Sweet Marlee, thank you for asking. I went to my drs office last wk to drop off papers for her and a note to call me, since I hadn't heard from her. She was going to take a patient in, saw me and asked me to come into her office. She pulled up all the reports from hosp and other sp dr who tested me. She said all tests came up negative, she believes I had Panic Attack/ Anxiety. I was scheduled to see her this past Monday, but I had another test to get thru for ENT. I had such a horrible reaction to the warm air blown into my right ear. I felt like I was spinning out of the chair, I was so nauseous. As soon as I was done, I took a Reglan. The audiologist called my DH in the room. One look at me and he knew I was having the same reaction. The two guys helped me out of the exam chair and into a regular chair. My whole body was tingling and started to freeze again.
The audiologist asked if I wanted anything, including 911. I said no. I figured if this is what is happening, I will wait it out. I can't afford another ER or hospital bill, this one is going to kill me. It took about 30 - 40 min for it to pass. My left hand came back first, then right, just like last time.
I went to my appt w/ pcp on Monday, only to find out the receptionist 'lost' my appt. Had to argue w/ her about all the appts I had that she didn't have records for on the computer. My dr. came out and said 'Come in'. She asked how I was, I was so nauseous and shaky. She ck'ed my BP, it was hi. My temp was low. She said she wanted me to see someone for the panic/anxiety. She gave me a rx for xanax, in case I have anymore of these problems.
I found out she never got my message to call me, the message I left w/ that same receptionist that lost my appt. This woman also lost my DH's appt last month. The beauty of it is, both times we were called to remind us of the appt. DUH!
I p/u a couple of books on panic/anxiety to help me get a handle on things till I can get into see the other dr.
I have always been the strong one, did what I had to do. Now, I feel like I am letting ppl down. My DH has been very supportive, so it isn't anyone's attitude - just me. I just have to get a mind set and deal w/ this. I have been trying to do relaxing things, very light gardening, reading, exercising, etc. My younger sis called shortly after I got out of the hosp to say the contractors were coming over to finish up, so what time could I p/u Mom. I told her, I'm barely able to handle me, let alone Mom. Dead quiet, then, sigh, I guess I'll just have to figure something out w/ her. I spoke w/ my mother so she understood, wasn't sure how my sis would phrase things. My mother was concerned about me, no problem, just upset that she couldn't help me. Love that woman!
Anyway, I'm awaiting an appt w/ dr, trying to keep calm and visiting w/ my wonderful friends here. I do appreciate your thoughtfulness, it means a lot to me.
God bless. Alice.
Danielle, I had no idea a/p could cause paralysis, either. But all the tests came back negative, and they did a lot of tests. lol.
I'm so sorry you're having a problem w/ a/p also. It must have been so frightening for you today in the grocery store. I hope you are feeling better now. I will say back to you, pls take care of yourself. I will keep you in my prayers. Thank you for your kindness, much appreciated. I will try to keep an update on my progress, I hope you will do the same.
Hi Alice..so sorry about your newest experience. I know a/p can cause paralysis and tingling. It sure can. It's very scary but just remember it's not dangerous. When they tested me for Meniere's Disease they blew hot and cold air into my ear, along with ice cold water. I begged them to stop as I would not stop spinning. They did, thankfully.
I was told, after the a/p diagnosis that the tingling, frozen feeling was from hyperventilation. I carry a paper bag with me at all times. Of course, I'm not a doctor but am only telling you about my experiences with those sensations and what the doc told me it was.
Alice, I have a book on Anxiety called The Anxiety Disease by Dr. David Sheehan. Besides listing the myraid of symptoms he cites case studies of some of his patients. He has a woman that was forever running the the ER with paralysis and she was convinced she had some deadly neurological disease, or was having a stoke. It was simply anxiety and panic. There are several other cases in the books where people have this sensation...he calls it 'hysterical paralysis' and it is completely harmless. I have had happen only once and now that I know what it is, I calm down if I feel it coming on and it passes. Like I said, hyperventilation can cause this too. I feel frozen, tingling and unable to move until I breathe in a paper bag.
But...if you are still concerned that it is something else, by all means continue to have it checked out. I hope you feel better and the relaxation techniques help you through this. You have a good positive attitude and I know you can get through this.
