Narcotics and Panic Attacks

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Rock50
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   Posted 1/16/2007 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a bad situation getting worse.  I was taking Oxycontin for about 4 months and all the sudden I started having Panic Attacks.   I guess these are panic attacks I never had anything like this.  It's like I'm suffocating and I feel some racing in my heart.  Scary as anything I have ever seen.  Man that "it's all in your head" is not working and I am very strong minded and very mcuh in control (or used to be)
 
Had a doc change me to methadone and gabapentin to taper me off the narcotics.  At first it seemed like it was going to work now I am getting these attacks like crazy.  Has anyone taken narcotics and caused panic attacks?
 
I have tried to tell several docs that I think I am allergic to narcotics.  I would just quit but doc and others say to quit methadone cold turkey is worse than going to hell with gas soaked pants.  Thinking about trying it anyhow all these symptoms are just getting worse and I am sick and miserable.
 
I have also just recently been operated on for advanced prostate cancer and several days ago was operated on to fix a rupture caused by the cancer operation.  Been on a roll!
 
Any response greatly appreciated.
 
P.S.  If I just start thinking about the attacks it seems to bring one on.  Or if I think "It's been a little while since I've had one"  it will bring one on.  Am I causing some of this?

Post Edited (Rock50) : 1/16/2007 7:40:45 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 1/17/2007 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   

I don't know about narcotics , I've never had experience with them.

What I do know , is that the mind can be a very powerful thing - I have deffinately started myself on the road to a PA just by thinking about them.

It also happens sometimes when I read someones post describing what they are feeling. Try concenrating on doing something that you have to pay attention to to keep your mind away from what you are feeling.

Take care - I'm sure others will be along to add to what I've said.

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   Posted 1/17/2007 2:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Rock
I had to stop oxy's myself I have 3 bottles here and refuse to take them I believe in all honesty THEY made my a/p worse
My Ms Contin doesnt do what it did

Yes sometimes we can and do bring them on IMO I know I am culpable of this
I am here for you friend as always
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   Posted 1/17/2007 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Rock,
 
Sorry tthat all of this is happening to you.  I have not had narcs give me a P/A, but I do know people that take them and they get racy and cannot sleep..me narcs help me sleep.  Also, it is true.....our minds do wonderfully terrible things....it doesn't help does it?  I wish I could give better advice.  Are you on anti-anxiety's?  Try taking a pain pill with the anti-anxiety med together...see how that goes.
 
Thanks for writing to me earlier......I had a pot-op check up with my surgeon.....I got told, I will not be eligible for a reversal.......there is a chance i could try boston...he would refer me......they would make some artificial muscle or take muscle from my butt, or thigh, 'cause I have no muscle control at all......  the ostomy would stay in until they know if what they do works, and if it does take, the can reverse me, but then it could fail in a year or two andI would be back to where I was before.  He said that it is huge surgery, worse than the colostomy and colectomy.  oh well, i guess i hae to gt used to this guy that hangs on me.....
 
I fell on my way back home.....my right side is hurting like hell.....i hope that i did not pull anything on the inside......please take care..i have been worried about u!!!!
 
 
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   Posted 1/17/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   

from what Ive heard, narcotics are helpful for treating panic attacks and anxiety  and are used in hospitals, its thought some heroin users self medicate with it for panic attacks

I doubt narcotics started your panic attacks, panic attacks though seem to often wait for any excuase to come along for starting

panic attacks although unpleasant wont harm you and are a minor problem, breathe deep and slow when they happen, relax, dont tense up or fight back

 

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Rock50
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   Posted 1/17/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Harry,

This is the first time I ever had one. It is like I am suffocating and while I'm sure you are right, they scared the hell out of me and I have been to hell and back twice and ain't never felt like that. Thanks for he advise.

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   Posted 1/18/2007 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Harry I really do have to disagree with you on this and its not often I do that
I had the same thing when taking fiorinal which is a BAD med IMO and I got hooked /anyhoo my panic attacks soared to unbelievable heights ...........
They also did when I first strated on the oxycontin 40 mgs so I will not take oxys and my doc knows NOT to rx fioinal ..........plus is I wouldnt touch them ever again I promised my daughter and my mom and Howie never again .......
They did not know which personality they were coming home to and that is not fair to them right
So again I disagree with respect but still disagree......... nono

Rock it will get better hun '

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   Posted 1/18/2007 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Went to the doc today and posted on cronic pain and the fact is everybody reacts different to most everything. What will effect one will not another and you or I may be the exception and only 1 out of a 100 will. Hard call to make. But I do try to deal with the rule rather than the exception, but now I do not rule it out.

Thanks guys.

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ERIC

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   Posted 1/19/2007 2:06 AM (GMT -7)   
So true
Makes alot of sense how are you doing anyways
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   Posted 1/19/2007 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
They gave me morphine in the hospital when i had a blockage and that is what started my anxiety back. I know what you are saying. They told me in the hospital that they do make you feel shaky and anxious. It worked good but i could not handle feeling like i could not relax once the pain was gone. Thank you Barb
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