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Had A Panic Attack Last Night
« on: March 15, 2014, 12:10:11 PM »
Ever since last Sunday I have been extremely fatigued---don't know why though.  I have had these bouts for years, and have gone to the doctor a handful of times for it.  My doctor always checks the usual suspects via blood tests--anemia, thyroid etc., everything is always ok.  Maybe the time-change did it, I don't know.  So, feeling frustrated over this fatigue had me quite down.

Last night I went upstairs to wash up before bed, when all of a sudden I felt nauseas, my mouth got parched, and I fell into a horrifying mode of panic.  My heart was beating a mile a minute, and I felt the ever familiar impending doom approaching.  All I could do was pray to God to make it stop--no sooner that I was done praying, my heart began to quiet down, and the worst of it was over.

This morning it was difficult to get out of bed....I just did not want to face another day of exhaustion or anxiety.  Got me feeling like I wish I had a circle of people around me to give me some sort of intervention or tell me whether or not I need professional help with this.  I just don't know anymore....trying to do it on my own doesn't seem to be cutting it 100%...my fears are still alive and kicking.

I want to be able to live my life, and do the things I used to love without feeling anxious or becoming stricken with panic.  I think the only alternative I have at this point is to go back on an SSRI, and believe me it would be out of sheer desperation on my part because I so hate meds., but I would most definitely do it---go through the side effects and all just to be myself again.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Chuck, can you give me some advice?  I'm so lost with this, I need help :(
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Re: Had A Panic Attack Last Night
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2014, 05:23:32 PM »
Oh, CarrieAnn, I am so sorry you had that experience.  Sometimes doing it on your own may not be best . . . are you seeing a counselor to help you develop management skills specifically for you? Meds can help with the symptoms, but I think you might benefit from some professional help . . . not just for the meds, but for getting to root causes and triggers . . . in a way, for some, prayer is the same as mindfulness . . . you focus on something that you consider to be a source of comfort and calm and it worked for you . . . .if you do consider trying a counselor before meds, just remember that it may take one or two or even three tries to find one that has experience in GAD as well as one whose therapies align with your needs . . . remember: you are there for help for you; not to fit into a predetermined slot that makes the therapist comfortable . . . .

Let us know what you decide and how we can help . . .you know that we are a welcoming community and we will support you . . . . but do consider professional counselling to give you that guidance and do know we'll do our best . . .take care, kc
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Re: Had A Panic Attack Last Night
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2014, 06:07:11 PM »
Thank You Kc!  Well, I've had 4 therapists total in the span of 13 years; and have been on Celexa for the first time in 2002, and a few times after that.  I also tried Lexapro for a short time.  My first therapist was wonderful, he gave me a diagnosis of GAD; I stopped seeing him because he moved out of state.  The next therapist was also a good one...she is the one who suggested Celexa which worked absolute wonders for me--helped me accomplish a lot--went back to school at 32 to study Fine Arts, and held a 4.0 gpa.  Then I got pregnant after 7 years of trying (I always wondered if the Celexa helped that too) so I discontinued the Celexa, but the pregnancy ended in miscarriage.  So, at that point I was kind of back at square one.  My marriage had a big melt-down in 2005, and at that point me and my husband went for marriage counseling together.  My therapist decided to change professions and became a financial advisor so that relationship ended.  Then I saw yet another therapist which was the one who caused me to throw in the towel and give up on therapy for awhile....she knew of my marital issues, and was sort of pushing me to end my marriage which was against what I wanted, so I stopped seeing her.  My last therapist was a super-nice woman who I really liked a lot, but I wasn't sure if I was making very much progress.  At that point I changed insurance plans which made my deductible higher, so in addition to the 40.00 dollar copay I had to pay an additional 40.00 dollars each visit.  I could not fathom spending that much for something I wasn't sure was working for me, so I totally stopped as of the end of 2012.

But, at this point I feel that my life is not the life I asked for, in the sense that I am not living it as I should be.  I have so much creativity in me (art) that I cannot express because I am beaten down by the burden of carrying anxiety with me on a daily basis.  I am half-way toward my degree, but have not been back to school since 2008, despite my last Instructor telling me to continue on with it.  That very Instructor pointed me out in a classroom of younger 'kids' and said that I was the most 'serious, motivated' one among them in the class (I think he got disgusted by their slacking off one day)---which made me think maybe I belong there.

But anyway, it's not just going back to school that has been put on hold, it's everything from the moment I wake up in the morning.  Anxiety is a dark cloud hovering over me waiting to zap me with a bolt of lightening (panic attack).  I can't enjoy anything at all, period.  And all I want is to be happy again, anxiety free.  I want to one day be able to not even think, or worry about anxiety or when panic will strike me next.

So, that is why I think I need help.....yesterday I drove past a new business nearby, and the sign said 'Professional Counseling'.  I am curios about it---I may call to find out more about it this week.

But anyway, that is it in a nutshell.....I need help, and it's up to me to get it.  I'm not giving up yet!  :)
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Re: Had A Panic Attack Last Night
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2014, 11:32:09 AM »
No, CarrieAnne, don't give up . . . you have the strength, you need support . . . it may take a couple of tries, but as I always have said, the counselor is there for you . . . be your own advocate . . .check out qualifications and references . . . get a feel for who the person is . . .the therapist should be there for you . . .

