Posted by Mitch on May 13, 2001, at 10:53:43
In reply to Re: Bipolar disorder vs. panic disorder: any insight? » grapebubblegum, posted by judy1 on May 12, 2001, at 20:48:00
Hi, judy1, went to the site and it was VERY informative. What blew my mind was the reflux disease-bile connection that sets off the somatic triggers for panic. I have had GERD for a long, long time, incidentally, it started about the time the panic started.....I also have had hiatal hernia...I also have a touchy gut and have had IBS problems too.... Get this, I had unexplained ribcage and abdominal pain-went to the doctor and he put me on Prevacid and ordered a gall bladder ultrasound!! (this about two months ago) Whenever I have a panic attack there is inevitably a somatic trigger that sets it off. Most often intestinal cramping or choking sensations. Thanks for the LINK!!
> I'm dxed with bipolar and panic disorders. You might enjoy this site http://www.algy.com/pdi/FAQ/faq.cgi to answer questions on panic. Please read the SSRI faq, you'll see that they considerably worsen panic (and in my case rapid cycling bipolar disorder) Xanax is the med of choice for panic + CBT. My pdoc has me on klonopin for panic and as a (partial) mood stabilizer for bipolar. I believe I read that bipolar disorder has more comorbid disorders than any other diagnosis- drug abuse being #1 and anxiety and panic disorders following. The younger you are and the quicker you get treatment (CBT) the better the chances are for you to do w/o meds, although some people with true biologically driven panic can never do w/o meds (benzos). I'm sorry for not reading the thread- did you say you were dxed with both? Best of luck- judy