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The Very First Attack

My first panic attack was back in Oct of 2010....I was asleep and woke up to a fast heart rate ...I was cold and clammy ......and I felt like I was gonna die of a heart attack.....my blood pressure also was very high...I called the ambulance and they transported me to the ER....I had several test done and a EKG ....cardiac enzymes test and it all came back normal ...they told me I was having a heart attack but a  panic attack ..I have had several episodes of these horrible events .....went to my doctor and she ordered a echocardiogram and a stress test to rule out any heart problems ......everything came back good and then they put me on a cardiopal for a month and I am still waiting on the test results from that.......I still have horrible panic attacks and I am now on paxil 20 mg one time a day and klonapin as needed .....1 mg when I go to bed .......but the problem is now I am so afraid to be home alone......I don't want to live like this .....it took my freedom away and is affecting my daily life........ I don't know what to do ...I need some support but have no one ........when I wake up in the morning I feel that is when the panic attacks strikes in the morning and in the middle of the night.....does no ones else go thou this
CMA1234 CMA1234 46-50, F 2 Responses May 2, 2012

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I hear you.I still get them myself.Back at my old job,I had one that was so bad that I actually passed out in the lunchroom during break.Like I said,I do tend to get them from time to time,but not as severe as I used to.I was taking meds for it,but I found that talking to a therapist really help a lot.Not too long after that,I stopped taking meds and learned to deal with them on my own terms.Have or do you talk to a therapist about your problem?If not,then do so and don't worry about what anyone thinks about it.My family,friends and coworkers were so proud of what I did,which made me more confident than before.Try talking to a professional about your attacks and take it from there.Good luck to you and just remember,there is a light at the end of that long,dark tunnel.It just takes a little time and patients to get there.Good luck!!!

I used to get them much more frequently when I was out of work. Now just occasionally

Yes absolutely! there are many groups here on ep about panic attacks, anxiety etc...i encourage you to join them, and read and share you stories...there's strength in numbers! We're all here to support one another. Just a friendly note to keep in mind....right now in the beginning, it's going to be very hard for you to do....but...try to keep the klonapin use down to only when absolutely necessary!! Don't know if you're dr. told you, but it's extremely addictive. It took me along time to get off it...but in the beginning, it was definetly a god send.

Thank you,