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Intense Muscle Lock, During a Panic Attack

Postby ButterflyBrains » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:40 pm

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone has any idea what this means.
I often have horrible panic attacks, where I feel like I'm in the electric chair, and my body completely seizes up.
Electric chair is the beast way to explain it, because of the amount of pain flooding through me, during this time! It feel like that, or as if there is fire, and razor blades flowing through my bloodstream, along with a billion volts of electricity.
My whole body goes completely stiff, eyes roll into my head, hands into claws, and I'm stuck, for a long time. Much like a person, after they've been hit with a taser.
I'll be stuck like this for up to 30 mins, at times. My consiousnous does fade, for the most part, but I'm still about 10%. I can recall some things, sometimes. For example, I can remember one occurrence where my boyfriend was patting my face with a damp cloth ( because I sweat so much), or I can remember hearing people around me freaking out and wondering if I'm having a seizure.
My body is usuall really dead tired, and in a lot of pain, after that, for a while. It takes a lot to bounce back, from those episodes.
They start as panic attacks, and turn into what feels like a seizure, although I probably don't actually know what a seizure feels like, but it's the best description I can come up with.
They last anywhere from a few to 30 minutes. It depends on how stressed and stimulated I am, or the severity of the preceeding panic attack. However I occasionally have mild ones, that will come out of nowhere, with no panic or warning, first.
Does anyone else have this, or know what causes these episodes?
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Re: Intense Muscle Lock, During a Panic Attack

Postby Snaga » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:06 pm

Hello and welcome!

Let me ask you this: how do you know they're not seizures? They seem an awful lot like what I would imagine one to be like.
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Re: Intense Muscle Lock, During a Panic Attack

Postby ButterflyBrains » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:38 pm

Snaga wrote:Hello and welcome!

Let me ask you this: how do you know they're not seizures? They seem an awful lot like what I would imagine one to be like.


Honestly, I don't. I always worry if that's what it is, and it's what I call them, sometimes, "panic seizures".
I have done some reading on the symptoms of a seizure, and they seem to be kind of similar, but not really.
I've talked to my doc, who doesn't take anything I say seriously, and likes to look things up on Google. I'm currently looking for a new one.
My last pdoc told me it was just a panic attack.
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Re: Intense Muscle Lock, During a Panic Attack

Postby Snaga » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:03 am

Well, if your physical doctor discounts it, and your pdoc leans towards panic attack, then that answers my question....

I have severe anxiety at times, as well as OCD, and I have experienced many symptoms that will plague me for a while, then go away. I've been dizzy, palpitations, muscle twitches, disassociation, tight muscles in this spot or that, etc etc.

Never have I done what you describe, but I've found anxiety can be very clever in coming up with something new in the way of physical symptoms. So for me, anything is possible- it just sounds so extreme, that I wanted to make sure you'd had it looked into.

And again, like the post I maneuvered into being seen in BPD and DID, some of what you described in this thread, has a disassociative feel to it. So that may be factoring into things.
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