Posted 11/7/2022 5:10 AM (GMT -8)
The first panic attack I experienced was back in 2007 after my first surgical procedure which was bilateral salpingectomy. It happened after I was cleared and discharged from the hospital and told to go home. During my first panic attack, I went to E.R. because I thought I was having a heart attack. I was confined again because they found out that I was dehydrated. But, even after the dehydration problem was resolved and I was back home again, the panic attacks continued. I was a nursing student back then and whenever we had major exams like midterm or finals, I get panic attacks. Most of the time, I get panic attacks the day before the exam and during the exams. And when the sun goes down and when it gets dark, I get panic attacks, as well. I was prescribed Inderal (propranolol hydrochloride) to take orally whenever I have palpitations due to panic attacks. Low dose propranolol hydrochloride helped to slow down the palpitations. Walking and keeping my mind busy and keeping companies were also helpful. Also, I started sleeping with the lights on since then. The first couple of years after my first surgery was the worst panic attacks I ever had. After that, the attacks became fewer and shorter. I think, it's because I learned how to handle it without panicking or thinking that I'm dying. Nowadays, I only get panic attacks during my periods or when I'm sick or when I'm alone at night or when I'm stressed or in a scary situation or when my dentist gives me local anesthetic. I'm scheduled to having another major surgery two weeks from now. I'm having hysterectomy due to uncontrolled bleeding and growing uterine fibroids. And frankly, I'm worried that the panic attacks would or could get worse again after this upcoming surgery. And this is why I was Googling about it and happened to come across with this link. I also suffer from fibromyalgia after my first surgery and I'm type 2 diabetic. I'm crossing my fingers that I would survive this upcoming surgery without major setbacks physically, emotionally and especially, psychologically. Thank you all for your informative comments and wishing you all good health and free from panic attacks.