exan
Hi. As you all know my last attack was 2 months ago while playing basketball. After that I still managed to play and workout at the gym. I also did a stress test for peace of mind and I had normal excellent results. The hard part for me was I can't play like I used too. After playing for first 6min, once I felt the rapid heartbeat, shoetnes of breath and gasping of air, I will be in a panic mode. Last week I managed to play for four 6min, I managed it by brwarhinf exercise and talking to my team mates and once called I did play again. But last Wednesday and earlier, I didn't managed it, I felt fleeing. I did try to play again but the sensations was affecting my game. I can't do the self talk, not caring anymore and other coping skills. I just wasn't in control. I did a 25min cardio yesterday, and I invited the anxiety and panic to do its worst and once I feel the symptoms I did the self talk and not caring anumore stuff and nothing happened. I felt good. I just feel so bad that I can't be the same olahing with cinfoedence again, I know it takes time, exposing myself to the same triggers. Any help or suggestions would be great, tnx
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exan
BTW, I had the same problem way back 2005 when I had a panic attack while working out in the gym. I overcame it by doing small steps of cardio by walking on our place from 5 min first until I reached 30min. Until I had the confidence again to get back in the gym. This time I'm having a hard time, or is it maybe I'm taking things too fast to get back in playing basketball again. Or I'm still on a sensitised state? Tnx
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jeff
what comes first - the rapid heartbeat/shortness of breath or the "what if" testing/checking thoughts? Or do you notice a rapid heartbeat from exercising which is expected, then you test it/ check it with a "what if something is wrong with my heart" then you get a panic reaction? It's not the exercising doing this. It's your worrying about the exercising. Have you read Claire Weekes Hope and Help for your Nerves?

As my father said after reading it, he went from fast walking a quarter mile to a full mile in one day. She teaches you the attitude of "f... it!"
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exan
As always thanks Jeff for your inputs and advice, appreciate it. Yes, your spot on, it's the anticipatory anxiety that makes me panicky, the "what ifs" and "there might be something wrong with me" are just uncontrollable especially on days I feel stressed out. Earlier, I did a 5min cardio warm up before playing basketball and I didn't care on the symptoms and fearful thoughts, I just let it be. And I ended up feeling good. I'll try to expose myself more and do longer sessions and raise the intensity each session. Again, thanks so much Jeff! :)
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BodhiBro
Wow...I haven't worked out in years because each time my heart rate would rise it would trigger a panic attack. I use to workout frequently but no more. Of course I also gained a lot of weight from the sedentary lifestyle and subsequent sugar and food addiction.
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exan
I'm getting better, last Saturday I played for the whole game (6min/qtr). I just reminded myself that what I'm feeling are normal and expected outcome of exercise (heck, everybody gets them). I just let it pass. Thank Jeff for your inputs, it helps a lot, appreciate it! I'm now enjoying exercising and playing basketball again! :)
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