Panic Attack Excessively Gone too far

Posted by abopp2022 @abopp2022, Dec 27, 2019

This might be long and belong in other groups too. I’m 19 years old. I have terrible panic attacks and I deal with fear a lot. This past 2 months have been terrible. So it started with me losing my job. After I got a double ear infection that moved to my sinus cavities. Then it went to my lungs. Then once all that was clear I started getting dizzy and I blacked out. Went to the ER, Turns out my potassium was low and I was dehydrated and my CO2 was extremely low. Went to my regular PCP and they did a follow up blood test and my potassium was fine but my B12 was really low and my CO2 was still low. 2 weeks later and I’m having trouble breathing with Air Hunger(Dyspnea) Attacks constantly and panic attacks only at night. I still get dizzy spells and I occasionally get dehydrated even though I drink constantly. I’m getting scared. Has anyone ever dealt with this before? My doctor keeps tagging it as stress. I’m tempted to go to the children’s hospital but I don’t have anyone to drive me. What should I do? Has anyone dealt with this? Any idea of what it could be?

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To the count of four hold to the count of four blow out to the count of four then hold without breathing for the count of four and repeat over and over Navy seals do this to calm down it helps you breathe better

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Hi, @abopp2022 – sounds as though you've been dealing with several health challenges with these panic attacks, dyspnea, dizzy spells and double ear infection. Loss of a job is also a high stressor.

@jimhd and @johnhans may have some input on managing the the panic attacks and fear, as well as have some input on whether they have had any dyspnea or dizzy spells with panic attacks.

You mentioned your doctor keeps tagging this as stress. Do you have other ideas in mind for a potential diagnosis beyond stress?

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@abopp2022 yes you can get shortness of breath from panic attacks. You are under stress and that can lead to anxiety and panic attacks. However there are other things that can cause dyspnea. Your doctor probably knows your health history and believes you are most likely to be having stress related problems. You can always try another doctor for a second opinion.

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@abopp2022

Most of my panic attacks hit during the night, as well. I don't have them often, thankfully.

Some of the things I've experienced during attacks:
Impending doom
Heart races
Can't breathe
Feeling smothered
Generalized fear and anxiety

There are a few things I do to combat the attacks:
Pray
Read the Bible, particularly the Psalms
Awaken my wife so she will touch me
Get up and drink water or milk
Move to the recliner for awhile
Read whatever book I've been reading – usually a murder mystery

I don't experience dizziness in connection with a panic attack, though I can imagine I would if I were to be walking. I often get dizzy when I stand up. I have sleep apnea and wear a mask at night. The one I'm using now only covers my nose, like a nasal cannula. In the past I've worn a full face mask, which could initiate claustrophobia. I have to take off my mask because of the feeling of being smothered.

These are things that are true for me, but each person responds to panic in their own way. Are you being treated by a therapist or other doctors who have experience in mental health? A therapist might use CBD therapy, something that has been a real help to me. Has a sleep study been suggested to you? There are many things that would generate the symptoms. I hope you find a doctor who can assess and diagnose what's going on and can treat any underlying mental or physical problem.

I wish you well.

Jim

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@lisalucier

Hi, @abopp2022 – sounds as though you've been dealing with several health challenges with these panic attacks, dyspnea, dizzy spells and double ear infection. Loss of a job is also a high stressor.

@jimhd and @johnhans may have some input on managing the the panic attacks and fear, as well as have some input on whether they have had any dyspnea or dizzy spells with panic attacks.

You mentioned your doctor keeps tagging this as stress. Do you have other ideas in mind for a potential diagnosis beyond stress?

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I’ve not been truly diagnosed with anything. They keep saying it’s stress but I keep getting sick. It started wit my ear infections then led to low potassium and b12. And now everything else. I need a break. I can talk to my psychiatrist who has been trying to figure it out.

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@jimhd

@abopp2022

Most of my panic attacks hit during the night, as well. I don't have them often, thankfully.

Some of the things I've experienced during attacks:
Impending doom
Heart races
Can't breathe
Feeling smothered
Generalized fear and anxiety

There are a few things I do to combat the attacks:
Pray
Read the Bible, particularly the Psalms
Awaken my wife so she will touch me
Get up and drink water or milk
Move to the recliner for awhile
Read whatever book I've been reading – usually a murder mystery

I don't experience dizziness in connection with a panic attack, though I can imagine I would if I were to be walking. I often get dizzy when I stand up. I have sleep apnea and wear a mask at night. The one I'm using now only covers my nose, like a nasal cannula. In the past I've worn a full face mask, which could initiate claustrophobia. I have to take off my mask because of the feeling of being smothered.

