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panic/anxiety attacks

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM

I suffer from Panic or anxiety attacks sometimes during the day and sometimes they wake me from sleep. I did find out I have sleep apnea and use my cpap machine nightly but the attacks still occur. Any suggestions on something to use to help these. I have tried prescriptions and I am so sensitive. Plus I have to watch anything that speeds up the heart rate I have an normally irregular heart beat and caffiene especially affects it plus Anything that really affects the head I am super sensitive to. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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on May 14, 2013
at 07:53 PM

Tell us what you eat on an average day and what supplements you take and the big minds on this site might be able to see something that they have come across before or have experienced themselves, but without this info it is just stabbing in the dark with non-specific medical advice, which isn't good for anyone

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on May 14, 2013
at 06:26 PM

Robin, do have a look at acupuncture.

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on May 14, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Robin, are you eating a paleo diet? This site is for brainstorming solutions for problems while eating paleo. If you are, could you provide that info so we can see how it might factor into your other health issues? Like, if you've recently gone paleo and started having panic attacks. Or if you wonder if anyone has had paleo help their panic attacks.

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at 12:44 AM

For mental conditions in particular the paleo-ketogenic diet in particular can help with both your problems.

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on May 14, 2013
at 08:14 PM

We need more data, but anxiety/panic attacks to me sound very like metabolic syndrome near to pre-diabetes, do you feel your worse during the morning? do you react to food when you have breakfast? We would need to know if you are obese or not (% bodyfat would be an exact non-biased data) and if you are currently eating sweet stuff and processed oils.

If that's your case going cold turkey on low carb Paleo may be harsh at first, you may be the kind to feel the worst symptoms of the low carb flu... maybe you could benefit from doing paleo with moderate carbs like white rice, potatoes and other tubers, maybe some fruit, choose from the best ones, but what you should seek is getting rid of grains and sugary stuff, I once had a lot of panic attacks for no apparent reason but this is a thing of the past, the less grains and sugars I ate the better I feel overall (not only me of course) and this means getting rid of all junk forever and you could need some time to get better.

Don't know which lifestyle you have but most probably you will be very sensitive to daily stress so try to keep it relaxed, maybe you would benefit the best from doing a nutrition scheme like the Perfect Health Diet... then when you feel better you could consider scaling up to the Epi-Paleo... I personally think its superior but that's pretty much depending on everyone's point of views... no real consensus here I guess.

I'd do some blood test also, look for full thyroid panel, fasting glucose levels, full blood count, vitamin D, sex hormones and full lipid panel, this will give a lot of insight, then came back and post.

If you are young enough (under 25 or so) I'd get tested for mononucleosis as it may bring the very same symptoms you're describing, but if it's not the case I'd suspect more from metabolic syndrome but we need more data.

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