Panic attacks after an accident

In January I had an accident, I was playing basket ball, only I was talking to the referee who I thought had made a missjudgement. Someone passed me the ball and as I was only standing a few meters away it hit me right in the head... I collapsed and was then takes to sit on the side line. At the end of the match I needed to get up to go to the changing rooms? I managed to take five steps and then blanked out. Next thing I know I am in an ambulance speeding to hospital... I had been in a minor "coma" for about 2 hours. In the hospital they thought that I had broken my neck, but luckily i hadn't. My spine had quite simply totall curved to one side, elongating my spinal cord and crushin one side of the vertebres. I gradually regained feeling and movement in my top half but my legs didn't change. i clearly remember the day that they told me that my legs were paralysed. I asked if there was Nothing they could do, from thereon followed an intense routine of phisyo and have succeded in regaining my ability to walk, but not yet very far... But now for the object of my post... Every time i see anything to do with my accident I succomb to a panic Attack!

Any advice would be welcome...

Berry xx

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  • Oh and did I mention the flashbacks and the nightmares that make me dread going to sleep...

    Berry xx

  • I understand the nightmares... until I started taking sleeping pills, the constant nightmares kept me from sleeping at night. The meds help greatly... it's the only relief I've found!

    It sounds like you've made wonderful progress! Congrats! :D

    The "triggers" from the accident are normal. I'm not sure how to get over them... I still deal with them after many years of living in fear. I just avoid things that I know will trigger, and feel things that hit me out of nowhere. My problem is that my triggers are so varied, I never know what it is that will set me off, so totally avoiding things is hard if I'm going to go out into the world. So, I stay home most of the time... my safest way to ensure I can enjoy my life. My safe little nest with my husband and pets, and try to lock out everything else that disrupts my life. Not the life I had envisioned, or had lived once upon a time, but it is what it is now. I wish I could give you some words of wisdom, but I'm afraid I'm fresh out. Hang in there!

  • thank-you, but I am still at school at the same one where the accident happened do I litterally get triggered all the time, like say the boy that threw the ball is one of my best freinds and now we can't really see each other as seeing him normally triggers me.:(

  • Thank-you very much for all your help... I find that carrying a bottle attached to a keyring with Something I wrote Inside helps....



  • My goodness Berry, that was a traumatic experience for your body. I am so sorry that you have had this experience. I applaud your advocacy for yourself in asking what can be done and also completing the intense routine of physio. Your panic attacks are normal and expected under the circumstances. Taking a deep breath or even a couple of deep breaths in the midst of the panic attack and softly reminding yourself, "I'm ok, I am safe in this moment and strong in this moment."

    Your post certainly does confirm the world's attention on head concussions and the seriousness of them. I am glad that you are mending.

  • thank you for your support, I am still in school, and people always said that I was just putting it on...

    Berry xx

  • That is even more traumatic, to have shared your experience and been invalidated. I'm sorry to hear this. Keep sharing within this community where we understand and support one another.

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