panic/anxiety -- is this a common problem with MS and if so, why?

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Arlys S
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   Posted 2/22/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Keira, Gary, Uppity-cats, Gretchen and eveyone!  I am back!!  I have been gone for nearly a month.  Had expected a nice respite staying at my daughters in Wahpeton, ND for a few days and I ended up being hospialized twice.  Once for bad tremors from my shoulders to my toes which just wouldn't stop and the other time I had been given a stomach scope which went well until they discharged me and let me go back to my daughters home.  An hour later I ended up being taken by ambulance back to the hospital due to some reaction to what they used for the scope (never did find out exactly what).  Had to stay 2 days then.  Then since the flu virus was going around I naturally caught that and ended up with bad bronchitis, so its been a whirl wind. 
Since the hospital I was in was quite small there were no MS specialists around.  Dr. Mislan who took my case in Wahpeton, is trying to find an MS specialist in either Fargo or the University of Minn. for me to see.  However they are booked up for months and he is going to try and get me in earlier.  In the meantime my family Dr. here in town is going to try and get an MS specialist in Sioux Falls, SD to get me in quicker.  I am so hoping to get in somewhere where I can hopefully find some help, because this excerberation just doesn't want to end.
Ever since I caught a virus which went into my inner ears, I have had untold problems.  Virgeo, dizziness, balance problems, tremors, etc.  One of the newest things that I have rarely experienced is the panic/anxiety -- is this a common problem with MS and if so, why?  Is it to do with the inner ear or what?  My doctor did put me on some anxiety pills which help some what but I am still afraid to be a lone.  Now I have lived by myself and I cannot understand why this should bother me so much.  Would this have to do with the MS attack itself?  Have any of you been bothered with such and if so, how have you dealt with it?  Can you give me some pointers?
I am sorry this has gotten to be so long but wanted to share everything.  I have missed all of you and pray everything has been going well with all my friends.  Thank you all for being there for me!  God Bless you!

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   Posted 2/23/2008 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Arlys,

Welcome back!!  Wow you have had a rough go.  That is awful.  I am not sure about the anxiety thing too much.  I have had some anxiety but it was years and years before any MS symptoms showed up.  I cannot help you there.  It may be related to the flare itself.  Tell you doctor to be sure.  There is no reason to suffer needlessly.  Ask for medical help with that.  If it is temporary then you can stop with that med later.

Again, welcome back and I hope you are feeling well soon.

Love and prayers,

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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   Posted 2/23/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm so sorry! It sounds like you've had a really awful time. Inner ear infections can cause all sorts of balance and vertigo problems. I hope that gets resolved soon.

I've not heard specifically about panic attacks and/or anxiety being related to MS.  The mental issues most commonly related to having MS have to do with short-term memory, cognitive stuff. I hope your doctor can find something to help with that.  Not all meds work well for everyone; you might tell him that you're still having problems and see if there is a different med that might work better. By chance are you taking any meds with decongestants in them, for the bronchitis? I find some bronchitis meds cause that in me.

I hope everything settles down and you feel better soon.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

Arlys S
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   Posted 2/25/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gretchen and Uppity cats: Thank you so much for the welcome back! Now that the excerbation of MS is ebbing a way, the anxiety seems to be getting better too. I will be so glad when I see an MS specialist so I can see if there is any new things that can be done for me. Am anxious to see if there will be anything to help me as the doctors seem to think the MS is progressing. Dang stuff anyway -- wish it would fly a way to never never land for all of us.
Thank you for being there for me Gretchen -- you have been a big help!

Arlys S
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 2/25/2008 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Uppity Cats: Yes, some medications do cause anxiety but I still feel the biggest thing is with the inner ear problem. I have yet to find a doctor who can help with this including an ear/nose and throat specialist. They seem to think it is something I have to learn to live with -- perhaps this is true but in the mean time I will look at every source I can to see what kind of help is out there. Sometimes I think we have to be our own best advocates.
Just have to tell you Uppity Cats (Gretchen too!) I have read letters you have written before and have found much help from them. I am so glad you are here for those of us who need advise and help. Bless your hearts. Want you to know it is greatly appreciated!
By the way, has any one heard from Keira and Gary lately? I miss seeing them and hope all is well with them.
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