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  • Had an anxiety attack....

    I am not sure whether it was one or not, but it was sure scary. I was relaxing watching TV when all of a sudden I noticed my heart racing. I felt short of breath and my chest was tight. I thought, OK. if this is an anxiety attack you need to try to relax. Boy! Is that hard when your heart is racing!!

    I used my pulse oxymeter that I use for my asthma that measures your pulse rate and your oxygen level. Just sitting doing nothing it was 120. My oxygen level was fine. I took my blood pressure and it was kind of on the high side for me 152/98. I usually have low blood pressure.

    So, I sat there for awhile to try and calm myself down. In the mean time, I could not figure out why this was happening to me.I was not stressed over anything whatsoever.

    I finally called the medics just to have them check me out. They had a hard time geting a BP on me, so they used the one connected to the heart monitor. At that time, my blood pressure was still high. I was not sure whether to take something for the anxiety like ativan or to just have them take me to the ER. Well, I decided to have them take me to the ER. He hooked me up to the heart monitor, the pulse ox and hooked me up to the oxygen. He also did an IV just in case.

    They did an EKG at the ER and monitored me for awhile. I seemed to calm down a bit. We decided to have some Ativan put in my IV.
    I went home after that, but it sure scared me! I have had these type of episodes before. I have not had one for awhile, because I take medication for it. Most of the time there is nothing that brings on the episode. I am usually just sitting down relaxing doing nothing.
    Meds I take:
    Elmiron, Elavil, Vagifem- for IC
    Albuterol, Flovent, Atrovent- for Asthma and lung problems
    Paxil, Clonazepam- for depression and Anxiety
    Atenolol- for rapid heart rate
    Nexium- for Gerd
    Levothyroxin- for Hypothyroidism
    Lasix, Pottasium- for edema
    Lipitor- for High Cholesterol
    I coated aspirin
    02 at bedtime

  • #2
    Mel,
    I'm sorry to hear that you had an anxiety attack. My husband has problems with anxiety attacks so I know how scary they can be. Until we figured out what was going on with him he was sure that he was having heart attacks or that he was going to have one any day. Once we got him put on anti-anxiety meds it really helped. Only problem is that his dose isn't strong enough anymore and he had a yucky side effect(won't get into that here) so now we have to wait for the new meds to kick in. I hope you feel better soon!
    Christine



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    • #3
      Oh, Mel, I'm sorry to hear that. I have them too, and they are just like that -- they come out of nowhere. You need to keep some fast-acting anxiety meds around, like xanax or valium.

      I know how scary they are, but they really aren't dangerous. You'll be fine. Good luck.
      Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
      Wishing you happiness and good health, and all the best out of life.

      Peace, Carolyn
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      • #4
        I have some Ativan at home and that is an anti-anxiety drug. I just could not think right yesterday. I took one today because I started to get weepy over nothing. Dang ! I hate getting this way.

        Thanks everyone! I wish there was a smily face that has tears in their eyes, because that is how I have been feeling lately.

        I think I need some hugs!!
        Meds I take:
        Elmiron, Elavil, Vagifem- for IC
        Albuterol, Flovent, Atrovent- for Asthma and lung problems
        Paxil, Clonazepam- for depression and Anxiety
        Atenolol- for rapid heart rate
        Nexium- for Gerd
        Levothyroxin- for Hypothyroidism
        Lasix, Pottasium- for edema
        Lipitor- for High Cholesterol
        I coated aspirin
        02 at bedtime

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        • #5


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          • #6
            Mel hope you are feeling better today. I know it must been scary. My husband about 5 years ago went through these anxiety attack due to stress at work. He would just be watching TV and all of a suddenly it hit him. It was like a feeling of an heart attack. Well he is working at a different job now. He has not have one since. I know it scared me to see him like this. I hope you are feeling better and if it is due to stress I hope the doctors can give you something for it or be able to get away from the stress.

            Sending hugs, Trishann

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            • #7
              Mel...
              Sharon

              Shopping??? Did someone mention shopping? I'll get my hat... ;-)

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              • #8
                My sister has them and we were one day went shopping, well, she thought she was having one, but she was actually having a heart attack! (stupid thing wouldn't let me call 911 or even drive her to the hospital - she drove herself-how we made it I'll never know!!-but we did); anyway they are very scary - she takes her medicines for them (I think she didn't take it for that day or she ran out or something, I don't remember) but she has learned her lesson- when she thinks she has one, and she can't control it she will call 911.

                Anyway, hope you are doing better. Take care.

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                • #9
                  That is very scary! I mean how do you know the difference between an anxiety attack and a heart attack since the symptoms are the same? It seems to me like you'd need to get to the hosptial or call paramedics every time b/c if you didnt, then sure enough that would be the time it would be a heart attack! That is just plain scary!

                  I am glad to hear that you are okay now and that it wasnt a heart attack. I hope that the meds take care of it and it doesnt happen again.

                  Hugs,
                  Amy

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