Panic Attacks and Living Alone
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|Wed, 06-23-2010 - 5:54pm|
Little history first before I ask my questions. I have been having panic attacks (PA) since March 2009. My first experience with PA was derealization state, tightness in my chest, difficulty breathing, difficult to swallow, nausea, hot, cold, racing heart, dizzy, feeling of hot and lead heavy arms. I thought I was having a heart attack so I called an ambulance. It doesn't really help that I have a fear of having a heart attack due to the fact I lost my father at age eight from a heart attack. So if I feel the slightest heart attack symptom then all the others follow. It can be something as simple as a pain in my chest or back or nausea. I think I am having a heart attack which then brings on the PA. I am at my wits end. Currently taking Pristiq was taking Clonazapam at night and Lorazapam for a full blown PA. As of last week I am off the Chlonazapam, didn't seem to be doing much.
My question is this - I have most of my PA's at night and I live alone. Does anybody else live alone who has PA's and what do you do to get through them on your own? Sometimes I freak out so bad I just want to run get in my car and drive to where people are. I often consider driving and sitting in the hospital parking lot to see if I feel better. I just hate being alone when I have a PA. Is anybody else in my situation?
Thanks in advance.
I've tried soothing music, warm bath which kind of helps but I have this flight or fight feeling that it's hard to get through alone.