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Old 08-17-2005, 04:56 PM   #1
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Agoraphobia and Panic disorder anyone else?

Hi Guys, me again

I am wondering if any of you suffer from agoraphobia, I have had this problem since I was 17 years old now at 31 I still have this debiliating condition, and its been a long struggle, and now I am wondering if maybe I have had thyroid problems for a long time and according to alot of people they tell me that there anxiety/depression issues started after there thyroid condition, and I was never really checked for thyroid issues

anyway if any of you have this condition what has helped? in my case have been on /off meds for years and i really never found anything that helps me, I am actually now started taking ativan because I was hyperventilating form panicking after eating a pretzel thinking that i woudl choke, since I feel that tightness in my throat and food goes down very slow.

Its an on going struggle and now that I have 2 kids its been tough because when they want to go out and I seem to always stay behind because hubby takes them out alot, I sometimes feel so guilty about this, but its out of my control, I even wanted to become a realtor but with this horrible condition its so hard to even think that I can ever make my dreams come true..I just wish my thyroid condition can get better since that will help my overall mental health

 
Old 08-17-2005, 05:03 PM   #2
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Re: Agoraphobia and Panic disorder anyone else?

I have Agoraphobia/Panic disorder.. had it since I was 18. I just experienced a major relapse again, all around the time that I found out I was hypo. I can relate to what you are going through with the swallowing situation.. when I found out I was hypo I was swollen for months and hardly ate anything for fear that I would choke!

Have you tried any of anti-depressants? I have been on Zoloft before and now again, and I find that this was the only medication besides Xanax that was able to help me.. I think that it must of been about 7 or so months before I really started noticing the difference and soon I was out on my own and doing things that I have never been able to.

My doc says that your thyroid can play alot into depression and panic disorders..Once
you get your levels to where they need to be, maybe this will help alleviate some of the anxiety that you are dealing with. You are not alone hun.. take care of yourself
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Old 08-17-2005, 05:59 PM   #3
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Re: Agoraphobia and Panic disorder anyone else?

Jen, same here. I have battled panic/agora for about 10 years now. There are quite a few of us here who have.

It hit me out of noplace. I had extreme agora for about 2 years. I went through intensive therapy, cognitive and behavior. I am only taking xanax currently and my panic rears it's ugly head every once in a while but I live with anxiety daily. I had thyroid tests when it all began, but ya know, back then I was always told everything was normal and I didn't know to ask for copies and of course the internet wasn't what it is now and I didn't reseaarch it. I am sure now it was the start of it because I really went down hill from there.

I can tell you this, and it is very early in the game, but I have not had any major anxiety issues since having my TT. It may all be coincidence because it is only a little over 2 weeks, but I feel more emotionally calm inside. Who knows, but I do believe it is all related!

I know the guilt of watching your family leave to go have fun while you sit on the couch unable to go. It eats you up and just don't know how to explain all that to someone. You can only understand if you have dealt with it. People who don't suffer with agora don't understand the feeling of NOT being able to go someplace.

Best wishes,
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Old 08-17-2005, 06:09 PM   #4
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Here here...another panic agora maniac. I did manage to somewhat get over the agoraphobia but was housebound for about 4 or 5 months last year when my panic was at its worst. I literally forced myself out of the house every day, rain or shine, going to the park with my son up the street until I was ocmfortable with it and then extended my "safety zone" further and further. I still have panic and still am not comfortable in places where escape is impossible. I have a wedding I am absolutely dreading coming up and don't know how Im going to get through it.

I believe the cause for all that crap is my thyroid. I see a neurologist and a shrink for the first time next week and they will no doubt, like the others, say my thyroid has nothing to do with it. I know it does.

I will give you an example of the erradicness of thyroid trouble. I have hashi's and as a result my thyroid kicks in and out in cycles. I went through about an 18 day cycle last year of perfect wellness. It came out of nowhere and felt WONDERFUL. During that time, my heart rate, blood pressure and body temp was perfect. I could not have a panic attack if I tried. I went bike riding and did all the things I used to do. In essence, I got a taste of what it was like to be normal again. It was brief, but it felt real good. That is why I am confident my panic and agora can be attributed to my thyroid.

