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Comment from: Cowgirlup, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I had my first panic attack about 2 1/2 years ago. I was at my office working late and I felt like I was having a stroke. I could not breathe; I was very shaky and had numbness in my arm and face. I was so frightened I drove myself to the nearest hospital and then called my husband. My blood pressure was higher than normal so they ran a lot of tests and drew blood, but everything came back normal. This particular attack lasted a couple of hours with a roller coaster of severe to not-so-severe episodes. I continued to have attacks, primarily at work and took anti-anxiety medications for these. Last July I had another very severe attack and did not think I would make it home. My husband talked me through the drive home and when I arrived I tried to relax, but nothing worked, including the anti-anxiety meds. My family took me to the hospital and everything tested fine. Since July the attacks are more frequent; probably two to three a week. Many come while I am driving at night. However, some come when I am relaxed and watching a "feel good" movie. They just hit me. Last night my husband just sat with me until a got quiet again. I worry about becoming addicted to anti-anxiety drugs, but I can't seem to do it on my own. If I am at our farm with my horses, I can go to the barn and spend time with them and that helps, but that is not my daily reality. I have a stressful job and possibly just allow things to build. To me they are very frightening and I think each day I may die from one. I just want some sort of release from the fear and to get control of my life again. I am a positive person and am never sick. I have no idea why this is happening.

Comment from: Gillowens1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have suffered panic attacks since 1986 and have never been able to find the cause of them. I checked with all family members and not one member has ever suffered from them. My attacks began late at night whilst in bed reading. I suddenly felt I could not breathe. This episode was followed by a pins and needles sensation all over my body and including my face, and I also felt numbness to the tongue. This caused me to fear for my life and I did not know what to do. My husband tried to calm me down, which took almost thirty minutes. After almost 2 years of different treatment I was both physically and mentally exhausted to the point I would have welcomed death as I felt I could not go on like this, then one night while visiting my sister I suffered a real bad attack and she sent for a doctor. This was a turning point and after attending therapy for almost 2 years and on long term medication, my attacks where brought under control.

Comment from: ashmatz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I just started having panic attacks a little over a year ago and I am still adjusting to them. The mere thought of going into work will set them off so I HAVE to take Xanax every morning before I even leave my house so I don't have one on the way to work. If I don't take my Xanax every day I become very emotionally depressed and feel like my heart is racing. I'm afraid I am getting addicted to it but I can't go off of it without getting panic attacks.

Comment from: thatvoodoothatido, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

Three years ago I began suffering from panic attacks with no known cause. I was treated with every medication known to modern medicine with no relief. Anyway, I finally spoke with my PCP about it, as opposed to my therapist, and she ran my labs. All was well with the exception of my Vitamin D level. It was a 2. A long story short, within one day, I was cured! 150,000 units of Vitamin D weekly and I'm cured!

Comment from: j, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I started having panic attacks about 4 years ago. I took up yoga and practiced the 7/11 breathing technique, and saw a steady decrease in both the attacks and general anxiety. Although I still have periods of increased anxiety, the yoga and breathing mean that I can return to [relative!]calmness.

Comment from: guest, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

Panic attacks are very frightening. One thing I noted is that cool air helps during an attack. No idea why but it just does. Also when I was a kid I had a lot of stress and I struggled with sleep which I think is another side effect from panic attacks so I'd often sleep with a fan which once again calmed my nerves.

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