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dana1003
09-03-2007, 03:21 PM
i was reading the paper yesterday morning and all of a sudden my heart starts racing, i get the chills, i went ti the bathroom like 4 times, i was shaky and i felt like i could lose it at any minute. i didnt know what to do..was gonna have hubby take me to the hospital but it passed after like 30 min..my dr is on vacation so i was gonna wait till he got back. any one ever experience this? please any stories would help right now. BTW- im a 35 yr old female, dont smoke, stay at home mom of 2 kids w/no known med conditions?:sad2:

Disney Pal
09-03-2007, 03:55 PM
Yes I have been there done that! I am 36 and I experienced it for the first time three months ago and it was happening ever 7 - 10 day and I had the same thing heart racing, jittery, kinda freaking out. My doctor said it was probably some stress in your life that your having a tough time dealing with.
I am usually a very laid back, happy go lucky person but.....sometimes it happens. When your doctor comes back go get checked out. They checked my heart, breathing, blood pressure just to make sure it was nothing medical.
So I did start a low dose of medication and so far I've been ok! It is so scary and you almost anticipate them. Which I don't like to live like that. It only happened at night-Go figure? A friend of mine went through a tough divorce and she had them also.

mamaloya
09-03-2007, 03:55 PM
Did you have caffeine before this incident? Caffeine can sometimes cause that reaction. If you took a pain medicine like anacin or pamprin, they have caffeine. If you couple that with a cup of coffee, it can trigger that incident. Diet pills can also cause that reaction as well.

cinderella73
09-03-2007, 04:18 PM
I have had them and they can even make you feel like you are going to pass out. I used to get them randomly but very severly to the point where it would disable me to do anything till it passed. Try to remember that it WILL pass and do whatever you can to calm yourself. Instead of waiting to see if another happens be prepared. Here are some non medicated things you can do. Some people think it can be related to the seratonin (spelling?) levels in the brain. Certain foods and activities can help stabilize your levels . Certain foods like warm milk and turkey and also potatoes can help calm you. I know there are more I will look them up. Exersize and sun also work well. I go tanning sometimes in the winter to help keep myself from getting to depressed and anxious. It really does release a calming chemical . Turn off Tv and night. I thought tv helped me sleep. I swore it did. But in fact when I tried this it really did help. And try some hypnosis tapes during a attack. Check amazon online or your local bookstores or even a christian bookstore for a great calming CD. And I must also reccommend " The Secret" DVD. Its not a religous thing but a self empowering message that anyone can benifit from.

Lastly these are hard to get a doctor to give but ativan is a great help during a attack. They are extremely addictive so most docs will not give it out unless they know you very well. Or consider your stress situational. My dov gives it to me because I have a full bottle every year now and only use it maybe 1 or 2 times max in 12 months. Just knowing I have it helps.

Try everything above. When it hits you feel very out of reality and its hard for anyone to help you because you feel like they cant understand . The worst thing about anxiety is that its so hard to describe.

By all means avoid caffine. Even chocolate. And THAT is no easy task ! But when you notice stress going on or yourself being restless thats when you know to take it out of your diet. You will feel better!

dana1003
09-03-2007, 04:51 PM
wow! thank you so much for replying..im actually crying right now becuz someone out there understands what it feels like..as far as caffeine..yes i had been drinking allot of coffee lately and someone gave us a huge bag of LINDT choclate..well i dont have to expalin..

there have been some stresses lately...we are looking for a house and having problems w/our realtor, we also had company staying w/us all week, my kids have really been acting up...etc.

yes i can know what you say about feeling one about to come on..im afraid of being alone w/my girls when one happens..does the medication have to be taken right when i feel one come on..and what do i do if im alone? sorry for the questions

SharkyGoddess
09-03-2007, 04:53 PM
The only time I have ever experienced them was when in high school during finals. THANK THE GODS!!! That has to be the most horrible, helpless feeling ever! For me, I went completely deaf, my vision was very blurry with black spots, I became extremely hot, even to the touch according to my gf's who always seemed to get me to the bathroom, and I felt like I had burning coals in the pit of my stomach. It only lasted for a short while, but seemed like forever. I feel for anyone who suffers from these on a regular basis. :(

ADisneyQueen
09-03-2007, 05:08 PM
I think you should also be tested for hypoglycemia and diabetes. Had you eaten before this? When my blood sugar is low, I get shaky, nervous, hot, can't think straight, sometimes even nauseus. Just a thought.

