just recently having panic attacks...

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Cookie's Wife
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   Posted 5/10/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all--
 
I have Crohn's disease and I usually post on that forum.  But since my last hospital stay in January I've been having panic attacks when traveling.  Also my job requires me to be in clients homes so that doesn't help with the anxiety AT ALL!  I also get worked up days prior when I think about a trip I may have to take. I've had Crohn's disease for nine years and this is the first time I've experienced panic attacks.  Went to my family doctor and he upped my prozac from 20mg to 40mg.  My gastro doctor set me up with counseling.  Which is all good but it doesn't seem to help for the immediate relief of having an attack. I guess my question is... is there anything that can help when I'm having an attack to take the edge off immediatly and still function?
 
Any advice will help! 
~april
 

 



getting by
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   Posted 5/10/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi April,

And welcome to the AP forum. We are so happy that you popped in.

In my experience, deep breathing helps me. I have to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Sometimes pursed lipped breathing helps if you think that you might hiperventilate (sp). That way you don't breathe out too fast and it gives you a feeling of control. I call this smelling the roses and blowing out the candles. I hope that this helps you.

I am sure that you will get more responses, we all have different ways of trying to ward of an anxiety attack. There is a lot of information on this forum. Often you can go back in the posts and read and find the different ways that people cope.

Again, welcome to the forum. Keep posting.

I also like listening to relaxing music, if I can and walks in the woods centers me. Even an old sitcom helps me to feel normal again. But I think that when you are in a situation where you can't do these other things, the breathing helps. I also use meditation to relax me.

Hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 5/10/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello April

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. You have received great advice from Karen.  I will just add my 2 cents worth :)

Let your feelings come. out.  Don't run away from panic. When you feel panic build up, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Don't fight the feeling of panic. Accept it; you can deal with it.

Make an effort to stay focused on what's happening now. What do you see, hear, and smell? How do you feel? Truly be 'present' in the moment! That will help you keep the anxiety down.

Keep on posting to us as youwill find the members warm and caring. Again a warm welcome.

Kitt


 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/10/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
April
As a fellow Crohnie I know all too well the anxiety and panic that it can bring on especially when travelling or not being in your own potty .........
Many members from the CD forum come here so you are not alone at all and we do understan what you are going thru whether we have CD or not

Great advice has been given already I just wanted to welcome you and let you know that you are always welcome here.........

Be well
God Bless
LYN

** BTW you may want to ask your doc for something that will work quickly for the anxiety /panic there are many meds out there to help with this...I take Valium but there are so many more docs prefer to give .......also there are plenty of self help techniques to utilize as well in conjuction with the meds**

Just a thought yeah


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 5/10/2008 2:50:34 PM (GMT-6)


Cookie's Wife
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   Posted 5/10/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you all for the GREAT advice!  I'll be sure to try them next time I'm feeling a little anxiety!

Howlyncat-- My doc said he's afraid to give me meds because I may not be able to "function" cause it will make me sleepy.  Your not the first person to tell me that there are low enough doses to take the edge off and not affect me otherwise (the other person was my good friend who is also a mental health CNP) 

Again, THANKS for ALL your responses.  This anxiety is very new to me!


~april
 

 



Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/10/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
April
There is a 2mg Valium.......I really would ask your doc again if it were I
Chronic illness causes many to have anxiety and especially Anticipatory anxiety.
My 15 almost 16 yr old is on Xanax 0.5 mg in am and again at night for her anxiety
she has alot of dealing with death of close family members My mom and Her bio dad her G GMA and then just in April of this yr I had to take my dad off of life machines as per his wished.........he was her mentor and his fav GK she has taken it very hard..
Plus her seeing me sick all her life has caused some issues....
The xanax does absolutely nothing to make her dopey she goes to school is an honor student and has no probs with it
I wish you all the best my friend
Take care and God Bless

Luvs
LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
 
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percycat
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   Posted 5/10/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
April,

I take ativan on an as-needed basis, and so long as I only take on (I think they're 0.5 mg pills), I don't get dopey or sleepy. More than one makes me go out like a light, though. The deep breathing can help, especially if you do it right when you feel that first twinge that a panic attack *might* be starting. I've even been able to do it in the middle of conducting workshops - while the participants are doing something else - and it helps. Nobody notices either.

Good luck to you and welcome to the A/P forum!

percycat
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