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GMan    4

Does anyone ever get the intense fear without many physical symptoms?.. and every thought, good or bad, produces more fear? Like a full blown mental panic attack. Same thoughts and intense fear, but not many physical symptoms... Or the feeling that there is nothing in your chest? Like your heart and lungs are not there, it's a very strange feeling, and hard to describe.

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lonesailor14    607

Hi Gman

Yes I have experienced this mental panic. It's horrible. I remember experiencing it and not being able to produce a calm, logical thought. Luckily it didn't last long so in 5 or 10 minutes I could calm myself down but in the middle of it, I felt I was losing my mind. 

As for feeling like your chest is empty, I wouldn't be surprised, anxiety does some strange stuff to you. 

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GMan    4

Yea it is a horrible experience indeed. Sometimes it'll go, on and off, for hours. 

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madtowncard    38

Empty chest? Wow I've felt that too often. I felt like I was in the dark through all of this and didn't know how to really describe this one. Yeah the mental side is down right horrible.

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Ihadcancer    283

Gman, I call it a sinking feeling because it feels like everything in that area just drained out of my body.  I think it has something to do with the vagus nerve  

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The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve. It contains motor and sensory fibers and, because it passes through the neck and thorax to the abdomen, has the widest distribution in the body.   The vagus nerve is literally the captain of your inner nerve center—the parasympathetic nervous system, to be specific. And like a good captain, it does a great job of overseeing a vast range of crucial functions, communicating nerve impulses to every organ in your body.

 

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jonathan123    1,759

It's what Dr. Weekes called 'flash experiences of no real significance'. Our bodies are a bundle of nerve endings. In anxiety these nerves become agitated and throw up all sorts of strange feelings. Now it's easy to say ignore them but it's not always possible. So we need to just let them come without adding SECOND FEAR. OMG's and 'what ifs'. This happens every time. We become afraid of how we feel which adds fear to fear and prolongs the feelings. I occasionally get a feeling that I am going down suddenly in a lift (elevator). Sinking down and down. Now while I try not to take note of it it IS disconcerting. But the only answer is to carry on with what we are doing until it passes. It always does.

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GMan    4

"Flash experiences of no real significance"... That's a line to put in the memory bank. Thanks! Definitely something I can remind myself of in times of anxiety.

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MARC    48

I too have had fear without any real physical symptoms.

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GMan    4

What kind of thoughts do you have in those moments Marc? I usually feel like something is wrong, or like I'm gonna die.. but with few physical symptoms.

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MARC    48

I have thoughts of getting sick and getting old without being able to function. 

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Ihadcancer    283
On 4/2/2017 at 11:16 AM, GMan said:

What kind of thoughts do you have in those moments Marc? I usually feel like something is wrong, or like I'm gonna die.. but with few physical symptoms.

I see my oncologist tomorrow for my every 6 month copay.  Truly,  he never touches me.  Today I have this crazy, sinking, sick feeling that he's going to tell me the radiologists called and had either sent the wrong report or looked at it again and my cancer is back.  Now I know that isn't going to happen, but the fear is still there.  My stomach has been torn up all morning.  I woke at 3 a.m., 5 a.m., 7 a.m. worried so must have dreamed about it last night.  On days when fear overcomes me, I accomplish virtually nothing!  Can't eat either.  

Common sense flew out the window but I will have a distraction in a while.  My 22 year old and 40 year old are going to work on their Daddy's truck and they're a mess.  I'll go sit outside and listen to them banter back and forth.  Hurry up delivery man with that truck part! 

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GMan    4

I hear ya... I get anxiety whenever I have appointments as well. Then my blood pressure rises, and the doc talks about BP meds. I get anxiety with medical tests/blood work. It's a cycle for me, fear when it comes to getting the medical tests done, and fear of something being wrong and wanting to get tests done.. but I usually find relief on the other end of the test.

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MARC    48

I like my internal medicine, GI, ENT and dermatologist. When I see them, they put me at ease as I trust them implicitly. 

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