Hi. I am newly "diagnosed".

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   Posted 7/5/2010 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
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.

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   Posted 7/5/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Do talk to your physician about the Yaz as side effects from this med may cause headache, nervousness, dizziness.

I am sorry to hear you are having these attacks and wondering if you might keep a log of what your doing when the panic attacks hit you ?

Often, a combination of psychotherapy and medications produces good results for people that have panic attacks. Improvement is usually noticed in a fairly short period of time, about two to three months. Thus, appropriate treatment for panic disorder can prevent panic attacks or at least substantially reduce their severity and frequency, bringing significant relief.

Let us know how you make out at the physicians.


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