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Chest Pain and Panic Disorder

By August 15, 2008

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About 40% of people with panic disorder experience pain in their chest. This frightening symptom leads many to believe they are having a heart attack or have an undiagnosed heart condition. But, often chest pain associated with panic disorder is not related to the heart.

Of course, all chest pain should be evaluated by a doctor before concluding itís not serious or heart related. There is no way to know for sure whatís causing your chest pain symptoms without seeing your doctor. Not knowing the cause of your chest pain will lead to more anxiety, worry and panic.

Do you experience chest pain with your PD? Leave a comment to tell us about your experience.

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August 15, 2008 at 11:30 pm
(1) karen says:

My husband has chest wall pain with panic and has to take valium for relief. Stayed the night in the hospital once for tests to rule out this and that. It does cause more panic if there’s not a diagnosis and a med like valium to help calm everything down when it hits out of the blue.

August 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm
(2) Tammy says:

Has your husband tried EMDR. There is no medicine it’s an all natural procedure done from your psycholgist.

August 19, 2008 at 6:19 am
(3) ehren says:

I have experienced chest pain and on two occassions had bee taken to hospital by ambulance. It is frighteneing and I felt like I was dying. Did not realise this was a symptom of panic disorder

August 19, 2008 at 3:16 pm
(4) Cie Kay says:

I have suffered from panic attacks since I was 18 (I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 33). I am now 45 and I know when an attack is coming because I feel chest pains and a cold feeling inside before it totally sets in.

Yesterday I really thought I was going to have a heart attack. Even though I knew it was only the result of panic, I seriously considered going to the emergency room. However, I knew they wouldn’t be able to help me, and the cost for me is prohibitive (no insurance).

My sympathy to everyone out there who suffers from this awful disorder. No one can understand how it feels without actually experiencing it.

August 19, 2008 at 10:27 pm
(5) flaurels says:

the pain is sharp and goes right through to my back, my chest is so tight and my throat feels restricted,hands go numb and cold then really sweaty. Heart feels slow then speeds up.when the thought of dying happened i ended up calling the ambulance.

August 20, 2008 at 12:43 pm
(6) rob says:

I’ve been diagnosed with panic disorder, general anxiety, depression, agoraphobia.
I’ve tried several different medications
none have worked!!In Canada you are aloud
to try medical marijuana, please dont roll you’re eyes, if you’re legally aloud to try
it ,consider it, it’s natural!!

August 20, 2008 at 4:32 pm
(7) cartessa says:


August 22, 2008 at 7:08 pm
(8) grace says:

im 16 year old female and about almost 2 months i have felt sick i mean i dont feel the same and i went to the doctors and the told me i have anxiety and my sysmtoms are:
i feel like i cant breathe, my head hurts, i feel like sharp pains in my chest like i feel like i might have a heart attack or somethings wrong with my heart. and the wierd thing is that there are days when i dont feel bad but i dont feel i used to, then there are days when i feel really sad like i feel that i have cancer i feel like i have a lot of diferent disases and i get to the point were i feel that i dont have that much time to live anymore. I FEEL LIKE IM DIEING!!
i dont know what to do my parents have taken me to the doctor like 5 times and sometimes i think that its not the anxiety sometimes i feel as if i really am sick of some strange rare disease that the havent discovered yet!!!
I JUST WANT TO FEEL NORMAL AGAIN!! PLEASE ADD ME ANYONE!! evanescencekinky@hotmail.com

August 22, 2008 at 7:12 pm
(9) grace says:

umm my doctor says i have high blood pressure and that its not normal for my age

August 23, 2008 at 7:40 pm
(10) tianna1234 says:

I have had 3 panic attacks that would feel like a burning in the center of my chest and then a jerky feeling followed by extreme palpitations to the point my heartrate reached 170 to 180 beats and my blood pressure increased to 180/120. Extremely frightening and dangerous. Have been evaluated each time in the ER where symptoms resolved in 2 to 3 hours. Did not know what was happening until after the last attack, I had outpatient echo, monitors, etc with cardiologist and everything including labs came out fine. Almost a year ago, but have had palpitations daily ever since that is being managed by beta blockers.

August 23, 2008 at 8:35 pm
(11) Janine says:

I suffer from occassional panic attacks, and they usually come out of nowhere (when I don’t feel stressed over anything, or at the end of a stress week when I think I am finally calm). Today I started having horrible chest pains that felt like bolts of lightning going through my chest. This brought on the other symptoms of a panic attack. Does this happen to anybody else? I almost wanted to go to the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack. This has happend a few times before, so I saw a cardiologist and had an EKG as well as a stress test. He ruled out any cardiac problems, but pains like I had tonight make me wonder if he could have missed something? I’m just very scared. I did take a xanax, so hopefully that sets in and helps. Would like to hear from anybody who has these symptoms.

August 23, 2008 at 8:38 pm
(12) Janine says:

Please email me if you are experiencing somethign similiar. JMD1982@mail.com
thank you!

September 18, 2008 at 10:53 pm
(13) Joe says:

hello all,

I have the same symptoms as you guys are talking about. Pressing, burning chest pain…a rush of fear with a tremendous pulsing heart beat. After 2 trips to the emergency room and a full workup with a cardiologist and a gastroenterologist I still have the gnawing feeling that something is terribly wrong with me! It’s ridiculous yet terrifying. I hope you all know that there are treatments for people like us through behavioral modification. i wish you all the best of luck and if you want to discuss something with me:


September 22, 2008 at 12:04 am
(14) rachel says:

Since I was I guess 17, I’ve suffered from panic disorder. I have a lot of stress in my life and I think that every time I feel ill or discomforted I get even more stressed and I feel worse. I just recently started having stabbing, aching, chest pains that last hours. I have yet to see a doctor because I have no money on account that I’m spending every sent of my paychecks to pay for the last hospital visit escorted in an ambulance with NO insurance. Things are really hard for all of us who have these problems. But I really don’t know what to do, no one around me knows what it feels like and I don’t know if I need to see a psychiatrist or need to be put on some sort of medication. I just want all of this to stop so hopefully I can lead a more normal life. I feel like I’m dying every day and I really don’t want to die.

September 23, 2008 at 10:58 am
(15) kelly says:


September 23, 2008 at 11:04 am
(16) kelly says:

Two days ago I was in a car and I started having difficulty breathing normally( I was breathing too fast) and it felt like I couldn’t catch my breath. This has happened to me before but I never felt this horrible and my hands were numb and I thought I was going to die b/c I was breathing so fast. I went to the ER and just waited it out. It’s werid though because I guess the panic never went away. Right now I am not having a panic attack but I am still not breathing to normally b/c I keep thinking I am going to get a panic attack… It came out of nowhere. And I have had panic attacks before but It was about stuff I was scared about rather than just a random occurence…I just dont think I can live this way(with my breathing how it is right now) and I am scared to tell my dad b/c he just thinks it is in my head and doesn’t think there is anything seriously wrong. I’m scared and think I should see a psychiatrist… Whenever I stand up I feel nautious and I have to keep moving. I feel so antsy…. I just want this consant stress to go away(like it did the other times) rather than lasting after my panic attack… Please email me if this is happening to you, or if you just want somebody to talk with.
Thanks… My email:

September 23, 2008 at 9:49 pm
(17) kirst says:

im confused, i feel like what is a panic attack, the cant breath and the worst chest pain that shoots right through me. But i dont feel panicked or scared, just pain. Its been going on for about 2 weeks now and i have felt sick to my stomach every day.

October 1, 2008 at 10:48 pm
(18) Sherrod says:

I experienced my first panic attack on June 10th, 2008. I had just finished smoking some weed with my friend. I jumped in the car and proceeded to go pick up my wife from her job. When i arrived in the parking lot (which was about 15 minutes later) I began to feel really weird (not high, like most of u maybe thinking). I began to feel tingling in my legs and arms and then my heart began to speed up, i had trouble breathing, and it felt as if i was about to either pass out or die. I never experienced anything like this after smoking. I thought it happened b/c i smoked but that wasnt the case. It has been almost five months since my first incident and i have had these “panic attacks” frequently. I have experienced various symptoms from rapid heart rate, slow pounding heart rate, chest pain, hearing my heart beating internally as if thats all i could hear in my head, numbness in my arms and hands, tingling in my arms and face, back pain, neck pain, the sharp jolting pains to the chest. I think now its more mental than anything. I went to the doc and received the whole stress test, blood work, EKG, etc. and they found nothing. I was prescribed ativan which i take on and off. I’ve been to the ER so much that when they see me walk through the door they already know whats wrong with me and think that i am going insane. I have had moments when I have stopped taking my medicine and felt no symptoms. The longest I went w/o feeling any symptoms was a week. Now I realize that alot of it is mental and stress related. When I become paranoid and constantly think about having a panic attack or dying from having a panic attack, then I have one. Sometimes I catch my heart pounding hard and just ignore it and it doesnt bother me as much. I just continue to pray about this situation to go away and for anybody that also experiences “panic attacks.” At first I thought i was alone but now I feel comfortable b/c i realized that im not the only person who experiences these attacks. For us who experience these attacks, just take it one day at a time and dont live your life in fear. Sometimes its really just the fear and stress that causes you to experience the attacks, b/c u think about how terrible that they are and have terrible thoughts going through your head, but remember 70% of an panic attack is mental. If you do experience the symptoms remain calm as much as you can and the symptoms will go away, trust me that has worked for me and will continue to work. God bless and may u be healed.

October 3, 2008 at 6:44 pm
(19) bjwh says:

Thats so weird because i didn’t start having panic symptoms until after one time i smoked weed. Which didn’t make sense at all because i smoked weed all the time before that and it never made me feel weird at all. So after that they were happening like every single day.. i felt like i couldn’t go out of my house because i was scared one was going to come on out of no where… After going on for about 3 months like that.. it just went away. Then about 6 months ago i started getting them AGAIN.. and i was like oh my gosh i can’t live this way again so i went to the doctor and they gave me Celexa and it works amazing! I feel like myself again. That good thing about these types of medications is there in no dependency. It’s actually keeps the panic from coming on instead of treating the symptoms( Like Xanex and Valium). You take it once a day. I do believe anxiety and panic is mental… but sometimes it way too much to deal with so i would recommend anyone who has a problem that is keeping them from enjoying your life to go to the doctor!

October 7, 2008 at 9:41 am
(20) Mark says:

I have exactly the same symptoms, it first started after smoking weed about 6 months ago and since that 1 attack where i felt like i was having a heart attack i have had constant symptoms. I was a regular weed smoker and had nothing like this before. I have been to A+E twice thinking my heart is going to stop and really need to get this problem sorted. i have been referred to a cardiologist but everyone seems to think its anxiety. I’m still uncertain to whether its anxiety or heart related. Hopefully if all heart problems are erased then i can stop worrying and get on with my anxiety symptoms

October 9, 2008 at 2:08 pm
(21) JILLIAN says:


October 13, 2008 at 11:22 pm
(22) david says:

Since March I’ve beeen experiencing the exact same thing as you guys.Tight and painful feelings in my chest, rapid heartbeat, dizziness etc. I also thought I was having a heart attack or stroke.I ve had an EKG/ECHO stress test, 24 hour monitor, blood work and chest xray. All showed that there was nothing wrong with my heart.The doctor felt certain that it was panic disorder My doctor prescribed me Paxil Cr 12.5 mg. I’ve been taking it for a few days and my symptoms for the most part have ceased to bother me. I was very reluctant to get on this medication but daily panic attacks were ruining my ability to function. I thought I was going to die at any minute but I had to pretend like everything was fine at work, around friends, it has been hell. I cannot say that Paxil is for everybody. There are some serious side effects to this drug and others known as SSRI[serotonin reuptake inhibitors].If you are at a point where you cannot live with these attacks than I would consider an SSRI. I know not everybody can afford doctor visits and medication. If this is the case or if your attacks are not frequent than I would try to find other ways to boost your serotonin levels naturally through exercise and diet. Good luck to you all

October 16, 2008 at 3:44 pm
(23) amy says:

i have been diagnosed with panic attacks i feel like i am going to die alot my chest feels like its geting tighter and tighter i get a lump in my throat a feeling of smotherin its so bad some days i feel like im going mad i hope this does pass and i get to feel normal again

October 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm
(24) Eric L says:

im a 19 year old male who smoked marijuana in my house. meanwhile, downstairs, my mom was watching a movie. my mom didnt know i smoked. but ive been meaning to tell her. anyways, she came up to my room and i freaked out. i got scared, and my heart just started racing and i couldnt calm down. i finally ran in and told my mom that i was freaking out, and that i smoked marijuana. she calmed me down, and i felt a lot better. then the next morning, i still felt weird. i felt as if i had to control my breathing pattern at all times. and whenever i would go outside by myself, i felt way more alarmed and terrified. ive never felt this way before. but then ill sit down, and talk with my mom and her boyfriend, and ill feel completley normal. but then ill be by myself again and ill start thinking that i have chest pain, and a breathing problem. i constantly check my pulse, and feel slight chest pain, but i dont know if its all mental, since whenever im around people that im comfertable with, it all goes away and i feel fine. im confused. and scared. and i hate the doctor, so i dont want to go there. but if its what i need, i might have to. i think i just suffered a panic attack, but i dont understand why i feel this way three days afterwards. please email me with what you think is wrong: ericgl2007@hotmail.com


