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What. Just. Happened?! - May 21st 2013, 06:02 AM

HEY GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . In October 2012, at around eleven PM, I had to call 000, the emergency number for my country, Australia, on a friend, I had to call an urgent ambulance for her (I wasn't with her on the scene) and after I was done, I couldn't stop shaking.

I was trembling, SHIVERING, even though it was a nice 21 Degrees Celcius in the room . The shivering lasted about five minutes (but that's a guess) and it was getting to the point where I had trouble talking properly, and my back and neck and chest were caning at that point.....

I asked about this on HelpLink and they said nervous tension......... can someone explain to me, and if it wasn't that then what the flip was it and what do I do for next time if it happens again and it's happened a couple of times in the past?

How do you put a lid on shivering in General? .


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Re: What. Just. Happened?! - May 21st 2013, 07:52 AM

It sounds like emotional shock. The wikipedia article for it is titled "Acute stress reaction" but I'm balls at linking things so I'll let you google it.

It's quite a common occurrence after an extremely stressful or emotional event, such as having to call an ambulance for a friend far away.

Usually it's treated by making sure the person is stupidly warm (think: swaddling them in blankets) and making sure their blood sugar is adequate (tea with 5x sugars, or a lollipop kind of thing), as being cold and shaking, and having a sudden dip in available blood sugar, are common physiological responses to this.

That's all I've got. You know where my PM box is if you want more information, I know other stuff from first aid courses but couldn't internet verify it so didn't want to post it.
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Re: What. Just. Happened?! - May 21st 2013, 09:17 AM

I've had this a few times after serious incidents at work. I'm pretty sure it's to do with adrenaline. When you are in a situation like that, your body releases adrenaline to help you do what needs to be done, then when the situation is over you will be shaky and feel like crap. When this happens to me or one of my colleagues, we sit down with a sugary drink and just relax for a few minutes till it's over.
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Re: What. Just. Happened?! - May 21st 2013, 10:22 AM

I used to shiver a lot when I was going through a depressive episode. My counsellor told me something like my energy levels were low so that was my body's way of reacting....not really sure, but something that made sense at the time! I know this situation is a little different but I'd say it's something similar - could be shock, anything.

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