physically feel, how soft their is and how they look and smell. You may even opt to clip a little piece of their hair and put it in a little plastic bag so you have it with you at all times. If you don't have a pet if you have a favorite place in nature you like to visit then you need to imagine how it feels to be there physically,mentally, emotionally. When you have your attack this will indeed help keep you calm. Calm enough for you to understand that you are experiencing a feeling of panic so at the time it occurs you can channel your focus on good energy which helps take your mind off of the anxiety and onto another feeling of joy and happiness. This take technique may take some time to practice but I can say with confidence that this will help you as this technique helped me when I am all by myself experiencing a panic attack. I truly hope you are able to find peace soon! Wishing you all of the best and hoping you keep your her head held high when trying to get through this difficult situation.

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    • beth180092 golddance

      Hello,

      My very sincerest apologies for you having to witness such an tramatic event that has unfortunately had long term negative impact on you. Dealing with something like that is not easy and I appreciate your courage in posting your story and wanting to seek advice. I have experienced panic attacks at some point in my life. The best advice that I had read was to, in the moment of the attack think of something that I loved and that brought me pure joy and a feeling of euphoria in life. For example, if you have a pet that you are very close with set some time aside and hug them. While you are hugging them remeber how they physically feel, how soft their is and how they look and smell. You may even opt to clip a little piece of their hair and put it in a little plastic bag so you have it with you at all times. If you don't have a pet if you have a favorite place in nature you like to visit then you need to imagine how it feels to be there physically,mentally, emotionally. When you have your attack this will indeed help keep you calm. Calm enough for you to understand that you are experiencing a feeling of panic so at the time it occurs you can channel your focus on good energy which helps take your mind off of the anxiety and onto another feeling of joy and happiness. This take technique may take some time to practice but I can say with confidence that this will help you as this technique helped me when I am all by myself experiencing a panic attack. I truly hope you are able to find peace soon! Wishing you all of the best and hoping you keep your her head held high when trying to get through this difficult situation.

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    • anxious.afraid stephan45716

      Wow you have really been through a lot!!! I really pray that you get better.  I also completely understand all the feelings you are experiencing.  I've experienced it all 😒 I thought I had overcome it after a year of living happy and well with no symptoms but just recently it started creeping back into my life. My stress level Is through the roof and as I go about my daily life and tasks I feel so detached from myself and get this weird feeling like I know I am here but somehow I'm not or somehow I'm slipping away even though I'm quite awake. I've begun to feel very light and faint and I know  breathing but it feels like I'm not breathing right like I am suffocating. Then my kids spiral out of control and I have to whisper to them to please calm down because I find it difficult to carry on a conversation or to talk in this dreamlike state. I also experience the same as you with sleep. It's horrible! I want to be me again not this zombie I've become. I had postpartum and anxiety after my third child and it took almost a year to recover. I also have PTSD. I am a worry-wart. I fear death and I always feel as if I am dying. I wonder if I need to get back on Xanax then slowly wean off like before. Who knows maybe we will never be normal. Maybe this is our normalcy level and we just need to learn to accept and control it. Easier said than done, but I've beat it before and I will try to do so again as I hope you can too. God is greater than us and will guide us all through it for He will never give us anything we cannot handle. I feel as though I cannot handle my current condition, stress and situation but once I calm my thoughts and accept I will learn to control. I just entered to lay in bed all day and not have to face anybody or do any chores or get dressed 😢 but I have to. Good luck to you all and don't give up as I will also try not to.

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    • golddance beth180092

      Thank you for your encouragement.  I've actually had a bit of breakthrough, very unexpectedly.  I was fed up with my medication (Wellbutrin) as I really didn't think I could feel any worse, and I went off of it.  I know this goes against what doctors tell you to do but I felt I had to at least see if not taking it would make my symptoms increase or decrease.  At the same time I begain taking Es (Estro Control) by ATP.

      It calls for two pills a day but I seem ok with just one.  Slowly I begain to notice I was getting tired at nighttime instead of my adrenaline kicking in.  I was starting to fall asleep without any help from ativan or other sleep aids.  Plus my anxiety has appeared to lessen.  I have no idea if this change will continue but for the time being it feels incredible to actually be able to sleep without terror and panic seeping through my body. biggrin

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  • caitlin3a katrinkels

    You dont need to be scared, its a classic sign of anxiety smile

    I developed anxiety when i was 14, one night i went to bed and it felt like i was on a boat rocking from side to side, or the floor was falling away from me.

