panic attacks causing upset stomach or the other wasy around?

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longbeachlvr
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   Posted 5/15/2010 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
hi! I'm new to this, so If I'm in the wrong place I apologize. I stumbled across this by accident, but it seems I've finally found people who can relate to what I'm dealing with. It's nice to know you're not alone, but I'm sorry we all feel bad.
There was a discussion about anxiety causing upset stomachs, and feeling anxious about being in the car and leaving home in fear of being too far away from a bathroom. I can't seem to find it anymore, it got away from me when I was registering, but it seemed to be old anyway.
My issue is, when I'm in the car, my stomach starts to feel unsettled, or I get really nauseous and it triggers panic attacks. If I'm home, I feel fine, but as soon as I have to go somewhere, I start to feel ill, and now it's causing me to stay home if I don't need to go anywhere. I feel like it's keeping me from doing things i enjoy.
I saw a psychiatrist yesterday. We talked for about an hour and a half, which was good, but he also gave me Xanax prn, and Lexapro to take daily. I took the lexapro last night, and woke up in the middle of the night with an upset stomach. I'm not sure that I should continue taking something that is causing symptoms that trigger panic attacks. Any Ideas?

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/15/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there
imho i dont think the lexapro would hv gotten into yr system quite that quick
i too hv had issues since last yr of going out n became totally isolated from all i knew n did before

the last couple of nights i hv made self go for just a short walk n i can honestly say i did enjoy it
seeing nature and seasons change kids playing ect

i was never a stay at home person til i became deaf but now i know im okay to go out n about again
my nerves will sometimes aggravate my crohns n i hv trouble making it to toilet but am taking meds n learning coping skills
stay with us
others im sure will post soon
huggs
lyn
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longbeachlvr
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   Posted 5/15/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks, I think I will stick around. from what I've read so far, everyone seems to want to help each other and share their advice and stories. It's a good feeling. And finally feeling like people understand helps too.
It was probably just a coincidence I didn't feel well, but I read a few things on the possible side effects, and I'm afraid to take it

stkitt
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   Posted 5/16/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning and welcome to HealingWell. I love your name ( no pun intended :) .

One of the common side effects of Lexapro is nausea. I just started on a new antidepressant that has this same side effect and have been having a upset stomach from it also. I was adviced by my physician to take the medication with food however I already was. But I am determined to get past the side effect so I have kept taking it at the starting dose and after 10 days things seem to be better.

You might try taking the med in the morning with food. Do check with your Doctor if you continue to have problems.

I have gone through the same phobia as you and it comes back once in awhile but never like the first time. I was to the point where my hubby would give me a ride somewhere and I would start to get anxious and want to get home to my "safe place". We had planned a trip that year of 550 miles one way to visit in South Dakota. I made it as far as 75 miles from home and I started to cry and begged him to take me back home. He said let's just go to the next city and if you still want to turn around we will.

I asked him to just keep talking to me and he did about anything and I really kept trying to just stick with the conversation. I also had Valium which I was using. As the miles went by I would breakdown and get the panicky feeling and we would stop at a wayside rest as he talked to me and said I was safe and he felt we should keep on going. We stopped at lakes and I would get out and sit in the sun and just close my eyes and breathe. Once we got to our first night's destination and checked into the hotel I was determined to go all the way as we were more then half way. Well, I made it all the way and back home again although going home I could feel the anxiety rising as I just want to get home. We drove all the way in one day with no overnight on the way home.

I understand how your feeling but keep on working on short outings. Just go outside, then just walk a block from home and back. Babysteps will get you there and the medication is a good one if you can stick it out through the side effects of getting on the Lexapro.

Again a warm welcome,

Kitt

longbeachlvr
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   Posted 5/16/2010 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt. I took the medication last night. I only felt a queasy for a while, then it went away. I'm taking it with food, usually with dinner. Not really a morning person, don't think that would go over well then. Finally got out of the house today for a little while, just sat on the beach for a bit. It felt good to get out of the house, although I could see my apartment from the beach, I didn't feel like i was trapped inside today. I might try a shopping excursion later. I'm feeling ambitious today.
Thanks again!!

stkitt
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   Posted 5/16/2010 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Your very welcome. I got out of the house today too and went and sat by the river. It was a beautiful day out. I am glad to hear you are doing better.


Stick with us as we do love to hear how you are doing.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

bmbeyond
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   Posted 5/17/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Longbeachlvr,

I'm brand new to the forum and stumbled onto your post. I have the exact same issue with anxiety panic issues fueling or maybe being fueled by one another. In fact your description of feeling trapped in the car or not being too far from a restroom sound all too familiar. In fact your post is what prompted me to register with this forum.

longbeachlvr
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   Posted 5/17/2010 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, and welcome. I'm also a new member, just started on Friday. I'm sorry to hear that you're going through the same thing as me. I know it sucks. Hope you find it comforting to know you are not the only one who feels this way. I helped me a lot.
I'm still just beginning to cope with this, so I really don't have any advice for you. I'm not sure if you've gotten to the point you don't really want to go out, but I was starting to get there. I saw a psychiatrist on friday for the first time, and he gave me some meds (which I'm hesitant to take), but I'm trying. I went shopping today, and it felt so good to get out, although it would have been more fun to buy something. I'm returning to work tomorrow after having a week off, and I'm a little nervous. My commute is about 35 miles, but it seems to take forever.
I really only have panic attacks in the car, so you can imagine how I feel about sitting in NY traffic for that long.
Sorry I don't have too much insight for you, some of the others here might be better for that. Just know that you are not alone, and it's okay to feel this way. I know we're strong people and we will get through this
Once again, welcome. Stay in touch, and good Luck.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/19/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so proud of you for getting out today
n i hope you do go shopping
if not today set it as a goal for tomorrow

what is with the beach today lol
went to the pier in port stanley n just sat looking out over the water n had me some mackie french fries
ummm they were good
so is getting out
i feel better doing it if only to go to store
kudos to you
lyn


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 5/25/2010 4:21:59 PM (GMT-6)


babygirl10150
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   Posted 5/19/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the exact same problem. I've had some really bad attacks in retail stores where I've had to sit down because it felt like I was going to pass out or get sick. I start getting panicky about a block from home. Mine started when I developed GERD 2 years ago. Even trips to Walmart were a chore eventhough I've done it millions of times. For me, GERD and anxiety go hand in hand. When one starts acting up, so does the other. I tried taking Zoloft 100mgs but I was having bad side effects so I just called today to see if I could start out with a smaller dosage. My "safe house" seems to be the bathroom. I have to know where the bathrooms are at all times and if I get a really bad attack, sitting in the bathroom seems to calm them. I don't know if it's my fear of getting sick or what. Just weird.
Michelle

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longbeachlvr
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   Posted 5/20/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
so I'm back at work now. Tuesday was great, no panic attacks in the car or at work. Wednesday I felt a little anxious, but still no panic attacks. Today was another story however. I felt a little panicky on the way to work this morning, but nothing I couldn't deal with, but my ride home was a disaster, at least it felt like it to me. Had to pull over 5 or 6 times because i was getting so upset. I just sat in a parking lot for about 30 minutes at one point. I thought I was doing better, but now I feel totally defeated. One more day this week, but it seems like the end will never come.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/21/2010 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Celebrate your successes this week and please know that it is normal to have an attack even when you are doing better. Remember you are still moving forward. Put yesterday behind you as there is no going back and don't beat yourself up. I have been at this for years.



You will always have bumps in the road and you did all the right things, you pulled over. I had an incident last summer where I had been at the Mall and driving home I started to panic and could not hold back the tears. I could not see to drive so I pulled into a parking lot and called my daughter and she talked to me for a bit.



Like you, I knew the only way home was to keep moving and eventually I did drive the rest of the way home. I will admit I was disappointed that I could not hold it together and also a bit gun shy to go out alone but gave myself the permission to feel bad and then just leave that day behind me.



Hope today is a good day for you.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

longbeachlvr
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   Posted 5/21/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt! I knew I wasn't going to be completely better in just a few days, but I was feeling so hopeful in the beginning of the week. I got myself so upset last night, I made myself physically sick. I called out of work today, and now I feel stuck in the house again. I feel like any hope I had is gone. I'm already having anxiety about going to work again on Monday. Weekends should be relaxing, but I feel like they only give me more time to worry. I hate to sound like I'm complaining, but this is so hard to deal with. I wish I had the courage and strength you and some of the others here have. I'm tired of shutting myself in, and I'm ready to be over this. I just don't know how to do that yet.
On a more positive note, the reassurance and support that everyone here gives makes me feel better. I never knew that people I don't even know could be so supportive. You and Lynn and so many others here have a tremendous gift, and I'm glad you're here to share it. I appreciate all your feedback and kind words.

Thanks again!!

stkitt
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   Posted 5/21/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
You will find your hope again. When your feeling overwhelmed by anxiety ask yourself ‘What's the best that could happen, the worst that could happen and what is the most likely thing that will happen?’. What could you do to cope if the worst did happen?

Courage isn't something that is given to us overnight. It's a quality we cultivate regularly in the face of problems, hardships, disappointments, and loss. Courage brings us happiness because it creates happiness within ourselves. Instead of running from our problems, we need to EMBRACE them, move through them, and vanquish them. It is possible and you can do it. I have faith in you.

Remember we know where your coming from and what your going through.

Make some plans for the weekend to take your mind off worrying about next week. Keep busy and remember to stay in the moment.

Gentle Hugs,

Kitt

flames23
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   Posted 5/22/2010 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
So many good points made in this thread, I couldn't help but comment.

You can get through this (minute,hour,day,week,year) and you will do so with positivity LongBeach.

I was laid off from my job last July, and have been coasting on EI (employment INsurance here in Canada) ever since. My EI expires in June , and I am absolutely petrified of finding work. I have turned myself into a complete and utter hermit these last 10 months. I have a panic attack if i leave my house to go across the street to the gas station for a bottle of Ginger Ale, or whatever I want at the time...it's become ludicrous. 28 years old and I'm scared to leave my house.

I've had my ups and downs, and my free counselling sessions ended about 2 months ago, and I have yet to attempt to find something new. My 'safe place' is my house, and the issue is times like RIGHT NOW when I'm having an attack as I'm typing...and I'm in my 'safe place'. I just know that I will get through it however, and don't think I'm going to die during each attack as I used to.

I just don't know how my heart handles all this beating :P My psyche certainly doesn't find it to be helpful. May peace be with you LongBeach.

I for one, need to go try to relax.

This 12pm to 5am lifestyle I am leeding doesn't really help re-insert me back into society either :P but I've always been a bit of a night owl.

longbeachlvr
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   Posted 5/25/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with the job search Flames! I understand what you're feeling. I'm sorry to hear that your counseling ended, did you look into community support groups? I know around here there are many churches and synagogues that have group meetings for all sorts of topics, and some of the others here have so much personal experience dealing with the same thing, I'm sure you can always find someone to help you out.

So I went back to work on Monday, sort of. Made it to work without too much anxiety, well, that's not entirely true, I had to pull over twice, but I've had worse commutes, but when I got to work, I was informed that I was going to be stuck in a car all day with three other people. NO WAY!!!!! I totally lost my mind. Fortunately, a few weeks ago I told my boss about my panic attacks, and that they happen mostly in the car. She was very understanding, she used to have panic attacks too. After I finally calmed down, we decided I could use a little time off. She told me my job is secure, and I have plenty of vacation and sick time to use. I called my psychiatrist, and spoke to him for a while. I'm taking the lexapro again now that I don't have to worry about feeling ill at work. It still makes me a bit queasy for a while after I take it, but I'm hoping that will go away. I have my trusty Xanax ready for those really bad days, and I'm ready to put all I have into this healing process. I'm looking forward to the days ahead. I know in the next few days I'll have some real soul searching to do. I'm sure a few unpleasant things may come up, but I can't help but think it's all for the good. I'm sure this sounds very ambitious, and I know that it's going to take more then a few days, but I really think this will be a good start. I'm looking forward to a sense of normalcy again. I'm not setting my sights too high. I plan on taking baby steps the whole way. I went to the store today, not for long and not to far from home, but at least I went out. I started to feel a little uncomfortable, and returned home before it got too bad. Went out a little later and sat on the beach for a bit. To most this is no great accomplishment, but I know you guys can appreciate a good day like that.

Hope everyone feels well!

stkitt
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   Posted 5/25/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you have some time off and that will hopefully help you to get past the side effects of the Lexapro.



You have a good attitude and I think sitting on the beach is a great way to just be in the moment.



I feel like you will make it through this and soon the anxiety and panic will decrease. Glad you can talk with your Dr.



Kindly,



Kitt
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