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Re: Quitting Smoking and Panic Attacks

Re: Quitting Smoking and Panic Attacks

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Posted by Trish on November 06, 2000 at 11:09:16:

In Reply to: Quitting Smoking and Panic Attacks posted by Debbie on November 01, 2000 at 09:24:19:

: Hi. I'm new here. I have had panic attacks for several years and as you all know, they really suck. I quit smoking 3 days ago and last night I had a terrible attack! I'm sure this may be a withdrawl symptom from the nicotine. Has anyone else had more intense attacks while they were quitting smoking also? How long will it last?

Hi Debbie, I started my anxiety attacks last May. I quit smoking also and started the patch. After I was on my last of the patch I started getting anxiety attacks that only seem to get worse. Driving and everyday chores that were a breeze to do, just got harder and harder for me. Then the feel of not being able to breathe frightened me more. After numerous trips to the emergency room, and passing out late one nite, because I couldn't sleep for 5 days; I finally went to the doctor and was prescribed paxil. I hear of all the side effects but I feel so great now that I No longer worry of side effects. I just know when the time comes that I start to get off of Paxil I will do it with the help of my doctor and instructions he gives me. I do believe that you are going through what I did when I quit smoking also. Take deep breathes, close your eyes and keep your mind and spirit open. Just know that you are not alone.
I felt so alone when going through the panic attacks. My hubby didn't understand any of what I was going through. When he realized that this was not all in my head he promised to look into it and help me through this. I pray that you don't have to go through and you get better. I know how important it is when you need someone but there's noone there who can understand that feeling unless they've been throught it themselves. Let me know how you are. For now take care of yourself.

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