    I still have these feelings, after years and years of medicine, CBT, but i can control it.

    And so can you, you dont need to be scared- it wont and cant hurt you.

    You can use it to become stronger, face up to it and dont let it bring you down anymore. The feelings of "im losing my mind" "i have no control" are so normal, you dont need to worry. Just keep your head up, stay strong and you will get over this smile

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  • hayley2882 katrinkels

    Hi everyone. I have had panic attacks I'm the past but 8 have never felt like I have for the past few weeks and it seems to get worse and worse. I started with dizziness which the docs say is vertigo. Then came the chest pains and heartburn,  feeling of doom as if I am dying, lump in my throat (however there is actually a lump in my throat that I can feel with my fingers), stomach pains,  back pains, tingling sensations,  feelings of falling sensations over my entire body, sweating, and of course I don't get much sleep and unfortunately my boyfriend doesn't either as I spend most nights up crying thinking I am going to die. I have been to so many doctors and each one says something different.  I don't know what to believe or what to even do anymore. I am terrified that something will happen to me and I will leave my 2 sons without their mom and my youngest without either parent as his father passed this past December one week before Christmas of a heart attack at age 42. That intensifies my anxiety because he was just so young.  All I do is pray and pray for the Lord to help me through.  Does anyone have any suggestions on any specific doctors or therapist or anything?  I have been under an extreme amount of stress lately and I know that is probably why I am so bad right now but it's ruining my life and I don't know what to do. Thanks for taking the time to read and please if you have any suggestions I am willing to consider any and all possibilities to help myself get better. 

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    • lee40357 hayley2882

      Hi, I've been having these episodes on and off for the last 20 years. I came back from holiday with a severe ear infection and not long after the dizzy spells, panic, tingling started but only when I was about to fall asleep. I have read quite a bit on the internet over the years and at first put it all down to the inner ear infection i had but as I can go 6 months or so without an episode I'm leaning more toward the cause being stress and anxiety. My belief is that our brains hold onto all our anxiety and stress throughout the day and doesn't have a chance to release it becuase we are to busy doing other things. But when night time comes and we relax (or try to) in bed it's your brains opportunity to get it all out resulting in these uncomfortable feelings. Even if you don't feel stressed which alot of the time I don't (or at least don't think I am) it can still build up. Over the years I've learnt to except that when these episodes happen that they won't hurt me and will pass however uncomfortable they may be. What seems to help me is to prop myself up in bed and try to doze off in that position or as of late I have downloaded a few hypnosis apps onto my phone and listened to them when I go to bed and they do help in relaxing me and to have a good nights sleep. Another thing I've started to realise is that everything always seems so much worse when your lying in bed at night because thats the time we reflect on everything that we've not had the chance to do during the day. The only thing I can say Hayley is to keep trying different things to relax you before or at bedtime and you will find something that works for you. Good luck! 

      P.S Remember everything always seems much worse in the night but without night we wouldn't have a sunrise wink

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  • sophie84583 katrinkels

    Reading these messages has helped me so much I have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for about 4 years and know the symptoms you all describe so well. This afternoon I had an attack and started searching the wb for answers and find this site just reading that there are other people who know what I am going through calmed me down. My partner is amazing but it is hard for h

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  • sophie84583 katrinkels

    Him to understand what it is like. It's just so scary sometimes and I am always scared it is going to be something worse and that I might die. I have good months and then just get hit with it bad and it can last for weeks just want to feel normal again I miss it. I think this website will help it's amazing how much u can get from reading there are people who know.

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  • alex080984 katrinkels

    Im sorry i dont even know if im writing in a right place...im having a worst fricking feeling ever ...i feel like im loosing my mind and my chest is hurting and  i dont wanna die...but how to stop this scary ass feeling...hard to breath...4th day its not ending..had a low blood pressure then high,then normal but feel light headed,weak and scared all week how to stooopppp it....oh my god...

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    • lesley 15 alex080984

      Hey Alex, I know this is an old post but I am feeling exactly the same I was awake all night last night and im so worried about going to sleep tonight that horrible feeling that you are about to die, hope you are well smile

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  • davidfd katrinkels

    I made an account just to reply to this. 