Donna, thank you so much for your reply. When were you tested for MD? I had done some reading on the tests they were to do, and it was mentioned about the water. I was upset b/c I can't even use ear drops, any fluid in my ears and I am spinning! I spoke w/ the audiologist b/f the testing and he said he only uses w/c air, not water. I thought it would be ok, W R O N G! How long did you feel the effects of the water in the ear? That must have been horrible.
I appreciate the info on the brown bag, good idea. My small purse is crammed w/ all my med stuff now, but I will find a spot for the bag. lol.
I will be seeing the ENT as a f/u to orig visit and this testing, hopefully they are thru torturing me and just give me the lowdown on what is going on. From my mouth to God's ear.
Thank you for the advice, do appreciate it.
Alice, I was tested years ago for MD but they can do an MRI or CAT scan now to dx it...or so I have been told. I would see if that is an option for you as the testing I went through was brutal. They spun me around in a chair in a room with checkered walls...Oh...I don't want to scare you but back then they DX'd by measuring the time it took for your eyes to stop spinning aournd in their sockets! My Dad had it and so does one of my sons so I guess it might be hereditary. I don't remember how long it took me to stop spinning..long enough so that they stopped the testing and said I absolutely had MD. I have to limit salt from my diet as that retains water and fills up the ear canals, hence the spinning.
Ask for the MRI, if they want to do anymore testing. You don't need to go through the archaic procedure I did. Good luck, my friend. And take nice, slow deep breaths and if you feel the tingling, breath through your nose with your mouth closed. I am the queen of anxiety symptoms!
Marlee and Donna, thank you for your replys. The audiologist was telling me the horror stories you had mentioned, then quickly said, but I don't do that. My mat GGM went deaf in her 30's, her son, my mat GF was deaf from an early age and my mother has hearing problems and balance issues, ringing in the ears, etc. So it is possible that this is being passed down the family tree. But if they want to do more testing, I will mention an MRI. I have reached my limit on fun! I can't stand salt, don't eat it, and yet I always have some dr. tell me to limit my salt intake.
I don't think I have any social anxiety. I like being around ppl I actually like. I also need to be in control, I don't like to feel closed in, I do have severe claustrophobia. I haven't driven in over a month, and then it was only short trips. I want to be able to drive again, so at least I can go to the boardwalk for my walk. I go on the wk ends w/ DH, but I want to do 'my' thing when I want to do it.
When this attack hit last wk, I figured it was a/p since conversation w/ my pcp, so I wasn't afraid I was going to die. I was just hoping not to throw up from the testing. My DH was w/ me and was helping to calm me down. My dr gave me info on therapy, I think that will help as long as we don't meet several x a wk. Can't afford that.
Donna, I'm going to see if I can find that book, it sound very interesting.
Thank you both for lending me your strength and encouragement.
I love this forum, the ppl here are tremendous. I am shedding happy tears right now. Thank you.
God bless. Alice.
Marlee, you are so right, Austen brought up a very interesting topic. I hope you can get some answers from the ENT. I have had the problem w/ thick saliva (all the time) and thick mucous (during colds & such). I started w/ the plugged ears, felt very full and so hard to hear, on my wedding day. I think I said 'I Do' at the right time. I have had that problem on/off during all these yrs. I will see the ENT for f/u visit tomorrow, hopefully, he will have some answers - and no more miserable tests to subject me to. I hope you and Ken can take your vacation, you've had such a yr, you both need to get away and relax. I believe you said you were going to Montana, I have never been there and it looks so beautiful.
Sherrine, I went to that site and it said, ... ummm... I forget how it was phrased, but it didn't connect, but it had a substitute to ck. I went to that and it had some interesting items. I did ck out a few of them, I will give them a better look in a bit. I don't know if I hit the wrong thing or not, I'm not that savvy on the computer, as I've mentioned a time or two, or three. If that wasn't the one you meant, pls let me know. I'm interested in any ideas that might help. Thank you for looking it up for me, I do appreciate your time and effort.
Danib, This is a good group, isn't it!! I hope today has been better for you.
I went to the cardiologist today for my f/u to hosp stay. He is very nice, ck all my vitals, my BP was great, heart and lungs nice and clear. He did an EKG in the office. Everything looked good. I have a f/u w/ ENT tomorrow, as I mentioned. I hope this is as good a visit as my appt today. I hope I get answers, not more questions or tests.
I hope you all have a good evening and a wonderful tomorrow.