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Panic Disorder?

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  • Posted By: Hal2000
  • October 29, 2006
  • 02:58 PM

Hello, I'm a 46 year old male cigarette smoker and live in upstate New York. About 5 months ago I had an "episode". While visiting my friends mother in the hospital I experienced a sudden rapid heartbeat, palpatations, and profuse sweating. It scared me very much and felt as if getting up from the chair and walking around would help. It did not. A nurse came into the room and saw my dillema and quickly brought a wheelchair to take me to the ER. I declined because I started to feel better within minutes. Subsequently while leaving the hospital I experienced problems with my balance, almost a vertigo type feeling.

I went to my family doctor and explained what happened at the hospital. The first word she said were, "sounds like you had a panic attack". She sent me for an EKG which was normal. Blood glucose normal. Blood pressure and heartrate normal. She then sent me off with a prescription for a bllod test and a stress test. Due to the fact that I am self employed I have no medical insurance. I did not go for the stress and blood test. I have not been to my family doctor since my intitial consultation.

I informed my mother (who is a clinical nutritionist) and she indicated that she had these same symptoms at about age 40. As it turned out she was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia. She indicated that I was probably hypoglycemic as well. I purchased a blood glucose monitor and measured myself closely (every hour)for about a month. My blood sugar is stable and holding steady at around 100-120.

I have changed my diet to a low glycemic diet. However I don't get much exercise and smoke cigarettes.

Since my first "episode" as described above I went about a month without another episode. For the past couple of months a have experienced these episodes of varying intensity multiple times daily. Sometimes abruptly woken by a racing heartbeat and palpatations (of course panic ensues because I feel like I'm having a heart attack). Other symptoms which have manifested are dizziness or a feeling like I'm going to pass out, an urge to flee, an urge to urinate, feelings of unreality, fear of imminant death, occasional ringing in my right ear, occasional sweating directly after a meal, chills, and weakening of my legs. These episodes happen at all times of the day and night and I have no warning when they will strike.

Relief is sometimes obtained by getting up and moving around and calming myself down.

Generally after these episodes I am exhausted, forgetfull, fatigued, and I get headaches and sometimes will sleep during the day.

Due to the fact that I never know when an episode will strike, I have been avoiding certain situations. Work is one of the biggest problems for me. Eating out at restaurants, and driving are some things I have been avoiding due to the fact I'm embarrassed by my symptoms in public and afraid I'll cause an accident while driving.

This problem is very real for me and making me very unstable. I'm hoping someone will identify my symptoms and guide me in the right direction for appropriate treatment.

Thank You All in advance for reading my story.

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  • I too suffered almost all of the same symptoms. I am not a doctor and have no clue what exactly is going on with you, but if you are suffering from panic/anxiety disorder, there are a lot of medications that can help. I was given Zoloft and found that it was incredibly helpful for controling my episodes. I got to the point a few years ago where I no longer needed the medication and was doing great. About 6 months ago my episodes returned. I find that my episodes are closely related to stress in my life and dealing with some other health issues that I have. I am trying to work through those issues and better my approach to them and am probably going to get back on Zoloft to help me through this difficult time. Anyways, I hope this helps you a little and encourages you to seek some psychiatric help in the event you do have panic or anxiety disorder.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 09:16 PM
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  • Take the KETO 7 form of DHEA once a week to feed your adrenals. Gas bubbles from Candida fermentation in the gut can press on the vagus nerve that leads to the heart. This will cause heart palpitations. The old folks say to give them a hot cup of water to remove gas bubbles before calling the ambulance for heart disorders. Take B-6 50mg every few days to keep blood ammonia levels down from improper protein digestion from Candida fermenting in the gut; high blood ammonia levels poisons the heart. Drink pure carbon filtered water as dehydration can also raise blood ammonia levels. Candida causes many symptoms; google 'candida quiz' and whack it back with caprylic acid or undecylenic acid 3x a week. Do not take any vitamins with iron as smokers can get iron loading and cancer; iron catalyzes free radicals like platinum works in catalytic converter to enhance oxidation. GNC makes iron free vitamins. Take Calcium D-Glucrate to avoid hormone mediated cancer like prostate and g.i. tract. Candida steals all your magnesium, the relaxer mineral, and I'm sure you can put two and two together. Candida probably affects prostaglandins in some way to weaken the mitral valve. Take pantethine to wipe out acetaldehyde, the toxin produced by Candida. Lay off sugar including lactose in milk. No preserved meats, cola, soda, coffee or black or green tea, please. Visit the Curezone Candida forum at: http://www.curezone.com/ God bless!
    nordskoven 7 Replies
    • October 31, 2006
    • 02:27 PM
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  • I've had the same symptoms as you for 4 years along with acouple others. Mine started with the birth of my daughter. I understand your frustration it is something that effects daily life. I find if I just breath during my attacks it helps alittle. I've been to many specialists and still no answers. Please let me know how everything goes for you:)
    natalie 8 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 06:08 AM
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  • try asking your doctor for a prescription of Xanax .25mg. I had the same issue. Works wonders! After a year of using the drug only when having an attack, the remaining pills just sit in my car/desk/nightstand just in case but haven't had to use them in months
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 16, 2006
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  • I too have suffered these symptoms for 7 years. My symptoms are related to Thryoid Disease. I have Hashimotos disease which makes me hypothyroid and hyperthyroid at times. When I am hyperthyroid, I have all of the symptoms you experience. I went undiagnosed for 5 years with my symptoms. I was under the impression I had anxiety attacks and I took medication for that to no relief. I also felt uneasy in public because of symptoms. I too refrained from driving. It is hard feeling this way, it robs you of your life in a way. Please ask your doctor if he/she thinks it might be thryoid related. This you will need a blood test for. If it is your thyroid, it can be easily treated with medication. I wish you luck on finding your answers.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 17, 2006
    • 07:33 AM
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  • I had two recent in store episodes that I thought were panic attacks. I have had head and neck pain since March,told four doctors, had some PT and given Xanax.Aha! I asked for a TSH test this week and I am over the rating range. Will probably retest before using Synthroid. My symptons can be caused by a thyroid hormone problem. Unfortunately, doctors do not always test when we have telling symptoms.Be an advocate for your own health. A good physician will not be threatened to have an informed patient. mepeach24@yahoo.com
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
    • 03:05 PM
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  • What do you take for your hypothyroid condition? How do you feel now?
    gerbilsnfish 2 Replies
    • December 21, 2006
    • 04:32 AM
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  • A few months ago I started having panic attacks. Over the past 5 months that it's been going on, I've only had less than ten attacks overall. So, looking for help, I found this, and I think it might help you a bit. :D I think my problem is either thyroid or ear-related, but when I thought it was related to anxiety, the 'things you fear the most cannot happen' section made me feel a lot more confident.http://anxietynetwork.com/pdhome.html
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 24, 2006
    • 03:35 AM
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  • take a look on candida overgrowth ...blood screen on candida no fesces exam will detect candida properly
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
    • 10:28 PM
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