    First of all definitely see your doctor about this issue.

    To me this is EXACTLY what happens to me prior to lucid dreaming and many thousands of other people prior to falling asleep/ lucid dream.

    When you slowly start to fall asleep your brain will put your body in a state of sleep paralysis, usually this accurs right after your consciousness has switched from awake state to sleep state but with some people it will accur prior, like myself. It does this so when you are dreaming of say running, your real body doesn't actually get up and start running until you hit a wall.

    Hopefully you aren't diagnosed with anything, but of course your doctor will be more than happy to throw zanax down your throat.

    I've had this since I was a kid, the feeling will start off feeling like I am rocking back and forth and my vision will start to darken, then eventually my hands and feet will start to tingle and eventually go numb, at this point it always scared the hell out of me and I would have to force my self as hard as I could to snap out.

    Years later I had an encredible lucid dream that absolutely blew my mind, after doing research and reading forums I realized what had been hapenning to me all of these years. My case and I believe your case is a bit rare, but my body would simply fall asleep before my mind makes the switch to sleep mode and the effects are very real and scary. 

    So since then I've utilized this rarity to help induce lucid dreams, which works 8/10 times. It took a bit of time to get over the fear of "dying" and all of the other effects including hypnagogic hallucinations that accur just before falling asleep, but the result is a state of dreaming while still awake, which has been one of the most exciting experiences I've ever had. Of course taking zanax will make it almost impossible to experience the amazing lucid dream.

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  • kittykatmeowwww katrinkels

    Hey. I've had similar extreme feelings like this as well. I write now because last night I was jolted awake (from sleep) feeling like my soul was being sucked out of my body. I was floating and confused. I took a deep breath and realized I was sleeping on my back, which is not normal for me. So I turned over on my stomach and fell back asleep. 

    I think I do not breathe as well on my back, I have woken up gasping for air as if I stopped breathing for a good minute. Maybe a type of sleep apnea. This creates adrenaline and anxiety as well. Just another thing to add to the list. 

    What I feel helps with all of the anxiety attacks is thinking about what brought me there, and it is usually the thoughts about death. The fear of dying. So, in order to lessen my anxiety for good I am learning to be okay with the thought of dying. It is hard,

    I do not want it to happen, being a 26 year old who enjoys her life, but there is also a 100% chance that I am going to die, as with everyone else, and this sureness stresses me the most. 

    Sometimes I've even feared that If I learn to be okay with dying that right when I accept it, in that moment I will die. Which produces another panic attack and sends me into a tornado of fear and confusion. I think I'm confused because I am in fact, not dying. 

    I have not died yet and I have experienced many many times where my mind actually believed I was dead. Being alive, that is the biggest fear one could have. 

    So, I learn to have faith(Strength, courage and hope) that my automatic body functions, like the beating of my heart, are strong and will do there job well into my 80s. Learning to have faith in something, whether it is science, God or the universe helps you trust yourself. Learning to be brave when thinking about dying helps you learn how to actually live. 

    It is no easy task learning to accept the concept of death but I know people who are brave when thinking of the thought and they seem more free than I could ever be. So I try, I try every day to be brave and to accept the unknown for I understand all my anxiety comes from the fear of death. 

    Thought this might help someone. Examine your thoughts and face your fears, know that they are just thoughts, do not judge yourself for thinking them, just accept them and question why or how you can change your future thought processes to one of bravery and strength.  

    Be consistent and do not give up, it takes a lot of consistency to change thought patterns and in order create new leading neuronal pathways. Dig that pathway of health, strength, faith, positivity and you will feel more free.  

    Good luck to all. 

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    • babygirl29 kittykatmeowwww

      Ive had two to three experiences of feeling "out of my body" i was also smoking weed at the time. When i quit, ive been fine. But i still have that fear of dying and my chest begins to hurt and i cannot think straight. I dont know how to just not worry about it. I want to be immortal forever along with everyone else but i know such things just arent possible.... yet 😊 its so hard to not worry about dying, i fear it everyday because its the only fear i have besides bugs. I hate knowing my time will come one day and i dont think anyone will ever be able to help me with it. I hoped sharing this thought would make it a little easier but still no change 😰

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