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Topic: Massive panic attacks after Vaccine- Please help

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  1. Anonymously Me
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    29 September 2021

    Hi, so I want to start by saying I'm all for the Covid vaccine and people should get it.

    So after I got the jab I knew that I'd feel like fainting and told the nurse and doctor about it- Knowing how my anxiety affects me I wanted to get to it before it got bad. I needed to lie down and then on the way home had to lie down in the car as every time I got up and felt like vomiting. But I knew that would happen so anyway.

    I got it a couple of days ago and I keep getting constant anxiety about blood clots and not being able to breath- which has been making it difficult to breathe. Last night I had 2 extreme panic attacks that required my Mum to help me with breathing and counting, I was shaking I was sweating I was rocking back and forth and crying and I was asking my Mum to help me I was in so much mental pain and so emotional and distractions won't helping which I normally do to help calm me down, I tried sleeping with my fidget cube in my hand, listening to music and watching tv and nothing helped because I was in this continuous cycle of fear and my anxiety kept adding to that.

    After half an hour I managed to calm down but then it flared up again. I had to wake my brother up and asked if I could watch some TV in his room for a bit which helped. Finally later on I managed to somewhat sleep but even today when I got up now it's got me again and it keeps coming back. Please if anyone can think of anything to help because it's tiring and it's like getting constant panic attacks I've had anxiety for all my life but this is extremely emotionally painful :(

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  2. white knight
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    29 September 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    Hi, welcome

    We have a residential Mental Health Clinician called Craig. He can reply to these sorts of questions. So please go to!#XPU498d43Uu-CxiLPvnTVg

    And thanks for posting

    BTW. I felt dizzy after each jab and had to lie down for 30 minutes then felt fine.


  3. Sophie_M
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    29 September 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me
    Hi Anonymously Me, 

    We are really sorry that you are feeling so anxious at the moment and that you are facing panic attacks after getting the vaccine. It sounds like you knew it was going to be difficult for you to get the vaccine and you did it anyway - thank you for having so much courage and for looking after your community.

    We are also thankful that you have shared your experience here on the forums, we know that there are others that are feeling anxious abou tthe vaccine so hopefully they can feel less alone after reading your post. 

    We have an article about feeling anxious about the vaccine here - check it out if you think it will help. Or you can find other trustworthy sources at these links.

    We also reccomend giving our friendly a team a call to talk about these feelings of panic and ways that you can work through them when they appear. It sounds like you have some great strategies in place already which is wonderful, but if you ever want more, or to just chat about it, we are here on 1300 22 4636. Or you can get in touch via webchat if you prefer.

    Thank you again for reaching out and being honest about how you are feeling. It is a really tough time right now so please feel free to have a look around at the other conversations going on in this community if you want some more support. We would also welcome you checking back and letting us know how you are going if you feel comfortable. 

    Kind regards, 
    Sophie M 

  4. sbella02
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    29 September 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    Anonymously Me,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your experience. I was shaking uncontrollably and nearly had a panic attack before my first jab, also because of what I've heard about the side effects to people around my age. I also don't deal very well with needles anymore. So I know how you're feeling, that's completely normal.

    Firstly, I'd like to say, it's great that you've recognised that you're struggling with these panic attacks. That's the first step to overcoming them - acknowledging that they're happening. It's also very good to see you making use of our forums and opening up to us about this, thank you for your honesty.

    In a short-term sense, you may find it useful to talk to somebody who can provide you non-judgemental support, advice, and immediate assistance. I would encourage you to give us a call on the Beyond Blue Support Service; we're available 24/7 by phone on 1300 22 4636.

    In a longer-term sense, I'd have a look into seeing a counsellor, therapist, or psychologist. I was struggling with panic attacks and general mental health things earlier this year, so I went to go see a counsellor who gave me some fantastic advice and pointed me in the right direction for seeking a psychologist. You can also check out the Australian Psychological Society website to search specifically for psychologists/therapists in your area.

    You may also find it useful to have a chat to your GP about how you're feeling. They may also give you some great resources to ease your anxiety about the jab.

    I wish you well in your situation, and hope you feel better soon. Take care.

    Kind regards, SB

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  5. Coach Craig
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    29 September 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    Hi there Anonymously me thanks for reaching out to our forums community, its good to see that you are practicing your distraction skills when you are feeling anxious and enlist the support of your family.

    Call your GP or our support service on 1300 22 4636. Or you can get in touch via webchat.

    Coach Craig

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  6. Bel79
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    29 September 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    Hi anonymously me,

    First Thankyou for the post and helping me realise I am not alone.

    I had my first jab 3 weeks ago I was anxious for days before. I physically walked into drs office with a heat pack for comfort. Dr had asked what was wrong I explained that I have anxiety and was really anxious. Instead of trying to calm me she went off on all the possible side effects then came to discussing can cause problems with heart. I am the person who checks her heart rate all the time speeding heart rate and chest pain is one of my symptoms I have paid cardiologists to tell me my heart is healthy but I still worry. I wanted to run out of there but the dr stuck me with the needle before I escaped. I sat in the waiting room with my husband in a massive anxiety attack and over thinking everything. I got through it though. It helped having my husband having the jab at the same time and reassuring me I was ok and my daughters who both have anxiety had week before and were able to reassure me I was ok. Now I have my 2nd jab next week to get through and anxiety is in over drive worrying. What helps me of you aren’t sure go get checked by a dr or emergency. It is surprising how supportive they are and having a medical check up and being told I am ok helps me. Maybe it can help you. From some one who always feels alone to someone who has made me realise I am not. I hope you will be ok and always happy for a chat. Maybe you could have a support person with you next time

  7. Anonymously Me
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    29 September 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    Thankyou for all the nice and supportive comments I appreciate it. Unfortunately even though side effects are rare rare information about it hasn't been helping and I actually looking up side effects also makes me dizzy. In my mind it's not something I'm worried about but my body just reacts so badly and it becomes a continuous cycle.

