Hello everyone :) I normally don't post on here but I was wondering if someone can help me? I never gave much thought about whether or not I have any anxiety or panic issues until probably the last 6 months or so. I am real hesitant about posting this but it's got to a point where I think I have a real issue and yes I am going to approach my doctor with it soon. But in the meantime, some advice would be great!
A little background info - for as long as I can remember, I've always had an issue with being in public especially working in the front yard garden for some reason. I am a highly social person and have many friends, but I have to usually work myself up to leave the house some days. Other days, it doesn't seem to bother me. So I think I've always had mild social anxiety. Anyway, my grandmother moved in with me about 3 1/2 years ago after the death of my grandfather. Things were good for a while but then my gma's health started declining and it left me as being her primary care giver. I have brothers but they're alcoholics and unreliable - no other family on my side. I do get help from my kids and my husband but I don't work so the main responsibility is left up to me. I have my own health issues to deal with so it makes it difficult to care for my gma too. Since this started, I started getting mildly depressed. I have been diagnosed with SAD and use light therapy to help me cope on our gray days.
So then, I have some personal issues at home that has left me quite anxious lately. I feel as if I'm coping ok with it. Or so I thought. I've never had a panic attack in my life (well not until about 6 months ago) but I think I had one yesterday. I was at the mall in a closed, dark, heavily aromatic store when all of a sudden I started sweating, got dizzy and felt the uncontrollable urge to run out of there. This totally freaked me out since this has never happened to me this bad before.
But what I don't understand is that these anxiety or panic attacks don't come every day - just sporadically and I never know when they are going to strike. I can be perfectly fine then all of a sudden start having a hot flash and feel like I have to move or go somewhere. And heaven forbid is someone is close to me when this happens because I feel even more "flighty".
Sorry for the long post but it feels good to actually get this off my chest for a change. I've been hiding this for quite some time and feel like I can't anymore. So any recommendations or advice?
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