I have been having panic attacks ever since I recovered from my heroin addiction when i was 17. I am 24 now, the two years after have been horrible, I took Cipralex and Xanax to help calm me down. And I got a lot better, and everything started improving, my social life, my academic life, everything.
a month ago, I was working out and jogging, very intensely, and I had an extremely bad panic attack. I was getting all the symptoms of one and I freaked out so bad. I got my heart checked, stress test / treadmill test, EKG, blood test, everything was great. So i continued working out, till one day I had a massive headache, it lasted for almost three days, i felt like my head was going to explode, I saw a neurologist, he says to not worry and that I'm not going to have a stroke nor have a hemorrhage since i was worried about
that. I had gone to the ER two nights back to back and I just couldn't relax.
Then a few days ago I had another bad panic attack, I keep thinking my heart is going to explode, that I'm about
to die right now, so I went to the ER again, they did another EKG and gave me some vallium and everything was good. They told me to consult a psychiatrist.
It's been three days now and I am back on Cipralex with .25mg of xanax in the morning and at night, I feel calmer, more stable and better, but I also have this numbness, i dont really know what it is, i hit my funny bone like 5 days ago, idk if my ulnar nerve is damage, it's not pain, my arm and fingers function fine, but like i just feel it tense the whole time, in my left shoulder chest and arm area, my left nipple also seems to get hard often, now obviously my rational thinking tells me to not worry, but it's so hard not to, and I keep doubting those EKG tests. The tension seems to get a lot less when I take xanax or take a hot shower, and I guess it's my nerves acting up. But I was just wondering if this will ever go away? It's like every little tick I feel in my body really gets to me nowadays :(.
I do Yoga from time to time, try to practice Mindfulness, proper breathing techniques but I don't feel like i benefit much from them. I see a therapist too and I'm trying to work on some CBT, but I keep getting unrelated physical symptoms that I don't think are related to panic attacks and that freaks me out.
It's very comforting to be able to talk here any reply will be greatly appreciated.
Wish everyone the best.
Post Edited (Mark_K) : 5/9/2013 12:11:42 PM (GMT-6)