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RE: panic attacks/bi polar

Posted by CindyM on April 25, 1999, at 21:00:50

In reply to I'm sorry no doctors have responded to this yet, posted by racer on December 27, 1998, at 0:24:01

Hi...My name is Cindy and I have been having panic attacks off and on for about two years. Recently they have been getting worse and worse, and so my primary care doc perscribed (generic) Xanax and Paxil. The Xanax started working fine, although we had to cut the dosage. It made me really woozy at a .50 mg dosage. The Paxil, however, wired me, like I was drinking coffee all day. My doc then tried BuSpar, and it made me so sick to my stomach I couldn't even take one half pill in the morning and one half at night. And it's hard for me to shake that nervous, "I know I'm in trouble for something" feeling. My doc sent me to a nurse practictioner, who diagnosed me as bi polar with panic attacks stemming from my mood swings. She told me that my reaction to the Paxil is really what told her that, because Paxil will usually bring people "down" to a calmer mood, unless they are bi-polar or manic. I am usually "up", so I questioned "bi polar", because I thought that meant depressed. After doing more research and looking into things, I realize I am too "hyper" and that's probably what has been the deal. My new nurse put me on Depakote, and so far, I've only had twinges of nervousness, not anything like the "Oh God, I'm going to pass out, throw up, and make a complete fool of myself right HERE!" feeling like I usually have. I still have to try to fight it, though. Without the Xanax I don't know what would happen. I wish more docs would be up to date as to what to do. I wish there weren't 15 different names for what I possibly have. I wish they'd make up their minds as to what I DO have. And I really wish I could feel "normal". Whatever that feels like. I hope you find someone to help. I understand how frustrating it is, to wake up every day and wonder...."what's going to happen today".

Good luck, e-mail me if you like.




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