October 27, 2008 at 10:17 am
(25) gina says:

can someone please help me!!! ive started having panic attacks since my little sister died a couple of months ago. im 19. i get a burning in my chest all day and when i panis my head goes fuzy and light and my hands tingle. ive been in hospital twice in 2 weeks because of the severity of my attacks. i have been given Propranolol to take but the doctor will not give me anything else. since ive been on these tablets i keep having really bad headaches and stomach pains…has any1 else on these tablets experienced these symptoms and is it ok to take paracetamol for the headaches whilst i am taking propranolol. also what is the best way to get rid of these terrible chest pains. please help this is doing m ein. many thanks gina gina4manson@aol.com any emails will be gratefully appriciated

October 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm
(26) brandy says:

i have been having panic attacks for almost 4 years now.i went threw alot of diffrent kinds of medicine.finally the doctor put me on buspar 3 times a day.it really helps along with praying.my husband and two beautiful bos really help me when i have an attack,if it wasnt for them i probally would just go so crazy that i would have to admit myself to a loooney bin.i dont think people understand what people with this disorder go threw.only the ones that ave experienced it before know exactly how i feel when i have an attack.thank god for my family i really love them alot for being there for me.

October 31, 2008 at 9:48 pm
(27) travis says:

i had my first panic attack after i smoked weed, and like a lot of you guys I smoked weed many times before that, I smoked weed nearly every day when i was 13 till i was 14(im now 16) and i had a panic attack. After i got high i started to walk home and my chest was throbbing like crazy, i got a pain in my chest and it was shooting down my leg, and i started to freak out, my fingers were tingling and my feet were too, I never had problems breathing but I think everyone’s panic attack is different, i didn’t make it home, i went to the closest place i could find to sit down, and i walked in the library and i sat in the chair for about 2-3 hours in pain thinking I was going to die feeling my heart pound out of my chest. I thought i was having a heart attack. my heart finally stopped pounding so fast but hurt badly, and it hurt for a few weeks, I couldn’t sleep because every time I would lay down and try to sleep my heart would twitch and I would jump up really fast, After not sleeping for 2 days I went to the doctor and got X rays of my heart, blood, urine tests and they said my heart was fine. They said i just need to calm down. I still couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t bare to sit still because every time I would just sit still my heart would beat faster it seemed, or maybe I just noticed it more, I had to constantly move my leg or something. So I went to a different doctor and she sent me to a psychiatrist I told me him my story he totally understood, and prescribed me xanex(not sure what MG but they was the blue football shaped ones) and I felt really good taking it that first night, and my anxiety wore off, but It still comes back some days, I think the start of my anxiety problems was smoking weed at such a young age all the time while my body was still growing. And I never had anyone that could relate to what I was feeling, I felt like I was the only one on earth feeling the way I am, People thought I was crazy.

I Rarely smoke weed anymore like I used to, when I do I only hit it once or twice because I’m afraid I’ll have another day like i did when i had my first attack. I only like things that calm me down, I’m afraid to try anything I haven’t did before that will make my heart speed up. I’ve been doing pain pills and nerve pills a lot lately because they calm me down, after being prescribed Xanex for the first time that’s when I started getting into pills.

Right now I am currently taking Buspar, I think it has helped me a lot, its not addictive at all. I also take Clonodine and it helps me sleep, I can’t sleep without sleeping pills or I still get twitchy.

Before I realized I was having anxiety problems I never thought the mind could cause so much problems with my body. I always thought of panic attacks as someone who was really worried about something, But I now know it has a lot of physical pain feelings to it.

October 31, 2008 at 9:52 pm
(28) travis says:

Oh and i would also like to recommend anyone with a panic disorder to try and be more active, socialize with more people, and just being out more, I think people who no-life in their home every day have a higher chance of having a panic disorder. Medicine can help but isn’t always the answer

November 3, 2008 at 6:37 am
(29) Joanne says:

I had my first full blown panic attack back in April. I have always been an anxious person (worrying about my health, family, life, etc..) but I never felt what I felt back in April. I was in Michigan (Im a canadian) at a casino where you can smoke in doors, I was on very little sleep, I won a jackpot, then went back to the hotel. All of a sudden, I felt like I couldn’t stop my heart from beating so hard, I became dizzy, my breathing became shallow, and I started to panic,. I had my family call the ambulance, then realized I was not in canada, and I wouldn’t be able to afford the visit to the hospital, so I started to panic more. I really thought I was dying, and weird things went through my head. When the ambulance came, my heart rate was back to normal, but the shakes, muscle pains, and tightness in my chest took almost a week to go away. Its scary, but i lived through it. I find my attacks come on now when I feel sick with a cold, or ear infection. Or I ate something I shouldnt have. But breathing really works, and self talk. Good luck all, I understand exactly what you are going through….

November 5, 2008 at 2:14 am
(30) Kate says:

Well to everyone having a heart problem . I totally feel you I have been through everything and still their understanding its just panic attacks ..I did heart monitor for 30 days and ekgs everything. I do however have a rapid heart rate but also irregular so it’s hard to control I was put on medication . But, as of yesterday I started getting very sharp pains in my heart I though t it was heart burn but now its lasted 24 hours so i think its time to call up the doc

November 12, 2008 at 10:22 am
(31) keith says:

i had a panic attack in the past and i have been experiencing similar symptoms over the last week. i was foolish when i was younger and dabbled in drugs and think it may have affected my mental health, although i gave it all up a while ago and although drugs are dangerous, i tried to be as careful as possible when on a night out. it was all part of the clubbing culture i was involved in and drug use is widespread amongst my circle of friends, although im not trying to make excuses for being so stupid. a part from occasional drug use, i have always been fit and healthy and go to the gym several times a week. i used to play ice hockey and go out jogging a lot. i dont smoke and am in good shape and am only 22. i have agood job although its very stressful as if i make a mistake it can cost a client thousands and i worry about it constantly. this has prevented me from sleeping at night on several occasions.

i ended up in an ambulance and in hospital when i had my panic attack. i had a cold tight feeling in the left side of my chest, a pounding rapid heart beat, tingling in my arms and legs, severe chest pain and felt like i was going to die. my mind was telling me that the drugs had knackered my body and i was going to die (i had given up drugs 3 months previous to having the panic attack). the paramedics arrived, connected me up to their machine and found that my heart was fine although it was racing at about 120 bpm. i was taken to the hospital and again a load of tests done. again i was told i was fine and waqs told i had suffered a panic attack. I explained to the doctor that i had dabbled in drugs although he said the only drug that would seriously affect the heart is cocaine and i have never done that. so i had effectively been given the all clear.

i have suffered from heart burn ever since and when i was driving last week i had an out of body experience where i felt light headed and it was like i was watching myself. i also had a feeling of impending doom and it was horrible.

after a heavy night on saturday (just drinking) i woke up sunday morning a bit worse for wear. however it wasnt to bad a hangover. about 3PM i started getting the cold tight feeling again and heart burn. about 7pm at night i felt like i was going to pass out, kept getting head rushes. the head rushes have continued right up until now and i keep getting heart burn and the cold tight feeling. however i only get the tight feeling when i worry about it and if my mind is elsewhere it goes away completely. last night when i was trying to get to sleep i kept thinking i was going to die.

i phoned the doctors and they reckon its anxiety & stress and ive to make an appointment if it persist over the next few days.

i think in general i have been over doing it. last week i worked every day, went to the gym and did weights 4 times, didnt get much sleep, went to see my m8 djing on friday night so had a late night, went out on sat night and was pretty drunk, didnt really eat properly all week. my mum is also recovering from cancer and my dad has just had a minor heart scrae so have been worrying about that. i also have a mortgage now and have constant money worries although i always seem to end up all right.

this was a bit of a long post, but wanted to let people know my sypmtoms / lifestyle and how i get my panic attacks as its kinda similar to some of the other posts.


