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Old 06-25-11, 09:02 PM   #1
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I'm just wondering if going to hospital is a good idea since I've been in a panic attack for close to twelve hours. Please someone respond. This is the worst time in my life I am freaking out. My heart feels horrible and I just don't know what to do. I want to sleep but can't. I've been trying to look up things on the internet like how to treat panic etc and am getting mixed results. Can't believe people are scummy enough to use people's desperation over panic attacks to advertise their products. Please please please someone respond what do I do?!?!?! Some say hospitals worsen panic and doctors just tell you to get over it but I don't know what else to do I'm at my wits end and all I want is sleep.
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PLEASE?? Hello?? Anyone????
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I'm just wondering if going to hospital is a good idea since I've been in a panic attack for close to twelve hours. Please someone respond. This is the worst time in my life I am freaking out. My heart feels horrible and I just don't know what to do. I want to sleep but can't. I've been trying to look up things on the internet like how to treat panic etc and am getting mixed results. Can't believe people are scummy enough to use people's desperation over panic attacks to advertise their products. Please please please someone respond what do I do?!?!?! Some say hospitals worsen panic and doctors just tell you to get over it but I don't know what else to do I'm at my wits end and all I want is sleep.
Hey Knox,
Do you have a family doctor? What I mean is, someone who you see and who kinda knows whats going on, it could be a therapist too. I think you should call them first and they could get in touch with the hospital and smooth things over so you're taken seriously. If you dont have any of these sorts of people, just go. But dont drive yourself! A panic attack isnt going to help you focus, so dont drive unless you absolutely have to.
And please please let me know that you're ok
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Old 06-25-11, 09:53 PM   #5
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Thank you so much for responding. The trouble now is that I keep feeling calm for a while and then getting the weird heart feeling again. I'm hoping the whole thing will just pass soon.

I do have a psychologist who knows me very well but I would be really nervous about calling her. It's Sunday and I know she has a family and all.

I have decided for now not to go anywhere. I'm just tucked up in bed listening to relaxing music and I think this whole ordeal is finally, slowly passing, but like I said the symptoms get better and worse every few minutes. But my heart and chest doesn't have that tingly tightness it did earlier which was the main thing making me want to go to an ER.

Thanks again for responding it really does help just to have a reply. Helps me feel more sane. I will post more on this thread if anything happens, like if I get worse or better or I decide to go to a hospital. Oh and I don't have a license so my dad would be driving me - thank goodness for that!

Ugh, I've had several panic attacks before but never, ever this extreme. The worst I'd had until this one happened was on a plane and it only lasted as long as the flight which was about two hours - plus at least then I had an obvious cause for my feelings, the fear of being in the plane, but now it's like I'm in bed using my laptop and yet I feel a million times worse than I did on that plane. I hope I never have anything like this again and I will be asking my GP and psychologist about medication next week because this is just ridiculous.... so yeah I'd love to have a medication I could take at times when I feel panic coming on just to calm me down. I was going to take an antihistamine but we don't have any!!

Anyway I will stop going on and on now. Thanks for the reply I honestly appreciate it. I will let you know how things turn out.
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I'm glad you're feeling a bit better.
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Felt worse for a while, now feel quite a bit better. I'm listening to relaxation music on YouTube which is helping a bit and was able to fall asleep but only for half an hour. It's 3:40pm so I'm torn between sleeping now to avoid feeling anxious, and putting off sleep until I can just sleep through the night. I suppose it's not that important since I have nothing to do tomorrow though...

My heart keeps hurting on and off. Everytime it hurts I think I should get medical help but then it stops hurting so I figure I'm okay and stop worrying. I really, truly hate anxiety.
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Just woke up after a few hours of sleep and I can't believe this panic attack is still going :(
This is insane. I just want it to be over already! I can't take much more of this, it's been going for like eighteen hours by now. What's worse is I keep wondering how long it would take for my heart to just give out from the strain which just sets off another wave of panic. If I don't get better by the morning I'm just going to want to kill myself because death would be better than having a panic attack constantly. ):
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Hey hun, so sorry to hear your feeling like this.

I ended up in the ER with a panic attack. I seriously didn't know what else to do. Thank god I did because it was just at the start of my depression, and I wasn't under the care of any professional, so when I went I met a psychartrist.

Are you on any Anti Anxiety pills?
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Hi Knox, just wanted to check back and see how you're doing. Don't worry, that constant strain's not going to make your heart give out. Trust me, I had it forever and I'm still here! People exercise all the time and get their heart rate up well over what yours probably is, and people's hearts don't give out from a daily workout. My advice would be to go to a doctor when you can. I can't for another few weeks and honestly it's awful because you can't get that peace of mind. Get an EKG if your insurance makes it not too expensive. When I had my first panic attacks I pretty much only had heart problems. I almost demanded the EKG because I was convinced something was wrong. It came back normal except for being a bit fast (I was of course nervous at the time). It didn't totally alleviate the fear, but whenever the anxiety would come back I knew it was just something to get through, not something to fear. That is a long period to feel anxious, but that's what anxiety does. It starts and it persists until we can calm ourselves down. When I had that anxiety I would simply turn on my favorite show (my choice was reruns of the Office or something funny) and distract myself.

So the ER is really probably not necessary if you've brought your anxiety level down :) I would just schedule a doctor's appointment for as soon as possible. And yeah, I also got the benzo Ativan when I was having these problems and it was excellent at calming me down. It's like a reality check and calms you down for you. The physical symptoms go away so that you can work on your mental ones or just chill out and sleep :)

Also if you get something more permanent like an AD, be careful. I was on them and became "normal" enough for my liking after a good year and thought I could just stop them, but the anxiety came back worse after doing so. It makes you realize this monster really is just in our heads but not necessarily our fault. Nasty brain chemicals :)
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