- Apr 14, 2009
Hello. For the last 2 yrs. I believe I have been suffering from anxiety/panic attacks. I have a heart condition so of course when these symptoms started I immediately thought it was my heart condition, which has made the anxiety worse. I have been suffering w/ vertigo, memory loss, and other things. I have seen 2 cardiologists that tell me my heart condition hasn't changed and these problems are not heart-related. I also saw an ENT, who said my ears do not seem to be the problem either, but has ordered some vestibular testing to be sure. A few weeks ago my PCP ordered a carotid artery dopler, which came back normal, with no obstruction, plaque or stenosis in the carotid arteries, so I guess blood flow to my brain is not an issue. The vertigo is on a daily basis off an on throughout the day. I often feel like I'm swaying back and forth or the room is swaying. Almost like you feel when you get off a boat and have to adjust to being on land again. I also have what I believe to be panic attacks. These usually occur while going to a crowded place, such as a restaraunt or store. I will get the vertigo twice as bad and feel as though I'm going to fall over, I get a hot flash that runs through my body usually from the ground up and then through my neck which results in a pressure in my head, my palms and soles of my feel begin to sweat and I feel like I have to leave the place immediately. Once I'm out of the situation I feel much better and calm down. My PCP prescribed Xanax for me to take as needed at .25 mg. It does help but I don't feel it's enough. My questions are, can anxiety / panic attacks cause all of these symptoms and what meds are good to take for daily control in addition to the xanax? I have taken Prozac before after the birth of my son because I had PPD and stopped it after awhile. It seemed to work well for me, but I know it's an older drug. Would it be good for these situations? A few years ago I took Effexor becuause my gyn. thought I was depressed after filling out some questionaire. I almost immediately gained 20 lbs. and if I wasn't depressed before that I was then. I weaned myself off and am still trying to lose the weight. Thank you for any help or suggestions!