November 19, 2008 at 4:18 pm
(32) Jesica says:

When I was 26 I started having this horrible pain in my chest under my breast on my rib cage it went all the way around my back like a rubberband effect. The pain was so horrible I could only relieve it after taking atlest two lortabs. I went to the doctor they did a xray, mir, ultrsound, and blood work they say there is nothing wrong with me as if its all in my head. I’m also on lexapro I have bad anxiety and am very moody. I’m 29 now and the pain is only on the right side of my chest and right side of my back. I usually wake up with the pain in the middle of the night. Ive been trying hot baths and hot ice, but it doesnt work either.My boyfriend craked my back last night and the pain went away. I have this pain atleast once a week. I’m not sure what to do anymore.

November 19, 2008 at 7:33 pm
(33) Jamie says:

Recently, I had the flu shot and about an hour later thought I was having an allergic reaction to it. Although Ive gotten them for years. I had a burning sensation in my private area that went up into my chest and into my mouth. My heart was racing. I called 911 and my beats were 194 per minute. Then it would stop and start about every 15 minutes.At one point I did lose feeling in my arms and my arms and fingers tightend to where I couldnt move. The ER doctors think it was actually a Panic attack. Im convinced they are wrong. Ive never had one. Has anyone has the burning sensation like that? Also, I m finding that when Im nervous this burning sensation in my mouth occurs. Please can anyone help me? Is it really a panic attack?

November 25, 2008 at 7:59 pm
(34) Jesic says:

IT was a Goul stone they found it this time after almost three years

November 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm
(35) Billy says:

My first panic attack happened whilst I was smoking weed too. And like others of you, I was a heavy smoker for at least 5 years prior to it. It scared me so much that I haven’t smoked weed since.

Now I get panic attacks pretty much every day, and I have to come on to sites like this to reassure myself that the chest pains I’m getting – despite being assured by my doctor – isn’t cardiovascular disease.

I feel for all of you who’ve experienced panic attacks. They happen out of the blue and make you feel like you’re losing your mind. I wouldn’t wish one on my worst enemy.

December 2, 2008 at 5:38 am
(36) Sharon says:

I have bad chest pains, that go up into my throat, my head, feels like someone is just squezzing tighter and tighter, the pain is so bad..I have just had one, I am still hurting from it, I believe it is a panic/anxioty thing, because I have depression and have had a breakdown in the past, I have a very strange thinking pattern and get hung up on people easily in my aim to find friends and I’m always let down, so I believe it is caused by all this…but it is really painful and scary…I’ve been having the lump in the throat and tension headache for days, now this again. Fed up with being a mess.

December 10, 2008 at 9:53 am
(37) Tom says:

I have been dealing with anxiety and panic disorder since february and have almost constantly chest pains, (usually like muscle pains and burning sensations), and the pains wander about the chest: sometimes in the middle, center, at the bottom of the sternum, left, right—just depends. Often accompanied by skipped heart beats. I have been to several cardilogists and ER and all tests were negative and my results indicate that my heart is in best shape, to include blood pressure. Naturally, the anxiety and panic always get the upper hand and i am so concentrated on the pains that i wind myself into more of a panic and anxiety. It is a viscious circle and it only makes matters worse-

December 22, 2008 at 2:18 pm
(38) nicola says:

Oh my god i thought i was the only one who got the cold feeling in their chest!
I also get the twinges, heartburn, reflux, back pain & dizziness its vile.
I wonder what causes the cold feeling???

December 25, 2008 at 6:20 pm
(39) Matt says:

hay all

my name is matt and i just turned 18

more importantly…. over the past 3-4 months i keep getting really light headed and everything seems to just go in and out of my head as if im tipsey

but heres the scary thing…. while im in one of these mood i get REALLY panicy and if anyone argues or shouts at me or insults me i got hysterical and start almost screaming just to get them away

i have been reading over all your comments and i realised that what ALOT of you describe is EXACTLY how these attacks start

however with me they just constantly get worse and last lomnger and longer and longer…. when they started for example they lasted about 10-20minutes however now they last for nearly 5-6 hours…. and they ONLY get worse!

i fear if this keeps happening i wont be able to cope and ill end up perminatly in a state like that explained above

please, please, PLEASE somebody help me!

December 25, 2008 at 9:57 pm
(40) jenna says:

Hello. I don’t know if what I have been experiencing is a panic attack. I just returned home from college and I was smoking weed. I had been smoking for about a year b4 this incident. It had only been about 3 weeks since the last time I smoked. I was done smoking and suddenly I felt that my heart was pounding a lot harder and faster than usual. My face and neck were hot and I was very panicked. I stayed calm and eventually it went away. However, my chest felt kinda funny and tight the next few days. I tried smoking w my friend two days later and again I felt kind of painked not quite as bad as the last time. There is anxiety in my family but I have never been plagued by it. I went to a walk in clinic, the ER and my doctor and they all felt I was fine. I haven’t tried smoking again yet b/c I am a little afraid. usually weed mellows me out and makes me happy. I just haven’t felt quite like myself the past week. please. if anyone has had similar experience or can give me an answer it would be greatly appreciated. thanks

December 25, 2008 at 10:40 pm
(41) Josh Pate says:

i have panic disorder pretty bad i barely get out and do anything anymore cause i am scared im gonna get out and just die in front of everybody or black out at a store and wake up in the hospital hopefully its just the panic disorder. now i have a new symptom i cant exactly figure out whats going on it is like i stop breathing for a quick second and then im in fear of dying it feels like a rush of some kind if anyone else has this to let me know e mail me at redneckp8@yahoo.com please im desperate for answers and help i have no insurance and really cant afford professional help my doctor said it was a ulcer causing a esophageal spasm but that dont make since to me i do havebad acid reflux and heartburn sometimes ill have it f few days real bad and sometimes ill go a week without it but seriously if anyone has any tips or answers feel free to let me know what i can do thank you and i feel for all who suffer from these disorders they are the most scariest things in the world to go through.

