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Having Anxiety attack now

I'm having an anxiety attack right now and don't know what remedy I need.

The main symptom is that I feel like I can't get a deep breath. Then I start thinking about it, and I start being conscious of every breath I take. Then it feels like none of the breaths are deep enough and then I think I may stop breathing altogether. I don't know that I would say it's a fear of fainting; more a fear of stopping breathing.

I have no pain and I have no history or asthma. I've been having these episodes for years though and would love to get to the bottom of it. It may go back as far as 1995 when a fire destroyed our business but I'm not sure. I've had many traumatic things happen to me, before and since then.

So what's my feeling? Maybe it's fear of financial ruin and/or fear of being unable to fulfill my duties.

Better for/worse for: Definitely worse for thinking about it. Worse for being in the car (didn't want to wear seatbelt; wanted to be able to move around)

Wanted to come home. Better for being home.

BETTER FOR COLD APPLICATIONS. This is a big one. I didn't feel in the least bit hot but I wanted ice on my body or my face. Felt like it shocked me into breathing deeply.

Have also had a great desire to eat ice for the last few months. Love to crunch it.

Also resorted to pinching myself or digging my fingernails in my arm for the pain to distract me.

Also worse for hurry. I always walk fast and talk fast but I am worse for feeling like I'm in a hurry.

Maybe I'd be better for a good cry but I don't feel like crying at the moment.

I've consulted with a homeopath, two actually over the years, and taken a lot of remedies but nothing has gotten to the root of it. I just get better over time and then I go for months without having these episodes so I do nothing.

Would appreciate all advice.

Thanks,
ruth
PS I had Aconite 30c with me in the car and took that earlier but don't feel like it helped at the time. I'm better since I got home.
 
  ruth45 on 2006-12-18

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I've had to live with panic attacks for many years now. One item I've been trying is Rescue Remedy (as I am new to Homeopathy) and it's ok. I haven't had an attack in a while.

Basically what I had to do when having an attack was retrain my thoughts. My biggest problem was the fear of passing out and causing problems to others. Instead of freaking out that I'm having an attack, I started to tell myself 'get over it; you've survived all of them to now, you'll survive this one' and take some deep breaths and let it go. The hardest thing to do is retrain your thoughts. If you can focus on something else thought wise during the attack, you'll start noticing a big difference.

 
Prizma on 2006-12-18

Thanks Prizma. I do try to talk to myself when I'm having the attack and say 'You're fine. You're breathing fine.' It does help some but I know the right remedy will put an end to it once and for all. I'm just so tired of this coming up every few months.

So you have a fear of passing out too?

I've read other posts about panic attacks and I don't have any of the symptoms other people describe. I don't sweat, I don't feel nauseous, I don't feel any particular pain. It's just the breathing... always the breathing.

 
ruth45 on 2006-12-18

I get the heart palpatations, the sweating, and the immense 'fight or flight' symptoms. I too did a lot of research on my troubles and found that people seem to fear dying when they have a panic attack. Mine was always 'I don't want to be a bother!!'.

If the breathing is what's causing you the most trouble, try to focus on that. Breathe in through your nose and hold it for 10 seconds or so and then let it out slowly through your mouth.

I started to keep track of when I was having the attacks and what was going on around them. I noticed when I'm stressed out I'll have more attacks and if I'm really tired I'll get the attacks. Once I realized that, I started relaxation and trying to get some sleep ;)

 
Prizma on 2006-12-18

Funny, more afraid of being a bother than dying!

Mine is similar. I don't think I'll die, but if I pass out or get too far into the panic, I'll have to seek medical attention and that is what I'm afraid of. Don't want to get M.D.'s involved.

Mine is also, 'I don't have time for this. I've got too many things to do!' That's why I said 'fear of not fulfilling duties.' Calcs are very duty bound, aren't they?

I've taken Calc before but didn't know how often to repeat. Don't think it's an acute type remedy.

Then again, maybe I just need high potency of Aconite, which I've never taken.

Hope someone will offer guidance.

Thanks,
R.

 
ruth45 on 2006-12-18

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I really wish someone would offer something. Guess I'm posting at the wrong time of day to get attention.

I handle so much; I'm not a fearful person. I don't have anxieties and fears but when this breathing problem happens, it stops me in my tracks.

R.

 
ruth45 on 2006-12-19

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