Night time panic attacks

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Jen77
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   Posted 1/7/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
So while I seem to be doing pretty good during the day time, I'm still having problems after I've gone to sleep at night. Last night I woke up around 4 am, with a jerk. So much that I woke my husband up (which isn't easy to do! LOL). He asked me why I was sitting up. I had that panic attack "something bad is wrong" feeling, palps and the whole thing. Took me a few minutes to relax and pass back out again. This really messes up my sleep (of which I haven't been getting great sleep for a while now to begin with).
 
Just wondering if anyone else wakes up with panic attacks? Not sure what I can do about those. I don't know if it's dreams that are triggering them. Or just the nature of my anxiety. But it sure isn't fun!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


Nanners
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Jen correct me if I am wrong, but didn't you just start a new medication for your anxiety? I wonder if the medication is attributing to the nightime attacks. Maybe put a call into your doc and discuss this. Sure hope you get some answers soon.

Good luck,
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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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P-Fit
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners said...
Jen correct me if I am wrong, but didn't you just start a new medication for your anxiety? I wonder if the medication is attributing to the nightime attacks. Maybe put a call into your doc and discuss this. Sure hope you get some answers soon.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*

Good suggestion. I have nighttime attacks when my meds aren'r right. I went up on my clonazepam and had attacks and VERY strange dreams. Once I reduced a bit I was able to sleep peacefully. I also try to have some quite time before laying down just to calm my mind a bit. Good luck with everything.
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Green Grove
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   Posted 1/7/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen :)

Good thing you are able to recognize what it is and go back to sleep without a full panic alert. That used to happen to me a lot and I would be wide awake for hours trying to take my mind off of things (thank goodness for movies and books:). I also agree with Gail about checking in with you doc and seeing if you can't get straightened out :)

Good luck!
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Aries8
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   Posted 1/7/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
One time I woke up with such a jerk! I thought I had been hit from behind. It was awful. I went to the doc and explained it. He wasn't concerned. Like others mentioned, therapy will work. Also, try relieving stress during the day such as in walking, reading, warm baths, etc. Remind yourself when you wake up in the night like that, that it is probably anxiety and you're not going to die. But run all of this by your doc. Good luck!

Mazfire
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   Posted 1/7/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   

I use to get nightime attacks BAD. for years, i could be sleeping and then BAM! sit bolt upright with adrenalin screaming through my veins and no idea what had brought it on, as i had been asleep. this has not happened for several years and i am grateful, i think the combo of Zoloft and Xanax is helpful for me. im sorry you are having to deal with this.

Maz XX


            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
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Jen77
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   Posted 1/8/2009 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone, nice to know I'm not alone. I don't know if it's the medication, I've had these a few times in the past. But it's been a while. I didn't take my xanax last night, I only have so many, as my primary doctor only wanted me taking them for two weeks. He feels the anti-depressant should be enough alone. I just don't feel like it is, at least yet.

I will talk to him about this when I see him on Monday. I know he plans on upping my dose. In the mean time I've also got an appointment for a psychiatrist, he's really good I hear. I think that will be better then just seeing my primary. However, like every other doctor in my area, if your a new patient it's a wait to get in. So it will be about a month before I can see him.

I took a xanax tonight, so hopefully I'll get a better sleep. I notice I do on the nights that I take it. I seem to have a lot of anxiety at night.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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