 
Old 08-17-2005, 07:35 PM   #5
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Nastyhashi, you may be pleasantly suprised by what the shrink says regarding your thyroid. I seen one just last week for the first time and he wants a thyroid panel done asap... I could barely get my gp to do this and he automatically wants it. I really hope that this is the case for you.

 
Old 08-17-2005, 08:33 PM   #6
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Hey guys Thanks for your super fast responses! what would i do with you all, your definately God sent!

Ok to start out I think i will ask for zoloft, I have tried many meds but none really work to take them long term, seems like when you find something that works after a few months you have to take more and more of it, so i dont want to be dependant on meds, but this time I am giving up for sure i need somethng to help me through these tough and stressful times...I will ask for zoloft tomorrow when i go see my medical doc, Thanks for the advice.

*** Kant- you also have agoraphobia/panic, I am almost positive that thyroid problems causes all these mental illnesses, but try convincing the docs lol no chance.

I also developed it out of the blue, it just started and I didnt want to leave my room to go to school when i was 18 so i dropped out sad but I couldnt handle the stress, I have always felt like a failure because I never had the strength to go back to school, fear just ruled my life, the only time that I felt well enough to go out was when I was on prozac, and I enrolled in casino dealer school and met my husband there and that was 9 yrs ago! so I guess God must have planned that very well, since he knew that I wouldnt be able to meet anyone else since I never used to leave the house.

My husband knows about my problem and thats what keeps me sane, he understands and helps me out alot, especially with my children, but now they are growing they are 3 and 4 yrs old, and they wonder why I dont go out, I am going to start taking depression meds too, that way at least i can force myself to go out, I need to do this for them, its not fair that they wont have any memories of mom going to parks etc...

I am glad your doing well kant, I bet it has been a great relief to have that thyroid out of your body, I wish I find a doc soon that is willing to remove it.


**nasty hashi- thats just what I should do is force myself to go out, for instance this week I had 3 appts and now i am not even getting dangerous going to appts like i normally do, the thing with m eis that I have to get out daily because if I stay in for 3 or 4 days oh boy trouble errupts because i start getting nervous again,I also avoid weddings, imagine I want to go to church and I dont know what to do I need to go but its so hard for me, especially since I am social phobic too, grr

I will force myself to go to church on sunday there I am sure i will meet christian friends and maybe i can start going out more, the friends that I have met here in florida only like to go to clubs and party, definately not my kind of Place for sure. .

anyway i hope it all goes well with your neuro its so hard convincing these docs that the thyroid is related to these mental issues,so as soon as I meet a doc that isnt willing to listen i let him go and go to the next, I have a really good med doc, he sends me for whatever tests i ask him for, i take a long list and he is happy to help me out, especially since he doenst know much about thyroid problems. anyway guys I hope we all get well soon, its very nice knowing that at least we are not alone, and that we can support one another GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND THANKS A BUNCH!!

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Old 08-17-2005, 10:26 PM   #7
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Jen,
we have alot in common! Listen I am the same way.............even though I am so much better, if I stay in for days in a row, I feel that "feeling" starting again. It is important to get out everyday, even if just to walk around the block.

That is what got me moving, my son getting to be 4 and I didn't want to miss out on everything because I was stuck at home. It is a slow road but you can travel it, I know you can! We are all here for you.

Karen

 
Old 08-19-2005, 02:27 PM   #8
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Hi Kant and YES we have a ton in common hahah

Thanks for your support Kant, especially coming from someone that is going through what i am going through..which isnt easy.

This agoraphobia is even worst than beng sick with hypo,it affects our lives so much, for inatsance all week I have been going to appointments but today i didnt go out at all and I bet if i stay home a few more days I will not want to go out. its so sad to have to deal with this, yesterday i went to my doc and asked form some meds since i cannot function my depression/anxiety is horrible, he gave me cymbalta, so I hope it works.

i am also on ativan now, but I am afraid since my BP has stayed low, I have heard that ativan can lower it even more, well I hope not, in any case i called a vascular surgeon and the nurse is supposed to call me back tomorrow.

I am pretty sure I have adrenal fatigue, i order a product I found in a holistic pharmacy online called vita adapt so I hope it works, I think thats what has kept my BP low, oh by the way I was switch to levoxy and feel a bit more energy! I hope it continues because lord knows I need it, anyway you all take care Thanks a bunch Kant

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