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It's been years since I've experienced the nightmare that is a panic attack. When I was first diagnosed with stress and anxiety I was 24 and living the party lifestyle... There was a cause for what I was going through and I'd brought it on myself. Now I'm edging close to the big 4 0, I'm settled in my job and life... Behaving myself... So why have they returned?. It started with a chest pain, more of a tightness really, then the sweats... My legs and arms turned to jelly I was gasping for breath. I thought it was the end.. I remembered my breathing exercises I was tought all those years ago and the symptoms melted away. I thought I was in the clear, although it had left me feeling like id ran back to back marathons. However a few weeks later I find myself lying in bed, just dropping off to sleep when without warning WHAM!! FULL BLOWN ATTACK!!. Lasted longer than most. The next day I was worried, I felt drained, the chest pain, just off left center was still there. Now, I'm lucky... I work In a hospital, in fact I work in casualty. I was able to get 2 Ecg's done and have them screened by a cardiovascular nurse. Plum normal, I still feel a mess but at least the thought of a heart attack has left my mind.... For now. I know they will go away, I know things will get back to normal again. To anyone who has read this, and is going g through the same, hang in there. Things will get easier and you will find peace... I have before and I WILL again.
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