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Unread 04-05-2012, 02:42 PM
Re: Severe anxiety attacks 6 months post op

keepscat - They did the TSH test for thyroid and it fell within limits. Would the fasting thyroid test still be helpful?
Buttercream - I'm sure my body chemistry has changed some. My face seems a bit more oily and I even smell differently, if that makes sense.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 09:07 PM
Re: Severe anxiety attacks 6 months post op

Originally Posted by adtyler View Post
keepscat - They did the TSH test for thyroid and it fell within limits. Would the fasting thyroid test still be helpful?
No, that's fine. The TSH test is sensitive and reliable. You can cross that off your worry list unless you were close to the upper or lower boundary value.

Fasting isn't required for any of the thyroid tests, so I really shouldn't have included that. I have hyperthyroidism that's controlled with medication. I fast for the periodic blood tests and try to schedule them for the same time of day just to reduce the number of variables. Some of the other tests that have to be done do require fasting. It's easier to not have to think about whether or not I have to fast. Sorry for the confusion, but very glad that you don't appear to have either of the thyroid diseases.

Hope you find the source of the panic attacks soon!

Unread 04-20-2012, 08:35 AM
Re: Severe anxiety attacks 6 months post op

I am still waiting for an appointment with the endogrinologist. In the meantime my gp is INSISTING that i've developed an anxiety disorder out of the blue. Even though they had to put me on a beta blocker this week due to heart palps and irregular heartbeat. Said I was self medicating by smoking. I started back smoking (dumb) and it surely hasn't helped. This happened 2 months after I quit. He refuses to believe this could be hormone related in any way as does my gyn. I truly believe it is but I can't get anyone to listen! I have to get an echocardiogram next week. If my estrogen came back normal then could it be low progesterone? I've looked at the symptoms for low estrogen and low progesterone. My symptoms fall into both categories. Sorry this is so long! This website has been a God send.
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Unread 04-21-2012, 12:43 PM
Re: Severe anxiety attacks 6 months post op

You said you have your ovaries, but maybe they are beginning to stop working.

I did pretty good for the first 2 months post surgery emotionally. I had some nighttime hot flashes and a few heart palps (also had them prior with my anemia, which had been getting better after surgery). I thought I could go without HRT, because at that point the symptoms were manageable.

Then my thyroid went from hypo to hyper, I had some yearly stress (anniversary of my Mother's death), I was supposed to fly (sooo not a good flier), and I think my hormone "stores" were dwindling. All of it resulted in full blown go-to-the-ER panic attacks. Heart was checked out and was fine.

I started on Lexapro, but that took 3-4 weeks to get into my system at a maximum level. From my own personal standpoint, I would rather be on that than HRT. I tried one dose of HRT in Feb, and I had fireworks going off in my head. I have a feeling I just can't take it.
So, for me, if my main symptom is anxiety, I will just do the Lexapro.
The hot flashes are not severe, just mildly annoying, and I only have 3-4 noticeable ones per day.

My thyroid dosage was lowered, and I go back for re-testing soon.
I think being hyperthyroid fed into my anxiety, and a symptom of hyper can be heart palps.

It is all so very interconnected. Definitely have your thyroid tested regularly.

Hope you feel better soon.
Unread 04-21-2012, 03:08 PM
Re: Severe anxiety attacks 6 months post op

A General Practitioner is not qualified to fully diagnose psychiatric conditions. If you have anxiety disorder it needs to be diagnosed by a psychiatrist.A GP will just throw medications at you to try to relieve symptoms. This method of treatment can leave you with a whole new set of problems and side effects.A psychiatrist will know how to evaluate your symptoms and treat them. A psychiatrist will also tell you if they think it is NOT a psychiatric condition and send you to a medical doctor to have hormones and such tested.
Unread 04-22-2012, 04:26 PM
Re: Severe anxiety attacks 6 months post op

m0447- funny you mention anemia. That was noted on my chart at the gyn the last time but they never said anything to me.

Cathb911-the meds they have thrown at me have def made things a bit worse. It certainly has been complicating things. I am really starting to suspect the restoril as part of the problem. It was the only thing that i was on when this happened.
Unread 04-22-2012, 09:51 PM
Re: Severe anxiety attacks 6 months post op

restoril and ambien are sleeping pills and not prescribed for anxiety disorder.. Lexapro is used to treat anxiety disorder and depression. Trazadone is prescribed for depression. Having a GYN and GP prescribe these pills for you without fully evaluating your problem is certainly like playing Russian roulette with your brain. If Insomnia is your only issue it is fine for them to prescribe sleeping pills, however your chief complaint seems to be the panic attacks. The one that lasted for days tells me this is more than just an insomnia issue. Please don't let your GP prescribe psychiatric medications for you. A Neurologist and Psychiatrist are the only doctors you should be trusting your mental health to. Hormonal issues are the only thing I would be consulting your GYN or GP about.

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