These are things that are true for me, but each person responds to panic in their own way. Are you being treated by a therapist or other doctors who have experience in mental health? A therapist might use CBD therapy, something that has been a real help to me. Has a sleep study been suggested to you? There are many things that would generate the symptoms. I hope you find a doctor who can assess and diagnose what's going on and can treat any underlying mental or physical problem.

I wish you well.

Jim

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It’s not just the panic attacks that bother me. During the day I feel sick and dizzy and I’m never really hungry. I eat but not enough, I’m just not hungry. I drink a ton of water but still get dehydrated. I generally just don’t feel good. I don’t have the energy to do anything since I was last at the hospital. I’ve never had a sleep study suggested because I’ve never had this problem. I’m a runner and my biggest concern is my dyspnea. I just don’t know. With everything goin on

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@abopp2022

It’s not just the panic attacks that bother me. During the day I feel sick and dizzy and I’m never really hungry. I eat but not enough, I’m just not hungry. I drink a ton of water but still get dehydrated. I generally just don’t feel good. I don’t have the energy to do anything since I was last at the hospital. I’ve never had a sleep study suggested because I’ve never had this problem. I’m a runner and my biggest concern is my dyspnea. I just don’t know. With everything goin on

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@abopp2022 as I said and others said a medical check up with another doctor is a good idea. You should not be excessively thirsty when you are drinking a lot. You should be getting a minimum of 40-50 ounces of water each day. Caffeine is a dehydrator so if you have that in your diet, you will need to drink about 70-80 ounces a day. If you are drinking these amounts and are still thirsty, please see a doctor about this.

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@johnhans

@abopp2022 as I said and others said a medical check up with another doctor is a good idea. You should not be excessively thirsty when you are drinking a lot. You should be getting a minimum of 40-50 ounces of water each day. Caffeine is a dehydrator so if you have that in your diet, you will need to drink about 70-80 ounces a day. If you are drinking these amounts and are still thirsty, please see a doctor about this.

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No caffeine. I’ll go to a different doctor first thing Monday morning.

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@abopp2022

I’ve not been truly diagnosed with anything. They keep saying it’s stress but I keep getting sick. It started wit my ear infections then led to low potassium and b12. And now everything else. I need a break. I can talk to my psychiatrist who has been trying to figure it out.

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Vitamin/mineral deficiencies can cause horrible panic/anxiety!!! I am so sorry! Please be your own advocate and get blood tests run for vitamin/minerals. Viruses themselves can kick off a smoldering anxiety issue! Strep is known to trigger OCD, they are not 100% sure why that is, but it DOES happen! It is known as PANDAS. I am in no way suggesting that is what you are experiencing.
If all of that checks out, be at peace about that and move forward in your healing. Some viruses alter us a bit for a long time.
Rest, eat right, seek out supportive people, try breathing apps, exercise-if able, meditate, perhaps volunteer! It is in helping others that we heal❤️
Sending strength!

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Hi everyone, I’m 19 years old and lately I’ve been having trouble breathing. it’s almost like an anxiety or panic attack kinda breathing, but I’m not having a attack. I’ve been short of breath, taking real deep breathes, been yawning constantly even when I’m not sleepy. I’ve been low on energy and had Dyspnea attacks a lot. Im trying to get into the doctor. Also idk if this helps but last few times they did blood tests my CO2 have been low and the doctors didn’t know why.

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@abopp2022

Hi everyone, I’m 19 years old and lately I’ve been having trouble breathing. it’s almost like an anxiety or panic attack kinda breathing, but I’m not having a attack. I’ve been short of breath, taking real deep breathes, been yawning constantly even when I’m not sleepy. I’ve been low on energy and had Dyspnea attacks a lot. Im trying to get into the doctor. Also idk if this helps but last few times they did blood tests my CO2 have been low and the doctors didn’t know why.

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Hi @abopp2022, You'll notice that I moved your message to the discussion that you started a couple of weeks ago. I did this so that you can connect with members who know your history a bit.

How are you doing? Were you able to employ some of your strategies for panic attacks to help calm your breathing? I realize you said you weren't having an attack, but those strategies can still help to regulate your breathing. As you know, only a doctor can review your situation to make a proper diagnosis. Have you been able to make an appointment to see your doctor to talk about your breathing difficulties?

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