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    Panic attack today

    Hi guys

    I had an awful panic attack today itís been a long time since I had a bad one

    My morning was normal I was fine all morning apart from the usual daily anxiety issues I deal with

    I went for a 30 min walk when I got home I decided to cut my hedge in the front garden I had eaten my breakfast about 10.30am went for my walk at 12.30 so this was about 1-1-30ish

    I thought I would do that first then have lunch

    I should mention here I have fibromyalgia and have problems with my upper back neck and shoulder muscles I did the hedge all felt ok but worn out came inside prepared my lunch

    I was sat replying to messages I had received while I had been busy and my arms started tingling and aching definitely a symptom I have had before never know if itís caused by my fibro or my anxiety

    I sat with my phone and all of a sudden I started to feel like my heart was racing I checked my Fitbit my heart rate had gone up to 116 I actually said out loud oh my god completely lost it and spent the next 30 mins-ish in a complete panic attack I tried so hard to work myself through it but I was getting worse so I went and woke my husband who was having a nap

    It took him about 15 mins to calm me down right now I am sat alone again with my dinner and I am petrified of it happening again

    Has anyone ever heard of muscle issues causing a panic attack? When my arms ache I panic that itís my heart and Iím about to die ( this stems from my mam suddenly dying 11 years ago of a heart attack I have been in the grips of this awful disorder ever since

    Just wondered if anyone can relate

    Thank you so much

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    Re: Panic attack today

    Hi guys

    Iím still feeling effects from this 4 days later 😕 I had a telephone consultation with my doctor yday and she did say it would take a few days and to give myself time and try and relax and not forget how far I have come

    Iím a bit obsessed with the heart rate on my Fitbit and keep checking it 😟 I just donít want to feel like this anymore 😔

    Thanks guys

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    Re: Panic attack today

    Sorry for the late response.

    Panic attacks can take forever to come down from, though. My advice? Get somebody to hide your Fitbit, you don't want to have anything that makes self-checking easier.

    For what it's worth? My heart rate goes over 116 on a fairly regular basis and I'm definitely not dead yet.
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    Re: Panic attack today

    Hi

    Thanks so much for replying

    Iíve been struggling on yday was a good day this morning was ok then I went for my walk I do everyday

    While on my walk I was thinking about a long running family argument involving my sister and one of my brothers who I no longer speak to and have no desire to

    I was just thinking what my response would be if I ever got a text message from any of them stupid I know I was walking and thinking and winding myself up like an idiot

    When I got home from my walk I walk with my son who is 18 and autistic I came home and was feeling as you do after a brisk walk I hadnít sat down yet I had just checked my Fitbit for my times and pace of my walk after that I went on my Fitbit app on my phone to see what my active mins were and my heart rate was 156 I immediately became terrified had another panic attack (not as bad as Friday) and I managed to get myself through it because my husband wasnít here he was still working and I canít talk to my son about this stuff it would scare him

    I ended up ringing my daughter when I had calmed down now I feel rubbish again I really hoped and thought talking to my doctor would help now Iím more scared and so fed up of this 😔

    Anyone been here before?

    Thanks guys

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    Re: Panic attack today

    So many people with anxiety have been there before. Do you need to have a fitbit? Just a question. You probably wouldn't have had a panic attack had you not seen your heart rate on your fitbit? I would get rid of it. But maybe you need it for something else, your choice, but yes, so many people have been there, me included.
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    Re: Panic attack today

    Hi

    Thanks so much for replying

    I have took my Fitbit off now I spoke to my doctor again on the phone this morning she agreed I need some time without it

    I feel so so scared right now I am so tired of this life of fear I sometimes canít see any way out every pain I get every ache I feel like this is it and Iíll be gone thatís without all this virus stuff we have going on

    I had done so well in the past couple of years this has been 11 years of hell now and the last 2 hadnít been too bad now I feel like Iím back to where I was 11 years ago

    I have made some real good progress as well in regards to my health Iím not young Iím 47 I have 4 grown up kids although my son is autistic and will always need us

    Iíve quit smoking 4 years ago in October Iíve lost over 8 stone in weight over the last 3 years I am really trying to give myself a chance to live to a ripe old age but I canít enjoy all I have achieved with this cloud hanging over me

    Itís so unfair 😔 Thanks for reading

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    Re: Panic attack today

    Hi all

    I am still suffering from this panic attack a month ago on Friday

    Iíve had a few more since then but nothing like that one

    Iíve had about 4 conversations on the phone with my doctor and while it helps for a bit I get the creeping thought that she isnít seen or examined me so how does she know nothing is wrong

    She wants me to go and see her tomorrow morning which I am glad about I am now anxious about going for my walk with my son couldnít face it at all today so didnít go the last time I went on Friday I felt like I had a weight on my chest like I was walking with the wind blowing me back heart was pounding and was trying to stay calm I did complete the walk and I didnít stop so thatís good

    I was supposed to be at work today but couldnít face that either another fail I only work 12 hours a week because I am my sons carer itís not a lot to ask myself to do but I canít even manage that I have been working for the same place for 7 years and until all this they didnít even know I had anxiety I had it so much under control

    I am gutted they now know and Iíve had to have time off I was crying at work last Tuesday ended up coming home early I have never cried at work something else I feel I have failed at

    I am really hoping my doc visit does itís job tomorrow and I can start to move past this and feel better

    Thanks for reading guys

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    Re: Panic attack today

    Caz, I'd hug you if I could. Please don't be so down on yourself? It's not your fault that you're not well.

    It's going to get better, I promise, and we'll all be cheering you on.

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    Re: Panic attack today

    Hi BlueIris

    Thank you so much for your kind reply

    I am really hoping tomorrow brings me the reassurance I need and I really do need to put some thought into how I can sort this out more long term

    Itís exhausting 😔

    Thank you again xx

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    You're very welcome. Message me if you need somebody to talk to in the meantime?
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