Hey everyone, I'm sure there are quite a few threads about something similar, but I've been dealing with this for almost 5 years with no real benefits. I had a panic attack (I guess, on the hypo forum for a reason) about 5 years ago and went to the hospital with it. They ran a few tests, and gave me ativan along with a follow-up with a psych. I've since been on every SSRI literally, most mood stabilizers, and almost every anti-anxiety drug out there. The SSRI's literally give me horrible side effects which the psych evaluated and discontinued use. I can get a calmer feeling from benzos, but I don't think anyone wants to be on an addictive medication for very long. Neurontin, Lyrica, Buspirone (sp?), and other alternatives all did nothing.
Here is what is happening- I go through periods where my circulation is just terrible. My limbs go numb, my vision blurs, and often times I faint. This occurs even worse when I lift weights and run, of which I'm not willing to stop cardio. I have a never-ending thirst, always feel irritated, and just overall I'm living with no quality of life despite good resources. It got so bad and frustrating about a year ago that I slit my wrists fairly well, and landed in the hospital. I just can't explain these periods that come and go every couple of weeks, but they last for a few days of intense suffering. Is this what happens with other people's panic? I don't even know what I have to worry about, and it just feels physical. Once one doctor says panic, it just seems to be it. I had a brain MRI (god knows what for), an EKG (you'd have to be having the issue at the time), and an extensive brain study. I'm running out of hope that it's ever going to get better. The psychologist didn't help, pschiatrist didn't help, and for a good few years, I was buying into everything. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I exercise and have mitigated my stress...what's left?