Is this anxiety?

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Hi everyone, 

I'm 20 years old and a couple of weeks ago I had my first proper full on panic attack and ever since I've been experience a large amount of horrible symptoms which has left me feeling scared and confused. I'll be booking an appointment with my GP but was hoping anyone had any information to help put me at ease until then. 

Symptoms are as follows: 

- Burning/Cold feeling all over my scalp

- Stiffness and pain in my neck

- Dizziness and nausea 

- Pains in chest 

- Difficulty breathing

- Heart palpitations

- Headaches/pressure in head

- Muscle pain and twitching throughout body


- Feeling emotional and overwhelmed 

- Very sensative to temperature

It would also be worth noting that I've been experiencing symptoms of OCD and depression over a long period of time which I was planning on visiting my GP about before the panic attack. 

Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read this!

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    Hi Hannah,

     when I was in my mid 20s, I had the same thing happened to me., Including the symptoms you mentioned. All my tests came out negative. I kind of knew deep down  they were all related to stress and anxiety but I wanted to be sure. I thought I had MS, but I did not. It was very scary so I know what you're going through.  Have you had a lot of stress in your life? Stress can cause all sorts of symptoms. I would recommend that you do see your GP just to rule anything else out.   Through the years when I would get anxious some of those symptoms would reappear but I can tell you now that I am in my 50s and still thriving!  I tell myself these symptoms will go away it's just anxiety symptoms and it won't kill me. Try not to be discouraged.   One thing I really learned from all of this is we have to take care of ourselves first! Anyway to D stress is very important! The main things are eating a healthy diet, getting some exercise regularly, socializing, and relaxation  whether it's meditative CDs, prayer, whatever helps. These all have been shown to boost the immune system so that were better able to fight off   Stress.  Please remember to take care of yourself! 

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      Hi Jan, 

      Thanks so much for your response! Yes me too my blood test results/ECG all came back normal so I'm sure it must be anxiety related. Nothing I can single out has really changed in my life to cause me this amount of stress but I've always been such an anxious person I'm not sure if it's just something that's built up in me over time. It's just such a terrifying feeling at the time it genuinely feels like something is very seriously wrong!

      I totally agree with how important it is to make time for yourself and I think that's something I definitely need to put more effort into and figure out what works best for me! 

      Thank you so much again for your advice you've put me a lot more at ease smile 


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      Hannah , it's so important to D stress and do what makes you feel good and happy. I think I'm this day and age theirs a lot of pressure to keep going like machines , aventualy our bodies just tell us to STOP.

      Take care of your self .

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    Hello Hannah.

    yes, check I have all of those and more. Like you, I have depression, anxiety and obsessive thoughts. At first I could not believe that my bucket load of symptoms could possibly just be down to anxiety and depression, so I had more tests than one could shake a stick at! Thyroid, iron, hormone tests you name it I was convinced I had it.

    results all normal. All of the symptoms we have to endure are just typical of a stressed nervous system. They feel just awful, but not serious.

    have you read any books on this? I've got a library full.

    let me know what Dr says?

    sending a hug x


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    Hi Hannah,

    Much like you I had my first panic attack in my 20's

    I had all the same symptoms except I had a rush of heat that started at my head and moved down to my feet just prior to the actual panic attack. I saw many specialists and had countless test that all came back normal... it took a few months for me to be properly diagnosed because every physician ask "what's changed recently in your life?"

    Or " what are you stressed about?" And I always answered

    No nothing's changed in my life and no I'm not stressed about anything that I'm aware of! Eventually I was diagnosed and put on medication and that worked for me along with therapy. I don't necessarily think everyone with panic disorder needs medication but for me it was the right decision.

    Just remember you are NOT alone in this!! I belong to two online support groups that I hve found very supportive.

    There's no across the board solution ... just hang in there and you WILL find what works best for you

    Best wishes

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    Tick tick tick yes unfortunately I get all of those symptoms & more! Your not alone! The joys of anxiety I'm afraid xx

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     I'm glad you feel a little better. Yes anxiety can build up over years even!   Mine did.   From as early as I can remember, even in kindergarten I kept everything inside and never really talked in school. It just kept building up and building up and in my 20s that's when I had that breakdown of my neurological system with all the  symptoms we all talk about. The old saying is you can only put so much on a camels back before it breaks, and that's what happened. 

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    Hi, hannah:  Unfortunately, yes...these are the symptoms of a full blown panic attack.  I started having them in my 30's, after years of depression and anxiety.  I got on the right medication, but I have to tell you...mine comes back every once in a while and I have to deal with it all over again.

    I'm retired and don't have any real stress except for the fact that I live alone with my three dogs.  I got the hot feeling starting in my head and went all the way down to my toes, just like coming down from the highest roller coaster.

    I pray that you will get the right doctor to help you cope with this, sweetie...It can be a really hard thing to defeat without a lot of faith, friends, hope and love...HUGS.

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