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Old 08-31-2005, 02:42 PM   #1
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Anyone else get this?

Ok, so I know I have anxiety and panic attacks. This symptom is bothersom to me though and I'm wondering if anyone else gets it. This all started back in Dec. where I felt like I was going to pass out, everything went black, heart palps, ect. Then it happened again about a week later as I was driving on the highway. It didn't happen again until about two months ago. I've had numerous panic attacks in between these times but now I seem to be getting these attacks every week. Everything goes black for a few seconds (5 at the most) and I get heart palps, and pressure in my head. This obviously makes me extremely anxious.

I've been seen by almost every specialist possible, other than an allergy specialist which I'm trying to pursue now. I do have an inner ear disorder which is very similar to Meinere's disease but I don't have Meinere's. All the docs keep saying these episodes are panic attacks but I've never heard anyone else say they get this.

Yesterday as I was in the Neurologists office I got up and it happened again. This time it lasted about 15 minutes and then I was fine. I felt tired the rest of the day and the panic is still with me today. I do take Xanax daily but only .25mg. I can take up to .75mg but I don't like to take it that often.

Does anyone else have this black out symptom? I have never passed out from it and like I said it only lasts a matter of seconds and happens anytime. Nothing seems to trigger it. Not that I've noticed anyway. Thanks for reading, I apologize for the long post!

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Old 08-31-2005, 03:29 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone else get this?

did the neurologist say anything?

there are several siezure disorders that can be very similar to panic attacks, also I hope low bloodsugar has been considered and tested for

blurred vision or fading out of vision can happen during a panic attack but its usually more gradual
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Old 08-31-2005, 03:41 PM   #3
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I went to see the Neurologist because the MRI I had done showed something enlarged but turns out it was nothing to worry about. He asked me a bunch of questions, had me follow his fingers with my eyes and he checked my reflexes. Other than that, he didn't do anything. He said that there was nothing concerning to him. He thought the vision blackness was caused by a panic attack. I've had several blood tests done in the last 8 months and everything has always been normal.

These all started out of the blue one day in December and the blackness went away for awhile but now its back and happening more. All the doctors keep telling me its anxiety/panic. I don't have any other symptoms along with it other than the heart palps which start after I start to panic....

 
Old 08-31-2005, 04:02 PM   #4
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hi Sarah you may have read a post of mine before and already know this ,but anyway.....I have fainted with a bit of seizure like acitvity which they say is all anxiety/stress .I know you are not fainting,but I thought in a way it is simular.Afterwards when I come to my heart is going nuts amoung being very weak and sick feeling and sweaty I too am tired after.I have seen lots of doctors too and had loads of tests including an eeg for epilepsy always normal.right now I am wearing a 24 hr holter monitor because of palps.flutters etc.I have fainted that way 5 times in the last 11 years .I know I have anxiety disorder and if this holter test comes out normal im gonna forget about it

 
Old 08-31-2005, 05:24 PM   #5
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I hope I'm not having seizures. That scares me even more! I think if it were anything like that the Neurologist would have said something? Like I said, no one seems to be concerned with this. They say its either related to the inner ear problem or anxiety/panic. I know that I worry about it all the time so its always on my mind. Its the worst during the morning hours and then gets better as the day goes on and returns later in the evening. I can go days without this happening. For instance, all last week and weekend I did great. No anxiety or attacks, I felt great including Monday. Then all of a sudden yesterday morning I'm hit with this "attack" at the Neurologists office and I've been really scared/anxious ever since.

The actual blackness only lasts a few seconds and then my vision is back to normal, I just feel very scared afterwards. This happened yesterday morning around 9am and I'm still worrying about it tonight. I hate this anxiety.
I have a 20 month old daughter who doesn't deserve to have a mommy who can't take her places during the day because I'm too scared. The Xanax helps me so much but I still can't quite get behind the wheel.

Thanks for the replies....

 
Old 08-31-2005, 06:06 PM   #6
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I know this sounds really simplistic, but maybe just low blood pressure? The way you describe it when you stood up could just be a dramatic fall in your blood pressure. I used to get really lightheadness and dimming vision years ago when I used to diet alot.
And it would happen when I stood up.

 
Old 08-31-2005, 06:12 PM   #7
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Well I have been checking my blood pressure when at stores and I'm always feeling anxious but not overly anxious and my blood pressure today was 116/67 at one point and then about 10 minute later it was 123/74. Is that too low?

I've lost 41lbs in the last 8 months. Found out I have high cholesterol so I significantly changed my diet and have been exercising. I'm only 24yrs. old and didn't want to have a heart attack at an early age. My cholesterol is now under control and where it should be.

 
Old 08-31-2005, 07:58 PM   #8
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I am surprised the first thing any DR. you have seen
didn't check your blood pressure. The first number is very low. I really think you might want to have this checked out. Or buy yourself a BP moniter and do it yourself at home. They are not very expensive, and if you have been losing weight on purpose, alot of things could be happening. Keep posting and good luck!

 
Old 09-01-2005, 05:54 AM   #9
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They all have checked my blood pressure but they've never said anything about it. While I was that the Neurologists office on Tuesday my blood pressure was 124/84 and pulse was 120. I had just had a major panic attack and was feeling extremely anxious. They commented on my high pulse but said nothing about the blood pressure. My regular doctor has told me to get up and down slower which I've been doing but it still happens sometimes.

I am losing weight on purpose. I don't exercise often but I do watch my diet. I lost weight quickly in the beginning because I had gallbladder surgery but since I've slowed down on losing weight. I was losing about 3lbs. a week for a few months and now I lose maybe a pound if I'm lucky.

I have a call into my doctors office and will see what they say about these readings. They always have the same nurse call me back and she treats me like this delicate little person and says everything is anxiety.

Thanks for your help!

 
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