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Post-pill anxiety... or something else?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 4, 2007
  • 02:38 AM

Let me begin 10 years ago...

At age 17 I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst and put on birth control pills. I got my first menstrual migraine one month later. I would suffer through the migraines for 10 years... until this past fall (2006).

In October, I decided I'd had enough of the migraines and I decided to go OFF the pill for the first time in 10 years. Within a matter of weeks I began to experience annoying heart palpitations. They became more and more frequent, and by November I was getting them almost daily. I was also starting to experience a feeling of "anxiety" like I had never felt before. It included a feeling of "pressure" in my head.

The anxiety and heart palpitations (PVCs) would continue for months. I began to notice they also seemed to be somewhat cyclical--worse during and AFTER my periods. I also began to notice that my acid reflux was getting much worse BEFORE and DURING my periods.

I started going to a therapist and learned to somewhat control my anxiety. the heart palpitations and anxiety began to calm down--although not disappear--in March. Consequently, the acid reflux problems got even worse.

Then, on May 1st, I had an "episode" like nothing I've ever experienced before. I was driving to work and talking to my husband on the phone. We were laughing, when suddenly I felt the strangest sensation that came over my entire body. It was like an intense panic that lasted only a few seconds. Then my hands and feet began to tingle. The tingling rapidly turned to a near-numb feeling that spread up to my elbows and knees. My hands became very stiff. I was forced to pull over and dial 911. When the paramedics arrived, they said my blood pressure was VERY LOW--odd, i thought, if this was a panic attack. In the ER, my BP would rise when I reclined, and fall when I sat up. This returned to normal after a couple hours, and after multiple tests (bloodwork, urinalysis, EKG, CAT scan) the docs found nothing but a slight potassium deficiency.

Am I going crazy? Was this really a panic attack, or something worse? And the big question... why did all of ths stuff start happening to me once I went off the pill?

Please help!

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