cinderella73
09-03-2007, 05:57 PM
wow! thank you so much for replying..im actually crying right now becuz someone out there understands what it feels like..as far as caffeine..yes i had been drinking allot of coffee lately and someone gave us a huge bag of LINDT choclate..well i dont have to expalin..

there have been some stresses lately...we are looking for a house and having problems w/our realtor, we also had company staying w/us all week, my kids have really been acting up...etc.

yes i can know what you say about feeling one about to come on..im afraid of being alone w/my girls when one happens..does the medication have to be taken right when i feel one come on..and what do i do if im alone? sorry for the questions


The medication is very fast acting and you can take 2 tiny pills . They dissolve in your mouth . They can make you drowsy but have never made me incapable of taking care of my 3 kids. I am still able to stay awake fine. However if you can nap it can help.

Something to remember is that you can even have them when you dont "think" you are stressed. Your mind is going on half the time about stress even when you dont realize it . My 13 year old starting having them last year. She had a lot going on. She had a rough year and even when everything was calm se could have them just watching tv. We even ended up at a cardio doc to be certain and she wore a event monitor. I had her watch " The Secret " video with me and it helped her a lot. She also listens to her soundtracks like her Disney ones that help her. She has been doing great since we implemented everything.

My point is that just seeing the doc and ruling things out will help allay some of your fears so that you know that what is going on is nerves. You dont need to worry its something more serious on top of the attack.

If you are alone when one strikes put on a radio maybe or ( ok I know this sounds geeky , but it works) put on QVC. Its something thats brodcast live. I know this sounds weird. But hearing live human voices can help you feel less alone. Or even the Podcast! It can make you laugh and you feel like they are in your living room with you. Or come on the Dis boards and tell someone . I am on here way to much you can message me anytime. Odds are that I am not doing dishes or laundry like I should be!

If its daylight just step outside and make yourself beathe deeply and slowly. Bright bright sunlight can help calm you a lot. Everyone can react different. I cant stand my husband trying to carry on a conversation when I am having one. But I like to hear people talking.

And invest in some great funny movies. I love my BBC shows . Things with no violence and DVD's are good because there is no commercial interruptions. I watch my " Keeping Up Appearances" box set. Its just goofy humor and makes me smile.

When you do ask your doc about the meds he will no doubt direct you toward many other things instead. BUT let me tell you that choose well because I have had some severe reactions when this started to the wrong meds. One Buspar I think it was made me almost insane! I was ready to check myself in! Never had anything like that before. There are some long term meds that are ok. But avoid antidepressents if you can. Serzone I took for a few years ok.

But if you dont want to be on drugs all the time tell your doc that you really want to try Ativan ( atavan?) and use the words " My stress is situational" . You might need a few at first but afterwards just knowing you have it will keep you from needing it. I havent had one in 2 years! And I have suffered for 10 years now from anxiety.

Feel free to Pm me if you have any questions or ever just need to talk. Heck I am way out here in Pa living in the boonies. Sometimes I think I can go crazy just from being so far removed from the real world. Funny thing is NYC is only a hour and a half away! But to get to a grocery store is 45 minutes! And winter is coming. Ugh! I hate when it gets dark early! Hehe sorry for all that. But yeah, I understand.

cinderella73
09-03-2007, 05:59 PM
I think you should also be tested for hypoglycemia and diabetes. Had you eaten before this? When my blood sugar is low, I get shaky, nervous, hot, can't think straight, sometimes even nauseus. Just a thought.

Yes! Do that as well. Get a full check up. It will ease your mind as well. If racing heart is a regular symptoms you vcan even get a event monitor. Ten when you have a episode you can record it and they can determine if its stress or not. It helped my daughter to know that her racing heart was stress related. Now she can calm herself down .

hipporina
09-04-2007, 08:09 AM
I have had some problems with anxiety over the past year and it is really awful. When I get panic attacks, my heart races, I get hot and shaky, and I feel like my throat is closing up a bit. The most frustrating thing for me is when I know that is what it is, but I can't stop it. Fortunately, I haven't had one in 4-5 months and I hope they don't start again. It is really not that unusual and you will be okay.

