Panic Attacks

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Hello again,I just wondered if anyone had any tips on how to handle  panic attacks, I am getting about 3 a day and they re wearing me out,i start to feel very anxious to point of feeling faint I guess it's those lovely hormones causing them,I do guided meditation to help the panic but this means I m laid on the sofa for half an hour 3 times a day,I m sure my husband is starting to think I m just lazy lol.they just come out of no where. Xx

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    Hi. I tried everthing for panic attacks but nothing worked only anti- depressents. I was so scared when they flared up, I was willing to try anything. Trying to relax when I felt an attack coming on only lasts for a while. Just remember that it`s the menopause that is causing it. If you can try deep breathing, it will probably stop an attack getting worse, and you probably don`t want any form of drug, but anti-depressents are only there to help you cope with this horrible time of your life. Like many women on this website, I`m hoping that one day I will feel more like myself again, but until then, I`m willing to try anything. Hope this helps and I hope you get some relief soon.
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      Hi hope you don't mind me joining in today, I've been in a panic attack since I got up this morning, hysterical crying.

      I've been suffering from dizziness since March, had scans all sorts of tests done. Dr told my estrogen levels very low and prescribed HRT, on my third HRT now as I am very sensitive to side effects which makes me panic

      I'm on livial - tibolone now, not supposed to take this until no periods for 12 months, think my last bleeding without it being caused by HRT was December last year

      Anyway, been taking this HRT for 1 month, don't feel any better, emotions all over the place, never really had any hot flushes more mental problems

      ENT told me I may have vistibular migraine which causes dizziness and prescribed me low dose anti depressant which is used as a migraine preventative - nortriptyline 10 mg

      Took the first one at 1am this morning had been trying to pluck up the courage for hours before taking it, don't know if panicking when I got up has made me more dizzy or if it's the tablet

      I know what all you ladies mean when you talk about the anxiety & depression I feel trapped with it all and wondering how I'm going to get past these symptoms and stop worrying

      I'm worried now that I won't take the anti depressant again tonight through fear and also worried that it may have helped and I've not given it a chance

      Sorry for the rant had to get this out, my husband looks really fed up with all this today as he thinks I could deal with symptoms a bit better

      If be grateful for any reassurance you can offer Linda or any of the ladies suffering from similar problems xx

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      Awwww bless you. I hear you I really do. I could have written your post today. Woke up feeling uneasy developed into palpitations and panic. Worst thing is got relatves from America visiting today...Great!!!!! All I can say Iis keep telling urself this too shall pass!!!!!! I think anxiety and panic have got to be up there in the top 10 of worst perimenopause symptoms.

      Stay strong hope you feel better soon xx

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      Oh thanks Michelle I appreciate you taking the time to try and reassure me when your so busy

      I'm sure you'll enjoy your relatives visiting hopefully ill take your mind if symptoms for a while

      I'm always worried I won't be able to turn this around cause I let it get the better of me through fear, this dizziness and balance problem is growing arms and legs because I'm feeding it but I feel powerless it's rediculous

      Thanks again, speak soon x

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      Hi Brandababy I don't know what is is but symptoms seem to be worse on weekends judging buy the posts. once again been out with hubby for dinner for walks I park and a couple of shops don't know if it's fear of being out but I get panicky shaky and my arms and legs feel weired like yours. Been to docs. And they say bad sinusitis along with hayfever but this has been weeks now wish this summer would end. It just has my stess levels out of control I always feel woozy and unsteady and feel like there's a double decker bus on top of my head lol sorry for rant. Let's all have a good week end xx
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      Hi glitzy, I think your right sometimes my symptoms do feel worse at weekends don't know why because I wish the week away so that my husband is here at home at the weekend

      I know what you mean about the unsteadiness & wooziness I have that really bad and it gets me into a right state of panic which makes it worse

      I'm scared if everything just now going out staying in tablets the lot ūüôąūüôČ I've had ME a couple of years ago which goes hand in hand with anxiety, they think that the symptoms of ME are caused by s dysfunctional hypothalamus and if course this regulates the hormones, my GPs theory is I'm really sensitive to the symptoms of meno because if this

      I don't know glitzy but I'll never forget this time in my life as long as I live

      It's such s nice day today and I want to go out but even the motion of the car affects me ūüė≥

      I hope we can feel better soon, take care and enjoy the rest of your day x

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      Hi brendababy,I also have balance issues that started before peri,and I think you re right,peri has certainly made my balance worse.The doctors can't decide if I have uncompensated labythrinits or migraine associated vertigo.I feel for you I know how horrible it is.Some anti depressants can make you feel dizzy until they get into your system.i hope you re feeling a better soon x
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      Hi fudgeybear I really hope we can get rid off the balance problems soon I feel physically & mentally drained with this symptom which causes me so much anxiety & tension

