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I recently started experiencing similar attacks. It began several weeks ago - I woke up from sleep with a feeling I can best describe as having my soul ripped from my body - almost like the feeling you get when you dream you're falling...but more severe and terrifying. For several minutes after waking, my heart would be fluttering or racing and I would feel like I was in an almost hypnotic/paniced state, or like payton described it - feeling like I was totally detached from reality. I would feel a strange sensation on my face, near my eyes - a similar sensation I had with poison ivy. This has happened several times over the past few weeks and now I find myself nervous when going to bed. It's been very frightening! I too thought that I was having a heart attack or a stroke. During the day the attacks are less severe, sometimes I my heart flutters or I feel out of breath from simple exertions, with non-painful chest tightness - like you get with a cold. But more frequently, I've experienced that feeling of being in a hypnotic state - I can also describe it as feeling medicated (I used to take melatonin to help me sleep and the way it would make me feel before falling asleep is very similar to these symptoms). Lethargy is another way to describe it. Things that help are exercise, meditation, and breathing exercises using mantras. In fact, the first time I experienced the night attack, I took a long walk, a short jog and did some yoga poses and felt better. Also, modifying my diet has helped. I avoid caffeine and high-fat, fried foods and eat lots of veggies, fruits, and grains. I am also taking a multivitamin and a B12 supplement. But meditation and yoga has helped me with this the most. Stress and worry seem to precursor my attacks. A couple of times an attack has come on without any stress or particular worry; however, I have recently come out of a very stressful two years and I still seem to carry alot of the stress I experienced during that time whether I'm having a good day or not. I'm working hard at finding better ways to deal with stress and reviewing/reshaping certain attitudes.

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