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Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

Does anyone else have severe panic attacks? Do you think it might be from the lesions? I panic about everything from my cat having bad vision to what's going on in Syria. Any change in my routine causes large anxiety.

posted September 9, 2013
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@OriginalErin: Hello, I've had panic attacks that I would consider worrisome for me. I didn't even know I was having panic attacks until I driving and completely forgot where I was going! I freaked out, and began looking around me and realized I was near my doctor's office and then it came back to me that's where I was headed in the first place. I told my doctor and she explained it was a panic attack and how they can come on. She stated that my body was overtime trying to process this new found stress that was upon it. I was already diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had just been diagnosed with sarcoidosis of the lungs. I wasn't handling this very well. She prescribed Xanax for me to take along with Zoloft at the time. That was a little over 3 years ago. I'm no longer on Zoloft and the Xanax only as needed. My attacks are less frequent now. I thank God for that. When they do come on, I begin to try and figure out what could be causing this attack. Also, I pray for the feeling to go away and begin concentrating on other positive things. I talk out what I think could be going on and I speak to myself. Lol! Sounds quirky I know, but it helps me to let myself know that this is just a panic attack and I should keep calm. Earlier over the summer, my oldest son was going through a tough time with his first major break up and I didn't know exactly what was going on but I knew something was happening in his life. I began to wake up out of my sleep with my heart beating and feeling like I was having a heart attack! This went on for at least 2 weeks til one Sunday, I got really ill and had my mother take me to the emergency room that evening. Well, I got really upset because what they told me was I was having a panic attack and that I was fine. I was mad at myself for not realizing it myself before going to ER. After that episode, I began to take my Xanax and the Zoloft that was prescribed for at that time. My son came and told me that he was having love problems and at that moment I decided that although this was important to him my health was more important to me! I was not going to let matters get next to me that I had no control over and that included his love life. I would be there as best I could for him, but I couldn't let his love life rule mine. I'm sorry for rattling on, but once I got a grip on panic attacks, I'm able to adjust and handle them much better. Hope this helps!

posted September 10, 2013
A MyMSTeam Member

Sister! Your post is old, but I just posted about panic and yours is one of the previous questions that mymsteam sent me. Made me feel I have company, your reference to Syria! ;) Mine came on last night as I watched a replay of a Sunday morning talk show and the mouth of the person talking about the Republicans' healthcare act wasn't synchronized with the sound. Within 5 minutes, it made me so dizzy I couldn't watch the tv, then panic set in! Not sure that was what made it happen, but your War in Syia reference makes me revisit that possibility! Did you ever get a good answer re the cause, or do you have a remedy?

posted May 8, 2017 (edited)
A MyMSTeam Member

Alprazolam helps with my anxiety which has been more frequent lately.

posted September 9, 2013
A MyMSTeam Member

I used to have panic attacks in high school, but I don't know that it was MS related. Either way, I feel your pain sister. I saw a doc that helped me with some activities that helped, like finding something that brings me peace and finding time to do that thing daily. Also, I found it helpful to avoid things that bring on anxiety, such as watching or reading the news. I took a low dose of Xanax for a few years, and that really helped, but be careful, I know people who have become dependent, and it can really be tough. I do know that MS can cause anxiety, and I do have some of that for sure. Yoga has helped me in the past, so has exercise, fresh air, good music, and positive thinking. I know it is hard. Hang in there sweetie.

posted September 9, 2013
A MyMSTeam Member

Had them, now well controlled on celexia. It is a cheap antidepressant and has been around for years. Is on the Walmart 10$ drug list for 90 days.

posted September 11, 2013

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