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Panic Attack Disorder Sufferer

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I have been taking a cocktail of medications for Panic Disorder. It has been 17 years of taking medication. Has anyone been taking medication as long as me ? I started with one medication and my body got use to it so I had to increase
dosage and adding medication to keep it under control. I have always been stable because of it and have no panic attacks anymore. If I forget to take one dose during the day I start getting very grumpy and shaking. I was in the hospital for 24 hours (Thyroid surgery to remove thyroids from thyroid cancer ) and the hospital would not let me take my medication because the doctor didn't put it in my file. I had a 24 hour panic attack ( I was in ICU ) since I woke up after surgery I was up all night crying thinking I am not worth anything and shaking and my muscles were so tight it felt like I had a broken rib. It would not stop till I got home and had a days worth of scheduled medication. It was so horrible, the nurse complained my vitals ( blood pressure, pulse, heart rate, oxygen rate ) are all over the place. I said because you won't give me my medication. Nurse said can not do anything about panic attacks and left during the night the nurse would come in every hour and complain I was not getting any sleep. I hate hospitals. That was my hospital experience. I dread being off my medication again. I am so glad it is over. Has anyone had 2 go thru anything like that ? There must be somebody who has gone thru this ?? I hope I am not alone here. I do not drive cuz I get panic attacks driving even on the medication. I passed out while driving before I knew I had a panic disorder. Driving bad. My husband is very supportive. Yeah !!!!! It is hard to know hospitals or anybody can not help you except the psychiatrist and adjusting medication which can last days.
 
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I have been taking a cocktail of medications for Panic Disorder. It has been 17 years of taking medication. Has anyone been taking medication as long as me ? I started with one medication and my body got use to it so I had to increase
dosage and adding medication to keep it under control. I have always been stable because of it and have no panic attacks anymore. If I forget to take one dose during the day I start getting very grumpy and shaking. I was in the hospital for 24 hours (Thyroid surgery to remove thyroids from thyroid cancer ) and the hospital would not let me take my medication because the doctor didn't put it in my file. I had a 24 hour panic attack ( I was in ICU ) since I woke up after surgery I was up all night crying thinking I am not worth anything and shaking and my muscles were so tight it felt like I had a broken rib. It would not stop till I got home and had a days worth of scheduled medication. It was so horrible, the nurse complained my vitals ( blood pressure, pulse, heart rate, oxygen rate ) are all over the place. I said because you won't give me my medication. Nurse said can not do anything about panic attacks and left during the night the nurse would come in every hour and complain I was not getting any sleep. I hate hospitals. That was my hospital experience. I dread being off my medication again. I am so glad it is over. Has anyone had 2 go thru anything like that ? There must be somebody who has gone thru this ?? I hope I am not alone here. I do not drive cuz I get panic attacks driving even on the medication. I passed out while driving before I knew I had a panic disorder. Driving bad. My husband is very supportive. Yeah !!!!! It is hard to know hospitals or anybody can not help you except the psychiatrist and adjusting medication which can last days.
OMG WCG!!

I can't believe they didn't support you with medication during your stay you poor thing. :hug1: What idiots!

I used to suffer panic attacks; my first one was January 2012 when I was driving home from a trip away. I thought I was caught in an earthquake! It wasn't just my hands and body shaking, it was the whole car!

I pulled over clutching the steering wheel feeling as if it was my last breath; dying alone on the side of the road.

Eventually it stopped, but the shock had effected me terribly so I drove to the hospital at 40km's an hr with cars honking their horns behind me. Once there they took my OB's and left me waiting for over 3 hrs sobbing like a baby and fearful for my life. I had no idea what a panic attack was.

The doctor didn't know how to treat me so he gave me a Valium and sent me home. (driving!!!) The shock caused extreme mental confusion; I couldn't even put two words together for a week!

Mental Health First Aid should be on a doctor's list of 'must have's'; surely!

Not only would you have been suffering extreme panic, but detoxing in front of their eyes. Why didn't they contact their mental health team? It's just not on I say.

I really feel for you hun...sending hugs 💌
Liz x
 
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I have been without my medications and it was horrible. I am so sorry you had to go through this. It makes me think I need to keep my medications in my purse and take them without anyone knowing.

I went on Holiday a few months back for over a week and it interfered with my medication scheduled. When I picked up meds. So what I did is took some extra time before leaving on Holiday to make sure I would have enough medication.
Never though about if I would have to go to hospital. Lots of hugs and love No Fears No Worries. Jules
 
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