QueenGoblin
09-04-2007, 08:30 AM
Just want to jump on the solidarity bandwagon and say I'm right there with you! What you described is a classic panic attack. You've gotten great advice so far (go to the Doc for piece of mind/advice and baseline measures, look for triggers like stress, caffeine, etc.)
For me, I think hormones play a big role. I seem to be more prone to these kinds of sensations when I am in the last two weeks of my cycle. Another one of my triggers is my heartbeat (I get benign PVCs which is a premature heartbeat that causes that heart skipping a beat sensation.) It really helped to have a cardiologist evaluate them and tell me they were normal and in no way harmful to me since I have a normal heart. I used to get very stressed whenever I felt one (which would bring on more stress, which would make me have more of them....)
I was on a very low dose of an anti-depressant for a while. I'm not sure if it really helped physically, but it seemed to give me some perspective. I also had some xanax that I could take to control a flare up (I think I took maybe 10 total over the course of a year). I think what the drugs did was give me some time to come to terms with what was going on. Even though I am still prone to this kind of thing, I don' worry about it quite so much. I used to worry every night!
Good luck!

3jsmommy
09-04-2007, 09:53 AM
Cinderella73 is so right about the antidepressants, doctors prescribe them for anxiety all the time, these drugs can be very harmful & are definitly not something to be taken lightly. I don't want to go into it but I lost my sister due to a side effect of Paxil. I have attended many FDA meetings & congressional hearings on this subject & it is really scary that these drugs are out there.
That being said, I have had panic attacks before & all of the suggestions here are great. If you have a health food store nearby they can suggest alot of teas & supplements, you would be suprised how potent some of them can be. Sleepy time tea is a favorite of mine. Talk therapy & Yoga are also wonderful ways to combat stress & anxiety. You are definitly not alone, anxiety can be horrible & everyone has an overload at times. You are gonna be O.K.:goodvibes

dana1003
09-04-2007, 01:51 PM
just an update..went to the dr today and did a full exam, blood work, xrays,ekg..told me i most likely had a panic attack(like all of you have told me already) he prescribed ALPRAZOLAM ORAL..only to be used during an attack..i have to call back in 2 days for my blood work. has any one ever heard of theis drug?

oh my god- and losing your sister to PAXIL..im so sorry..this is a good board to get useful info like this , finding out your stories, side effects etc. thank you all for being so open:flower3:

cinderella73
09-04-2007, 04:30 PM
just an update..went to the dr today and did a full exam, blood work, xrays,ekg..told me i most likely had a panic attack(like all of you have told me already) he prescribed ALPRAZOLAM ORAL..only to be used during an attack..i have to call back in 2 days for my blood work. has any one ever heard of theis drug?

oh my god- and losing your sister to PAXIL..im so sorry..this is a good board to get useful info like this , finding out your stories, side effects etc. thank you all for being so open:flower3:

Are you sure its not lorazepam? Either way I think what you have is a generic for avtivan , the drug I was telling you about.

Oh wait.. Just found this what you have is Alprazolam, also known under the trade-names Xanax and Niravam, is a short-acting drug in the benzodiazepine class used to treat severe anxiety disorders and as an adjunctive treatment for anxiety associated with depression. .... Basically Xanax is the name most people know it by. Less addicting than ativan (but still addictive) and a lot of people like it.

Here is the link to get some more info. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alprazolam

I think you will be doing MUCH better now. :goodvibes

My mom takes this when she goes on planes. She thought it worked well.

As far as some antidepressents go I myself had a very close call years ago after my first child ( I agree with other posters about hormones as well) . I was having attacks and they put me on some antidepresents and I almost did the unthinkable . The medicine made me feel worse and I knew it was amplifying my anxiety! Who would have thought? Turns out in some people those kind of drugs make things worse. Thats why they are so weary of just giving them out to teens after so many suicides happening with them. I have heard so much about all this in the news in the last few years. Its a tragedy.



What you have is good though ( works much differently!) and you will be so much better and knowing you have the stuff .It just makes you a bit calmer and just drowsy enough to slow your mind down. Dont forget to try warm milk before bed and turkey for lunch on stressful days. It really does help.

QueenGoblin
09-04-2007, 04:59 PM
You definately want to read up on anything they prescribe to you. Some docs are really casual about handing out anti-depressant and anti-anxiety meds, and it is powerful stuff. They are useful medications for some people in some contexts, but not one size fits all as other posters have already pointed out.

