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Panic Attacks - are these possible with no trigger ,just out of the blue ?

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gingeroots Sat 15-Oct-16 09:33:13

Since major surgery 3 years ago I've ocassionally had "episodes" which are a bit like seizures but with no loss of consciousness .

I'm beginning to wonder if they could be some form of panic attack . Could that be possible ? It's incredibly hard to pinpoint a trigger but I was feeling very blue and hopeless before the last one and they are accompanied by feelings of terror .

But they are very frightening ,so chicken and egg .

Does anyone have any experience ?

TheoriginalLEM Sat 15-Oct-16 09:40:31

i have generalised anxiety disorder. Whilst this mostly consists of constant worry i often have panic attacks or intense anxiety, seemingly without triggers.

It is quite common for people to experience lowering of mood for quite some time post surgery. Also if your illness was worrying then you may be experiencing post traumatic stress?

what symptoms do you experience?

gingeroots Sat 15-Oct-16 09:50:06

thank you for your reply .

I find it hard to describe the symptoms but it seems to start with a slight loss of visual focus and progresses on to a visual disturbance where objects seem to zoom in up very close and then out again .Then I get what feels like my body having massive uncontrolled jerking which make me cry out in shock .blush
It doesn't last long ,maybe 5 to 10 minutes and afterwards I'm freezing cold ,very dry mouth and thirsty ,and tired .

TheoriginalLEM Sat 15-Oct-16 10:01:37

what you are describing sounds very much like migraine.

gingeroots Sat 15-Oct-16 10:04:51

Really ? How interesting .

Panic attacks must be awful ,I feel for you ,they sound sort of innocous but if anything like my episodes they must be hideous .flowers

WatchingFromTheWings Sat 15-Oct-16 10:15:28

I suppose everyone is different but my panic attacks start with my heart racing. Palms get sweaty, labourerd breathing followed by feeling dizzy and sometimes my vision does get blurred due to being light headed.

Sometimes they start for no apparent reason. I think pp might be right about yours being a migraine but speaking to a doctor might be a good idea.

gingeroots Sat 15-Oct-16 11:02:18

Thank you .I'm waiting for various tests now - MRI etc .

But in my heart I think it'll be just one of those unexplained things .

Sympathy to all who do have panic attacks .

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