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#1 puppylove

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 04:48 PM

I get shivery and I kind of feel like I'm having a panic attack on occasion. It usually only happens for a few minutes. Does this sound like an adrenaline surge or anxiety?

#2 julieph85

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:35 PM

sounds to me like anxiety. The adrenaline surges i get cause my HR to go up to about 180bpm. Adrenaline acts directly on the heart rate and contractility so you will have a fast pulse.

#3 Emma246

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:41 PM

Hi,
This occupies me alot trying to work this out. For me it is like a panic attack but i don't think i am panicing.
The adrenaline puts you into an alert state so it is very hard to self soothe.
I can feel the adrenaline rising in my chest, i feel like i will explode. i breathe deeply into my stomach to try and keep calm and just watch as my heart rate increases. i can feel it subside.
Afterwards i shiver and feel cold.
I have thought endlessly about whether i make this happen or whether it is a real adrenal rush caused by disruption in my system.
I was in bed the other night and i suddenly thought that i felt ill - then my husband said he could feel my heart going and sure enough i was having an adrenaline rush. I had been almost asleep - but we had been out to eat and i had had some food i would not normally eat. I don't think this was a panic attack.
Generally if i get one surge i get 4. and then it is over.
Just try and breathe through it and find what your pattern is and your triggers.
i can feel my adrenaline go over the doorbell ringing and i am really a robust person.
Hope this helps

#4 MightyMouse

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:04 PM

When I have bad surge, I get a fast heart rate (feels like I'm running a sprint but I'm not moving or doing anything strenuous), I start sweating, feel dizzy, sick to my stomach, and I often get a weird metallic taste in my mouth when the surge is really bad. I do get the shakes too afterward. When I've had epinephrine for allergic reactions, it feels exactly the same as a surge.

Nina

#5 ramakentesh

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:24 AM

Yeah i get that metalic taste as well. Weird.
Mine can make me feel jittery, restless, clammy, shivering, feel cold, my hands tremor, I feel cold to the touch, heart-rate increases dramatically for no reason.

There is some interesting video on youtube of a severe autonomic storm.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 08:41 AM

I think every one feels them differently. I have never had 1 surge that has been the same as another!

I have had very powerful surges that last less than 10 seconds, and others which lasted a night. increase in HR is the main thing i notice but also that background powerful adrenaline feeling.

Having had arrhythmia's in the past the surges remind me of the feeling of when you go in an arrhythmia, but HR not as fast, and regular.

#7 Godsgal

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 01:51 PM

When I get one, my heart rate is normal, but I have that feeling like when you swerve to avoid a near collision in your car and it takes a few minutes to get that feeling to go away. That OH CRAP...that just scared me half to death feeling. That's what it feels like to me.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:00 PM

When I get one, my heart rate is normal, but I have that feeling like when you swerve to avoid a near collision in your car and it takes a few minutes to get that feeling to go away. That OH CRAP...that just scared me half to death feeling. That's what it feels like to me.


^^^That's a great description! I've been having this exact feeling for a few years, and I've been wondering recently if it's an adrenaline surge. For me it feels like an electric shock (or surge I guess!) going up my head and down my arms. It's usually very brief for me--more like seconds that minutes and I get them pretty frequently. Again, I'm not sure if what I'm experiencing are adrenaline surges, but they feel very similar to that "near collision" feeling you described so well, Godsgal! I hope that's what they are, because it would be nice to finally know what's happening!

#9 dani

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:12 PM

I get surges which feel like what other mentioned and then I have other times where there is just too much adrenaline in my system that I dont notice until I lay down. Mornings are hard because my bp is low, so my body sends out adrenaline to keep me upright. I am getting my daughter ready and fed and then when she goes down for a nap, I lay down. That is when I really notice the adrenaline.

#10 brethor9

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:29 PM

Hi

My worst episodes came at night...adrenaline surges that would wake me from sleep with pounding head pressure,chest pain, pain in left arm,sweating, loss of balance, heart rate through the roof, shakes so bad, sweating and then chills so bad...these episodes would last for hours and were utterly exhausting and terrifying...over time they have lessened or maybe I have learned how to cope with them better..... not really sure :)

Bren

#11 julieph85

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 02:07 PM

Hi

My worst episodes came at night...adrenaline surges that would wake me from sleep with pounding head pressure,chest pain, pain in left arm,sweating, loss of balance, heart rate through the roof, shakes so bad, sweating and then chills so bad...these episodes would last for hours and were utterly exhausting and terrifying...over time they have lessened or maybe I have learned how to cope with them better..... not really sure :)

Bren


Mine happen just like that as well, at night when i'm asleep. The most mine ever lasted was about 20 minutes but afterwards my stomach would cramp real bad to the point i would have to go to the bathroom and I would feel extremely exhausted.

#12 ramakentesh

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:57 AM

Yeah I get them at night usually. Two different doctors told me different reasons for them - one said it was the adrenaline system trying to re-route my disfunctional blood flow (so why at night?) and another said it was a sudden surge in antibody production. Others say they have no idea.

#13 Emma246

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 02:23 PM

Does anyone else feel ill with these surges. I am fairly certain my blood pressure goes up at the same time and i feel so ill.
i can feel my adrenaline trying to kick off alot of the time but mostly can control it. The major surges are usually preceeded by a heat rush or flush. Just had really bad few weeks where this would go on for hours feeling ill.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:12 PM

I get them bad at night when I over due it during the day. . its like my body is punishing me for pushing too hard.

#15 ramakentesh

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:29 PM

With my last relapse I had them daily for months - it was horrible. Im hoping they dont start up again as they make it much harder to deal with