I am new to HW and have posted a couple times in the GERD forum and have been lurking here for a while now. I'm glad I found you all, as it's good know others are going through similar things, and learn how they handle them. I am 28 and have had anxiety in various degrees for most of my life. I have also had panic attacks that have mostly been about health issues. When I'm feeling healthy, I don't really have them, but when I am not feeling well, my anxiety goes way up, and sometimes I do panic, as I have been lately.
I mentioned on the GERD board that several months ago I started having this terrible lump in my throat that wouldn't go up or down, soreness, scratchiness, constant throat clearing, and this horrible feeling like my throat was closing up. Then I started having chest pains that landed me in the ER about a month ago. Several doctors and failed meds like allergy meds and protonix led me to a GI doc, and I am now waiting on endoscopy results and a 48-hr ph test to confirm that I think I have GERD. The waiting is killing me!!! Well, the GI doc went ahead and put me on Zegerid, which has helped with my chest pain and a lot of the heartburn feeling, but my throat trouble feels like it's getting worse. I keep having these episodes where I feel like I've swallowed a golf ball, and like my throat is going to close up. I have lots of post nasal drip, and I feel like my airway is constricted and my throat and chest feel really tight. My throat feels irritated pretty much all the time now, but when I feel it start to swell up, I start to really panic, that my throat is just going to close up, and I'm going to die. I start crying and shaking, and I feel like time is standing still. Normally, when I have had panic attacks, I would concentrate on my breathing, but when it is my breathing and throat that is scaring me, I don't know what to do! I've had this happen to me in the car several times lately, and then I panic even more, because I feel so trapped in the car. Last night I was home alone, and had a bad one, and was awake half the night. I called my mom, who is 3 hrs away, and kept her up with me for at least an hr.
I am not on an anxiety med at the moment because I am afraid of taking lots of pills because I always get side effects, and I am already on PPI's for my GERD and I'm afraid to take anything else. The last time I took Xanax it knocked me out, and I have taken Lorazopam a couple times, but I don't know if it's OK to take it with Zegerid. Do you think it would be ok to take it? How do I handle this panic until I find out what is wrong with me and while I wait for the GI doc to call, and what if he tells me nothing is wrong or sends me to another doctor!!! Does anyone else have panic attacks over breathing or throat problems? I'm sorry for the long post, but if you're still there, many thanks for listening.