December 27, 2008 at 7:30 pm
(42) Picko says:

I have had panic attack for about 15 yrs, and as all u ppl know its not a good thing. Alot of ppl don’t know whats it feels like and doesn’t understand what we go through when we have these attacks. BUT what i can say is that all u ppl thinking that saying indoors all the time is the best thing for u, UR WRONG…..Staying indoors is not the cure, getting outside is better for u than cooping urself up. These things have helped me in the past, i have smoked for the 15 yrs and that there is the main cause for my attacks, my chest get tight therefor i panic. Also the feelings that i have change all the time, so it feels different everytime u have one…. Also thinking that this time it might not be an attack and be the real thing, i bet u have all thought that. (hence everyone rushing to the hospital) The best thing u can do is sit down relax, and yes i know its very hard to do. I have panic attack every single day. While writing this i have had one for the past 1 1/2 hrs. But trying to get my mind off it. If any would like to talk i will post my email in my next post….. There was a pill called Karma Tablets from the docs i did have they worked like a treat. BUT THERE ADICTIVE. (so i stopped) Anyways be good

December 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm
(43) bunny26 says:

Im 19 years old and have been getting chest pain for about 4 years now, it didnt bother me as much before but for the past 2 years it has. My doctor told me i have a muscle problem. Just like some of you, i smoked weed alot before and i was fine. I had one a couple of months and ago and thats when i had my panic attack and rang 999, as it is the most horrible feeling ever and assumed i was going to die. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks everyday now and its affected my life badly. i want to drop put of university as i feel like i cannot go on. i cant ever enjoy myself, even if i go clubbing, i have a panic attack n just assuming im going to die in front of all these people. Since im a heavy smoker and coffee drinker, i have realised it makes anxiety worse, so have tried to cut down. i have noticed yoga makes you feel calmer and better about yourself for the time being. i try to talk about it to family and friend but they dont seem to care as they think its not serious. I feel like im going crazy and cry everyday about out. I wish someone could find a permanent cure for it!!

December 28, 2008 at 5:51 pm
(44) brandy says:

hi im a 25 year old female and have a lot of
the same symptoms that some of you have. My frist panic attack was around 17 are 18, then about a year ago i was at work and had a bad panic attack and pass out. I have not feel like my selt no more my bf thick im gone crazy. am i who know? I would like to feel normal again.

January 2, 2009 at 4:09 am
(45) Picko says:

There will not be a cure for this as it all in our heads. Everyone is different in the way they get a panic attack. Smoking cigs and weed can make it alot worse, yes. Yoga would be a good way for panic attacks but when it comes down to it we all need to relax and try and fix it ourselfs, not rely on tablets to fix it… Remember ur minds are a very powerful thing. As i said before Karma tablets did make the panic attacks go away BUT i still got them and the tablets was addictive. I’m not saying i know everything about this condition but i’m going on things that have worked and not worked for me. I hope people find this information useful.

Try this: anyone who gets a pain or a feeling down one side or a chest pain, try moving that pain somewhere else and see what happens. see if that works. or if ur bored, think that ur little finger has a pain. if u start to feel something, that is your mind making these pains for u. Trust me this might sound retarted but its true. People don’t want to die (there scared), so when they feel somthing in there body U freak out. Anyways i will shutup now….


January 4, 2009 at 8:24 pm
(46) marky london says:

ok… everyones i read has the same as me , its not the drugs … its adrealin, fight or flight. u need to eat well, fish , veg , no alcohol or cigs , stress causes this , each panic atact is different so u think oh my god this is the one to kill me ! lol bu your still here ? get a blood text to check u aint got anything wrong , if clear get exersise an sit down and work out whats causin this? money? relationship? bad health? ect …. i found acupunture helped also hypnotheropy … try it , thedocs ust stick u on drugs . its u that has help u , there is no quick fix but it will go ust as it came , stop worring !!!! lol

January 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm
(47) Holly says:

Im 13 years old and ever since i was about 10 i have been having panic attacks. and recently i have been experiencing severe chest pain and headaches. im not sure what is going on.

January 23, 2009 at 12:51 am
(48) J says:

My name is J. I’m 20 years old, i’ve been having panic attacks for the past couple of weeks every day. The sounds stop and i feel like im blacking out– i imagine myself dying, or even worse in a lag state where im in a hospital imagining myself typing this sentence or walking around; with everyone just watching. My heart hurts quite often, i work myself into quite a frenzy everyday. Its an awful feeling i wouldn’t wish on anyone. I dont have the paranoia of dying, i’m just afraid none of this is real. Thanks..

February 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm
(49) daniel says:

i have chest pains from panic attacks but they occur at night when i think about them and also i sometimes get breathlessness. i dont get chest pains all the time only sometimes

February 14, 2009 at 10:18 am
(50) Matt says:

hello there, im responding to your post on the internet regarding panic attacks, anxiety and chest pains etc. I will share my story with you if it helps, i am 18 years old and live in the uk. within the last year or two i have been smoking a little bit of weed now and again plus i like a drink aswell and at first they never bothered me! Just recently i travelled back home to spend christmas with my friends and family and on christmas eve i smoked weed. about half an hour later i started to experience what i would now call a panic attack. I felt a little bit of chest pain, light headedness and i thought that i was going to die, i felt like i couldnt breathe properly and my throat was closing up. a few weeks after that i was working in the evening, i came home and sat at the computer, felt absolutely fine and then i went to bed. After about 10 minutes i started to feel really anxious and i got a sudden sharp pain in the center of my chest which made me worry. I looked it up online and it said that it might be heart related and seek immediate medical attention which sent me into panic mode. I started to violently shake, couldnt breathe, my chest was really tight and i had a dry mouth. I called the local health services and told them what was happening to me and they told me to call an ambulance straight away so i did. when the paramedics arrived at my house they attached a machine to me with wires and performed an ECG (electrocardiogram) and tested my heart, but the readings were positive and they told me that my heart was ok, but they took me into hospital to check my over some more. I was seen by a doctor and a nurse and they took my pulse, tested my heart again and asked me some questions, then prodded me a little. after a few hours they told me that i was fine and that i should go home and rest. But a few days after, i started experiencing the symptoms again so i decided to go and see my local doctor, he told me that i was experiencing panic attacks and stress, anxiety etc, then took my blood pressure which was higher than what it should be for someone my age, but he said that he wasnt very concerned and sent me home. I then went back to see him a few days ago and he said that my blood pressure had gone up again but not to worry too much about it because i had been stressed and having panic attacks every day. I have to go back in a few days to have some blood tests but he is not really concerned as he let me travel on the same day. the only thing that i can say to you my friend is that you are going through the same thing as me and it is nothing to worry about, if you have already not, get yourself checked out by doctors to rule out the possiblity of any physical problems (like heart tests, ECG, and blood tests, blood pressure) if these tests come back positive and they tell you that you are fine, then let me tell you that you can get through this, and i must admit that it is the hardest thing i have ever gone through in my life and you are not alone. I spend most days now fearing another panic attacks and feeling anxious all the time, i feel sometimes like i am in a dream world and nothing seems real, i also fear sometimes that there are other things wrong with me but that is a common symptom of this condition. I would suggest maybe getting some books on anxiety and panic attacks, i have done a lot of reading online by people who have the exact same symptoms as me and trust me it really helps and reassures me. It also really helps to talk to people like doctors and people you may know who suffer the same. I am considering therapy and medication simply because they are both there to really help you. So just relax and understand why this is happening to you, you are not alone and there are ways of stopping this, just believe in yourself and stay strong. I really hope this helps you and feel free to email me if you want someone to talk to !

