What the Heck Is Going On with Me?

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I’m having panic attacks, people!

For a freaking cast on my leg!

What is wrong with me?!?!?!

and reading about is no better….

Panic Attacks Symptoms

  • The American Psychiatric Association’s official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV) defines a panic attack as a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, in which 4 (or more) of the following symptoms develop abruptly and reach a peak within 10 minutes:
    • Palpitations, pounding heart, or fast heart rate {I Got this}
    • Sweating
    • Trembling and shaking {got this, last night especially}
    • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering [ a little bit of this]
    • Feelings of choking
    • Chest pain or discomfort
    • Nausea or abdominal distress [got this]
    • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
    • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
    • Fear of losing control or going crazy [I got the fear of having lost control]
    • Fear of dying
    • Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations)
    • Chills or hot flashes
  • Some of these symptoms will most likely be present in a panic attack. The attacks can be so disabling that the person is unable to express to others what is happening to them. A doctor might also note various signs of panic: The person may appear terrified or shaky or be hyperventilating (deep, rapid breathing causing dizziness).
  • Recent literature suggests that men and women may experience different symptoms during an attack. Women tend to experience a predominance of respiratory symptoms compared to men.

*Limited Symptom Attack

Self-care

Learning how to relax may help you head off a panic attack. You can learn to relax through a variety of techniques, such as meditation, muscle relaxation, relaxed breathing and guided imagery (visualization).

Relaxation is more than getting away from the work-a-day grind, and it’s more than the absence of stress. It’s a specific, intentional action that’s positive and satisfying — a feeling in which you experience peace of mind. True relaxation requires becoming sensitive to your basic needs for peace, self-awareness and thoughtful reflection and having the willingness to meet these needs.

Relaxation techniques can help lessen the discomfort and duration of the signs and symptoms of stress, such as headaches, anxiety, high blood pressure, trouble falling asleep, hyperventilation, and clenching or grinding your teeth. One simple method is to remove yourself from a stressful situation,

 [I CAN’T REMOVE MYSELF FROM MY LEG!]

block the world out and concentrate on your body. These steps can help you relax:

  • Sit or lie in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Allow your jaw to drop and your eyelids to be relaxed and heavy, but not tightly closed.
  • Mentally scan your body. Start with your toes and work slowly up through your legs, buttocks, torso, arms, hands, fingers, neck and head. Focus on each part individually. Where you feel tension, imagine it melting away.
  • Tighten the muscles in one area of your body. Hold the muscles for a count of five or more before relaxing and moving on to the next area. This is a good method for releasing tension. Tighten the muscles of your face, shoulders, arms, legs and buttocks.
  • Allow thoughts to flow through your mind, but don’t focus on any of them. Many people find using autosuggestion to be a great help. Suggest to yourself that you’re relaxed and calm, that your hands are heavy and warm (or cool if you’re hot), that your heart is beating calmly, and that you feel perfectly at peace.
  • Breathe slowly, regularly and deeply during the procedure. Once you’re relaxed, imagine you’re in a favorite place or in a spot of great beauty and stillness. After five or 10 minutes, rouse yourself from the state gradually.

To maximize the benefits of these stress-reduction techniques, be sure to also get adequate sleep, eliminate caffeine and other stimulants from your diet, and engage in regular exercise. About 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week can improve your psychological well-being.

 Ok seriously, this is too weird, there is no way I should be feeling like this, I got a few hours sleep last night, but I’m still having a bit of  trouble getting my heart rate down.

I’m praying and trying not to think about it. But it’s not working…….

I keep thinking, i can’t move my leg, what if i need to move my leg, if i want to, i can’t move my leg, i can’t take the cast off, i can’t get comfortable, i can’t drive, i can’t take a shower. I’M NOT IN CONTROL !!!

I’m 41 years old, people, how does one DO this?

and obviously I’m a bit claustrophobic 

{Does anyone know how to get this cast off, say like, in the shower or something}

Ok, I’m done, I think.

I’m some great woman of God, eh?

Got any scripture for me this time? Cuz I got nothing……

Kristina

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4 responses »

  1. You should just come to the evening service at the BP this Sunday and then have Jenn, Caleb, & I sign your cast. Then you’ll want your cast to be on so you can look at whatever funny quip I write down.

    It’s the perfect solution.

    I’m thinking about it, depending on how tired I am and if i can get Jimmy to drive me. I havent let anyone sign it yet, I dont want to dirty it up…. 😉

  2. Hi there also stuck in a cast and going through the same thing.the doctor said try to think about other things and keep my mind off it but it’s a freaking cast how can i ignore it!Feel free to email me,tippytop100@aol.com
    Thank you for the e-mail, David, please take care and I will be praying for a quick healing and rest and peace for your mind and soul, Kristina

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