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ncmomoftwo
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   Posted 12/27/2008 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! I am new to this forum. I am a 44 yr. old mother of two, grandmother of a two-month old. I have been formally diagnosed with OCD and panic disorder since 2000. I took Paxil, Paxil CR, and Lexapro for about 5 years, with the Lexapro being the last. I decided I was better and took myself off Lexapro in 2006. I did great for a while, until October of this year. Out of no where I was hit blindsided again with the panic. It hit me really hard. I went back on Lexapro and it took me about two weeks to get through the side effects. During the month of December with all the chaos, I was forgetting to take my Lexapro. I started back taking it regularly this week. This morning around 5:30 the panic attack mother of all hit me! I was up with diarrhea, vomiting, shaking, heat waves, you name it. It was so bad I had to wake my hubby who was NOT really happy. It's 10:00 now and I am still in its vice. I feel awful. Trembling, heat waves, sleepy, everything. I am so afraid of dying. Not of death itself, just of dying. I have had a heart attack, stroke, and anything else you can imagine in the past four hours. I hate this stuff, I hate what it does to you.
 
Anyone around or can relate?
 

Peach3000
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   Posted 12/27/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum.
I can relate but I think that as long as you are looking for a cure and for answers than you are in the right way. Have you tried theta wave meditation? sounds like it can relieve your symptoms.






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ncmomoftwo
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   Posted 12/27/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   

No I haven't ever tried that Peach. Actually I started seeing a therapist about a month ago who is trained in CBT and feels that it will really work for me. I am hoping that starting the 1st of the year, we can delve deeper into it.

 


Mom to two wonderful children
Nana to one adorable granddaugter who has stolen my heart
Lexapro 20 mg. Ativan 0.5 prn
Diabetic (diet only)
Three Dogs (Lucy, Ricky and Bitta Butt), Two Cats (Faith and Bella Mia)
Two Uramastyics (Mali and Batista), A Iquana (Izzy), A Beta (Fish)
Two Hamsters (TraLaLa and Kibbles)
 


stkitt
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   Posted 12/27/2008 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   

ncmomoftwo

Welcome to HealingWell and know that we are all here to help you.  I am a big fan of CBT as you will find many members are.

Right now thow you are feeling pretty bad. Let's break the spell of the panic attack.  First of all do you have any medication for anxiety as this may be one time to just use it and then try to work through the attack with some breathing techniques.

Belly Breathing

Belly Breath Exercise

1. Lie on your back and place one hand on your stomach and one on your chest.

2. As you inhale, fill your belly with a slow, even breath, and watch your hand rise on your belly and stay still on your chest.

3. Exhale gently and watch you hand fall as you slowly and evenly breathe out.

4. Repeat for five minutes and practice every single day.

Use this technique when you are under stress for relief. It is also important to practice this breathing technique when you are not under stress. Practice when you are watching TV, sitting at a stoplight, before you fall asleep, or during breaks from work. Practicing when you are not stressed will enhance you well-being and give you mastery over the exercise so that when you need it you will be confident in your skills.

What is your dose on the Lexapro if you do not mind my asking?

Let us know how you are doing.

Gentle Hugs
Kitt


 


 

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Nanners
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   Posted 12/27/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Skitt, do you have any type of quick acting anxiety med? I find that if I take my Xanax at the first sign of an attack I can stop it in its tracks. Good luck and (((BIG HUGS))).
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


ncmomoftwo
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   Posted 12/27/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt and Nanners,

My Lexapro is 20 mg. I do have Ativan 0.5 mg. I used to take Klonopin 0.5 mg., but they took me off of it for some odd reason. I don't take the Ativan. I have a medicine phobia and I almost have to be forced by my family to take it. I know it my head it won't hurt me, but it's the thought that it might. Crazy I know. OCD is my co-morbidity. It's AWFUL to have and will throw a panic attack in 2.5 seconds if I am obsessing about something.