Best of luck


February 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm
(51) DAVE says:

Well it started for me about 3 months ago, i was a regular smoker of hash/weed and never any problems. i then smoked some very strong skunk, probably the strongest i have ever smoked.I went home ate something and went to bed. about 3 or 4 hours later i started to sweat and felt very uneasy, then my heart began pounding as if it was going to jump out of my chest. i felt light headed and unsteady on my feet. i thought i was having a heart attack and that i was dying. i was never so frightened in my whole life. i kept breathing calmly as i could and i relaxed after a while and i went to sleep. i awoke the next morning and felt like i was hung over and was floating on air. worst feeling ever. went to work but felt like the walls were closing in on me and i was going to faint. i hate doctors and hospitals with a vengeance but i bit the bullet and went straight to my doctor. he took my blood pressure and sounded my heart, lungs etc. he told me my blood pressure was fine but i had a heart beat he would associate with exercise. he said all were conclusive symptoms of a panic attack. i told him about the skunk and he said these symptoms could last for months. he prescribed me ATIVAN 1mg and told me to rest, eat healthy and exercise. i still did not feel right and began having panic attacks at work. i was convinced i had heart trouble and i was expecting myself to drop dead at any second but it never happened. i was convinced the doctor was wrong that he missed something. i have made at least 10 visits to my doctor since looking for a second opinion and looking to see a cardiologist. my doctor has sternly reassured me that its not my heart. as a precaution in case it was a stomach ulcer he prescibed me two weeks of ZOTON 30mg fastabs.(he explained with a diagram how your heart sits on your stomach and the two are connected by a nerve which if there was a problem in my stomach near that nerve it could also be causing palpitations). two weeks later and still felt no better and still getting panic attacks i went back to my doctor. he prescribed me AMITRIPTYLINE 25mg. they helped me to sleep at night as it was nightime i had the most difficult with but i was having crazy nightmares that would last for hours and i was in zombie mode for most of the day. i was still having panic attacks so i returned to my doctor once again. he then decided to prescribe me LEXAPRO 10mg which is A (SSRI) SELECTIVE SERETONIN REUPTAKE INHIBITORS. it took at least two weeks for these to start working and at times made me sick and had worse side effects than the actual sickness. however i have started to return to normal and have started back to work and feel strong enough to go into crowds, strange places public transport etc. i still feel like im going to get a panic attack at times but i try breathing techniques and it usually passes after an hour or so. im not out of the woods yet but i feel i am making the most progress with this type of medication. however and i think everyone will agree, eventhough i am functioning again and back in a daily routine i still do not feel like the same person i was. i feel like ive lost something and at times feel out of touch with my surroundings. hopefully this, through time comes to pass. i now no longer take any type of drugs, i dont drink or smoke and i eat healthy and exercise a daily. i would recommend exercise in the fresh air and a daily mug of green tea. hopefully this helps someone reading this as i felt like all hope was gone and thought it would never subside. if anyone wants to email me with any tips or questions fell free to do so. my email – daveydave666@gmail.com

February 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(52) Holly says:

Like some of you that have posted I smoked weed on a regular basis for a little over two years…One night (Dec 9th 2008) I had just smoked, and about 10 minutes later I was sitting on the couch and all of a sudden my heart started beating out of my chest, I couldn’t sit still, I had shortness of breath, and was “freaking out”.. I went straight to the ER. I felt like I was going to die, and in all of my life I have never actually had that feeling. The hooked me up to the ECG machine, ran tests, x-rays, the norm…and all of that came back normal. They gave me lorazapam and sent me home. I have experienced these episodes EVERY SINGLE NIGHT since then… so almost three months now.. after going to the ER two more times I saw a doctor who put me on a heart monitor for 72 hours..that came back normal too!.. He then prescribed me Buspar 15 MG. I took that for a month, and still had the attacks..he then upped the dose to 25mg, and I am still suffering through these. I haven’t been able to live my life, I feel like I’m in a dream, and its all I can think about. I’m beginning to lose hope. I don’t know what else to do. Please e-mail me at hollykcrook@yahoo.com.. I need all the advise I can get !!!

February 19, 2009 at 11:41 pm
(53) Corey W says:

hello im corey, im seventeen years old. my story goes little something like this. about 4 or 5 months ago i had a manger panic attack. i was heading to the store with my sister and cuzzon. and we were smoking some weed. things were chillin for a while. right after we lefted the stoe i felt odd. i washearing echos. my chest started to feel very tight. my heart started to race out my chested. i couldnt breath. after a while i didnt know what to do. i really thought i was having a heart attack. so i told my sister t call 9/11. my cuzzon kepted on tellin me corey. your have a attack. your boyd cant handle the high. i was shocked. i’ve smoked plenty of times. but this was the first time this ever happened to me. so after she told me that we went to micky dz to get some food. so little time goes by and were sittin there ordering what we went to eat. we pull thru and i felt a popp. my body started to get HOTT. i started to turn as a white as a ghosted. so they claled 9.11. so i lefted the micky d’s amd went to frank ford hos. they told me it was a panic attack. for some reason ever sinve five months ago. my chest as been very tight. it feels like my heart iss like hottt.. or idk cold. my body some times feels hottt and i start to swet. so i step outsde to get air. my body sometimes hurts to the point where i wanna cry. idk what to do.. how do you stop itt. please someone let me know.. messge me on yahoo sometime. and let me knoee please.. thanks .

yahoo. corey.wren@yahoo.com

February 20, 2009 at 12:46 am
(54) evision07 says:


February 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm
(55) eddie hayde says:

im 19 and have chesr pain for 6 months constanly everyday and it wont go away ive bein in hostipal nd all ny idea wat it cud be

February 22, 2009 at 6:54 pm
(56) dave says:

what did the hospital say? could be anxiety or panic attacks. you could have acid reflux either. daveydave666@gmail.com

