Hi there, another member suggested I start a new thread to discuss what has happened to me over the last few days. So here I go. First off I'm male, 32 years old.
On Friday, after work, out-of-the-blue I experienced my first ever Anxiety Attack... it was raining outside and all of I sudden I was scared of the rain, and I was thinking to myself "Why am I scared of the rain?? This is not normal!", this sensation followed by just an overbearing nervousness (anxiety), I asked my wife to take me to the drug store to check my blood pressure... both were "high" (160/90), I'm normally (120/70). My pulse was pretty normal as usual (low - 60'ish). So we took off to the Hospital Emergency (I felt a strong urge to cry for no reason at check-in - I did), got an ECG (normal), blood-work (came back normal), and a crisis counsellor sat down with me for nearly an hour to discuss everything from child-hood to the recent symptoms They prescribed Ativan 0.5mg and I went home, this helped, I slept fine that night. They said to come back if it happens again.
It happened again on Sunday (1.5 days later), out of nowhere again!, in the car.... on my way to our 1-year anniversary excursion in fact. We had to turn around and go back to the Emerg, this time there was a different counsellor person and he seemed more keen - he suspected I have a general anxiety disorder. He referred me to some kind of group anxiety sessions and a Psychiatrist (few weeks from now)... so waiting on those.
Last major attack was Monday, 1-day later... during my anniversary dinner! We had to leave pretty abruptly. I had to cry hard for no reason in the car.
When the attacks happen, I feel a hot flash first (rush of blood, head feels hot), then some sweat (under-arms, hands, feet), and feelings of despair, dread, sadness, anxiety, nervousness, all for no reason that I can think of. It is a royal pain-in-arse.
The attacks seem to be getting more frequent but maybe less severe (because I understand what is happening now?). There seems to be less time now that I'm feeling "myself", right now I feel pretty good.
I have been dealing with an ulcer also, but stopped taking the drug just in case, I don't have ulcer symptoms lately anyway.
I'm not interested in dealing with this for long-term, my wife and are changing everything: improved diet and nutrition, increased exercise, relaxing environment, herbal teas (for stress and anxiety). I have a history of low B12 so I'm taking a B-complex vitamins now. We also bought some lavender scented oil and bag for baths and general purpose. She also bought something else that is supposed to be effective herbal alternative to standard prescription medication (I forget the name, sorry)... I'm going to take it at least until the Psychiatrist says otherwise, but I'm not keen on taking prescription drugs.
Thank you for listening to my story, would appreciate any advice.