Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Panic Attack

I just survived my first panic attack and, boy-oh-boy, those are no joke.

1:29 in the morning.  I awoke with a jerk.  I was absolutely dripping with a cold sweat from head to toe.  It was a bit difficult to breathe and I felt dizzy and lightheaded.  I knelt next to my bed (in desperate prayer, as you can imagine) and heard the loudest rushing in my ears.  My eyes swam and my stomach lurched.  I was inexplicably scared of everything.

It lasted for a couple of hours, then it slowly dissipated and I was able to fall into a restless sleep.  When I woke up two hours later, I felt completely normal.  It almost seemed as if I had lived through a crazy nightmare.

I do know the trigger (though I'm not yet ready to divulge the trigger to the world) and I've spoken to my doctor.  She reassured me that it was a panic attack and that I wasn't dying or losing my marbles.  She also said it was completely understandable and will likely happen again.

It was a huge relief, to say the least.  Even if I have another one, at least I can now explain it away and try to reason myself through it.

So how common is this?  Have you ever had a panic attack?

5 comments:

  1. I have panic attacks from time to time and they are NO fun. You'll do better the next time around, now that you know what they are and what's causing them. Be warned though, they sometimes occur for no reason whatsoever -at least for me they do. Just accept that it's your body being weird and there doesn't have to be a reason behind it. Prayer helps, as does deep breathing and relaxation techniques. And most of all, when you have a panic attack, know that it WILL pass. Sometimes when I have one I start to fear that it will never end, and that just gets me more anxious. You'll be fine. It's just a sucky thing that happens sometimes, but you'll be fine.

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  2. :( Bummer. The dentist's chair is the worst for me. The last time I had a tooth filled I started totally freaking out. Really totally & completely. They noticed something was wrong & stopped. Luckily, it wasn't a forever thing.

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  3. I don't think I've ever had a true panic attack. I guess I would know if I had-- what a scary thing for you. I'm sorry.

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  4. Every time I go to the dentist. People dismiss me when I say that and think, "Oh, everyone gets nervous at the dentist." No, I'm talking full on panic attack, including hyperventilation. It's horrible. And I'm sorry.

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  5. Sooo... my dear em....
    last summer I was sitting in my basement and saw a little glimpse of light coming through my basement foundation where the cement meets the siding. I asked my Dad to come over and take a look and see if he could help me fix it. When he arrived he started talking about digging out the existing foundation and putting in a cinder block wall and sudddenly I envisioned gaping holes is my house and I couldn't breathe, and I was dizzy, I thought for sure I was going to pass out, but not before I had a heart attack because by heart was beating so hard and fast!!! After what felt like several hours the ringing in my ears subsided and we were able to think of a less invasive solution. But I know now and sympathize with anyone else who experiences this ... no fun!

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