Panic Attacks and Gastritis

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Nov 23rd had a day of indigestion. Thought maybe some constipation was causing it, but even after a bowel movement it was still there. Woke the next morning in tremendous pain. Thought I was going to die or having a heart attack, my upper chest between my breasts was so tight I couldn't breathe. I started panicking and told my husband to call the 911, I was all clammy, so sick, felt like I needed to have a BM. Paramedics took all my vitals, oxygen levels and everything seemed like no emergency to them. I was transported to the ER They proceeded to do all the tests, blood work, urinalysis, CT whatever everything looked fine. But here I am 62 years old crying, sobbing, begging them for help. They injected 1mg Ativan and I started to calm down. But within the hour it all started again. Well before my third trip to the ER they gave me a few Lorazepam so I could make it to my endoscopy. They found some irritation in my stomach called it Gastritis put me on a PPI. Believe it or not three more times to the ER. A wonderful doctor finally told me I was having Panic attacks. I followed through with a routine office visit, but when I was leaving home all the symptoms started, headache, nasty taste like metallic, gagging, stomach pain.Then my breathing, tightness in my chest crying sobbing, not being in control, all at the doctor's office. How embarrassing, they cane me an injection of Ativan which barely stopped anything, I just become so exhausted it stops. She prescribed 1mg Lorazepam two times a day. How fun, I have 10 panic attacks a day and I get to decide which two I need them most. Next appointment with her tomorrow. Wonder what she going to say when I've already used twenty out of thirty pills in one week  Trying to make appointments with a Gastoligist and their booked two months out. Same with the Psychiatrist two months out. I'm a very strong person, but these are killing me inside.    

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    I like you have been suffering this for 2 yrs. It wasn't as bad first but now it is worse since I had my hital hernia fixed.

    I can't even throw up and the nausea is bad. I feel like i am trapped in my body. The panic attacks are multiple times a day and it sucks. By the time I am done with it all I am so worn out. I can't sleep either

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    Cindi,

    So sorry to hear you are going Thu this. Sometimes there is a root problem that we may not even be aware of that is the cause..I found myself worrying over my health issues. Next thing I too am having attacks. Can't catch breath, I awake in dead of nite shaking uncontrollably. My legs, even my jaw was conculsing..I got so full of anxiety that it was affecting my head, everything. Finally I started thinking..whatever happens, God will give me strength I need when I need it. I will deal with whatever I have to deal with WHEN I Have to..so until then, I'm done!! So I prayed for grace and iv calmed down tremendously..hope this helps..you are not alone!!

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    I get esophagus spasms from my Gerd and it feels just like a heart attack. I have to eat something right away which releases the spasm. Maybe that is what you have been having? Be careful it’s Ativan it is addictive
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      I have been awake all night with the stabbing pain in my back, which comes on if i try to eat. It also seems i have coughing with it.   Everything i try to swallow feels like acid, even gaviscon. I have no appetite.  Paracetamol helps pain a bit till i try to eat even plain rice.  All this has got worse since gallbladder removed. Dr suggested omeprazole, do you think it will help?
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    cindi,

    Don’t feel bad about the crying part! That is what has happened me! The Drs don’t seem to understand how you feel! After you deal with sickness so long it becomes emotional! I am going through health issues right now and getting very flustered! I also went to ER thought I also was having a heart attack!! I understand trying to get into a specialist! You are sick of being sick and then when you have to wait 2 months to see someone is ridiculous! Been there done that! I want to have an endoscopy to see if there is any damage! I guess what I’m trying to say is your not alone! Good Luck with Dr appt!

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    Thank you, everyone, for your kind words, I'm finally feeling much better but still dealing with the acid and diarrhea. I realized that the panic attacks were brought on by Gastroesophageal reflux disease but became uncontrollable when my doctor and I decided to discontinued taking  Gabapentin- anticonvulsant,  Trazodone - Atypical antidepressant, and cut back on Seroquel - Anxiety disorder. all of which I was taking for arthritis inflammation and chronic pain. I also have severe depression so I take Venlafaxine. So when I took away the two and cut back on the third medication I set my self up for these panic attacks, Duh, I figured this out on my own, Now I'm back on all of them altogether, no more Panic attacks.  Last year I was diagnosed with severe generalized osteoarthritis in 75% of joints, I've already had a total knee replacement and lumbar surgery, but both shoulders, hips, my other knee, foot, hands, and neck are also needing surgery. I  forgot to mention the first time that while in the ER I contacted Clostridium Difficile Toxin, C-diff and that is proving to be no easy task to get rid of. I found out that the active spores can last for months on services.    God's speed to everyone, and hope your holidays are blessed.rolleyes

       

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