      Do you think it will clear up when we get through to post meno? X

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      Hi brendababy. Iv`e been on anti-depressents for 28 years now , and when I hit peri The way they worked changed dramatically. My hormones totally messed up the affect the anti-depressents had on my mood. Everything you are experiencing is cause by your hormones. If you`ve had lots of tests for symptoms you`re not sure of,and they come back negative, then you can be pretty sure it`s peri/menopause. Since I was 44, I`ve had all sorts of symptoms and I have been scared, but all the blood tests my doctor has done, have all come back negative. I`m 55 soon and I have noticed small changes in my mood. I still have odd bouts of dizziness, but the anxiety makes all peri/menopause symptoms alot worse.So, don`t worry too much and please take the tablets that you`re doctor has perscribed. Try to relax and think to yourself that this will end one day. Also, keep talking to all the lovely ladies that write about their experiences on this site. Hope this helps you.x
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      Thanks Linda it's good to get some encouragement. I woke up today and felt the usual doom I think I'm causing some of it though because I expect to be dizzy now and this is making me feel extremely anxious and depressed

      I'm feeling very lightheaded and inner shakiness today, I'm trying to get on with things and trying not to panic but it's so difficult

      I keep hearing other woman saying they feel much better on HRT to be honest I've been taking tibolone for 35 days and don't feel any better

      I'm prone to anxiety and was recovering from ME when this hit me, my GP has told me if you have any underlying problems they will be much worse in peri

      My estrogen levels were very low last bloods I had done so GP gave me the HRT to help with the symptoms, I don't get hot flushes really my symptoms are mainly dizziness, anxiety, low mood, insomnia

      Sometimes I feel I'm going to be left like this and end up hysterical crying, it's terrible, I've had to give my job up and feel really isolated when my husbands at work, sons at uni etc

      Sorry for going on but it helps to get it all out, thanks for reading

      Take care x

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      Awww bless you hun. Sending hugs and support to you. Im also having a real bad day. Am aneamic and just had to go on a new iron pill as last ones caused stomach pains. As yet iron hasnt built im so just climbing the stairs is giving me palpitations. ...which then starts off my anxiety. I fully understand how you feel. Its really awful I know. Dont know about you but I keep thinking theres something more wrong than there actually is.....health anxiety is common in perimenopause. I actually felt so ill yesterday I contemplated going to the emergency room at hospital
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      Hi Brenda. I would`nt take HRT because of the risks. All of the symptoms you describe are what I have suffered and more. Anti-depressents are the only thing that have helped me and over time, the menopause symptoms have got easier. It does take time for them to work but there wasn`t any serious health risks. How old are you Brenda, if you don`t mind me asking? My symptoms were worse in my 40`s but now I`m in my middle 50`s, the symptoms have got easier and also with the help of the ani-depressents, I do feel better than I did a few years ago. As for men, they can`t cope with a cold and I reckon that`s why they weren`t meant to have full blown menopause like us women. Menopause does make any illness that you suffer from, worse. I`m an asthmatic and I also have spondolitis and since peri/meno, Mine have been worse. 

      I used to feel isolated when my husband was at work, but menopause comes as a package, with every symptom affecting every part of a womens body. So, the anxiety you feel when you`re alone, is probably bringing on the dizziness. You won`t be a hysterical crying wreck at the end of it. One day soon you`ll be be normal. Hope this helps brenda. Keep talking on this site. We all know what you`re going through.            

                                                                

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      Hi linda

      I am on a new antidepressant paxil a low dose starting out at 5mg and ativan for my anxieties. 

      I agree with you about HRTs because with the risk of HRTs they can cause strokes heart attacks and with having anxieties and panic attacks your blood pressure is already up and so is your heart rate and HRTs will make it worse 

      I suggest antidepressants myself she just has to find the right one thats right fo her 

      I have hypothyroidism, diabetes, sleep apnea and i also have had fast heart rate and blood pressure problems and HRTs is not meant for my because of these reasons i also have sleep apnea 

      Its a great thing you are doing well on an antidepressant 

      i am 47 and i just pray that my moods and anxietiy levels go down with the paxil my doctor is going to raise it slowly right now its at 5mg 

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      Hi brendaby 

      I would stick to the antidepressant, please do not be like me and go off meds with out giving it a try. The headaches could be caused by your HRTs because they can give a side effect with giving a person migrains that is a side effect of HRTs and your moods and anxieties being all over the place that is a side effect of the HRTs 

      I would get off the HRTs and just do an antidepressant to help with your anxieties and moods 

      When i was on HRTs for two weeks i felt great than my anxieties went up and so did my blood pressure and heart rate plus with the nurontin and trazodone i had to stop the HRTs due to bleeding and i had to stop the nurontin due to the fact that it made me weak and feel like i was going to fall out i also had to stop the trazodone right now i am trying an antidepressant paxil at 5mg to get it in my body slowly so i do not have side effects and i am on ativan for my anxiety issues 

      But i have been really restless and not sleeping right the night before and last night i had a really good nights sleep 

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      Hi Susan

                      I`m on Sertraline 150mg and it is a high dose but it does work for me. When I was 47 I was having a real bad time with peri but now Iv`e found something that works, I`ll stay with it till menopause ends. I`m 55 soon so I`m hoping I won`t have to suffer it much longer. Hope you do ok on Paxil 50mg. Don`t be afraid if you have to raise the dose even more. If you get relief from it, then do as your doctor says. 

