... I'm scared and looking for advise and support from others going through similar difficulties. It first started with thinking I was dying since my blood pressure was through the roof a couple times when being checked during I guess what was a panic attack. Then suddenly after that, I just couldn't sleep! I'd either get no sleep one night, and maybe 2-3 hours the next. I used to sleep so well with no problems. I can't even nap now! I have to take Lorazepam (1.5 mg to help me sleep and 0.5 in the afternoon) and most recently I have been taking Hydroxyne 25mg at night on top of that. I also am taking 20 mg of Citalopram daily. The depression came on after losing sleep for a while. Can anyone relate. Did anyone else develop a problem sleeping after a panic disorder set in? I just can't seem to fall asleep on my own. It's so frustrating. I have four young kids and a husband. I want to get through this so badly. I would love to wean off the Lorazepam, but am unsure of the best way to do that, plus I have to sleep somehow. Also, I am anxious most of the day, but do better in the evening. Any advise would be great. Thank you.
Boy i love the name you picked out and you could not have picked a better place to come as i joined a few weeks ago and love the people on it, but sometimes we have our days when we can't get to the computer and people have to wait for answers. First off my name is Leron and i have all the same problems you do except my kids are grown now so at least i don't have to deal with that one. I don't know where panic attacks come from but i remember to this day my first one being in a crowded mall at X-mas time and all of a sudden people seemed to be rushing so fast at me that i thought i was going to die and got out of there as soon as i could.
Have you been tested for Sleep Apnea as i have that to along with the high blood pressure, Also if you have insurance which i assume you do get your thyroid checked and have them check your parathyroids as my doctor screwed up and did not bother to tell me my parathyroids were bad for two years and i didn't sleep but maybe 10 mins a night i was going crazy as all the calcium in my body was going out my urine and in my blood and my bones have been ruined from it. I don't mean to try and scare you but reading this scares me and i don't want anyone to ever have to go thru the HELL ON EARTH i went through for two years. One thing i have learned from women the more kids you have the more likely you are to have thyroid problems. Not trying to sound mean but just for informations sake are you overweight??? Does your husband say you snore really bad, have you woken yourself up with your own snoring??? Sorry so many questions just trying to help. get back to me soon PLEASE!!! Hopefully a new member and friend Leron
I had my first panic attack after I got sober, in Macy's I love to shop but man I got half way in the store and was sure I was going to faint,dripping wet and sure everyone was looking at the crazy girl!this for me is exhausting and I am sure there is a reason for that.I was a lucky girl back then I could afford a shrink(I can't spell lately forgive the term)she said try every day to go a little further in the store and take deep breaths.darn if it didn't work but not over nite.
Sleep disorder can be caused by meds,depression,worrying that u will not fall asleep,isolation is not good for this..I really feel for you although I rarely get panic attacks I can have my share of sleepless bites.for me it seems to get worse if I worry about it but you have a lot to handle.I sometimes make believe that angels are slowly arriving to surround me and push the fears away sorry if this is too much chat but maybe 1 thing you read can help.you are in the rite place hang in.hugs c.
Hope for Healing, welcome to the site. I haven't been on much as of late due to husbnds surgergy & my own health problems. After reading more about your problem, I wonder if their is an injury to your brain stem or your neck near the head. You would need an MRI to find out. If you have a stenosis in the neck in that area would explain the high BP etc. I don't understand the ER doctor giving you prednisone at all. Now you can't sleep . Try taking a couple of benadryl & see if they help you sleep. Talk to one of the neurosurgeons about this & getting An MRI of your neck & brain stem area, Just my thoughts...
hopeforhealing, you are at the rite place with the rite people, if your new, welcome to the family, in september i lost my nana suddenly and im suffering from ptsd due to the way it all unwound that morning. i know it feels like were dying. i went to the er 2 times because the panic attacks got so out of hand, im on antidepressants and xanax for my anxiety and panic attacks wich comes at nite mostly. what helps me is educating yourself on our illness, cause its real, and come here as ofen as you need. journal daily, and talk about what your feeling to someone you can trust. mabe see a therapist, i do and it helps alot. you will get thru this, but it takes time. im suffering insomnia, depression, anxiety/panic disorder so just know that its real and were not dying, but oh does it feel like it huh? sorry your feeling yucky but have faith cause it gets better.leanne
I also love the name you chose and welcome to the site,you've definitely come to the right place,as we all suffer in one way or another,alot are in similar situations as yourself.
I for one go through all of the above you have listed! The sleep is the worst part for me,because i have a son who's nearly 3 and he's very demanding and you need your sleep to keep going with the "troublesome 3's",so i can imagine what you must be going thorugh with four kids.
I was always anxious and low in myself,it was always put down to hormones growing up ad i suffered badly with periods and the like but my gran passed away and a week later i gave birth to my son,i presume it was the shock of losing the next best person to my mum and then the joys of having a new baby,it all came as a shock and my anxiety and panic heightend from then,i was later diagnosed with severe panic/anxiety disorder,depression-that was nearly 3years ago and after all the messing around i recieved from docs over the years,just few months beack i was diagnosed with endometriosis and i am in pain with that most days so does'nt help anxiety or depression,sleeping etc!