February 23, 2009 at 9:32 am
(57) Ruben says:

hi, all of my friends…
I’m Ruben 18 Yrs old, i’ve been suffering since 3 weeks ago.

nice 2 know u all.
I have the same symtomps

- dizzy
- heart beating fast (now it’s not as fast as 1st, now it’s normal)
- sweating in hand
- pain around the chest, left, right, middle, etc
- cramp in foot
- abodement discomfort

my 1st attack is in the classroom in collage.
i was thinking it was a heart attack, but…
the doctor of mine has diagnosed that my heart is okay.
i’ve been ECG, ECHO, blood pressure, blood test, etc.
all is normal. my heart is okay…

then, the doctor suggest me to meet physiciater, so i agreed.
then the physiciater told me that i’m having a panic attack and stress.

yes, maybe the trigger is i’m having a new GF, my exam result wasnot good, and i’m moving to new place. the life changes.

if u want to share with me and yes, we can do it! we can make this freakin thing out, email me at ruben_celebes@yahoo.co.id

March 21, 2009 at 11:32 pm
(58) Bill says:

I love all of you!!!!! And it’s good for all of us to see that we face the same things to deal with.
I’d being willing to bet that many of us have had some sort of mean, judgemental version of God preached to us at some point in our life that scared the “hell into us”, probably as a little kid by some preacher who had no business scaring kids like that. Seriously, you would be surprised as to what sneaks in our heads as little kids. You see most preachers don’t actually tell you what the Bible says in the original greek, probably because they don’t know.
There are 365 times in the Bible it says “don’t be afraid.” which is okay to hear in the middle of stress, or panic or anxiety, but sometimes you need more. Stress is a code word in society for fear. The orginal greek in the Bible says that “perfect love cast out fear, because fear brings with it the thought of punishment. it’s like fear is this jerk who comes and brings a bad feeling, but he can’t talk so he brings this other spirit who says “you’re in trouble and are gonna pay for it”…But God’s Love comes down and beats the crap out of those two and kicks them out, then He humiliates them and makes them get on all fours in front of Jesus’ throne in Heaven so He can put His feet on them…oh and God loves us first with that totally cool unconditional love just cause I’m me and you are you, not for any of our good or bad behavior). 1 John 4:16-18. You God is outside of time so Our Daddy/God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit all looked at us from heaven on this discussion board and said, “We’ve got to do something to rescue and heal up our cool Sons and Daughters down there.” So they decided to have Jesus come as one of us and pay off the law and death at the cross for all of us so no more punishment could be exacted against us. Then he freaked death and fear out by raising from the dead…kind of like Rocky. This also put the power back in our hands. Remember the power is in our hands, don’t forget that, otherwise you might accidently use it against yourself or people you love. It’s so powerful it responds to your beliefs and words. Well, there’s still this dude called “the prosecuter at law” (hasatan) who tries to accuse us. But think about it, the law has been paid off and by the way no body ever kept the entire law but Jesus, so people BS eachother all the time about how much better they are than other people. Here’s the thing, that hasatan dude tries to get us to use our own brains against ourselves. Experts call it “self-talk” but it’s for sure not self. Think about it, if it were yourself you would be happy with it, so it’s obviously not self talk. (where these freaking experts come from I don’t get) It’s like that movie Lion King and Scar is the hasatan dude, he uses ignorance and lies. But if you look in the true mirror you will see and hear your real Abba/Daddy saying “remember you are my dealy so loved son/daughter and I am so proud of you and that makes you Royalty.” Everyone who wrote on this board is really in some form saying “somebody do something to fix this…” Only kings and Sons and Daughters of kings give commands with their word and things are done…so I can tell by your words you are all experiencing that kingly nature inside. I’ll tell you who’s having the panic attack, it’s the hasatan dude. He’s just trying to get you to empower it for yourself. Flip it on him.
I want to encourage all of you how deeply prized and loved and thought of by your really Abba/Daddy in heaven. He sent me to make sure you knew He was thinking of you right now and telling you…”you are My Son, you are My Daughter and I’m am so pleased and happy with you and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise because love keeps no records of wrongs. Remember you now have My power because you have My last Name.” Another famous king, king David said the number of presious thoughts God has towards us outnumbers the grains of sand in the seashore. Abba/God has blessed us all.

March 28, 2009 at 9:32 pm
(59) erin s. says:

i first started having panic attacks after i smoked weed. that was at 15 and im 24. my left side of chest hurts really bad right now and i cant calm down

April 21, 2009 at 7:45 pm
(60) hannah says:

when i was reading this,the first part said it could have something to do with a heart attack.turns out i was just worrying too much.sorry i probably spelled a lot of words wrong.:)

May 13, 2009 at 8:18 pm
(61) bunny26 says:

Hi all! I have wrote in before! I just wanted to say something. I thought i was over panic attacks and anxiety as i didnt get any or feel anxiety for a long time after coming back from holiday, but last night someone rang me on private number saying nasty things and i couldn’t stop thinking about it when i was in bed! I fell asleep and had a nightmare, and i woke up with a panic attack! But i felt like i was going absoltuley mad!! Has this happend to anyone before?!

May 15, 2009 at 12:14 am
(62) Felicia says:

My husband has something very similar to this. He says he pretty much feels it all the time though and that it really kicks up when hes stressed out. He also has a habit of passing out when it gets to the point that it causes tears and having little to no breathing going on and I’ll have to shake him to basically wake him up and have him in some cases start breathing again. Its been super scary for us at times and we have been to doctor after doctor and have never had anyone able to diagnose it and have even had one doctor tell us we were lying about the symptoms. If anyone has any information about something like this hit me up, hes so afraid its heart problems which run on his moms side and she died of a double massive heart attack but the doctors have done tests and say his heart is fine, in fact they say nothing is physically wrong with him. Oh hes only 23 does smoke though is trying to quit right now and when the attacks were really bad was usually getting drunk every week with our friends(I was there too of course) but has since cut down on it and his level of stress has significantly decreased as well since then.

July 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(63) Billy says:

I am only 19 and i have chest pain but its just a sharp pain or some tightness then goes away. I have some tightness in my throat but really no breathing problems. What is causing this?

July 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm
(64) jk says:

I have been smoking for about 3 weeks now and i would have about 3 to 4 cigaretts a day iam under a lot of stress and i feel that having a smoke relaxes me,but for about 3 days now i have been feeling chest painswhat is that from.

