I have had panic attacks from the age of 17 approx, and I am now very good at coping with these should they occur. I realize the importance of breathing and calming and reassuring myself. This really hasnt been a problem with me. However, more recently I have been having moments that last up to approx 10 mins where I get a wave over my head that makes my brain feel like its freezing and I feel very disorientated and weepy. I find it very difficult to concentrate and as a result am sleeping and very tired all the time. When this is happening I know where I am, but if im talking to someone I dont really know what im talking about, but the other person seems unaware that this is going on inside my head at that time. Its a very disturbing feeling and is not like a panic attack that I have ever had. I was afraid that it might be a slight form of epilespy. Numerous doctors and hospital appointments have not concluded any sort of diagnosis.
Sounds like a horrible thing to go through. Typically, when someone has a petit mal seizure, they don't remember the episode. This can involve moments when they stare into space not really cognizant of what is going on. If you can realize when it is happening, maybe the breathing and reassuring techniques would help out like they do with the panic attacks. Have these brain freezing episodes taken the place of panic attacks? Or are you still prone to having those as well? Can you feel it starting or does it hit you suddenly? Sometimes people with seizure disorders will have an aura or strange feeling that precedes an episode. Like a metallic taste in their mouth or a scent out of the ordinary. If you can tell when an episode is about to start don't be afraid to take a minute and just relax your way through it. By all means please keep up with the doctor's visits until you get this resolved. Good Luck. I hope everything works outwell for you.
Thank you so much for replying, I really appreciate it!
When these sensations are happening they can last up to 15 minutes and I can feel them happening. It's a really horrible feeling and its making me quite depressed as I feel that i can't do simple things-like go to the shop for example- by myself as i am afraid of it happening and having no1 there to help me. My GP seems to think that it is panic disorder, but its got so bad that im not sure that that's what it is. They've done tests and everything has been normal and as a result don't feel the need to send me for cat scans. However, I feel that I may need these in order to rule out everything.
I Have Thought Maybe I Was Going to Have a Seizure But It
was a panic thing. It was like more of the fear of having it than the actual thing. I have never discussed this with a doctor. I do take Tegretol and have been diagnosed as having a seizure disorder. Which seems to mean I have had unexplained seizures in the past but no scan shows any abnormalities. I have never had a "aura" as far as I can tell. But have felt an "oh no, I'm going to have a seizure" feeling but at those times have never had one. Even to the point where I have had my husband pick us up from somewhere because I didn't want to drive and felt "ooky".
Go to see a Doctor that has some speciality in those cases
You should look for a doctor that can deal with your problems because maybe you have visit a general doctor and this is really an speciality of the medecine that needs some medical resources that they maybe not take into account.
I have photosensitive epilepsy which causes tonic-clonic seizures for 7 years now, and have recently been getting an imbalance like i am going to fall over. I also feel very nervous and unsettled if i am left alone or if there are too many people around me. I feel like i am going to faint or have a fit but nothing happens. I also get very warm then cold and i feel tired after this happens. I am very confused....Does anyone know what this is?