I've tried cognitive behaviour therapy as i shared with others on this site and i know a few here that are like us have tried it too and it can be very helpful in addition to taking your meds,you will learn how to cope with panic attacks,calm them down by breathing exercises,finding the root of your anxiety that causes you to have panic attack,maybe you could read up on it and see what you think?It can do no harm educating yourself on what you are suffering from and knowing what is going on is always better than not knowing! I understand the feeling of panic arising for no reason and the thoughts of going to die from the nasty feelings it gives us inside our selves,but over time,you will get through this and be able to tell yourself "its ok,its just an attack,i'm not going to die,this will pass" I understand its very frightening and i went through hell and back again with this so i can relate to you so much on this.
My advice to you is try get a good pyschiatrist in your area that you can trust and can be open with,then try find therapist to help you deal with the emotional side of whats going on and whats bringing on the sleepless nights and panic!
I know how you feel hun and it sure is a horrible feeling! Here for you in anyway i can to help!
Best of luck and welcome again,here for you in anyway i can to help.
Boy, does all of this sound familiar (except that I am a male).
Eight years ago at 40, I started suffered from severe Panic Disorder. I have always been an over achiever (not good as I later found out) and worked 100 hour weeks regularly. After two years suffering from this, I finally discovered the cause of the disorder - caffeine intoxication (google it - quite shocking). Took a ton of paxil and xanex during the two year time just to survive. I quit caffeine and I have never had an attack since. HOWEVER, sleep is now all but non-existent. Before the attacks, I slept fine. After the attacks (8 years now) it is a very rare day indeed that I ever get 6 hours of sleep in a day. Most of the time it is 2 to 4 hours tops and I have gone as much as three straight nights (4 days) without any sleep at all (and surprisingly felt fine).
I am also a type 1 diabetic (insulin dependent). I always thought that would kill me - but now I think death will arrive at my door step from the lack of sleep. It is severely complicating my marriage (my poor wife tries to understand), my Job (Bosses do not understand at all) and my entire lifestyle (Church, etc.).
I have tried every drug known to man. The only one that works without severe side affects (there are side affects, but at least they are manageable) is Xanex. a 2 MG (I guess it is MG) and it is normally lights out for me. But the next day I feel like a truck ran over my head - but at least I slept. I am not over weight, but have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea.
I am so sorry that several of you seem to struggling with the same challenges. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. It's like a slow death. But - misery loves company and I am thankful I am not alone.
I too love your name HopeforHealing. I was currently diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I have anxiety and panic attacks that make me feel as though I am going to leave this earth, but I am not. I am currently on 1mg of Ativan and i just came off of Zoloft because of the "zombie effect" I could not function. The medicine made feel like I was always light headed. For me I currently use deep breathing techniques. I have recently been legally separated from my husband of 11 years and I believe that all of the pint up stress from the marriage has brought about the anxiety and panic attacks. I have not been sleeping well maybe 4 hours a night. I always feel like I have some type of medical issue going on in my body. I too went to the health unit one day at my job to have my BP checked it was 154/104, I was floored. It sent me into an even worse panic attack.
I immediately went and saw my doctor. Upon leaving my doctor my BP was 120/80 that is normal for me. Today was a good day for me at work until it came time for me to go home. I think for me that I am in this big house by myself and there is no one there to talk to unless it is the week that I have my son who is 9 years old. I have a lot of crying spells and I just feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I do a lot of praying and talking to my support network which consists of my mother, siblings and my close friends. You are not alone. I too long for the day that the Heavenly Father will bless me with no more stress, anxiety and/or panic attacks. I have a stressful job as well and my body tends to have a lot of aches and pains due to the stress and anxiety. I also have severe GERD, so when that flares up the acid is in my chest and it is hard for me to breath at times. I do know what you are going through and I am so glad and thankful that I have joined this site because I need to educate myself and know that I am not alone. I love to help people, and if I can just help somebody then that makes me happy. My name is Heather and I am here for you. I hope this helps.
I have been on ativan for 22 years and after a near death accident 5 years ago my anxiety met panic attachs and now ptsd. I can never take a nap without waking up with panic and in tears. I have terrible headaches so I have to take heavy meds. Benzo can cause depression. They are known to do that, and very difficult to get off of. The ativan hardly works anymore. I have chemical sensitivity so most meds don't help. I am on lexapro right now and although it has helped my anxiety it has made everything worse. I just remain in prayer. Talk to your doctor about all your issues. I can tell you only from my own experiance ativan and all the benzos have to be tapered and monitered by your doctor. I am slowly taking less everyday and praying for healing. I will pray for you. My blood pressure always goes up with my anxiety and pain. But that's me.
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