Assalamu Alaikum and Ramdhaan Mubarak to all
Just writing this message to see if anyone can help me in my situation, and advice at all would be much appreciated.
Basically I'm 20 years old and alhamdulillah I have had no health problems in the past, howeverabout four months ago I had a panic attack at university, and I was unaware of this at the time. I felt as though I was havinga heart attack and like I was going to die. My heart was racing, my head was spinning and it was certainly a very uncomfortable experience. Thinking of this as a one off, I left it at that.
Before my exams, I had the same experience again, and I told my dad to take me to A&E who took an ECG and said everything was okay- it was probably due to exam stress. Subsequent to this I failed my exams as it really knocked the wind out of my sails.
Since then I have visited the GP about four or five times and he's assured me nothing's wrong (took blood tests and another ECG- all normal)and it's all psychological. But the frequency of these episodes has increased through time, and it's really worrying and depressing me, I feel as if something is seriously wrong with me when there isn't; and it's taking over my life.
For example, during the past three days my heart has been racing non stop and it gets worse everytime I think about it. I also get tight chest pains and it really worries me. Despite the doctor's assurances I don't feel safe as these episodes come randomly and at any time. Also, because of this I have trouble sleeping as my heart is literally hammering away and I fear that something bad may happen if I fall asleep.
So my question to you dear brothers and sisters is how can I stop this from happening, and how do I overcome the problem? Has anyone experienced anything similar? Are there any wazaifs that I can pray?
Sorry for the long post, I congratulate you on getting this far and any advice at all will be much appreciated.
Finally, please remember me in your duas this Ramdhaan that I overcomethese problems, that theygo away and I make a full recovery.
I have had a very similar problem. 6 years ago I was working but took on more work. So instead of relaxing at nights
and at weekends, I was stressed out finishing these extra things
Now this overloaded my head, and I had these funny turn, which in turn made me panic. I quickly went to the doctors, he examined my blood and checked me over.
The blood tests came out perfect. Doctor said "I was a perfectly healthy young man"
After a few days, I had the most scary experience, I was in bed, and my heart started to pound, I couldn't even speak. I manage to tell my wife phone for an ambulance. Just about to phone up, and it slowly went away. Lasted maybe 1min
It was very scary, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy (not that I have enemies)
Next day, I visisted the doctors again, he told me I had Anxiety, and he gave me pills. Looking at the pills, and their side effects made me even more panicky. I took one and left the rest.
The heart thing happened only once, but it went into my head, that there was something seriously wrong, even after doctors had told me I was perfectly ok
I then started on a long journey for the search for truth. I must have visited the Doctor about 10 times in afew months. I wasn't convinced, I just felt, how can stress cause all this
At our surgery there are different doctors I went to see all of them, with my symptoms, I must have seen 5 different doctors, all said the same. I had an ECG, blood test done, all was perfect.
The heart racing didn't happen again, but I had many other Anxiety related symptoms, I felt uneasy, my legs would turn to jelly. In public places like the town centre, I would find it hard to walk, sometimes my speech would go, i would find it hard to breathe etc
I read loads and loads on the internet. like what foods to eat, what to do when a panic happens this helped me
try reading up on google
hyperventilation, anxiety, panic attacks,breathig techniques. Inshallah you will find some very useful tips
REMEMBER don't think you have sommething else or read other unnecassary medical things, when the doctors have said to you its Anxiety.
Other peoples strories help, in my area suprisingly I have come across many with Anxiety\Stress related sysmptoms. There are many people, close friends and associates who suffer from the exact same thing. There are people i know
who can't attend Masjid to pray etc
things that have helped me when the symptoms come.
Breathing very slowly through nose. Pinching my nose with me fingers, to hold the breath for about 5-10seconds.
One nostril breathing to slow the breathing by placing a finger on one side and breathing from the other.
Breathing from deep in the stomach, known as Diaphragmatic breathing read it up on internet, it will always be next to anxiety.
something which helped a lot also is releasing tension, i.e massaging shoulders,feet massage, massage around the spine, back massage. Just do it yourself, if you don't have someone to do it for you. Try reading "progressive muscle relaxation"
the above techniques need to be learnt and practiced, and might not work straightaway.
Ultimately you must relax your mind, and not allow things to set you of. You think bad, your body will tense up, when the body tenses up, you breathe faster, and this is the start of all your symptoms i.e heart racing\palpitations, dizzyness, etc.
It will slowly, slowly go away Inshallah
Your body has become sensitive, it needs to recover, a little input might be trigerring you of. Over time, you will Inshallah improve and become
Inshallah you will learn, and Inshallah it will go away
Dont Worry about the exams. Remember you can always do them again. Convince yourself whats the big deal.
Even if you don't pass, its not the end of the world. Repeat the year.
Many graduates take years to find a suitable job so whats a couple of years more keeping up with study.
Alhamdulillah,think of all those who are less fortunate than you, think how much better of you are than the millions of poor people in Africa/India and around the world etc.
Do plenty of Shukr to Allah Most Merciful, and do plenty of Istighfaar
Keep Praying Ayatul Kursi and the 3 Quls, all throughout the day or maybe morning, afternoon and before going to sleep.
Pray "La-hawla walla quwwata Illa Billahil aleeyeel azeem" regularly
and pray the last 2 Ayats of 25th Sipara regularly. That is the last 2 Ayats of the 45th Surah, thats 45:36 and 45:37
May Allah Most Merciful grant you and the entire Ummah Shifa from all forms of Spiritual and Physical Illnesses, and safeguard us from all forms of fitna.