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ithinkimgoingnuts
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   Posted 6/2/2007 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, this will be a pretty detailed post.

It all started four years ago when my parents were getting wood floors put into their home. The concrete needed a to be sealed so the people installing the wood floors put on a sealant. Pretty self explanatory so far right? Well, I got home that day after the sealant had been applied. I was fine at first but started to feel very dizzy. I went outside, sat down, and tried to regroup. I told my mom that I wasn't feeling well so we made a trip to the Air Force base here to buy groceries and just get out of the house for a while. On the way there, I nearly passed out four to five times. I could not focus and felt like I was outside my body looking in. On the way home, I decided to go to the doctor. They ran some blood work and gave me a shot of benadryl. I returned home, fell asleep, and life returned to normal for a month or so.

A month later I was driving to my gf's house late one night when I felt the same feeling come over me. Confusion, disorientation, and the inability to concentrate. I hit rock bottom right around this point and ended up going to multiple doctors. I got chest xrays, bloodwork, sonograms (I might be wrong on this term, is this what they use to check babies? Anyhow, it was to check my heart), thyroid checked out etc... Everything came back A-ok. I was given Xanax and told to see a psychiatrist. The xanax seemed to help but I was beginning to become more and more aware of my own breathing. It felt as though air was trapped in my chest. This caused shallow breathing. This continued on for two years and I was basically house bound because the psychiatrist took me off Xanax and put me on lexapro. After two years of hell I was put back on Xanax and tried to return to a somewhat normal life.

Presently, I am still struggling each day but no where near as bad as before. It's a chore just to get up in the morning. I no longer suffer from the "aware of my own breathing symptom" which was a horrible, horrible, feeling. Now I am bothered by physical symptoms. The most common are disorientation, feeling light headed, inability to concentrate, and feeling as if I am off balance at times. I am now finishing my college degree but going to class each day is a monumental task.

I want to make it very clear that I have never had the definition of a panic attack. No heart banging in my chest, feeling of death, etc.. My physical symptoms are what cause my symptoms of panic. Simply put, if I feel dizzy at a particular place I begin to tense up. I have no fear, just a tense feeling. While I do feel that I have some panic symptoms / agoraphobia I do believe that they were caused during my first two years where my mind was trying to understand the symptoms I was experiencing.

Last, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 18. I have no idea if this is linked with what is going on with me now. I have not been taking medication for my colitis because it seems to have gone into remission.

Well, thats a pretty detailed look into whats going on with me.

Post Edited (ithinkimgoingnuts) : 6/2/2007 2:43:20 AM (GMT-6)


SnowyLynne
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   Posted 6/2/2007 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you find out what type of sealant they used on the floor before putting the wood floors in?It could be whats affecting you if you are around it all the time. Check it out.
SnowyLynne


ithinkimgoingnuts
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   Posted 6/2/2007 4:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I live with my brother now. So, I don't think that's it. I am in a brand new house now. I do go to my parents a few times a week but I don't feel ill when I am there. I just tend to feel like crap at random parts of the day.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/2/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and welcome to Healing Well.

I have read your info and it certainly seems your problems started with the day the new sealent was applied but now your not there so I agree the symptoms should lift.

In the four years since you have had this problem have you consult a physician.

I know you said your Colitis is not bothering you but you still don't feel well, I would advise a good physical with lab work to rule out other causes.

Again a warm welcome .



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Kitt
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 6/3/2007 11:34:47 AM (GMT-6)


debaser
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   Posted 6/2/2007 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Panic attacks are different for everyone. I definitely used to have panic attacks but never the heart pounding and all of that. Mine were diagnosed as "modified panic attacks" and they affected my stomach.

And, a severe bout of anxiety can be almost as bad as a panic attack. It's not unusual to experience physical symptoms with anxiety, of course. The stuff you say your experiencing now I feel/felt when my anxiety is really, really bad but wasn't panicking.

I agree that you should have a workup done to rule out any physical cause. A C/T scan or whatever. It never hurts to be sure, but most likely it's some kind of anxiety thing. Stick around here and learn how to deal with it. Maybe see a shrink again.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/2/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I tend to lean on the Anxiety myself as well
I never started out with heart palps and all that either

I would also agree to have total workup done for that sealant as it could very well have affected you and brought all the rest on as well as your colitis
I have crohns and I get panicky about having a chronic illness as do many here .....

Wish you all the best

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/2/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I do hope you take into consideration that these are suggestions and that NO one here is able to DX you
We are here as a support system for sure and hope you will continue to stay with us .....

Stay stron

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ithinkimgoingnuts
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   Posted 6/2/2007 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I was just hoping someone here would have an answer that would lift this burden off of me. A guy can dream right? Are there any support groups here with people on the forum that take place in cities? Kind of like get togethers?

Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/3/2007 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
There is chat rooms here......
we have not had a scheduled chat in awhile ......
If anyone is interested please let us know or you can post a thread asking someone to join you in chat.......

I wish we could all get together .like they have done in the crohns forums but I am not sure that there are ppl so close that we could do this as well ppl with A/P sometimes will have problems leavign their comfort zone

IT would be fun though wouldnt it

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nyliz
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   Posted 6/22/2007 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
hi
 
i realize this post was from a couple weeks ago but i had to respond - i understand exactly what u are feeling... it's the same way for me... out of the blue in 99 i felt like i couldn't breath and off I went - now days i'll be fine and then for no apparent reason i'll feel dizzy and then here comes the tension, fear, anxiety, etc...  i've only had the heart palpatations associated with my panic attacks occasionally.  but severe tension and fear are common sometimes i think it's like a post traumatic stress type thing...
 
liz

Tara28
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   Posted 6/22/2007 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
have you ever been on prednisone?
That causes dizziness, inability to concentrate in myself..my concentration has been permanently affected.

artpainter
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   Posted 6/22/2007 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  dear ithinkii'mgoingnuts;please tell me why you think that....& i want you to know i thought exactly the same thing when i was your age;perhaps i can help..i would like to try..artpainter
i am a freelane artist with too any interests to list here;i believe in kindnes and compassion towards others...and towards animals and all living things...i will respect you if you wil respect me;we are in the same boat, really, we humans..sick or well. if we do not treat one another well, then why are we here?please, please, be kind & & listen....& "walk a mile in my shoes". wewill all be happs


manyembers
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   Posted 6/22/2007 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I'm so sorry to hear about your condition. It sounds like you suffered a form of poisoning from the chemicals used to treat the wood. I have been researching pesticides for the last couple days and learned that some of the treatments for wood products actually contain the same stuff they put in pesticides!

You could do a search on multiple chemical sensitivity. If your body is reacting to the chemicals around you - which we are bombarded by every day in our present world - then your nervous system will be affected and this can cause panic and other anxiety related symptoms. It truly can be a physical response, as you also have noticed.

You can also do a google search on environmental illnesses in general and might find some further answers there.

Some dr.'s are more open to diagnosing these conditions than others. I pray you will find one who will truly listen and help you get to the bottom of this.

A tip: You could try eliminating all chemical household cleaners, commercial laundry soaps, perfumes, scented candles etc. and see if you start feeling better. Also, keep a diary, and see if the panic you experience comes on after being around some sort of chemical product - even the stuff 'they' put in shampoos sets me off. Like I said, it's a toxic world, and more and more people are becoming sick and/or adversely affected by it in a way that affects their daily lives. Here in Canada, it is estimated that 4.5 million people suffer from some sort of environmental illness.

I have post traumatic stress disorder adn fibromyalgia. But I normally DO NOT have panic attacks. However, when lifestyle - diet, toxic exposure, lack of sleep etc. - things that create toxicity to build up in my body, I find myself fighting panic attacks and social phobia to a hugely greater extent. So I too have seen the physical connection with my own symptoms of anxiety.

I feel for you but am hopeful there are answers for you, and I hope you will start feeling better soon.

Sincerly, manyembers

manyembers
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   Posted 6/22/2007 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
PS - I'm thinking that your body started to get rid of the immediate toxic chemicals you inhaled re. the wood which is why you started feeling normal again - but the reason you are re-experiencing symptoms is because it left your body in a weakened state, and sometimes these chemicals leave damage in their wake, and/or remain in the tissues until cleansed out with a concentrated holistic approach.  You could look into finding a natural doctor (naturopath) as well to treat some of your symptoms and doing heavy metal cleanse might help - but you wouldn't want to attempt this without supervision as they need to be done gently and with care.
 
  The research out there has recently linked Parkinson's disease with pesticides.  I'm not saying you have that!  I'm just saying that there is research out there making the connection between all the poisons in commercial products and many health problems today.  Interestingly enough, Michael J. Fox who suffers with Parkinson's was exposed to some chemical stuff in a certian studio he worked at for a time.  If I remember correctly, he was not the only one who emerged from that time to later be diagnosed with a potentially related illness.
 
  There's a lot of research being done on this stuff.
 
  Now then, I am not officially diagnosing you as I am no expert.  But if you want my opinion, there you have it.  :-) take care, mb

Post Edited (manyembers) : 6/22/2007 10:13:45 PM (GMT-6)


boxcastle
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   Posted 6/23/2007 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
i'm sorry to hear your having a rough time, i can totally relate. about a year ago now, i went on an antibiotic and had a bad reaction to it - got really sick and couldn't eat for 3 days and i just never seemed to get completely better. They have just told me i too have an anxiety disorder, but my panic comes in the form of stomach discomfort, head aches and nausea - so i guess it is possible for everyone to experience it differently depending on your natural wekanesses or whatever. Have you looked into Andrenal disorders?
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