Coping with Hypervigilance After a Flashback

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Hi,
I need help coping right now. I had a flashback during the night, which prevented me from sleeping, and now I cannot for the life of me relax. My entire body is so tense that it feels like stone, I'm anxious as hell, and I can only see danger no matter where I look. It has been like this all day, and now I feel numb. I'm guessing that this is hypervigilance, but I don't know what to do about it, and it feels like waiting it out is not an option.
 
My best tricks to deal with the sudden flood (and prolonged effects) of adrenaline/cortisol/all the things swirling around in my blood are to…

- Go burn them off / put them to use (sympathetic nervous system = fight or flight… but lower grade use, like exercise, sport, dancing, walking, etc. will still burn off all the chemicals in my blood stream).

- Hot shower to sluice all the sweat & fight/flight pheromones off

- Food to lean even harder into the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest)

- Sleep

…In that order.
 
Hi,
I need help coping right now. I had a flashback during the night, which prevented me from sleeping, and now I cannot for the life of me relax. My entire body is so tense that it feels like stone, I'm anxious as hell, and I can only see danger no matter where I look. It has been like this all day, and now I feel numb. I'm guessing that this is hypervigilance, but I don't know what to do about it, and it feels like waiting it out is not an option.
Hello I too have the same symptoms flashbacks I feel hyper fight or flight symptoms and signs of over alertness one minute I can be relaxed and next I can think of a past trauma and I'm a different person its the ptsd which is the cause and effect of it and the worrying it comes with it's a real ordeal

Hi,
I need help coping right now. I had a flashback during the night, which prevented me from sleeping, and now I cannot for the life of me relax. My entire body is so tense that it feels like stone, I'm anxious as hell, and I can only see danger no matter where I look. It has been like this all day, and now I feel numb. I'm guessing that this is hypervigilance, but I don't know what to do about it, and it feels like waiting it out is not an option.
PTSD and trauma flashbacks are the worrying about nothing and the same symptoms of over alertness and thinking of the past trauma which was the cause of the PTSD and the both together mix up with fight or flight symptoms and the effects are horrific and a life changing experience to live day to day with the same symptoms and the effects on life it's a huge thing to live with

The main symptom which I have a problem with is the fight or flight symptoms and the flashbacks are the same thoughts of over alertness and thinking about the past abuse and torture both mentally and physically and the effects are horrific and at the moment I have one main thing which haunts me at night it's the thought over and over again same every time and it's really becoming a struggle to get sleep it's holding the thoughts PTSD in and not talking about it and the effects are quadrupled because of this it's a huge thing to live with and being a victim of abuse and being controlled and being a victim and losing everything I've more aware now but I'm left with PTSD and trauma flashbacks delayed onset PTSD symptoms even after the horrific past it stays with me now until I can learn tocontrol the symptoms better as I have only recently been diagnosed by specialist with not much information I have had symptoms for months now and I wasn't aware of my diagnosis so it was scary I thought I was having a stroke etc so hang in there.
 
My best tricks to deal with the sudden flood (and prolonged effects) of adrenaline/cortisol/all the things swirling around in my blood are to…

- Go burn them off / put them to use (sympathetic nervous system = fight or flight… but lower grade use, like exercise, sport, dancing, walking, etc. will still burn off all the chemicals in my blood stream).

- Hot shower to sluice all the sweat & fight/flight pheromones off

- Food to lean even harder into the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest)

- Sleep

…In that order.
This worked very well for me my whole life, But I am physically worn to arthritis from it I'm older now I can now get stuck in such a state for days even weeks and get sick and weak from lack of food, hunger it is horrible, I need something to calm down.
 
Hi,
I need help coping right now. I had a flashback during the night, which prevented me from sleeping, and now I cannot for the life of me relax. My entire body is so tense that it feels like stone, I'm anxious as hell, and I can only see danger no matter where I look. It has been like this all day, and now I feel numb. I'm guessing that this is hypervigilance, but I don't know what to do about it, and it feels like waiting it out is not an option.
I am in the same position I just developed the fight or flight symptom and it's really hard for me to deal with but it's new to me and I don't have any information on it but it's scary it's a grip on both mind and body a real strain and I'm alone in this and I've been told that this is not how to do the PTSD and trauma flashbacks are the same a real strain and pressure on my life and it's made worse as I have to be secretive about the ailment PTSD so I go through this alone
 
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