Patient Comments: Panic Attacks - Symptoms

What symptoms do you experience with panic attacks?

Comment from: Natalie, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 05

When I was a very healthy 42 year old I needed some big dental fillings done and, terrified, I asked if there was anything to relax me. I was offered the green whistle containing an analgesic called methoxyflurane which worked well on the first occasion. I returned to the dentist three weeks later to have more fillings done and accepted relaxation treatment with the green whistle again. I began feeling very unwell over the next 12 hours. My health quickly deteriorated and I presented at emergency with acute and severe liver and kidney failure and was very lucky to survive and receive a liver transplant within 48 hours. Liver serum was sent from here in Perth, Western Australia to Maryland University in the US and re-exposure to methoxyflurane was determined to be the cause.

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Comment from: my experience, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I am a 50 years old businessman. When I was 36 years old, one night I suddenly felt like I may die immediately and lost my mental control with fear and grief. The next day I was taken to the hospital, and the diagnostic report says I am suffering with panic/phobia disorder. The doctor prescribed me some medicine (Trika & Diamine Plus). After that I can't go alone anywhere, I can't even stay at home alone. I thought my life is at an ending stage. Then I started meditation with art of thinking therapy regularly even sometimes middle at night. I have started taking Trika only in morning and told myself that everybody has to die one day or other. Now I am almost ok.

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Comment from: Going crazy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I am 42 years old and I am new to panic attacks. For me it starts with dizzy spells then I develop chest and stomach pains. I have twice gone to hospital thinking I was having a heart attack but my heart is fine, I felt so ashamed but they took good care of me and I felt better by the end of the day. My doctor gave me metoprolol to help with the racing heart and it works well but it does not stop panic attacks so I changed doctors, but she suggested not to take medicine and work out my own way of coping. Well I don't know how to cope so now I am stuck at home every day too scared to drive or even go to the shop; this is not how I want to live but will do my best.

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Comment from: Vickie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I started having panic attacks a year ago. I went to the Emergency Room because for a few days my heart was pounding and I felt lightheaded. The doctor did blood work and found I have an underactive thyroid. Then I started to feel like I was having a heart attack and thought about dying and I would get real nervous. Went to the Emergency Room one day while working and was told I have been having panic attacks. Now a year later after taking Wellbutrin and Celexa along with Synthroid, every once in a while I get the heart pounding and heavy breathing.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female Published: August 12

I had anxiety attacks since I was 14. When it started, I didn't know what was going on with me and I was really scared. I was young and I thought that something was wrong with me. I've seen many doctors with my mom to be diagnosed but none of them helped me figure out that it was anxiety attacks. Because of my blurred vision, I thought I was going blind and I've seen an eyes specialist. I soon became hypochondriac. I have symptoms like shaking, dizziness, pressure in my chest, heart pounding, sensation of unreal, crying, huge fear of dying or passing out. I thought that each of my symptoms were because of a health problem and that no doctors could diagnose it because it was a rare illness. I realized all by myself what my problem when I knew that those symptoms wouldn't make me die. I'm now 19 and it started again lately because of stress. I feel like my physical symptoms of my anxiety are always growing and that I have new ones every time a I do an attack. My fear those days is having a stroke. I always check if my face is alright and if I'm not paralyzed. It annoys me so much but the idea of having a health problem just won't go out of my head. I know it's irrational, but I'm too scared to let it go. I know that I'm not the only one, and I have to get myself together.

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