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    Old 06-23-2004, 01:22 PM   #16
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    Re: Uncontrollable Panic Attacks HELP PLEASE!!!

    J,
    hello there, don't you have thyroid issues as well? Many of us have anxiety issues, panic attacks, etc. It could have something do with you meds. I have been having problems with them as well lately. I have a post in the thyroid page on them, I think its called I need some input.

    Anyways, back in the day when i thought they were just panic attacks, I found the only thing that helped is deep breathing. I started practicing yoga and taught myself deep breathing techniques, and when I feel them coming on, I immediately launch myself into my yoga mind and the racing feelings leave before they have come on full force. It's the only thing I have ever found that helped me out.

    Good luck and I hope they vanish,

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    Old 06-24-2004, 09:58 AM   #17
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    The internist who was treating me for high bloodpressure didn't believe beta blockers could cause panic attacks. I had three different friends who confirmed their panic attacks were coincident with their taking beta blockers.
    I stopped the beta blockers and have had no panic attacks since--9 years.

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    Old 06-24-2004, 10:17 AM   #18
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    Well it's good that you made it to the psychiatrist. I've had panic attacks since being a teenager and I didn't seek or get adequate treatment for them.
    I have since been diagnosed with 'Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder'.

    Left unchecked panic can turn to agoraphobia. I am seeing a psychiatrist also. And I take Klonopin for the attacks. It has been a real relief.

    For years I wasn't sure what was the matter with me, but my body became totally uncontrolable when the attacks started.

    Glad you got help!!!

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    Old 06-24-2004, 11:38 AM   #19
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    Re: Uncontrollable Panic Attacks HELP PLEASE!!!

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    The internist who was treating me for high bloodpressure didn't believe beta blockers could cause panic attacks. I had three different friends who confirmed their panic attacks were coincident with their taking beta blockers.
    I stopped the beta blockers and have had no panic attacks since--9 years.
    cpogue.....I read your post on your experience with beta blockers and panic attacks. My experience with beta blockers were completely opposite of yours. I was started on propranolol and later nadolol for a problem unrelated to my panic disorder. After years of panic attacks that bordered on agoraphobia, I started taking propranolol and my attacks stopped or if I felt one coming on, it would go away and I could continue what I was doing (such as driving).

    I asked my doctor if there was any connection at all between the beta-blocker I was taking and my panic attacks subsiding. He told me that beta blockers help a lot of people with panic disorder and some people who suffer from stage fright take one pill and are able to perform where they couldn't do it otherwise. I've had a few of "almost" attacks but they went away fast. I had been on a host of anti-anxiety drugs that hadn't helped much at all. I do take Klonopin now for generalized anxiety and it's a godsend.

    Medications work different ways with different people but I've been on my beta-blocker for about 10 years now and I wouldn't stop it for anything. I'm really glad that you found the cause of your panic attacks because I know how disabling they can be. They cost me my job because I couldn't drive any longer. I never felt like I was dying or having a heart attack but felt a sense of everything being unreal and had a feeling of losing control and becoming disoriented. I think I would have better dealt with the thought of dying instead of going crazy!

    Best of luck to you.

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    Old 06-26-2004, 12:21 PM   #20
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    The answer for all what you are going through ....for me 3 days ago was thyroid!!!!!! was clear years ago.........

     
    Old 06-27-2004, 02:45 AM   #21
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    Niecsey

    Hi hun. I was just wondering if you are on anything for your panic attacks currently? Has the thyroid medicine helped your attacks at all or is it too soon to tell? Do you really think this is what's causing it? I just got diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I am truly hoping this is the cause to my attacks. I just started medication for it yesterday. What medication are you on for your thyroid? I'm taking synthroid .075(mcg).

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    Old 06-30-2005, 01:16 PM   #22
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    Hello .... I am so sorry you are going through all these symptoms and I can totally empathize with you for I had suffered from panic attackes myself. Clearly from what you are describing sounds like a panic attack although sometimes other health issues can mimick an attack. I went from doctor to doctor (i.e., internest, ENT, neurologist, heart specialist) and so forth. Symptoms started out of clear blue and worsened as time went on. I couldn't breath, chest tight, lips and hands tingling, heart racing, so I would run to the nearest ER thinking I was having a heart attack. I went to my family doctor and he couldn't find anything wrong; I was laid up in the hospital going through all kinds of test and nothing; then neurologist for my tingling which is a sign of MS - nothing! I became very depressed because nobody was able to find anything wrong with me. It wasn't until about 7 mos into it that I was watching a commercial St Lukes Rush Presbytarian Hospital in Chicago was looking for people for a study on depression ... I took myself and was diagnosed not with depression but rather with GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) which leads to panic attacks. I was put on 2mg Xanax per day and went to group therapy ..... usually panic attacks stem from something within ourselves that we're not coping well with and don't know how to take control of the situation ..... also constant worrying over the years (symptom of generalized anxiety) can bring on panic attacks. Please try to get yourself to a doctor and see if you can get some anti-anxiety medicine - the best thing for this .... it will definitely put you at ease until you can learn a better coping mechanism to daily life stress ..... also when you feel an attack coming, talk to yourself and say "my mind is playing tricks, I am going to be okay" .... don't fight it, because the more you fight it, the more symptoms you will experience. Take nice SLOW, AND DEEP BREATHS .... concentrate on your breathing VERY IMPORTANT when you're having an attack .... usually we breath very shallow, the more we try to catch a breath, the harder it becomes .... SO BREATH SLOW, TAKE A DEEP BREATH THROUGH YOUR NOSE AND LET IT OUT OF YOUR MOUTH (this was taught in our group therapy and soooooooo helpful). So next time you feel an attack don't fight it; go with it, concentrate on your breathing immediately and talk to yourself that this will be okay. Your symptoms will become much more milder the minute you take control of your BREATHING .... deep through your nose and out with your mouth ... it really works!!!! Good luck, let me know.

     
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    Oh my, it is so wonderful to find someone else going through what I encountered over a year ago...I was in same predicament with tingling and numbness and they tested me for ms and parkinsons and i lost it... thought i was losing my mind and thought i was having a nervous breakdown. they diagnosed me with hypo and also gave me lexapro for anxiety/depression. Within 3 months I was wonderful. Turns out that I have been hypo since i was 16 I am now 38 and no one ever caught it. During this last year, I felt better than I had since I was 13. I owe it to my gyn and synthroid and lexapro... i hope to never go to that dark & scary place again.

     
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