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My experience

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From: Justin


I am now researching this on the internet because I have had the living daylights scared out of me one too many times. My sypmtoms are very similar to what I have read about on a few different forums. They begin with my feeling as if I have to go to the bathroom very badly. Like NOW badly. Pressure mixed with pain that will not be ignored. Having had this experience before, I know what trying to evacuate my bowels will produce, but, I am wihout option. I have to go. Immediately the sensation rises up my spine and makes me lightheaded and nauseous. The sypmtoms worsen over the next fifteen to thirty seconds until I am overcome with an irrepressible anxiety. My heart feels as if it is not even beating, I break out in a cold sweat all over my body and feelings of panic mix with the pain and nausea. Today I had a particularly bad episode wherein as I tried to get up from the bathroom floor that I had retreated to in panic and upon attempting to open the door to go find someone, anyone, I missed the handle three times and then collapsed to the floor sliding down the door the whole way and injuring my hip. The entire experience was probably only two or three minutes, but the anxiety was so intense that I truly truly truly felt like I was dying. It has been suggested to me that the entire episode is merely an anxiety attack. I will not dispute that anxiety accompanies the episode, but it does not begin that way. The beginnings are physical. So much so that the episode that took place today woke me out of a sound sleep. I have to find some answers to this problem because the occurrences are becoming more frequent. Occasionally, they are multiple in occurrence. A wave will come and go and then another. Usually when this happens the waves are less severe. Today was the most intense experience of all. Reducing me from a moderately tough individual to a quivering mess who was literally thinking that he was dying and wanted to be near someone, anyone who could just sit with me until it passed. I do understand that I need to see a physician about this, but the better prepared I am before I go to one, the better I will be able to adequately inform the doctor of the severity and persistence of the problem and not be brushed off.

If anyone has any input or similar sypmtoms I would really appreciate knowing that I am not simply crazy...

Thank you in advance, Justin

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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