What really helped me was keeping track of when it was happening on a calendar. That way I could see the correlation (for me) with my cycle. That helped to keep me calmer when it happened, because I understood that I wasn't dying, this is just how my body deals with hormones/stress/etc. If your bloodwork checks out (and I am sure it will) just eat right and exercise and next time it happens imagine you are riding Dumbo (or Soarin', or Peter Pan's pirate ship...)

dana1003
09-04-2007, 05:00 PM
i will still try the warm milk and turkey..im also going to try and go to the health food store and find natural stuff..im not big on meds but im glad i have it just in case..

dana1003
09-04-2007, 06:22 PM
You definately want to read up on anything they prescribe to you. Some docs are really casual about handing out anti-depressant and anti-anxiety meds, and it is powerful stuff. They are useful medications for some people in some contexts, but not one size fits all as other posters have already pointed out.

What really helped me was keeping track of when it was happening on a calendar. That way I could see the correlation (for me) with my cycle. That helped to keep me calmer when it happened, because I understood that I wasn't dying, this is just how my body deals with hormones/stress/etc. If your bloodwork checks out (and I am sure it will) just eat right and exercise and next time it happens imagine you are riding Dumbo (or Soarin', or Peter Pan's pirate ship...)

funny you should say "cycle"-mine is just starting now..and i did feel tense a few days before

Keara'sMom
09-05-2007, 06:58 PM
Hi!
Thought I'd weigh in as a fellow anxiety manager! A couple of years ago, I had a panic attack--tingling in hands and feet, racing heart, etc...The doc prescribed Alprazolam for me, and it made me sleepy, but when I slept, I had very odd, disturbing dreams. It wasn't comfortable for me at all, and I only ended up taking one. Everyone is different, though, and I hope it works for you!

I haven't had problems with anxiety like that for a long time, but I do get very anxious when I fly. Then, I take an Ativan, as it really takes the edge off. Yes, it is very addictive, from what I understand, but I only take it to fly, so it's maybe one or two little pills every year.

Good luck with everything! I'm glad you're pursuing it, and I think others are on to something when they talk about hormones...

:hug:

lighttech
09-05-2007, 07:45 PM
Cinderella73 is so right about the antidepressants, doctors prescribe them for anxiety all the time, these drugs can be very harmful & are definitly not something to be taken lightly. I don't want to go into it but I lost my sister due to a side effect of Paxil. I have attended many FDA meetings & congressional hearings on this subject & it is really scary that these drugs are out there.
That being said, I have had panic attacks before & all of the suggestions here are great. If you have a health food store nearby they can suggest alot of teas & supplements, you would be suprised how potent some of them can be. Sleepy time tea is a favorite of mine. Talk therapy & Yoga are also wonderful ways to combat stress & anxiety. You are definitly not alone, anxiety can be horrible & everyone has an overload at times. You are gonna be O.K.:goodvibes

I'm SO sorry about your sister. I can't even imagine dealing with that kind of loss. I certainly don't want to press you into discussing details, but I have a family member on Paxil. You sound very well versed on information that is available. Could you point me in the direction of some informational sites? I know the family member is VERY cautious and does a lot of research involving their health. This is a situation where, although they very much dislike chemical intervention, it was a severe enough scenario that it was a best case option. But, I'd like to be aware as well.

Please don't feel pressured, I'm going to do some research on my own as well. And, if you would prefer to PM me, please do. Also, I don't want any personal info that you are not comfortable sharing... Just a direction to start research. Thank you.

lighttech
09-05-2007, 07:55 PM
OP - I just wanted to offer my support as well.

I've definitely had stress and anxiety issues too. Although, the panic attacks have been few and far btw. I generally fall more into the depression side of things. If we were all truly honest w/ one another, I think we'd all be suprised by how widespread so many of these issues are.

And, so many Moms too. Not that men and husbands are immune, far from it. But, I know that a lot of mothers tend to put their health and well being last. I've certainly done it.

Kudos to you for heading to the doc and getting out and getting info. If you keep doing that , you'll be back on track in no time.

I won't repeat all the wonderful advice that everyone has already put forth, but I wanted to weigh in on the hormone thing.

I've always had a rough time just before my cycle w/ anxiety and depression. Being able to identify that has helped me deal w/ it. I don't get quite as frustrated w/ myself when I know there's an indentifiable trigger. But, recently it started getting worse, and I was cycling in a bad way (being depressed that I was depressed... I had worked really hard to get it under control.) I mentioned it to my Doc, and he told me that PMS symptoms can really kick in for women in their 30's. (I just hit the big 3-0). So, you mentioned that you were in your 30's and hadn't ever experienced this b4. It definitely could be a one time thing brought on by stress, caffeine, whatever, but you might want to note when you feel particularly anxious if you do again. If you notice a pattern that correlates w/ your cycle,you could discuss it w/ your OBGYN as well as your regular doc. I won't take hormones or birth control due to a history of cancer in my family, but my OBGYN told me it was an option to help with emotional stress brought on by hormonal influences.

Otherwise, prayers and pixie dust. And know so many of us have been there too! You've got support.

MARCIAKAZ
09-05-2007, 08:43 PM
To add my 2 cents....Panic attacks and anxiety are not really the same thing. You normally don't feel "anxious", you feel fine. My panic attacks started when I was about 23, and 5 months pregnant. I had them off and on for about 5 years--completely randomly. Dizziness, racing hearbeat, racing thoughts, hyperventilating, cold sweat...I just knew in those moments that I was about to die! Basically, my body was having an adrenaline burst--a fight or flight response--for no apparant reason. I had all the medical tests to make sure I didn't have a problem with my heart, but those assurances didn't help. I gave up caffiene and chocolate, but that didn't help. Finally, I sort of took control of them--whenever I would feel it starting (which, after a few times, you can feel them building up) I would just tell myself literally out loud--I'm ok, I'm fine, I'm not having a heart attack, calm down, get a grip, breathe--and repeat. After using this technique 3 or 4 times, they would stop almost instantly and never go "full-blown". That was 20 years ago. Every once in a while, maybe a couple of times a year, I still get them, but I shut them down almost without thinking about it. You might try this if it happens again. Good luck to you!!

heath-and-javens-mom
09-06-2007, 08:41 AM
Hi~ So glad I found this thread--Now I know Im not alone! I had my first attack about 3 months ago while on weight control medication. at the time I had no idea what was going on, I was alone with my 2 boys and freaked out. I felt me heart racing up in my throat, Felt like I couldnt catch my breath, but I was breathing fine (it was weird), started shaking, and really truely thought I was gonna die. I quit taking that medication the very next day thinking it may have been a side effect, however I have continued to have smaller type attacks ever since. I did see my doctor right after that first episode and eveything came back fine-although she did not even metion panic attacks (I swear she thought I was crazy-LOL). So since then I have talked with a few people and come to the conclusion that it is indeed a panic attack. I do feel them coming on an dtry to stop them by doing what someone else had mentiond..Saying outloud "quite freakin out silly-you are perfectly fine"! It does help sometimes and sometimes it doesnt.:confused3
I also agree that if I think about it or anticipate having one it makes a attack come on faster than if I get it out of my mind and think about soemthing else.
the most recent one I had was about a week ago...while out riding my bike ( i have been trying to loose weight the rightway), I pushed my self by riding longer and faster and started feeling panicky because my heart was racing, started thinkin it was a panic attack and sure enough I got myself all worked up and threw myself into one. I made it home and got in the house and just laid on the couch--It makes me almost "unable" to move...I just want to sit still and pray that it passes quickly.

Okay so I know I am rambeling but I have felt sooo alone this past few months experiancing this, so I am very happy to have found you all! I have even been embarressed to talk with my husband about it because he may think Im crazy too. BTW Im 29 years old and prolly 50 pounds overweight-dont know if that would have anything to do with it though.;)
I plan on talking to my doctor about the Adavan that was mentioned on this thread- I hate taking perscriptions..they sometimes even throw me into a panic because I get worked up thinking I could have a bad reactiopn --I worry to much I KNOW!:goodvibes BUT if Adavan will help I will sure give it a try!!

disneymomto5
09-06-2007, 12:10 PM
Just wanted to add my 2 cents to this as well. I have the exact same feelings-panic type attacks and do take medication if I can't get it under control myself. But just as an aside it took about 10 years to diagnose my condition fully, but I have Mitrol Valve Prolapse (basically a heart murmer), and the back flow of blood causes the dizziness feelings. You may want to consult a heart specialist to get diagnosed. I too have to limit caffeine and stress, but that isn't always easy to do. I've been having these "episodes" since I was 28.