I am so jealous of anyone who has a flair for the Arts . . . .that in and of itself says so much about you . . . you are a creative problem solver; you are into taking "risks" and taking on challenges . . . . and you have the perseverance to follow a calling . . .right now, that calling is for you to get the guidance . . . I know the financial cost is great but your health is well worth it and finding a good match with a counselor may be exactly what you need to restart your recovery . . .  there is no "maybe" that you belong in Fine Arts . . . you do belong . . . perhaps an in-between strategy is to find one little corner of something you enjoy doing and do it if even for just 5 minutes a day . . . .my recovery was build on very small baby steps . . . sometimes I tripped, but as hard and frustrating as it is, you just have to start again . . .

Yes, you are the only one who can get the help, but remember that we are here if we can provide support to you . . .keep in touch . . .take care, kc
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Re: Had A Panic Attack Last Night
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2014, 10:17:12 PM »
Hi, just wanted to say (without starting a new topic), I made a doctors appointment today for my yearly physical check-up; according to the person taking my appointment, I haven't had one in two years.  Hopefully I get to discuss everything with my doc., I'm curious about weather or not the fatigue is my 'borderline low' thyroid finally jumping the fence. 

I so worry about not being taken seriously by my doc.----don't you think if a thyroid is borderline-low, it would cause symptoms?
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Re: Had A Panic Attack Last Night
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2014, 09:11:00 AM »
Perhaps you are looking at it from the wrong perspective? You said yourself that you are indeed NOT alone in your struggles. And when you prayed your symptoms eased and you found some comfort. You have a friend beside you every step of the way. One who is willing to take your burdens and carry them with Him, leaving you to feel the freedom that you have been blessed with.

I also struggle with anxiety daily. However the more I research and understand it the better I feel about moving past it. Knowing that you have God on your side brings peace and understanding in situations where you don't know where else to turn. Turn to Him daily and ask Him for strength and peace. It will come, every time.

The biggest help for me personally is to determine what situation I am facing that is causing me anxiety. Could be a work problem, a home problem, anticipatory anxiety (which I get a lot) or a kid problem. Whatever it is, there is always a logical outcome and an anxious outcome. I try to take a step back and realize the logical outcome is 99% more likely to happen than the anxious one is. Then I focus on that outcome. I put the intellectual brain back in charge over the emotional brain which is always followed by a clear head.

Hope this helps. God Bless.
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Re: Had A Panic Attack Last Night
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2014, 09:54:40 AM »
Hi,

First suggestion - make a list of what you want to speak with the doctor about . . . so you don't forget anything . . .

Second suggestion - many docs will only do one test for thyroid called a TSH --- they should also be looking at free T3 and free T4 --- I speak from experience as I am a thyroid person . . .

Thyroid has loads of symptoms but unfortunately they can also be symptoms of other issues also . . . . however, if my thyroid meds are too high, I get symptoms similar to anxiety; if they are too low, I get symptoms of depression . . . fortunately, I am pretty stable right now . . . my friend suffers from seasonal affective disorder which is linked to the weather in winter time . . . . she has found relief in a variety of things including B12 shots (for some reason, taking tablets does not have the same effect and she hates needles but she loves how she feels within 24 hours ---- she gets the shots from about November to April and then when spring and summer arrive, she stops them because she does not need them) . . . .

Third suggestion - if your doc is not listening to you or taking you seriously, you may want to consider asking for a referral to an endocrinologist (it took one to figure out about my symptoms but I was lucky as my family doctor had absolutely no issue with referring me and in fact he was the one who said that we needed a specialist in the area to make sure of the diagnosis ---- I had very non-standard results of bloodwork . . . in fact, my TSH fell within so called normal range, but my family doc did listen about the other symptoms that were not detectable in blood work ---- fatigue, losing fingernails, skin issues, hair issues, etc.) or if your family doctor refuses, then you may need to seek out a new family doctor or find one that may have a specialty in thyroid . . . .just because blood work is clinically normal does not mean that the thyroid is not necessarily a player . . . . . . .

And, yes, your symptoms may be from depression / anxiety but it is equally important to figure out the root cause . . . .

So, go prepared to list your concerns, your symptoms, anything that might contribute to your feeling . . . . sometimes when we become our own advocate, we do feel a sense of accomplishment . . . . the other suggestion, is to contact the Thyroid Association . . .they may have a list of doctors in your area who are family doctors but have special training in diagnosis of thyroid issues who could then refer you to a specialist . . . please let us know how you are doing . . . you may also want to ask to have blood work done on your blood count to eliminate any type of infection (sometimes low grade infections can cause some of the symptoms) . . . if they do blood work for thyroid it is easy enough to have a complete blood panel down to include iron, sodium, potassium, etc. . . . just had one done and it took 3 vials of blood . . .was in and out in less than 2 minutes . . . let us know though how you are doing and whether your doc is paying attention to you and your health issues . . . .take care, kc
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