I’ve seen a few of these posts and I always find them so interesting because anxiety attacks are so different and personal for everyone. So, I’m having an anxiety attack right now, and a pretty bad one. I’ve decided to blog it because I want to share with people who have similar symptoms and hopefully help them. I’ll be honest, I have no idea if this post will end up going live. I write these quite a lot and they often don’t get published, but if you’re reading this then I guess this one did.
Before I start, I just wanted to say please get help if you feel the way I do. Talk to someone, speak out, find something that makes you feel better. For me, writing this makes me feel better.
Ok, so my first symptom of an anxiety attack is almost always chest pain in the left side. This is detrimental because it makes me panic, but that’s usually how they begin.
Soon after, I’ll begin to feel sick and dizzy. I’ll have to ground myself and begin taking deep breaths. The room will spin and I usually try and get away at this point. If I’m in a public place, I will leave and find a safe place where I can be alone.
Next the cramps start. These start in the left side of my face and soon spread down the left side of my body until I have them in my face, hand, chest, arm, stomach, leg and foot. The other symptoms haven’t subsided yet, and it’s now very clear to me what’s happening.
Sometimes that’s as far as it gets. I can calm myself down and I’ll be ok again. However, sometimes it gets worse.
If it gets worse, I will start hyperventilating, crying and shaking. This part can last up until 20 minutes, so not too long, but the other symptoms above can last all day, sometimes even a few days.
The worst part is that I know I’ll be ok. Deep down, I know it’s just an anxiety attack. But it terrifies me so much. And, if I’m in a public place, I feel embarrassed. I feel like people won’t understand and will think I’m being dramatic.
If you feel like this or share any of my symptoms, I would love to know. From what I can tell, my cramping symptom is rather rare but other people definitely experience it. All of my other symptoms are pretty common, but like I said everyone is different and every anxiety attack is different.
Stay strong lovelies,