PART 3 of THINKING PANIC ATTACKS!

By William for wheezingaway.com

            (ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution. So, let’s do what we can – to learn what we can – to improve what we can! William)

            Once again as I continue my walk-through life with a chronic illness, I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves never ends!

            With me the battles are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue and a chronic heart condition. Each of these provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of these chronic illness situations.

            As I write my blog here at www.wheezingaway.com and share that blog on various channels such as Facebook at www.Facebook.com/copdtraels/, I try to keep that mindset of educating others and myself with each and every word I may write.

            We began this current journey of discussing ‘Thinking Panic Attacks’ with a quick overview and then followed that up with part two which we talked about ‘Breath Related Discomfort’.

            Today we briefly discuss part three which covers those ‘Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations’.

            While many seem to feel that panic attacks are not real or maybe just a show of self-surrender to nonsense of the mind – I can bet that those who have these panic attacks feel as if each and every one are as real and scary as anything they may have faced before.

            In my readings both in books, magazines and on the internet, I have continually found various theories about panic attacks and found that many narrow them down to something similar to the three I discuss in this brief series ‘Thinking Panic Attacks’ such as ‘Breath Related Discomfort’, ‘Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations’, and the final one which we will discuss next, ‘Catastrophic Thoughts’.

            With Part Three – ‘Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations’ we touch on eight (8) symptoms that may appear from what would be called bodily sensations a person may begin to feel when having some sort of a level of panic attacks.

            The feeling of a panic attack can come at any time but is more prevalent when a person with any chronic illness worries about having an attack set off by some unforeseen trigger when with others or in the general public.

            These eight (8) ‘Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations’ are:

  • A pounding or accelerated heart rate. Known as palpitations, the heart begins to feel like it is racing as if a person has been exercising at a high level.
  • Chest pain and/or discomfort. Sometimes it may feel as if you may be having a heart attack.
  • Sweating, despite not being too heated or working the body from some type of heavy exertion.
  • Developed shaking or trembling – more notably in the extremities like the hands, arms, feet or legs.
  • A tingling sensation and/or a feeling of numbness in parts of the body and/or the whole body.
  • Again, in either parts of and/or the whole body – the feeling of chills and/or hot flashes.
  • That feeling of distress in the abdominal area and/or nausea like being ready to throw up.
  • A feeling of unreality and/or feeling as if being detached from the body or self.

            There we have them, the eight symptoms designated as probable when developing a panic attack and having those ‘Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations’.

            For me, battling COPD/severe Asthma has had its moments of panic, those moments of having that fear that something will trigger a battle with SOB (Short of Breath) and within those moments of a panic attack I too have had on occasion developed some of those very symptoms discuss today that cause uncomfortable bodily sensations, including shaking/trembling of hands or legs as well as occasional excess sweating despite not exerting myself. When the latter one happens, I then begin to worry or panic about having another heart attack.

            THE IMPORTANT POINT here is that if you get any of these feelings then you absolutely must take a step back, relax, work some breathing techniques and identify any possible triggers and work at removing yourself from them.

            While many seem to feel that panic attacks are not real or just a show of self-surrender to nonsense of the mind – remember those of us who do have these panic attacks know they are nothing but reality within our walk of life.

            As I try to do with most of my postings of ‘Reflections’ on wheezingaway.com – I try to throw a QUESTION out for my readers/followers to consider and maybe even take a moment to offer feedback, information or insights back to us at http://www.wheezingaway.com.

            TODAY’S QUESTION IS: Have you dealt with any of these highly uncomfortable bodily sensations that can be symptomatic of a possible panic and/or anxiety attack?

WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness or disease then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpse of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles.

            AS ALWAYS – if you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please start asking questions and get it checked out!

            With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing. William

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NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice.