Hi. I am 33 years old and was recently diagnosed with panic attacks.
I started the birth control pill called Yaz about two weeks ago. It was my first time on it. Three days later I had my first severe panic attack. Shortness of breath, heart palpitations, sweating, shivering, rush of adrenaline. It came on all of a sudden. I had taken some Midol for my cramps. And I was just lying in bed. I felt fine. Then out of nowhere I felt this rush of adrenaline, could barely breathe, heart felt like it was going to jump right out of my chest. I thought I was going to die. I have never been so scared. I jumped out of bed because I felt like I needed to just move around. It's almost like I am losing control of my body and by moving around, I can get some of that control back.
My Mom was here and she took my blood pressure. It was normal. And I felt I should go to the ER. But I put it off. I have no idea why. I went back to bed and about four hours later I fell asleep. Had a couple smaller attacks the next day. The final straw was a few days ago when I went with my Grandmother to the doctor. I felt absolutely fine. All of a sudden in the car all the symptoms came back. She took me to the ER. They did a CAT Scan, MRI, Doppler to look for blood clots, chest X Ray, EKG, and a TON of blood work.
Everything came back good. Physically, they couldn't find a problem. I asked the doctor of my heart was ok and she said yes. She then told me she felt it was a panic attack. Sad thing was, that was it. She sent me home with NO resources. No brochures on panic attacks. No prescription for medicine. Nothing. And I stopped the Yaz that day.
I will be seeing a primary care physician this week. But in the meantime same problems. It seems to be worse at night. As soon as I start drifting off to sleep my heart starts pounding and I get that rush of adrenaline with shortness of breath. I can't even take a nap. I fell like if I fall asleep my heart will just stop beating or something. I know it's strange because eventually I do fall asleep. And I wake up. But I still have this feeling like I won't wake up. And it's not like I go to bed worrying about things happening in my life. I feel pretty relaxed at night. But these attacks still come out of nowhere. I am miserable. I want to just lay down and get a good night's rest.