I'm 40, i started having panic attacks at 15 years old. I had them for about 15years and then they pretty much stopped, (without any treatment) for about 5 years, i still had anxiety at times and the begining of panic attacks, but not full blown ones. I have been under a lot of stress for the past 4 years and about 2 years ago i had my first full blown panic attack in many years, although it was fairly mild. About a year ago i started having attacks, well like panic attacks, but somewhat different than the ones that i had for so many years. I only have them at night, between the hours of 9 pm and 3 am. Sometimes they awaken me from sleep. I get a sudden chill along with extreme fear and then immediately very hot and heart pounding hard and fast and then i feel my jaw and legs get slightly tight and i feel like i'm going to start shaking, sometimes they only last 10-20 minutes with no or little shaking and sometimes they last up to an hour and my legs shake and my teeth chatter togather. I also get a dry mouth and its hard to get a deep breath. When i have the long ones, the fear and shaking comes in waves over and over untill finally the fear and shaking is gone. The shaking is visable, but not extreme. Like knees knocking and teeth chattering. Before i never had the tightening muscles and shaking with my panic attacks, so i was worried and thought maybe because of the shaking that they were seizures, i did some research and there are some seizures that are somewhat like this, but i don't know? Also i started taking my bp while i'm having these attacks and, normally my bp is low to normal, but during these attacks the top number gos into the high range, it goes up and down depending on how nervous i'm feeling. I went to the doctor today and she said it is most likely panic attacks, that during most seizures you don't know you are having them. She didn't want to give me anxiety meds. yet. I have had about 12-15 in the last year. Also when i started having these i was drinking alcohol almost daily, so i stopped and didn't have one for a month, but have had many since, even though i still don't drink. I was wondering if anyone else has these type of panic attacks or knows anything about them, or seizures for that matter. Any help would be very appreciated, thanx.
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9/13/08 at 3:17am