MEM
09-06-2007, 12:23 PM
Finally, I sort of took control of them--whenever I would feel it starting (which, after a few times, you can feel them building up) I would just tell myself literally out loud--I'm ok, I'm fine, I'm not having a heart attack, calm down, get a grip, breathe--and repeat. After using this technique 3 or 4 times, they would stop almost instantly and never go "full-blown". That was 20 years ago. Every once in a while, maybe a couple of times a year, I still get them, but I shut them down almost without thinking about it. You might try this if it happens again. Good luck to you!!


This is the same advice I received over 30 years ago from my old-School family practitioner. He told me to tell myself, out loud, "MEM this is just a brief panic attack and this too shall pass. You are not going crazy nor are you going to die". Or words to that effect. It does work most of the time. The interesting thing about panic attacks is that they often strike when your
life seems to be on an even keel. I didn't have them after my Dad died suddenly this past Christmas Eve. It was not until several months later
that I had one at home and thought I was having a heart attack. DH took me to the ER and I was given a prescription for Xanax after a thorough work-up. I have only taken one of the 20 pills in 6 months but carrying around the bottle seems to work for me like a good luck charm.

I also bought a treadmill and walk on that, briskly, at least 30 minutes a day or up to one hour (after work, when I need to decompress)

akelly
09-06-2007, 01:31 PM
Hi,
I had a panic attack at the end of last December. I was 35 at the time. I know exactly how you feel when you say you are crying when you read of others reports. I spilled many tears, too, when hearing of others similar stories. It just feels good to know you are not alone and know that others understand.

I have always dealt with very mild depression but nothing like what happened December through early February.

In December I had pneumonia and was prescribed a very strong antibiotic. Come to find out many, many people have had nightmare stories to tell about mental side effects from this antibiotic. I started with a panic attack which became a full-blown major depression episode because I was convinced I was going to die and leave my three girls motherless. I tried to break out of it on my own but nothing worked. My husband spent many hours just holding me and saying he wish he know how he could help.

I understand that anti-depressants are not for everyone and they are overprescribed, however, Paxil was a miracle for me. It worked exactly when and how it was supposed to and I am thankful my doctor hit on the answer on the first try. I know that there are some terrible stories about Paxil side-effects and that suicides have been linked to anti-depressants but for some it works just as it is meant to.

I wish you the best. Thankfully, you only seem to be dealing with the panic attacks, not depression. My advice would be to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each medication and work with your doctor to choose what is best for you. Also, carefully monitor your progress. Perhaps your husband? could help you in that area.

Just know there are a lot of people who truly understand.

Amy

mimif1
09-08-2007, 10:59 PM
Yep, I have them too. I have them almost every month, right before my cycle. I did have the whole workup after the first one, but nothing showed. I had a hard time believing it was panic attacks as I had never experienced anything like this before. Now that I talk about them, I found out that several of my relatives also have them. They are from the generation in my family that doesn't talk about things like this. I finally decided that this is nothing to be embarrassed about, it's just something I have to deal with. It sure makes it better to let people know when I'm having a hard time. They help remind me during attacks that it will pass, that I've had bad attacks before, the tests are negative, etc...

I have noticed that my attacks go in cycles. Every few months, I have a series of bad ones. It seems that once my "fight or flight" system acts up, I have several fairly close together until everything settles back down. I even went to my friend's house a few months ago to babysit me for awhile during a bad attack. Even knowing what they are, it still can be really scary. I hated asking for help, but just being with another grown-up makes it better sometimes for me. A few things that were suggested that sometimes helps: putting my wrists in ice water and bearing down like you would to have a BM. It helps stop my heart from racing which is one of my worst symptoms. I also cut all caffeine out of my diet and try to get enough sleep. I have worse attacks when I'm tired.

It does help knowing that you're not alone in this. When I started telling my friends that I was having panic attacks, I was surprised at the number of women that told me they had one in the past or have a family member who suffers from them. I used to try to hide it from my family when I was having a hard time. I finally gave up on that and am so glad I did. Now we talk about them the same way as any other health issue.

Disney related, I found out that rides that produce adreneline kick in attacks for me. So this rollercoaster junkie has become a ride weenie and proud of it! It's just not worth feeling bad for the rest of the day anymore.