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bluerosesix
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/4/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. I have posted a couple times and thought that I should introduce myself and tell a bit about my experiences with anxiety. I started having panic attacks in 2003 after suffering a heart attack. They started the day after coming home from hospital. I had a stent placed for the M.I. and at first the attacks I was having were being associated with possible complications with the stent. After three visits to the ER with chest pain, shortness of breath, shaking all over, and overwhelming feeling that I was dying they prescribed Lorazepam which they also gave through IV in the ER. It helped me feel better and calm temporarily. I had such severe anxiety that I was having trouble swallowing. I felt like I was going to choke every time I took a bite of food. As a result of that I was not eating well and lost a lot of weight. They even began to wonder if something was wrong with my esophagus and did an endoscopy, at which time they found nothing. I got so sick that I became suicidal and was hospitalized. I was put on Seroquel in addition to the Lorazepam and was immediately able to eat normally. I took the Seroquel for about a year but eventually got so afraid of developing problems from the medicine that I took myself off of it. You can get tardive dyskinesia and other side effects from it and that terrified me. I have been off of it for a couple years now. I was doing great for a while but I have within the past few months started having painc attacks again, and was given a refill on the Lorazepam. It doesn't seem to be helping me as much as it was before though and that is worrying me. I am beginning to wonder if I will end up having to go back on the Seroquel again, which I DO NOT want to do. It made me a zombie basically. All I wanted to do was sleep, I rarely had any genuine emotions. I have read many of your stories and it always helps to not feel alone. I have some pretty serious health problems since having the heart attack and that in itself only makes my anxiety worse. I developed diabetes and am suspected of possibly having Gastroparesis. I have not been tested for it yet but have many of the symptoms.
Anyway that's my story in a nutshell. I am working hard on getting healthier and staying that way and am very happy to have found this forum.
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" Ghandi


Hibee
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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi bluerosesix

Welcome to HW forum there are a lot of people in HW who have good advice so keep posting. I have not taken any off the meds you are on but i do know that a lot of AD make you sleepy but if they make you feel better its worth sticking with them for a while. I had some therapy along with meds and found this to be helpful have you ever considered this?

Hope you start feeling better soon.

Green Grove
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   Posted 11/4/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Bluerosesix:)

Nice to meet you. I hope you start feeling better. You came to a great place to meet people and make friends:)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
Sam
 
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)


Georgie Girl
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   Posted 11/4/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to HW, Blue

There is always someone here who can relate and empathize.  I don't have panic attacks but do suffer from overwhelming anxiety at times.  (I am bipolar).

What problems were you having with Seroquel that caused you to stop it?  I take Zyprexa, but only when I feel it's necessary for anxiety.  Zyprexa pretty much zaps the anxiety.  Wondered if the Seroquel was effective for you. 

 

GG

 


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stkitt
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   Posted 11/4/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi bluerosesix
 
This is Kitt, welcome to the best A & P site on the web.....well I feel it is. :-)   You have come to a place where the members know where your coming from and what your going through.
 
Perhaps your physician could prescribe a different med for the anxiety, or add a Antidepressant as many of the new ones have antianxiety properties in them. IMHO I don't think you have to jump to Seroquel right away but I am not a professional.
Also are you in therapy of any kind to work through the anxiety, that may be the one thing that will work for you?
Remember we are all here for you and we are all in the same boat.
Welcome aboard, let us help you.
 
Kitt
 

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Mazfire
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   Posted 11/4/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   

welcome, Bluerosesix- im sorry you are having such a hard time. you will find strength here, its a special place.

Thinking of you,

Maz XX


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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/4/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Bluerosesix,

I'm so glad you found us here at HW and thanks for introducing yourself. Sounds like you've had a pretty rough time over the last few years. I was hospitilised for anxiety (and concussion - long silly story) earlier this year and I was put in a zombie state for a week. It was not pleasant, and I was fearful they would keep me in there..so I understand your fears.

There are plenty of alternate meds and treatments that can help you live a high quality life without the zombie side effects. I hope you stick around here with us (Kitt is right A/P @ HW is a great place for support and laughs!) and I really look forward to getting to know you better.

Meg

 


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bluerosesix
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/4/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the wonderful welcome all. To answer some of the questions. I am not currently in therapy mainly due to insurance issues and also because I have tried it before and it really did not help me at all other than being able to get meds. I am on antidepressant Paroxetine which I have been on for three years now. As far as the seroquel, yes it helped me with the swallowing problem and I never had a panic attack while on it. The reason I quit taking it was because I had read up on long term side effects of using it and was worried about developing them. Tardive dyskenisia was the side effect I was most worried about because of working in the MRDD field for years, and seeing clients that had been on psychotropics for years and many of them had developed this. It causes involuntary muscle twitches in face as well as other places on the body and is permanent. I will talk to my doctor about the Zyprexa.
I have learned to control the anxiety to a point when I feel it coming with deep breathing and focusing my mind on one thing, like playing a word game or counting. It's not always possible for me to do, it depends on the severity of the attack. Thanks again for your welcome and input. :-)
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" Ghandi


stkitt
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   Posted 11/4/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   

bluerosesix

I understand your concerns about the medication side effects and I a so happy to see you are advocating for yourself.

Also, I am thrilled to know that you have a plan you use to cut back the anxiety when you feel it rising.

Stick with us as we care.

Kitt


 

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TeacherBetsy
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   Posted 11/4/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bluerosesix, you are so brave to have been through so much. It's nice to meet you and I hope you'll keep posting so we can work through our anxiety/panic together.

Betsy (-:
Dx Crohn's Disease 1996
Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission
 
 

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