                                                                                   Take care x

                      

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      I feel the same way,i keep looking for anything that I think will help,I m looking into taking magniesium,I ll let you know what happens.Stay strong it's got to get better one day xx
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      Hi Linda, thanks for replying to me, just seen your email,something wrong with my phone.  Anyway I'm 51 and been having the worst symptoms since the start of this year, periods became very heavy last year but diden't have any other symptoms really

      I resigned from my job in 2011 due to burning out with stress/anxiety, I worked in a busy court dealing with people who were facing the threat of homelessness

      I was recovering from this and feeling a lot better when peri hit me.  The biggest mistake I made was going back to the same company that I had worked for in January, It was a less demanding job but it caused me so much anxiety, I was worrying all the time incase I got sick and had to phone in etc , I wasen't sleeping and really just causing my own grief

      I struggled on for a while at work, took the dizziness in March and had to resign from my job again in June.

      The last bloods the gp done showed my estrogen levels very low and gave me HRT to help with the symptoms, been on it now for 35 days

      Been to different specialist, neurologist, gyno and also ENT the only thing ENT has diagnosed vistibular migraine and prescribed me low dose anti depressant - 10 mg nortriptyline as a preventative, only been taking it for four days

      I was really lightheaded and diden't feel great yesterday but my mood was better and I managed to go out to the shops for a while with my husband

      This morning has been a nightmare !! When I got up I was off balance but the anxiety/panic and feelings of doom I had caused a massive panic attack, I was hysterical crying and pacing up and down, could not settle, I was phoning my husband at work putting him under pressure to help me.  I can't believe that the menopause can make you feel as low as this, feeling you cannot cope another minute, I just feel trapped with it all and worried I'm not going to feel better

      This forum does help because unless you've suffered from these symptoms you defo woulden't understand.

      Thank you so much for trying to help me

      Take care 

      Brenda x

       

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      Hiya

      Feeling very unwell due to aneamia. Just spoke to my doctor and he explained that the new iron tabs are very slow acting due to stomach issues I had with other iron. Came home from work and cried im so exhausted. So back on the sofa and waiting it out hoping the iron kicks in soon. Its seems its one thing after another.

      Really hope ur doing better xx

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      Hi Brenda   So sorry to hear your feeling so unwell, but I can relate to all those symptoms you`re suffering. My periobs stopped when I was 52, but until then, I was really low and feeling very ill. At the moment I have got a headache with ringing in my ears and feel very tired. The symptoms of peri/menopause are not lasting as long as they did a few years ago because there isn`t alot of eastrogen left in my body, but the periods still try to kick in. It might be the same for you as you get closer to middle 50`s. I hope your tablets help you and if you need to have the dose increased, don`t think that`s bad beacause mine have been increased a few times. It`s only for a time till you get through the menopause. I hope you feel better soon and if you need to talk to someone, confide in the ladies on this forum. It really does help to know there are other women suffering like you.

                                   Take care

                                

                                            Linda x 

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      Hi Linda sorry to hear your not feeling great today, you seem very strong so I'm sure you'll face it and look forward to tomorrow when hopefully you'll feel better

      I know what you mean by the feeling your going to have a period I've had that since yesterday with some light spotting but never establishes into a proper bleed, wondering if that's what's making me feel so dizzy and panicky

      Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day I hate being stuck at home I feel so isolated if I wasen't dizzy I'd go out for walks or visit family etc, Al need to find a hobby I can do at home for now to occupy me and distract me from focusing on symptoms

      Enjoy the rest of your evening

      Brenda x

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      Thanks fudgeybear hope the magnesium does the trick I'll look out for your posts

      I'm really looking forward to the day I come on here and tell all the lovely ladies IM NOT DIZZY TODAY YEAGH !!

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      Hi ladies

      Its me again. I know this has nothing to do with the thread but has anyone tried floradix iron tonic for aneamia.

      The iron pills are giving me stomach pain and im really worried im just exhausted. Of course being in perimenopause im thinking the worst. Im even scared to go out duecto palpitations and tiredness. I have been diagnosed aneamic but I feel so unwell. Oh by the way my period is a week late also. Any suggestions. Im miserable x

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      I m still learning about the magneisium,I ve found out that you have make sure you have calcium based food in your diet to hel the magniesium,nothing is ever easy is it ? Lol xx
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