August 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm
(65) AS says:

I came online to search for anxiety disorder symptoms and i found this place, just wanted to say i had my very first ‘panic attack’ which is usually the same for everyone, heighten anxiety just before the attack then heart racing, thinking your gonna die etc etc etc, it’s mostly the same for everyone, it was the first time i had them and after about 2 weeks of suffering i went to the doctor, my attacks would come usually at night 10pm etc, but i would be fine in the morning, this means my ‘mind’ was at rest, the anxiety builds then the attack, well the doctor knew and gave me some anti-depressants/anxiety drugs which within 1 hour of taking (and a mild anxiety attack about it) i was released, like a weight had been lifted, i could see clearly what was bothering me, i had also suffered with some personal attacks recently but i wasn’t harmed but the thought of it all caused the attack… now here’s the rub, for a good few years before this i had been smoking weed, grass, herb… sometime good sometimes bad, i.e no effect, looking back at the times just prior to my panic-attacks i had bought some new weed (a lot of it) now did you know… not all weed is pure weed, some dealers actually add stuff, sometime glass-particles (for an effect which sells) other things also, i think coupled with my personal experiences and my weed smoking (that strong stuff, skunk) that it manifested a panic attack, it’s mostly all in the mind but the results are horrible, but it can be beaten, i read about the comments of people smoking weed and surprisingly all around the same time as i had my attacks, it could have been extra-strong weed which was imported into this country at that time which proliferated around the UK giving people “the fear” and causing problems… be warned, but also…be happy you may now know an answer and that there’s help out there.

August 19, 2009 at 7:24 pm
(66) Brooke says:

I hate the feeling it sucks :( its the worst pain ever! Does any1 do anything to forget abt the next panic attack?

August 24, 2009 at 7:59 pm
(67) a.n says:

Oh my god! Yesterday I left a freinds house and on the way home I started shaking. Then I thought I was having a heart attack and the I thought My lungs wernt absorbing the oxygen they were taking in. I thought I was going to die for real. I talked myself down and made it home. I thought I would not be able to spaek, but far awway word came out of my mouth. I had to lay down. I made a deal or two with God so the shear terror would stop. When I woke up this morning, my whole body, including my teeth and jaw were sore. Was this a panic attack? It was terrible. email me ayebomb@gmail.com

October 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm
(68) Melissa says:

Hi, was reading these articles and the lastest comments relating to chest pains. My mom as of July started having chest pains she was in the yard doing some work and she than said she felt like as if she pulled something in her chest while doing this. At first we thought thats what this was, but the doctor said she would of healed if that was the case, so later they said she pulled something in her chest, than they came to the conclusion that was not it either. So now the doctors are guessing and trying to eliminate the causes by taking different pills. I my self never heard of something like this and it defitnly concerns me to see her in pain. This has been an on going cycle now for a couple months and has done everything, from ekg’s, stress tests, doctors, been to the er, pills, you name it she has done it. My question is if their is anyone who can relate to these symptoms and has some other advice would be appreciated I have been trying to research here my self trying to figure this out but I have read everything from panic disorders and heart attacks and what not. She has been in the clear for all that. My mom pretty much complains that theirs tightness in her chest and some days its intense and some days it lets up which is odd , I cant figure out why it would be worse some days and not others. When she bends certain ways shes in pain and even shortness of breath. I am not sure what this is.. but if anyone could relate please write in.

October 13, 2009 at 6:31 pm
(69) Mark says:

Panic attacks and related symptoms may be caused by a number of underlying physical, mental and/or substance abuse issues. More often than not, in otherwise healthy individuals the attacks are triggered by substance abuse. Of course having some form of anxiety disorder or experiencing a trauma is a big culprit but in my experience they are many times triggered from overindulgence of alcohol or caffeine. Physical exercise can also trigger attacks, especially if you’ve encountered the attacks previously. The only time I EVER experience severe panic attacks is usually following a night of heavy drinking. Physiologically, alcohol is a depressant and affects the GABA receptors in the brain from becoming over-excited. I may be incorrect on the exact terminology or medical effects of the substances, but my understanding is nonetheless cause enough for me to realize the rebound and withdrawal effect. The nexy day your body is going into a type of mini-withdrawal compounded w/ underlying issues such as why you drink so much to begin with & the GABA-firing neurons/receptors overcompensating to produce even more excitement in the brain. This all leads to chest pain, taychardia(sp) which is a racing heart, tingling in the extremities, thoughts of having a heart attack or a fainting episode, shortness of breath, fear of being in public due to embarrasment, agoraphobia), etc. Bottom line…..identify your triggers and eliminate them or continue the vicious cycle of suffering and taking benzodiazepines like Xanax, Ativan, Valium etc. These drugs themselves are basically affecting the same area as the alcohol so once you stop the symptoms return. Abstinence from the medications and/or reducing your substance intake is a great place to begin the process of elimination to determine your causal factors in triggering a debilitating attack. Also watch for blood sugar swings and keep your diet in check. Eat small, frequent meals because by the time you feel hungry, it’s maybe too late and low blood sugar may also trigger an attack. I first experienced an attack following a strenuous day of work (I’m self-employed which causes me anxiety to begin with). Called 911, ativan was given in the ER and after 4 years and many more attacks I realize the alcohol is the biggest culprit, even in small amounts. The brain is a complex organ and constantly yo-yoing the chemistry has long-term cumulative effects.

October 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm
(70) kirsty says:

Im a 34 year old woman from uk, i have been having panic attacks for about 6 months, i dont even know what brought them on but one night my do needed to go outside, while i was waiting for him to do what he had to do, i came over all funny, dizzy, pins and needles in my arms, i thought i was having a stroke, course that made it worse and i ended up on my hands and knees gasping for air, my husband rung an ambulance, by the time it arrived i had calmed myself down and was in a state of shivering uncontrolably, during this time i went into my daughters room and whispered i love you, as i thought this is it, im a gonner, i have regular panick attacks, i have my good days where i think ive got over them and i have days where i have constant headaches,and at the time i think its a brain tumour, pains in my legs DVT, i check my breasts on a regular basis (most days) i dont know whether my paranoia of death is because of the panic attacks and how they make me feel or something that has just crept up on me, its so morbid, Christmas is just around the corner, i should be looking forward, instead on my bad days i wonder if ill be here, of course i will as i have no underlying medical problems and im only 34 so the odds are on my side. please, please contact me if anyone else feels like they are obsessed or paranoid about how panick attacks make you feel


November 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm
(71) Lorraine says:

I am 30 years old and healthy- as of yesterday experienced my second panic attack. The first one my ER visit resulted in “you must have pulled a muscle in your left shoulder/neck” well now I am connecting the dots. EKG, blood work all done because I was SURE I was having a heart attack. Well finally as of my Dr. appointment today it all makes sense to me. It is so crazy!!! It started with me being agrivated then I got dizzy and went and sat down and within 5 minutes I felt it come on strong. Chest pain/pressure, shortness of breath, arm pain, stomach pain, feeling like I was going to vomit. I thought I was going to die. The more I thought about it the stronger the feeling became and I was home alone with my baby and I thought I would be found hours later with my poor baby screaming. Augh… So glad it has eased up and I have some sort of answer to this madness.
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