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32 Responses

  1. Nicole

    Yeah, been there. They suck. Fortunately, they are not fatal. It may have been a fluke. I know what triggers mine. I don’t have them often, but I can feel it coming on, so I can stop it before it gets that far. This might’ve been a one-time thing if you’ve never had them before.

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    • Amy Vansant

      Yep, now I can tell when it is coming (not how bad it might try and get) but I can tell. And now I can breathe deep and just try and calm myself or dr. gave me Valium which is a huge help (just knowing it is there).

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  2. Kari

    I could totally see this happening to me.
    In fact, I may have had an anxiety attack or two in the past.
    And thought it was just heartburn.
    I am riddled with different neuroses every waking minute.
    I am glad you are fine now….are you fine now??….and could share it on here.

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    • Amy Vansant

      I’m fine now – though I suddenly realized I’d had anxiety symptoms for years and never realized it until the one that made me feel like I was dying!

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  3. Brandi

    But seriously, you should try some yoga…it will help with your anxiety through deepening your breath… or at the very least it could give you more comedic material to write about 😉 try a gentle class… or hit up a senior center

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    • Amy Vansant

      I probably should – I’ve thought about it but the old “how do I squeeze another hour into my day thing” remains a problem. We take long walks with the dog, so that’s sort of my quiet time.

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    • Amy Vansant

      That doesn’t usually do it… but MAYBE they didn’t pick the person I THOUGHT would win Hell’s Kitchen. That could be it.

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  4. Lance

    as you know I have an anxiety disorder so I average about three to five of these a year. More if I don;t take the meds.

    when I was younger anxiety/panic attacks weren’t as common or maybe just not as diagnosed. They’d treat me in hospitals as if I were a drug addict or heart patient…it was kinda cool.

    Now, it’s, “change your meds pay up front, and get out”.

    glad you’re okay. If you ever need to talk about this, you know, not all smart assy ob the web, let me know.

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    • Amy Vansant

      I really appreciate that. I had just started following you when this happened to me and remember thinking – “How does he deal with this all the time!!” Rockstar!

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  5. Tim Sayles

    I’m glad you’re okay, Amy . . . and thanks for the belly laughs! “Have you *seen* this outfit?* … Heeeeee!

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  6. Tim Sayles

    And what *else* would you use for art than a miniature Godzilla with a pen knife? Kind of a no-brainer if you ask me…

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    • Amy Vansant

      The attack was actually months ago – just got around to writing about it. So I win! 🙂 Hope your toe is feeling better. I hate helpless/hopeless, annoying injuries like that.

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  7. kirstie

    Oh shit! Now that you’ve had your first panic attack, you’re going to start having panic attacks about having panic attacks. Sorry. That sucks.

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  8. SarcasticNinja

    I once fainted mid-sentence in conversation with a friend. I woke up feeling quite ill with my face flat on a power strip and the friend on the phone with 999. By the time the ambulance turned up I was fine, and he was all, “Oh. Well, sometimes people faint for no reason.” Comforting!

    I’m glad to hear you came out ok. Stay well!

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    • Amy Vansant

      I always wanted to faint to see what it felt like, but I have to say you make it seem less glamorous than I imagined…

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  9. Pearl

    Very funny!!

    I had a panic attack at work a few years ago. I was suddenly convinced that something horrible was about to happen and that I had to GET OUT of the building immediately.

    The only thing that happened was that I cried in the car on the commute home and lost half a day’s pay.

    Pearl

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    • Amy Vansant

      See, that sounds like panic and totally makes sense. Mine felt like my air was going to cut off… and now I’m petrified I’ll die by suffocating, which I now know SUCKS!

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  10. Pamela

    Panic attacks are awful! I have lived with them for 34 years now. I am so proud of you for sharing, and making me laugh along the way. The panic passes but in the moment you feel like your world will end. Unfortunately none of us are super heroes and wearing tights and a cape doesn’t make it so…I’ve tried 😉

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    • Amy Vansant

      Thank you – 34 years! You’re a super star! I hope you have some meds for when you feel them coming on. I couldn’t deal actually having to go THROUGH it every time!

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  11. Nina Potts

    Welcome to the panic attack club! The only real sign of membership is Xanax. Be careful with it… I almost accidentally killed myself with it once… Oh, and you can’t drive if you take it, you’ll get a dui.

    Others may have already said welcome to the club, so I’m just repeating them, because I didn’t read the comments, its 2 am and I’m also busy watching Buffy and deciding if now is the time for sleep.

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    • Amy Vansant

      Thanks for the warning! I think I’ll stick with the Valium. All it does is literally slow me down… calm… peace…

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  12. Shea

    Thank you for sharing this!! I have a panic attack at least three times a week. Sometimes I know what triggers it, but most of the time, the attack occurs when, like you, I’m winding down for the evening or about to go to sleep. The nausea is the worst. Or maybe the doctors just saying “you need to calm down and not stress so much” is the worst. It’s sucky all the way around. I feel like I should hide it when it happens (especially if if happens in front of my students or my son) and it helps so much to see someone being open and honest about anxiety issues. Thank you.

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  13. Pam

    Scary, must have been so horrible. Hope you’re ok from now on.

    Right, now the sympathy bit (genuine!) is out of the way, I liked your translation for British readers but you know what? You’d already bamboozled them by saying “I suddenly felt flush”. That’s a GOOD thing! It means you have money!

    What you meant was ‘flushed’, in British English. Which is how you feel when you have a hot flush – or have a flash, in American English. Which is something that’s even less desirable in British English than a flush… It’s all very difficult. But I do hope you don’t have a recurrence.

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