Doctor said my panic may not be aniexty

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   Posted 10/8/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried like the dickins to kick this aniexty and panic attacks because I am sick and tired of being a homebody...I am bored.
I opened up a little more with my primary care doctor about the thoughts that I have when I panic. We got on the topic because the prior week I had to have an MRI on my back and drove to her office first freaking the heck out about it. She gave me a shot to calm me down and my hubby drove me to my MRI.
Following that, a week later I had to meet my doc to discuss my results of the MRI. She has always heard me complain about my aniexty, she prescibes me Ativan, but has never seen me panic until the week prior.
She knows all the "talking" in the world will not change my though patterns so Counseling is a waste of my time and money.
Anyway, I explained that most of my freak out was because they had built a new place for the MRI and I don't do well with going to new places at all! If I have to go to a new place me and my  husband go to it days before, he has to go in without me, find the restrooms, come back get me, take me to them and then I am okay. We didn't have time to do that with this new MRI place.
I explained that new places and not knowing where the restrooms were set off my panic attacks. She got a look on her face like a light bulb went off and said,"You know, you may not have aneixty the way you think you have it." "It may be a form of OCD." She said that if a pattern in my life is disrupted it brings on aniexty and that is OCD in some form.
I thought on that for a bit, don't know where I have come to that explanation yet. It did make some kind of sense. I don't know why, but it did. I am scared to ask furthur because I don't need a new thing to contend with right now.. LOL...
 Severe herniated S1 disc that caused never damage on left side and wonderful reflex tricks, mild herniated L4/5 disc, severe spinal stenosis, panic disorder, major depression, fibro, CFS and if that wasn't enough IBS with the beginning stages of diverticulosis. 

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   Posted 10/9/2009 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Shortstop,

I just saw my therapist yesterday and I am sorry that you do not feel a therapist could help you as they are trained to help people with mental health issues much more so than your PCP generally.

OCD involves having both obsessions and compulsions. A person with OCD may sometimes have one or the other.

Common obsessions are: contamination fears of germs, dirt, etc., imagining having harmed oneself or others, imagining losing control or having aggressive urges, intrusive sexual thoughts or urges, excessive religious or moral doubt, forbidden thoughts, a need to have things "just so," and a need to tell, ask, or confess. Common compulsions are: washing, repeating, checking, touching, and counting.

OCD symptoms can occur in people of all ages. Not all Obsessive-Compulsive behaviors represent an illness. Some rituals (e.g., bedtime songs, religious practices) are a welcome part of daily life. Normal worries, such as contamination fears, may increase during times of stress, such as when someone in the family is sick or dying. Only when symptoms persist, make no sense, cause much distress, or interfere with functioning do they need clinical attention.

Please remember I am not a professional but IMHO your sx sound more like anticipatory anxiety which I have lived with for many years along with my depression.

An infinite number of human experiences cause normal anticipatory anxiety. Many times we experience anxiety in anticipation of doing something new or before completion of a major task or life event. Life offers us the experience of many anxiety-provoking “firsts” -- new places was the example you gave of what sets off your anxiety.

CBT therapy is one of the highly recommend ways to learn to deal with your anxiety. There is a free online version that you can take right from the comfort of your own home.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughtsVcause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations,
and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

Here is the link for the]

I hope this helps you in some small way.

Gentle Hugs,


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   Posted 10/9/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree with Kitt here, it sounds like you have anticipatory anxiety. I have it too. I have a chronic and incurable bowel disease and whenever I have to go somewhere new where I don't know how easy the bathroom is to reach, I will panic just the way you do. Thru therapy and the occasional Xanax I am now able to control my anxiety. I really think you should give therapy a try, it really helped me.

Good luck!

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   Posted 8/23/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I hear ya...I have tried counseling numerous of times since 1989, and it just has not worked. I have tried a merid of different types of medications and none of those worked...The side effects were worse than the aniexty/panic....

Though as of late, we may have discovered the cause of the aniexty itself and why nothing has worked....I posted in the CF thread about a 24 urine test my doctor ordered. The test results shows the possiblity of why I have aniexty/panic attacks. Which would make sense if nothing has been able to help me thus far.

The test shows my adrenal glands are completely fatigued and the 3 of the 17 ketosteriods are extremely high. Though these 3 point to 3 possible things: A tumor on my adrenal gland, (MRI ruled that out 2 weeks ago) Ovarian Cancer or Cushings Syndrome.

I have an appointment with a new doctor on Thursday, and Endocrinologist, referred by my PCP.

One thing, after this many years, all the tests are starting to show and make sense compared to they symptoms I am having....The up and down cholestrol numbers, the low blood pressure, the heart palpations that set off the panic, that causes the upset stomach....SOOOOOOO, hopefully, an end is in sight to this mess!
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   Posted 8/23/2010 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there,  it has been almost a year since you posted and we responded to you.  turn I am glad you have found the answers to your problems.  I wish you well with your appointment with the Endocrinologist.
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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I know, I am not a big poster....Though I was scrolling through my old posts and since I recently have been under going tests, I though I would update my thread...
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   Posted 8/24/2010 3:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Really try to let us know how you are doing plz
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