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It sounds like you are having a lot of anxiety come out which then would lead to a panic attack.

Panic attacks are horrifying. For the most part, you feel like you are going to die. Most people are sent to the hospital because they think they are having a heart attack. Many times its the tightening of the throat, hyperventilation and then tightness of the chest that are the common symptoms of a panic attack. Heart palpitations are another. The numbness and tingling you feel are also symptoms of not only anxiety but panic attacks as well. Once you start to think of another episode, it usually manifests into being another episode. They are scary and can lead you to think there is something else physically wrong with you.

I would definitely say you are going through a lot. You found the right place because I find a lot of help on these boards as well. I currently take medicine because of my panic attacks and anxiety. I also just had the doctor take full blood tests on me to make sure I am ok.

That means, I had a celiacs disease panel done (wheat gluten intolerance) because sometimes an underlying allergy may trigger the panic. I also have to find out if I am allergic to dairy because about a week before my episodes I started eating dairy again for the first time in years (I was vegan). I also had a full thyroid testing done (meaning not only TSH, FT3, FT4, TPO, TSI but antibody tests and others) because sometimes a problem with the thyroid gland can cause anxiety and panic attacks.

I no longer drink caffeine because I felt that would be a trigger for me as well (the day I had the panic attack I drank some really strong coffee and days prior I was taking excedrin for my migraines which has caffeine in it). I dont drink alcohol because that can be a trigger as well. I dont smoke (havent since I was your age) and stay away from sugary and refined foods.

I know it sounds like a lot. I would say talk to your GP (family doctor) about what you are feeling before going to a therapist. See if they are able to do blood work on you. You may be lacking a vitamin (B-12 is common) or something else. Most of the time it is nothing and panic attacks can seem like they come out of no where. They just target people at random even if you are having the happiest days of your life!

To tell you, I found out I was going to get the reception place for my wedding cheaper the day I had the panic attack. I was so happy and I went to work excited and then 3 hours later, Boom! I got the first anxiety issue I have ever had in my life. I was losing a real lot of weight which was concerning for the doctor (even though I had 2 full blood tests done in the hospital) so he put me on Lexapro. I am still struggling to put on the weight, but it seems as though my medication is starting to work for me. I am also starting my wheat free/dairy free diet today to rule out whether or not these are the culprits in my case.

Good luck to you and if you have any more questions feel free to ask. I know there are other people on here with stories who will be happy to help you. These boards really do help ease the mind a lot (at least I know they do in my case!). God Bless you and Ill pray for your well being =)

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