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Old 06-27-2008, 07:50 AM   #1
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anxiety and panic attacks

I've been lurking around here for a bit,and reading some posts.I got to say you all are a great caring bunch

I usaully donn't talk about my health problems to others.But I'm probally not the only one going through this.

For the past month I've been going through a tuff time.My panic attacks have gotting so bad I cann't evan go into a store without feeling like I'm going to pass out.I've been missing work,donn't want to go anywere there are people.

My wife finnaly talked me into going to the doctor a few days ago and had attack there.A quart of blood later,he ran all kind of tests.Blood suger fine,cholest fine no liver problems no thyroid problems.So he put me on hydroxyzine.Been taking it for 2 days now and I feel worse,and he is closed today..
I know I'm not the only 1 with this condition.Does it get better??
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:34 AM   #2
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I am not a doctor but your medication is an antihistimine. I suffer from panic anxiety from time to time and I take Xanax, which is for panic anxiety. You should either speak to your doctor or get another one. The medication you are on WILL make you feel worse. Xanax is specifically for panic anxiety and it works.
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:33 AM   #3
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Yea relized that also.Looked it up on web MD.Forgot to mention I have really bad rash wright now also.But the med is also good for anxiety,so it says..

This condition runs in my fammily.It just hit me later then others I guess.
Wish there was a way to get rid of the feeling without meds..
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:31 AM   #4
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It will take any medication up to two weeks to get in to your system. I was on Zoloft 5 years ago and when I first went on I felt worse than I had previously. Please be patient, hang in there, give it time. Do not discontinue until you talk to your doctor and remember to ask your doctor if you have any questions.
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First off . Anxiety is horrible. I have suffered with it for years. Oddly enough the only time I am anxiety free is in Disney too bad I can't live there. Anyhoo, I have been taking Zoloft for almost 3 months now. I felt really strange when I first started it, but am feeling better now. Although I am on a super super small dose, and my doc is suggesting I up it a bit I haven't so it makes me wonder if I could even feel better then I do now. Please talk to your doctor next week. Maybe he can find a more anxiety specific medicine for you to try. And I agree, give it time. I was told upwards of 4 weeks. Good Luck and you are not alone
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:09 PM   #6
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:38 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your comments.I've seen my mom and sister(younger)deal with this for years and never understood.Now I see what they are dealing with.It's a horrible feeling.I've always been the outgoing one.Now it seems like my candle is going out..Donn't worry no thoughts of hurting myself or anything.Just cann't deal with large crowds or small without feeling like getting out of there,or if I donn't it feels like I'm going to pass out
Never felt this way and trying to deal with it is hard.

Really donn't think the med the doc gave me is wright,but hopefully in time it will do what he prescribed it for.Just want to be me again thats all.

On another note,most insurance donn't cover conditions like this.Sad the more I study on this,thers alot of people out there that deal with this with no-coverage
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:58 AM   #8
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Have you thought about seeing a qualified counsellor for "talking therapy" ?

I have suffered from depression and some anxiety for several years and found that talking about it with a professional helps a lot. It has not "cured" me but has given me ways to manage it.

Good luck, its a nasty illness that reduces your "world" greatly.

Linda

PS I have a very good book called "Feel the fear and do it anyway" by Susan Jeffers. It is not specifically aimed at anxiety and panic but it does help the reader develop confidence to work through negative feelings and build a more active life. If you cannot face going to the book shop and searching for it, try E Bay - I bought mine there and there were many copies going cheap.
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Are these anxiety attacks only in specific situations? (You mentioned crowds). I used to have a MAJOR anxiety issue with driving on the highway. I mean, I couldn't sleep the night before I had to drive on a highway, I would get nauseous, lightheaded, and started hyperventilating. I'd be fine when someone else drove, but...I worked with an anxiety specialist (no meds) who forced me to drive on the highway (starting with 1 exit, and gradually increasing the distance). It took 18 months, but now I only have a problem in bad weather, and even that is way less than it used to be. My point is that if you have a specific anxiety (such as crowds), desensitization therapy might work for you.

