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Unread 10-27-2007, 02:23 PM
Panic/Anxiety Disorder

Does anyone else have panic/anxiety disorder? I have been on Xanax or Klonopin for 17 years. Since I found out about the surgery it has been the worst it has been in years. Now after the surgery I am imagining every worse case scenerio. Does the surgical menopause make the panic attacks worse? I need more Xanax than I have needed in 15 years.
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Unread 10-27-2007, 03:03 PM
Panic/Anxiety Disorder

I've had anxiety in the past on and off. And unfortunatly since surgery I've had several panic attack. The xanax has helped. It's been a combo of homone imbalance and surgery I think. I'm over 6 weeks post op and it is getting better. I'm sleeping better with sleep aids. It takes a while for my body to adjust. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I didn't expect it so that probable made it worse. Hopefully that won't happen to you. I'll keep you in my prayers that you have a easy recovery. Blessings, Kathy
Unread 10-27-2007, 03:17 PM
Panic/Anxiety Disorder

Thanks Kathy,
Every ache and pain has made me freak out, but if asked me on a scale of 1-10 I would respond a 1-2 without meds. My doc that did the surgery, which was quite unexpected also is not the doctor tha prescribes the Xanax. The surgeon is an alarmist and that makes it worst. She has zero bedside manner and I saw her for a total of 15 minutes since the surgery 9 days ago. She is a very good surgeon. The tingling in the fingers, the impending doom is all part of my disorder. I am taking 4-5 mg of Xanax of 10mg Ambien at night. Morning seems to be the hardest time.
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Unread 10-27-2007, 05:05 PM
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i also have a panic anxiety disorder. i can certainly relate to what you are going through and i,ve been this way for about 15 yrs since i had a tubal ligatin. i will say that this surgery (hyst) did make all the symptoms worse for a while . in the first few months i lost about 10 lbs. i was a total mess and would wake up all night with feelings of impending doom.i was worse from mid afternoon till i fell asleep. i had to take an ativan every night for awhile so i could fall asleep,and then i found myself addicted to it ,,something i had allways been carefull about.i,m much better now allmost a yr later,little bits of anxiety and hypervetilating but nothing like the first 6 months. i feel that things are settling down and without the pain and bleeding that i had before,,when i do feel calm now its a much better calm.i have had problems with insomnia but i also notice lately that i have stretchs that i can sleep 5 to 6 hrs straight. i have not taken any ativan for about 6 months now and now that i,m getting back into an exercise routine with lots of walking and lifting weights it is helping alot with the anxiety.i have read a lot of posts on this and most of the ladies say it got better with time and a few said that it took 2 or 3 yrs and then it all sttled down,hang in there,,i know what you are going through and it is no fun!!
Unread 10-27-2007, 05:26 PM
Panic/Anxiety Disorder

Pamrose, I understand the tingling in the fingers. I sometimes even feel cold liquid running down the back of my head. It's scary when it happens. Xanax really helps when this starts happening. This week has been a lot better and I'm starting to have less anxiety. The lack of sleep compounds things and makes it worse. I take ambien at night too. I take a lot lower dose because I'm drug senitive. I haven't seen my doc very much either. But she is trying to get my estrogen level right. I give her plus for that one. She's just so busy.

Arlettafrontain, It was encouraging to read that after a while things will get better. Thanks for sharing. It really helps. Kathy
Unread 10-27-2007, 07:19 PM
Panic/Anxiety Disorder

Thanks, Thanks, Thanks
To know that you are out there feeling the same and getting through it helps me more than you can imagine. I have doubled up on my Xanax for the time being. By doubling up I noticed it lasts longer. My mornings are not as good (i guess no X in my system). I take Repliva an iron supplement at noon, so I guess it gives me more energy and a better feeling second half of the day. Like you sisters, I too know how addictive Xanax can be, so I am going to start Klonopin again when X runs out. I need alot less Klonopin because it last longer in your system (some days need none). Time will tell but I feel good right now. Tomorrow a friend will come over to visit in the afternoon and with my family I will go to a local restaurant for a small dinnner. Wish me luck!
Unread 10-27-2007, 09:14 PM
Panic/Anxiety Disorder

Pam, I'm glad your friend is coming over. I had a friend that was good to me when I was at my worst. . I hope you enjoy your time at the restaurant and can relax there. Hopefully each day will get better for you as it getting for me too. Thank goodness for the meds. because when you really need them they truely get you through. It hasn't been long since your surgery and you sound like you are doing everything right. I wish you peace and relaxation. I hope you have a good day tomorrow. I'll be praying for you. Kathy
Unread 10-28-2007, 10:09 AM
Panic/Anxiety Disorder

At 10 weeks post surgery, the hardest part of this has been remembering that "this too shall pass". On bad days I'd think it would STAY this bad - forever. I hadn't had a panic attack in years till surgery. Out came the Valium. It was "use it ot 'lose it' ". It's finally getting better for me. I no longer feel like a coiled spring and can sleep at night too. Also, I added progesterone at 6 weeks and at 9 wks cut my estradiol in half - seeing a hormone specialist who says too much estrogen is a big factor in PAs. Cut out my soymilk iced coffees and almost all caffeine. Good nutrition, exercise, supplements - all help. I also started meditating. I don't know which of these help or not, but DOING something to try and improve things always helps me. I do have to give alot of credit to my DH, who has been encouraging & supportive when I've felt crushed & hopeless.
Juuuuust these past few days, since I cut the estrogen, I've been feeling better than I have for MANY months even before the surgery! IMO, surgical recovery is one thing, but the hormone issues that we face and for many of us may have CAUSED what prompted the surgery, are what we really have to tackle.
Hang in there - it does get better!
Unread 10-28-2007, 10:51 AM
Panic/Anxiety Disorder

I woke up this morning and felt really good. Rested relaxed, no aches or pains. Thought I didn't need a Xanax. 2 hours later I said I better take one cause this good feeling won't last long. I was right...I'm feeling freaky one hour after a pill and can't seem to settle down. From now on I take a dose when I get up.

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