    I might try to talk to a GP. Some people have even suggested getting a blood test and stuff for peace of mind and reassurance so I might even need to end up doing that. As much as I'm scared of blood tests(I've only had 1 and the nurse had help to calm me). I'd rather go through that then this I'm still feeling dizzy now and I worry how I will be at night time because it gets worse at night and I'm worried I might end up needing to go the hospital.

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  8. Anonymously Me
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    29 September 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    Update: I went to the GP tonight just for reassurance and my breathing and blood pressure is fine the GP was very helpful and I've been feeling a lot better tonight so hopefully I get a nice sleep :) I'm finding it easier to breathe now and the tightness in my chest is much better.

    So if anyone else is experiencing this I recommend going to a GP for peace of mind. :)

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  9. Bel79
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    30 September 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me
    I am glad you are feeling much better. It is always good to hear from a medical professional that we are ok. I took myself to emergency last night as I am tapering of anxiety med to start a new one and I knew there would be withdrawals and knew the symptoms I keep having panic attacks o settled a bit knowing what was happening and they increased my medication back up. It isn’t a quick fix and still not feeling great today very anxious and overthinking everything but not so stressed and able to deal a little better. Your not alone.
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  10. Anonymously Me
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    30 September 2021 in reply to Bel79

    It's good that you were aware of withdrawal symptoms- when I went off my medication a few years ago and weened off slowly for a few months (because I thought I was ok) My anxiety was so bad that I knew I had to get back on them it was very scary.

    Is it the 2nd jab that you're stressed about? What helped me get my first one was I refused to think about it or talk about it and told myself I'm not allowed to be anxious about it till the day and tried to distract myself. Mind you I freaked out a lot on the day but I don't think my anxiety got as bad before as it could have got.

    Although I totally understand overthinking everything so I can't really offer any advise with that, for me it gets worse at night, sometimes I get up and have a shower or I play solitaire on my phone. I have sudoku and word search books near my bed that are a good distraction as well. Unfortunately distractions don't work with me when I have panic attacks the main thing for me then is focusing on my breathing - My psych from a couple of years ago suggested this app called Flowy which is good to regulate breathing.

    Hope you are feeling better today :)

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  11. Midean
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    1 October 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    You are not alone, i just had my second Pfizer vaccination today and the strongest side effect i am having is dizziness.

    Its very disconcerting and is causing my anxiety to go into overdrive. Keep in mind though that dizziness is a somewhat common side effect of the vaccine and in most cases passes within a few days.

    You 100% made the right decision to get vaccinated and when the side effects pass, you will have comfort knowing you are protected from serious complications from covid.

    Hang in there, you have got this!

  12. Bel79
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    1 October 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    Thankyou for your advice. Feeling a little better today. I am taking day by day. I have games on my phone to distract me I also have Apple Watch with Breathe on it which helps and I find touch like having someone gently rub back leg or arm helps I concentrate on what I am feeling helps distract mind. when I am having a panic attack though all techniques seem to be forgotten.

    yes I am stressed over 2nd jab. A whole lot of things at the moment I think withdrawals don’t help. My eldest son isn’t living with us or talking to us anymore and recently had a falling out with my inlaws.

    I am hoping meds kick back in soon. Drs put my medication back up. I think with everything that has been going on and withdrawals it was to soon to taper just to start new meds because of weight gain. I have been so good now o am constantly anxious.

    Hope you are feeling better. Anxiety is the pits.

  13. Ric65
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    1 October 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    Hello Anonymous me,

    First I would like to thank and commend you for sharing. Awesome. The first step is always the hardest, accepting and reaching out, you have done it.

    Anxiety can stem from many reasons. I understand the way you feel as I did go through the same. I got a life coach and we worked together, I got to face my fears head on. It would really be worth your while to get coached on this. I am willing to help coach you as I have coached a couple f anxiety cases and they are happy now.

    The best thing is reaching out knowing that you are not alone in this. Talking about it helps a lot.

  14. Bell87
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    9 October 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me
    After my first vaccination I was a mess. My chest got tight, couldn’t get a deep breath, kept thinking about it constantly and sort of still do. I’m due for my second dose tomorrow.
    my husband is getting his done too so Atleast he will be there.
    I went to the doctor last week because I just couldn’t stop worrying. After going I’m abit more at ease but still very worried. Not about the needle or anything it’s more that there has/is so much negative comments about it and I’m reading too much into it and scaring myself.
  15. JakeM13
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    22 October 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    I’ve been struggling a lot after the shot too, the first two days after the shot I was fine but then from day 3 onwards I started getting more and more anxious. I had to check my self in to emergency one week after my first shot of Moderna because i was peaking that much and no matter what I was doing I couldn’t settle, I was certain something was going on with me, long story short all tests came back fine and 2 days after visiting emergency I finally have my breath semi back to normal and I am starting to come out of the spiral, although I have a deadly headache and I am completely exhausted from being so absolutely wound up for the good part of 5 or more days.

    I hope you’re doing okay now. Thanks for a relatable post that’s making me feel not so alone.

  16. Ric65
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    11 December 2021 in reply to Anonymously Me

    Hello anonymously me,

    Just thought I would check in and see how you are going? Remember, we are here to stand with one another and to assist one another.


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