If it's a generalized anxiety disorder, though, you need meds. And like other people pointed out, it takes time for the right level to build in your blood stream for you to start feeling the effects. Please talk to your doctor. And hang in there. You're not alone!
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I hope you are feeling better.

I re read your original post. You did not mention that you have depression, but specifically anxiety attacks. I also mentioned that I too have anxiety attacks.....don;t know what the triggers are but they make you feel like you are going to die.

Besides Xanax (which works in a matter of minutes....not weeks and is taken at the onset of an attack) I have learned to talk myself out of it. Meaning that when I feel that horrible familiar feeling, I talk myself into a calm. When I can't that's when I take a pill.

It's a funny thing but I know some other people who also take the same medication and just knowing you have a "pill in your pocket" makes you feel better and most times I now find myself not needing it as much.

The good thing about Xanax is that it is not a daily medication, you only take it when you feel an attack coming on and it works 100 percent.
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I am so sorry this is happening to you and I know that the group of people that are here will help you if they can with advice on meds etc...

Please do keep us in the loop on how you are doing.. I do not have any expertise in this area, but I see that some of our regulars are here posting and we all do our best to reach out to each other..

Take care of yourself.
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:50 PM   #12
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Unfortanly I leen To beer for help to help sometimes(Idonn't like drinking)I enjoy beer in moderation,a few every once and A while not to the point of oblivion.
Been looking on-line with the self help stuff.Taking the bull by the horns Just donn't understand that at all!!

There has to be A better way...

Thank you all for your input.Anything wright now is helpful
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:14 PM   #13
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Update:Just back from the doc.Paxil for the long term,Hi-blood med for Hi-blood.It was178/119.So hi-blood med till the Paxil kicks in.And valium for the tuff times.
Never liked taking pills,but if this will take the feeling away so be it..

Thank you all that posted,it makes the world feel better when others care
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I dealt with severe anxiety when my dad passed away. He died in 2003 and it really didn't hit me until my wedding in 2006. I was having severe chest pains and felt like I was going to die. I went to the ER on two separate occasions and not once was anxiety ever mentioned. I went to a family doctor and he noticed my symptoms were consistent w/ severe anxiety/panic attacks. He started me on Xanax (1 mg) and it REALLY helped! I also had Valium for the really tough times. I took the Xanas for about a year and now I only need to take it when I travel or if I'm faced with an extremely stressful situation. I also went to therapy a few times. It really helped to talk to someone about why I was feeling so bad. I really never allowed myself to deal w/ my father's death in the appropriate manner. I just suppressed everything and it came to a head at my wedding. I felt so much better after I allowed myself to open up and confront what was causing the anxiety.

I'm glad to hear that you started some new meds. Don't be discouraged if the Paxil doesn't help. It took me several doctor visits and different types of meds before I found what really helped me. You just have to be persistent and know that things will get better eventually. Good luck!!
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:17 AM   #15
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I dealt with severe anxiety when my dad passed away. He died in 2003 and it really didn't hit me until my wedding in 2006. I was having severe chest pains and felt like I was going to die. I went to the ER on two separate occasions and not once was anxiety ever mentioned. I went to a family doctor and he noticed my symptoms were consistent w/ severe anxiety/panic attacks. He started me on Xanax (1 mg) and it REALLY helped! I also had Valium for the really tough times. I took the Xanas for about a year and now I only need to take it when I travel or if I'm faced with an extremely stressful situation. I also went to therapy a few times. It really helped to talk to someone about why I was feeling so bad. I really never allowed myself to deal w/ my father's death in the appropriate manner. I just suppressed everything and it came to a head at my wedding. I felt so much better after I allowed myself to open up and confront what was causing the anxiety.

I'm glad to hear that you started some new meds. Don't be discouraged if the Paxil doesn't help. It took me several doctor visits and different types of meds before I found what really helped me. You just have to be persistent and know that things will get better eventually. Good luck!!

Thank you.It is a tough rode as you know.Seems like the Paxil is starting to work.Along with the valiums I can see the light,yet still dim.But its there,and its giving me some hope of having a normal life again.

Thank you all for the support.I'll keep you posted on my progress
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