Hello everyone... new here. I can't tell if I'm having panic attacks anxiety or what. I feel like I can't breathe and get chest pain and tightness. Scares me to death. Feels like I'm gonna die. I've had 2 stress tests and 2 echocardiogram in the past 3 years and multiple other tests. I'm convinced there's something wrong with my heart but I'm told I'm fine. I can't get it out of my head and feel like I'm going crazy. Klonopin is the only thing that gives relief. I've tried SSRI but all make me feel worse. I lost at the moment and need something to get me thru this. I 've been married 4 years and have a 2 year old and they need me to be there for them. I feel completely drained all the time. Work is becoming difficult to deal with as well. I've had to leave multiple times. I get dizzy and nausea and feel like I'm going to pass out. Can anyone relate?
I can relate. I suffer from anxiety. I also tried SSRI and had horrible side effects. When it start to get bad my whole world changes. It can make you feel like you are loosing your sanity. It can make you exhausted due to battling it all the time. Have you talked to your doctor about a Beta blocker (Propranolol) for the physical symptoms, it may help. It is used off label for anxiety. There is also Buspar that takes a few weeks to kick in but it is not addictive. Talk to your doctor about your options. You may want to get a second opinion from a Psychatrist if you can. They are trained in meds for these disorders. I do not know how often you take the Klonopin but it can cause dependence and tolerance. Not a great long term solution.
Hope you get some relief soon. Do not give up. Let us know how it goes.
Luke2486; Yes you have a lot of good answers here. And without a dought, you are having panic and anxiety attacks that are all too common. You are going to have to find someone to help and get you on the right medications that you can take and feel better. And also learn some tricks that can help you get through these attacks easier. They also have good classes that do help give you some tools to work with But you have to start somewhere go back and talk to your doctor I don't now what SSRI YOU TOOK BUT THERE ARE MANY AND SOME ARE HARD TO TAKE WHERE OTHERS ARE NOT THAT BAD. it is just having to get through the first few weeks and the side effects start to go away. and little by little you start to feel better but most of them can take for 6 to 8 weeks to get the full blood level.
And then you have the Klonopin to take to help you during times of need just don't overdue tip on that one because it can be habit forming and you don't need any more problems. Please keep in touch and let us know how things go for you. bELIEVE ME, YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS FOREVER THEY HAVE Much MORE OPTIONS nowadays. And it well helps if you can get your wife to understand and work with you. But the sooner you get in the sooner you can start to get some results. You may even write down some of the ideas and stress that is going through you to show the doctor to help him or she get a better idea of what you're going through. Please don't overstress life well get better.
Definitely a panic attack. They are very scary and can sometimes paralyze you if you don't have the right tools in your arsenal to deal with them as they happen. One of the most useful tools is learning the early signs that your headed for one and then come up with a plan of action to deal with it at that point to hopefully avoid a full on attack and give you back control. It is hard long work but it can be accomplished with the right support system in place. That includes family, friends, medical, and social. I'm currently using a low dose SNRI and at my most I was taking 8 different antipsychotics to control major depression and anxiety. Just hang in there and keep fighting for your sanity. It helps to journal about what is going on. What your thoughts are, what meds you try along with any affect they have on your anxiety/mood and any side effects, and anything you want to add.
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