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I just had a panic attack tonight and feel so alone. Can't sleep...afraid to sleep and not wake up. I don't know why it always occurs at night, once I lay down??? I always have thoughts that I'm dying-this is the end...fade to black. VERY scary, heart racing & chest aches. Last January is when "it" all started out of the blue doing laundry of all things (1st attack). I felt like my hands were numb and I was being shocked and if I let myself surrender to the fainting feeling, I would die (could barely stand). Sweating and out of body experiences too. Then attacks begin happening more at night when trying to relax. My legs always feel restless at night too. Is there a tie to rest leg syndrom and pain attacks? Trip to the ER..... chest xray, EKG and labs are good. Still don't believe it, this is NOT NORMAL! Resulted to wearing a cardiac monitor for a month-which found no heart issues. Had a ECG done-no tumors & have normal brain activity. Why do I feel like I'm going to die? Psych Therapy doesn't help either. I've been experiencing anxiety and panic attacks since Jan 2012 with no apparent reason. Although milder...on meds (generic Zoloft) and Lorazapam at night. Still experiencing the insanity. Will they EVER go away?

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Annoyed and scared,
35 year old female
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replied December 13th, 2011
hi. i'm surprised that you are on meds and still experiencing these symptoms. shouldn't the lorazapam help? it is for anxiety. does it help at all? if not, maybe doc could switch you to something else. i don't know what zoloft is. but maybe paxil and xanax could help. paxil is a long-time treatment for anxiety attack. xanax is like lorazapam, a temporary fix that you are supposed to take during an attack.
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replied December 22nd, 2011
Xanax is a temporary fix and eventually looses it's potency on your symptoms. I take fluvoxamine for my panic disorder. I also take a blood pressure pill which really helps keep my heart calmer. I take all my meds at night which helps me from having an attack at night. When I had my first panic attack it was when I was lying down. I began sleeping in a recliner until I found the right medicine for me.I totally avoided my bed and would sometimes sleep on a cot with my husband on the couch next to me. Eventually I was able to move back into our bed. I hope this helps.
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replied January 4th, 2012
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replied January 4th, 2012
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replied February 7th, 2012
Hello, I don't know whether I am allowed to bring that issue but your case doesn't seem physical, it's more of spiritual and could be either Demonic possession or unapproved advertising spam, I know most of people either are unaware of that world or just simply don't believe in it but based on what I have witnessed such things do exist, I have seen very very similar cases where medical science is unable to detect and diagnose, medicines do not work and so on...

I have got a lot to say about that if I am allowed to do so, no hidden agenda, I am seeking no reward, no money and absolutely nothing from patients, all I want is simply share because I care, just to offer help and it is going to cost nothing at all, just belief. efforts and determination. Thanks.
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replied February 7th, 2012
I hate this horrible feeling too!!
Sorry to hear that, and I know that feeling. I was at the Casino playing and all of a sudden my heart starting beating so fast, my whole body went numb, I started sweating and thought I was having a heart attack. It lasted 3 minutes, and fifteen minutes later I had another one and this one was stronger they had to call the ambulance. They took my pressure, sugar levels everything was normal, they even asked me if I was doing drugs!!! They took me to the ER did all the tests possible and they all came normal. I thought I was going crazy!!! I went to the ER for a whole a month everyday, it was so embarrassing that doctors would say you are here "again" lol. I just felt safe at the ER. Well that was until I couldn't sleep for one week at all because I too was afraid of dying in my sleep. Well to make it short..the er told me I needed to see a psychiatrist which I did. They put on celexa 50mg, ambien for sleeping, and ativan for anxiety. I starting suffering from this attacks since 2007 and and it 2012 and I still have them. I have good days and bad days but I don't think this ever goes away. I take ativan half a pill everyday, and ambien just when I need it. Awwww as result of my attacks my stomach is always messed up too!!!
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replied August 8th, 2012
I am in the same boat as you. I think im turning into a hypocondriact because i think im having a heart attack all the time. i have literally destroyed my credit with medical bills that i cant pay. I go to the hospital with chest pains and feeling faint. My BP is usually high during these episodes 170/100. They have done holter monitor, stress tests, blood tests, pulmanary function tests. Nothing seems to be found. Im always fatigued and tired. My heart races whenever i do anything mildly physical. a flight of stairs can trigger issues. I too also have stomach issues. Well anyhow, your not alone. My doc has finally said that i just need to see a shrink for anxiety. I am a veteran of Iraqi Freedom but never seen any action so i dont think its post-tramatic stress. My doc has me on Celexa 40mg and xanax 1mg in morning and 1mg in evening. The celexa doesnt seem to be doing anything but i must have a bit of depression cause i feel better mentally if i take it. the xanax has been working great on the attacks i get. i still get them but i can keep myself out of the hospital now. Im a 32 year old male and have been dealing with this since i was 22 years old. I dont know if they will ever go away but i went from 1 attack a year to 1 almost every day.
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replied March 17th, 2012
I was diagnosed with panic disorder 20 years ago. The attacks came mainly in the middle of the night, like yours, when lying down after a visit to the bathroom. I know how horrible it can be. After a year of Imipramine, which stopped it cold, they did not recur in the same degree of intensity, but eventually the attacks came back. But the real cure for me was Omega-3 oils that contain 850mg of eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and 200mg of docosahexanoic acid (DHA). This not a treatment but a CURE. The lack of these nutrients can cause panic and anxiety in people with the genetic predisposition. It can take a few weeks of taking the supplements, but the oils get integrated in the structure of your central nervous system and calm the nerves. I have been taking this every day for 20 years. It is also great for the skin; mine glows and people often think I am in my early 40s (I'm over 60); and is good for the heart (my cardiac blood vessels are clean as a whistle). It also helps tremendously with our nephew who is autistic and aphasic; he functions at a much higher level when taking about three times as much daily. I suggest that anyone with severe anxiety or panic give this a serious trial for a month; it is much better to heal your body with suitable nutrition than to apply bandaids with medications. (Not an ad, but I get mine from Nordic Naturals, 2 caps/day; and now Costco has a Fish Oil from Nature's Bounty with similar concentrations of EPA+DHA in 1 cap/day that is very affordable.) By the way, I take my capsules in the morning with breakfast; I found that taking them later in the day gave me vivid dreams, and sometimes it was harder to get to sleep. Just be sure that the brand you get is molecularly distilled or purified to prevent getting any mercury, pcbs, or dioxins that are in the seafood chain. When you first start taking it you may notice your thoughts get more vivid; kind of like psychotropic medications that make things a little worse before they get better. Just be patient, that improves after just a few days as your body gets used to it; you can start at a lower "dose" and work your way up if it bothers you. If after a month or so you don't feel confident about tapering off the "bandaid" meds, then maybe this is not the solution for you; but it has been a god-send for me and may be one for you too. I hope so.
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