Hello it's my first time on here so a bit of introduction 58yr old bloke I've been dealing with panic attacks of varying intensity on and off for 35yrs. So you can see even my really bad ones are not life threatening even though they seem so at the time the bad ones by the way usually end in a call for the paramedics and a trip to the hospital which I feel awful for afterwards but as a sufferer of heart disease and angina deciding whether it's a panic attack or heart attack is a poser for me as I've had one of those as well . As I say I've had them for 35yrs but l'l tell you about the time since my heart attack 3yrs ago my panic attacks are mainly at night I'd go to bed lie down and either fall asleep, rarely or as soon as my head hit the pillow off we would go got to get up cant breathe got to get out usually taking the dog as I rushed out the door and walk round all night until I'd settle down sometimes coming back to home and basically turning round and going out again the dog by the way loved it or getting in the car and driving up and down motorways or round country lanes till exhausted I had to return home but all the while racing thoughts fear I was dying all that but I never did so after I'd always feel daft for being this way I've been drs councillors everything but the trouble is the bloody things don't show up on x rays or in blood tests so their hard to explain to non chronic sufferers but if someone tells me about them having one I usually end up helping them to deal with them but I havnt found the answer to solve my own yet but I will I've set myself the task of going through a really bad panic attack without resorting to paramedics or going up the drs as soon as they open in the morning so wish me luck as I wish you luck dealing with yours all the best to you enjoy the times when we're not panicking . Phew that's done I've wrote it if you've read it thanks I think we deserve a cup of tea or whatever dont you
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