yes this does sound very much like an anxiety attack.
panic attack symptoms indeed don't last very long but anxiety is a more
long lasting feeling.
trust me, i know.
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This looks more like a case of food poisoning since you passed many stools at night. This is often accompanied by hot flashes and feeling cold. This looks like a very potent strain of bacteria causing food poisoning and this must have resulted in the symptoms. Just go over your mind and see what you ate that day.
The possibility of a panic attack is always there but less likely.
Hope this helps. Take care!
Thank you both for your comments, I really appreciate you taking the time to help.
I just wanted to update in case anyone else is going/has gone through the same thing:
I've been working with the drs over the past few weeks and have learned that what happened to me that night was a spontaneous panic attack, or actually multiple attacks that seemed linked together to me since I never had a chance to recover from the one before. I've been feeling intensely anxious and panicky ever since, to the point that I was afraid to leave the house and felt like I was falling into a deep depression for a couple days. They started me on Buspar which did not work for me. I'm now taking Lorazepan - took that for 5 days and was told to try to stop and see if the feelings had subsided... unfortunately they hadn't. So I've started taking Zoloft and will continue with the Lorazepan until the Zoloft kicks in. I feel better and better every day so I know I'm on the right path but WOW were those a couple scary weeks. Apparently panic disorder/generalized anxiety disorder can hit you like a ton of bricks the way it did me. So strange. But they say it's easily treated and certainly not the end of the world so I'm optimistic.
I hope this may help someone else out there!