Sudden constant anxiety attacks

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Hi each, I started having panic attacks seven years, one month and 26 days ago the day my mom died. The only time I haven't suffered is during my two pregnancies.

Anyway I take 10mg of Paroxetine. This started off a higher dose but over time have managed to reduce it.

Usually my panic attacks are in the form of feeling like I can't breathe which in turn leads to tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, light headedness but in the last few days I have been experiencing what feels like butterflies in my chest, a thumping heart, suddenly shivery.

I'm convinced I have something wrong with me but then can see reading through web pages that it seems like another form of an anxiety attack.

I just can't stop it happening, I've even had to come home from work today as I couldn't sit there feeling like it and the shakes started.

Does anyone else feel like this and does it just come and go all the time and if so how do u get through it?

Thanks in advance

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    I have all sorts of different symptoms with anxiety. It all started with worrying that I have heart problems but the doctor has done EKG and full blood work and everything was fine they said. They blame it all on anxiety. Mine comes and goes much like yours but I usually wake up with it and then it can slowly taper through the day. It usually starts with just one small feeling and that starts the cycle of panic and then many random symptoms. Anxiety is weird and the list of symptoms it can cause is endless.
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    I think we all have it so you are not alone. The actual symptoms are very similiar and tend to even change over time. It does come and go, it comes and goes in intensity as well. Sometimes symptoms pop up triggering the whole mess too. It seems to be random and produce whatever symptoms it wants, when it wants. Theres all different theories behind it and why and when it occurs, but putting that aside, it sucks and all a person can do is self calm it and  or ride thru the panic attacks. Best method is catching it in the earliest stages and self calming it. Easier said then done at times. When you get used or accustomed to certain symptoms the fear is gone so those symptoms calm down..but for some reason you do get new ones. Then it figuring out what is anxiety related and what isn't. I have had this long enough i guess to catch it most of the time, sometimes i cant stop it. I cant stand it. Im trying to deal with health ailments i have been diagnosed with then these anxiety symptoms chime in and its hard at times. I end up ignoring everything and just doing mindful breathing and wait for the whole anxiety mess to pass. It does pass. I have been stuck in cycles that last weeks not sure what that is about ..but it all does pass. Then im good for a while. In really extreme times i take a xanax. This disorder can happen with or without a disease or ailment, but they do co exist. Theres no real point after you get a full exam or two to pursue  looking for a disease. Makes it all more freightening. At that point accept it. Feels the same anyway. 


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    This happens to me all the time. I started suffering from bad anxiety about 3-4 months ago. I literally had anxiety symptoms everyday until about a week ago. It was constant not being able to take a deep breath or yawn and feeling like I had a lump in my throat. I was always lightheaded and my whole body would get tingly. No matter how hard I tried to calm down I just couldn't. I went o the hospital almost every other day for a panic attack. I recently started on 10mg of paxil and now I'm up to 20mg . I think it's working bc I don't have the constant anxiety symptoms. I'm now learning that when I do get symptoms that thinking about them only makes them worse and drives me into panic. Bc it is a scary thing to deal with.

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      I really feel for u xxx

      I to have those 'symptoms' and they are just so debilitating aren't they.

      Well done u though for coming through it and finally not having some of the symptoms and realising that thinking about it all makes things worse.

      I think we all fall into the trap when it takes hold that we can't cope and just surrender to it but you have crossed the realisation bridge which is a massive achievement.

      I really hope things continue to settle for u x

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    have you tried bereavement counselling? It may resolve your panic attacks.
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    Hi i have the exact same symptoms and atm get these attacks often mostly when im exhausted physically so nearly every night.

    I find what causes them is a feeling of frustration with how my life is atm its been tough and i cant seem to win plus i smoke and as much as i want to quit cant quite manage. this seems to top it off because ive now past thirty and the paranoia of getting cancer sets in.

    Im trying to change my lifestyle but its hard with all the other responsibility. Knowing that im not the only who feels this way makes me feel better and also remembering that iv had these attacks before and its just anxiety attack. even though its suprising how ill they can make you feel.

    I think the key to getting rid is to try and get to a place in life where you feel you are enjoying yourself and the stress doesnt follow you to bed. I dont think the drugs can give your the self belief you need to overcome them for good

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