I couldn't breathe and my stomach clenched. What happened?
I am a swimmer and in the middle of laps, my head started hurting and my stomach felt nauseous but I ignored it. I've been sick the past three days so I just associated it with that. But then I started having trouble breathing and everything was spinning. My stomach felt really tight and clenched up. I stopped and my coach had to spend a long time helping me to regulate my breath again. When my stomach finally started to unclench, it just started hurting and feeling sick, and I felt a lump in my throat.
My friend said I may have had a panic attack (I have two big exams tomorrow) but I didn't feel fear or panic, just physical pain.
Does it sound like a panic attack? Is there anything else it could be?