• Anxiety attacks, has anyone had a series of anxiety in their sleep?

    Asked by BobbyZ on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Anxiety attacks, has anyone had a series of anxiety in their sleep?

    I wake up like out of a nightmare but I haven't been dreaming, but when I wake up I am short of breath heart racing and feeling of fear like I'm going to die. This hasn't happened until I was diagnosed. Anyone else have anything like this going on?

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    • robynr's Avatar

      Something like that. I would guess things like this are not out of the ordinary under the circumstances. Talk more, cry more... whatever you need to do to deal with your feelings

      10 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      I am being treated for a cerebellar mass in my brain right now. I just had my last radiation treatment today.
      I'm not having panic attacks from it, but I'm waking up swiftly in the middle of the night and staying sleepless a lot. I'm sure some of it for me is the high dose steroids I was put on.

      I'm guessing that your hormones are just kicking into high gear while they work on that system in your body, and it could get better over time as they either kill your cancer or take big strides against it. Even if it's not your hormones, cancer is a traumatic experience and having panic is surely not unheard of.

      Are you talking to any palliative care doctor about having these attacks? Even your regular oncologist should be told. They might be some meds that would help you quite a bit while you fight this. Its important to get that rest so you can heal and have a decent quality of life.

      10 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      It could be you are actually dreaming, but you don't remember them. It would be unusual for your subconscious to have a field day trying to process your fear and anxiety. I hope things get better for you.

      10 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      I experienced panic attacks before my diagnosis. Horrendous dreams and as some say, short of breath, chest and head pounding. Fortunately for me, I was visiting my niece who is an RN for a week or so when I had my first one. She knew what it was right away. I eventually calmed down and went back to bed and I slept. When it happened again the next night she made an appointment for me with her doctor. I was initially put on Xanax 1mg 3xday. I weaned myself back to two after a few months. Now my PC writes the script for 2 x a day but knows I only take it once at bedtime. It was only a month or so ago that I missed taking my bedtime dose and I woke up and was a real mess. Couldn't believe it happened only missing one dose. Now the only time I take 3 a day would be the day every 3 months when I have my MRI's. I'm terribly claustrophobic and take 2 that morning and the additional at bedtime. They used to give me Versed during the MRI'S until they realized I had developed sleep apnea. I wouldn't wish a panic attack on anyone.

      10 months ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      I have had similar experiences. I do not sleep well to begin with but sometimes I wake with a start and feel like I am drowning. I have labeled these instances as panic attacks. Usually by relaxing my muscles one by one and controlled breathing I can retake control. Sometimes i just have to ride it out. If I take a Xanax before going to bed it usually doesn't happen but I hate to make that a habit.

      9 months ago

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