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Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

I'm convinced my panic disorder is a direct result of having MS. I was dx with ms in 2003 and was completely fine until 2009 when my panics started out of the blue. I had just previously had a relapse and this is why I'm sure the panics are a result of the MS. I've seen lots of posts on here and other sites where no one actually can say panics are caused by the lesions in the brain. Has anyone actually ever been told the 2 are linked? ? The littlest things set me off for no reason at all. Iā€¦ read more

posted about 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

I'm going to say you're not going mad because otherwise I would be too. I didn't ever have panic attacks but have been in the last 6 months. I have a psychiatrist and am only anti depressants (one that's good for anxiety and chronic pain too). My psych said we were aiming to get to the majority good days but that I'd still have bad days because no one can explain how MS screws with the signals in our brain and they do screw with the emotional signals. I love this psych because she "gets" MS and doesn't think everything is in my head or that everything is my MS but that we just need to manage what I'm experiencing the best we can. She is doing an awesome job and I feel like I've got my life back - when it comes to ability to cope, anxiety, depression

posted about 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

My neuro told me I had a lesion on a part of the brain that could be attributed to my panic. He said lesions there can either cause extreme panic or extreme euphoria.

posted about 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Please get with doctor's panic attacks exacerbate your MS. I AM 56 HAD UNDIAGNOSED MS since I was 12 diagnosed at 52 now gettimg off medications slowly I think I am in remission

posted about 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

I don't have panic attacks but I fully believe my depression is due to MS lesions. I was diagnosed with MS in early 2013, but looking back I had symptoms for at least a few years before the diagnosis. During the last quarter of 2012 I started getting depressed and I told my doctor everything in my life is great. My husband, kids, job, friends, etc. was all wonderful, how could I be depressed??? It made no sense. Then in the beginning of 2013 I had my first case of Optic Neuritis and was tested for everything and received the MS Dx. (Over two dozen lesions on my brain MRI) So in trying to put this puzzle together it made me realize that the depression was not situational it was just another MS symptom saying "I'm Here, Deal With It." Who knows but that made sense to me.

The MS Society says that depression may be "reactive"-the result of difficult life situations or stresses......Depresion may also be a result of the MS disease process itself, since MS damages the myelin and nerve fibers within the brain. If MS damages areas of the brain that are involved in emotional expression and control, a VARIETY of behavioral changes can result, including depression.

Sounds like your panic atttacks falls under the variety of behavior changes that the MS society was talking about but I've never looked up panic attacks.

Wishing you the best!

posted about 7 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

I never thought about that, I've gotten panic attacks couldn't figure out why, never thought of M. S. Causing it. Thank you. This the gGas no end to it

posted about 7 years ago
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