Monday, 4 February 2019

My anxiety attack symptoms

My anxiety attack symptoms

This past week, I've suffered several Anxiety attacks and found it very difficult to calm myself down and its all because of an almost two-week long headache, which has gradually started to affect my neck making it extremely hard to move my head. I've been to the doctors about this, he informed me that I had whiplash, but I always thought you could only suffer whiplash from serious injuries, like a car crash or something. Well I haven't been involved In any accident so how could he explain mine, the only logical explanation is sometimes when I put my son to bed he wants a big hug so he wraps his hands around my neck and pulls me towards him and it does make my neck ache so this could be a possibility. Therefore, my doctor advised me to rest and take some painkillers. Because I suffer from health anxiety, this has completely freaked me out as its sort of unexplainable, and we all know what happened next don't we?

Yes, that's right, I've been on a google search frenzy and learned about a dozen new diseases which I never even knew existed, I once again began to pinpoint each of my symptoms and convinced myself that I had every single one of them.

Although I'm feeling a little better now I spent many nights over the last two weeks very stressed out, I cried and was in so much pain because number one paracetamol wasn't doing anything to help and number two I honestly thought I had something sinister wrong with me this brought on lots of anxiety attacks and usually at the most inappropriate times. Thousands of people experience anxiety attacks every day, and if you're anything like me, then you probably feel like there's something a lot more sinister going on because the attacks can cause a variety of physical symptoms throughout your body. They, can also suddenly appear out of nowhere one minute your fine chilling watching tv then the next minute your sobbing in an uncontrollable mess. Yes, they are terrifying but are completely normal for anxiety sufferers. 

These are every anxiety attack symptoms that I've experienced over the last week. 

  • Palpitations- My heart has been racing so much that I had to phone my GP for advice, which made me feel a billion times worse because anything to do with doctors terrifies me. I got told the usual to try and calm down, lay off the caffeine and take long deep breaths. 
  • Out of breath- I find it very hard to breathe slowly, I struggle to talk and my breathing becomes heavier and faster. 
  • Dizziness and nausea- I become dizzy and nauseous because it's like my mind is racing and I can't slow down my thoughts, everything negative races quickly through my mind, It makes me feel sick and I just have that feeling when you just want to lay down because you feel that horrible dizzy uncomfortable feeling. 
  • Tingling sensations- When I'm sweating and finding it hard to slow down my breathing my whole body tingles and feels very hot. 
  • Trembling- I will start shaking uncontrollably and find it very difficult to stop.
  • Feeling of impending doom- I feel like I'm going to die right then and there, I feel like my body is shutting down and an intense fear washes over me and its hard to focus on anything else. 
  • Crying- I can sit and sob uncontrollably for ages because I'm trying to stop focusing on so many things, the sickness, dizziness, tingling, palpitations, sweating everything and its terrifying and I feel as if im losing all control. 
  • Feeling like my legs are jelly- I can't stand up when I feel like this because It feels like I'm going to fall straight back down again. My legs feel weak and unsteady.  

These are what I experience during an anxiety attack, and they terrify me. 

Do you suffer anxiety attacks? If you do then do these sound familiar? 

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  1. I deal with PTSD related anxiety. Most of the time my symptoms are things like palpitations, sweaty palms, feeling like ice slipped down my back followed by feeling like I'm frozen in place. It can be so horrible. And it's not always the same so sometimes it's coming on and I don't recognize it. I'm glad more people are opening up about anxiety!

  2. Thanks for the comment, it's horrible it comes on so suddenly as well one-minute im fine then the next minute im full of anxiety. Yeah, it's nice to be able to speak to more people it, I usually bottle it all up which is worse. x