Thanks Kitt for the breathing info. I am definetly going to try that.
Mom to two wonderful children
Nana to one adorable granddaugter who has stolen my heart
Lexapro 20 mg. Ativan 0.5 prn
Diabetic (diet only)
Three Dogs (Lucy, Ricky and Bitta Butt), Two Cats (Faith and Bella Mia)
Two Uramastyics (Mali and Batista), A Iquana (Izzy), A Beta (Fish)
Two Hamsters (TraLaLa and Kibbles)
 


Hibee
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   Posted 12/27/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ncmomoftwo

Welcome to the healingwell forum, this is a great place to come and get support and understanding from people who know what you are going through. I agree with Kitt therapy is a good way to find out about what is going on and ways of dealing with the anxiety. I have had CAT which is similar to CBT and found this very helpful i am due to have some CBT in March 09. Anxiety is a hard thing to deal with and through therapy i found that i got a better understanding of what was going on with me and would recommend it to you. I two suffer from OCD and found that therapy also helped with this and also at the time i was taking Citalopram which helped with the OCD.

I hope things start to get better with you soon and my thoughts are with you keep posting to tell us how you are getting on.

Take Care

Ben

Green Grove
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   Posted 12/27/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Ncmomoftwo!

Seems like you already received a warm welcome here :) If you have not noticed yet from the threads and resources, most of us on here have issues like those you are going through and we do many different things to help with these problems. And also, if you have taken Klonopin please don't feel bad about taking an Ativan when needed as reccommended by your Pdoc because they are both benzo's and are relatively the same thing. Talk with your Pdoc if you are uncomfortable with this and maybe he/she can find another option to help you out :)

Take care now!
Much Love, Hugs, Peace and Comfort!!!
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before making changes to your meds or lifestyle :)


Aries8
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   Posted 12/28/2008 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like you may have the flu. It's rare to actually vomit during a panic/anxiety attack. (But remember I'm not a doctor.) I take Ativan. It's great and I've had no side effects. Give it a shot sometime. After taking it do some housework or gardening. Before you know it, an hour has passed with no problems.

Also, you may never be able to go off meds. I've accepted that my anxiety is like other people's high blood pressure. They have to take meds for the rest of their lives. I know I'll need my prozac for that long, too. I hope you're feeling better and please let us know how you are!

Mazfire
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   Posted 12/28/2008 3:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Aries8 said...
It sounds like you may have the flu. It's rare to actually vomit during a panic/anxiety attack. (But remember I'm not a doctor.)
Also, you may never be able to go off meds. I've accepted that my anxiety is like other people's high blood pressure. They have to take meds for the rest of their lives. I know I'll need my prozac for that long, too. I hope you're feeling better and please let us know how you are!
Aries there are always exceptions- you are right, many people dont actually vomit, but i do if its a really bad attack. I also agree with your approach to meds- if i was diabetic i would take insulin. but i have AP, OCD, PTSD etc and i have also accepted that meds are a way of life for me, and to be honest, im grateful for modern medicine cos although it doesnt cure me, it sure as hell helps me lead a pretty normal life.
Maz XX
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ncmomoftwo
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   Posted 12/28/2008 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Maz...thanks for your response. I do know that everyone reacts differently to their anxiety and it's levels. I also know that they are certain "base" symptoms if you will for anxiety. I go through at least two weeks of physical hell when I start on Lexapro. My body has extreme heat waves, I get nauseous or have dry heaves, as my panic increases I will have diarrhea, my OCD will go into hyperdrive, It's like every organ in my body will be on warp or whacked out. Right now, I have been battling heat waves coming across me for about an hour. After having these episodes (I call them that), I am so tired and just wanna bum arounda all day. I think since I skipped the Lexapro, I am going to go back to 10 mg.and work my up. I am so close again today to heading to the ER it isn't even funny. I a just trying to work through itl without the ER visit today! I hate waking my entire house because of me, but it iwll help if I have someone to talk to. It finally died down about noonn yesterday. I went to bed, no problems, sleep no problems. However, between 5-6 am I wake up automatically and hteat waves kick in. After about two weeks on the Lexapro, it has subsided in the past.
Mom to two wonderful children
Nana to one adorable granddaugter who has stolen my heart
Lexapro 20 mg. Ativan 0.5 prn
Diabetic (diet only)
Three Dogs (Lucy, Ricky and Bitta Butt), Two Cats (Faith and Bella Mia)
Two Uramastyics (Mali and Batista), A Iquana (Izzy), A Beta (Fish)
Two Hamsters (TraLaLa and Kibbles)
 

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