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Hello Everyone I am new to this forum and I need some help in understanding and helping my husband cope with a recent diagnosis of anxiety and panic disorder. He used to be a marijuana smoker and after he smoked one day he came into the living room and was white as a ghost and started sweating and could not breath. We both went outside and I reassured him everything was ok he kept saying things seemed out of order it lasted about 7 minutes and he was fine he chalked it up to smoking. Then about a week later another attack happened similar but this time it was worse he started freaking out thinking he was having a stroke and lasted about 15 minutes the whole time sweating, not breathing correctly, eyes darting all over the place and in complete panic. I drove him to the ER because we weren't sure what was really happening they took his blood ran a EKG and sent him away with "dehydration" once he told him he smoked weed they basically dismissed him. But we had a really sweet RN who said he experience anxiety and panic attacks and said that he recommended him to see his regular doc and maybe a counselor. From that day forward he has not smoked weed once, he thinks it triggered it. The next day was horrible again he couldn't eat didn't want to go outside and kept saying he didn't feel normal he no longer wanted to roll around on the ground with our children and he said he couldn't be happy. We went to the urgent care because it was a Saturday and his doc was not open. That doctor prescribed him Xanax and said he had anxiety he could see it on his face. He cried in the office and told the doctor that he felt like he was dying. He took the Xanax but hated it so does not take it any more he said it makes him a zombie and sleep all day and he does not like that at all. He is a very active father and husband that would do anything for his family and this has rocked us to the core and changed everything. Things went ok for a few days he seemed to be dealing ok having a few rough days but he convinced himself he had a brain tumor because the symptoms are similar with anxiety. Dizziness, faintness, shortness of breath ect. So he got a CT scan and it was negative for any irregularities. He was ok for another few days and now he is convinced he has heart failure, or mitral valve relapse or some kind of heart condition because again the symptoms are so similar. Two years ago he had pericarditis an infection of the pericardium (sack around heart) it lasted about 2 weeks and cleared up and has not made a appearance again. He is convinced that did damage to his heart and now feels like he is dying. He is constantly googling and matching up symptoms with what he has. The hard part is I cant help I cannot for sure say he does not have anything wrong with him I just reassure him that he has had 4 EKG's and 3 blood tests in the past two month and I feel like something would have shown up. Does this sound like anxiety? Have you experience this? Maybe your experience can help me help him. I am in desperate need of some advice. It is so scary to hear him talk bout him dying and he wants to know if I will be ok with our kids because his biggest fear is leaving us and it is a constant worry. he lost his dad when he was 7 and always talks about our children experiencing life without him and how much that hurts him to think about. I am not sure what to do anymore. I told him to go to his doc and be referred to a heart specialist so they can tell him his heart is fine although he has had tests already. Please Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you for listening.
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