Panic attacks anyone?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PVLady, May 13, 2005.

  1. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    Has anyone experienced panic attacks? In the past few days I don't know if it is just anxiety, low blood sugar or what. I feel panicky, jump up and walk around. Tonight, I had to get out the the bathtub right away for some reason. It is scary.

    I don't know if it is triggered by something I thought about or what. It passes when I move around, or get my mind on something else.

    I am currently getting off of MS Contin and feel pretty good physically as I have meds to help.

    I did just start taking a multi vitamin the past few days. I wonder if it could be some sort of reaction.

    Ok, maybe I will skip the vitamin tomorrow and see if this stops.

    I even took 1/2 a Klonopin earlier today. It seemed to help, but I don't want to start relying on it.

    I also have a very hard time when I first wake up in the morning. I dread the mornings. It takes me hours to settle down or feel ok.

    I hate to think it is part of the reaction to stopping the MS Contin. I guess I will call my doctor Monday and I am pretty sure he will say that is the problem.

    Any thought would be appreciated.

  2. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    Thanks for the response. Hangininthere, I can't take anything. The doctor has me on Subutex which stops withdrawal symptoms from opiates, still, I guess it could be from stopping the MS Contin. I checked the side effects of Subutex and it does not include anxiety, so maybe it is some sort of withdrawal from MS Contin.

    As a matter of fact, the first day I stopped MS Contin, the doctor said to take the Klonopin for anxiety. I am just surprised it is happening 1 week later. I had my last MS Contin a week ago Thursday. I can't imagine anyone stopping this drug with no help, I would be terrified.

    Hi doxy, nice to hear from you, lol. Well, I was going to go to bed and decided to come downstairs and sleep on the couch tonight. Tomorrow, I am going to move to another bedroom in the house. I have been isolating myself in the bedroom so much, I need a change of rooms, ha ha.

    I am glad it is the week-end, I will go take a nice drive. I was pretty anxious until almost noon today. I am taking my meds exactly as prescribed. I did not want to talk to anyone.

    I did take 1/2 Klonopin earlier today and it seemed to help but I don't want to start taking that.

    Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I feel like a weirdo!!!

    Tomorrow I am going to completely relocate to another bedroom ha ha!
  3. Lori_P

    Lori_P New Member

    Hi PV,
    If this was a type of oxycontin and you've been on it for a good length of time, you are most likely in withdrawal from a major opiate. And a very hard, uncomfortable one to kick. You will feel ill and weaker and shakier. The vitamin, if prescribed, I would continue with. It should help. This can last a good week with withdrawal. Hot baths, stay calm, it will pass. Been there. Hope and Peace.
  4. bettydroop

    bettydroop New Member

    Youll be just fine. You know what ... these are exactly the times that work really well for the Klonipin. TAke it, take it , take it. THIS is what you need FOR NOW> When these feelings pass, youll stop. OK? So thts defin NOT something you need to worry about now. YOuve got that other situation to pass and then all will be fine. So yeah vitamins can be good right now. If you odnt feel like taking ANYTHING like a vit, then dont. Call the Dr. and let them know whats going on. Thats what they are there for! If you need to get more Klonipin fo rnow- they can order it for you. Take care- we are here for you ANYTIME! It will pass- you will be fine! Take care Karen aka bett.
  5. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I am taking Subutex which blocks the withdrawal effects when coming off opiates, however - this is probably something that is still coming through.

    If you ever have a chance, read about Subutex, or Buprenorphine. You take it under your tongue 4 times a day and have no very few bad feelings when you stop opiates.

    My pain specialist told me he had one patient taking 70 Vicoden a day. She started Subutex and is doing fine. It is like a miracle drug.

    Anyway, I just want reassurance this will pass...I hate getting anxiety..
  6. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I will take the Klonopin next time this starts...

    Thanks for the reassurance.. I don't want to go to sleep because when I wake up, I have the anxiety...
  7. lillorilea

    lillorilea New Member

    I remember the first time I had a panic attack. It was before I became ill with FM. My husband and I were in the livingroom, the kids in bed. For no reason, my heart started racing so fast, I thought it was going to jump out of my body. I started having chest pains and couldn't catch my breath. My entire body was shaking. My teeth were chattering. I was so scared, I truly thought I was dying.

    My husband, always being the logical one somehow knew I was having a panic attack. I was begging hom to take me to the hospital. He laid me on the couch and covered me up and actually laid on top of me because I was shivering so much.
    I felt like it lasted forever, but it was only a few minutes. I was extremely exhausted after the attack.
    I went to the doctors and he confirmed it was a panic attack.
    I started having them all the time after that. I had one when I was driving with me and my young daughter in the car. I had to pull over to the side of the road. The next thing I knew, my daughter was in the front seat, crying saying mommy are you okay? I had passed out. Only for a few minutes but that scared me enough to go back to the doctors.

    My anxiety attacks are more frequent then the panic attacks. I feel very anxious and feel like I need to walk around. I get this burning from head to toe. These attacks are brought on so easily. Just thinking about something. If someone upsets me. Or even a stomach ache(I know it sounds crazy but I often have them when I am on the toilet).

    I do take meds for these attacks on a regular basis but they are hard to deal with. When I am in a bad flare up of FM, it always brings them on.

    Good Luck and Take Care..............Lori
  8. mxmom

    mxmom New Member

    pv, I am having the exact same feelings, was on oxycontin, stopped a month ago,( I had to be methadone detoxed, in patient4 days and I was only taking as prescribed not abusing), turned out my fibro doc was WAY over-prescribing and dea took his license to prescribe!! What a freakin nightmare!
    still having terrible insomnia,muscle weakness and Panic attacks!!!!especially in the morning, its awful, feel like I am not in my own body,so scared I cannot function!
    also have a metallic taste and smell in my nose. lost alot of weight(22lbs) in just 2 weeks! dr at detox said these symptoms can last for weeks, its just different for everyone,so hang in there! good you have meds for panic, just please be careful as klonipin can be very hard to stop also.
    I am currently off all meds! going to try to stay off everything, for now. everyone says I have the sparkle back in my eyes, didnt even no it was gone! I think eventually strong meds take such a toll on us and we dont even realize it.
    I am not condeming anyone here for taking them though, believe me I know your pain, I am living with it daily again!
    good luck, you can make it!
  9. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    There are mornings when the Klonopin has worn off and my brain is racing. I can tell because for some strange reason, I hear tunes in my head when my brain is racing. If I slip a little Klonopin under my tongue, it helps me to level out.

    My guess is that weaning off the Morphine is causing some of this.

    Love, Mikie
  10. blessed3

    blessed3 New Member

    I was dignosed with this 10yrs. ago. It gets so very had sometimes.I have to take xanax 4 times a day to keep mine under control. I hate it.But I have to do what I have to do.If I don't take my meds for my anxiety disorder I become pretty wide open.My mom has the same problem, so I guess it is genitic. Atleast thats what the docs say.Don't you just love what is handed down to you in life?
  11. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    Because of your reassurance I took 1/2 of a .05 today and feel better. I agree, it is probably part of the withdrawal from morphine. I am taking Subutex to help get off the morphine. My doctor assures me it is very safe and easy to get off of once the time is right. You do taper, but it is nothing like getting off of MS Contin.

    Subutex is just a stepping stone to eventually get off everything.

    My doctor actually suggests I use Subutex for pain indefinitely. He said I will always have to take something for pain in order to function. I am not sure how that will go, but for now, I want to just take care of myself one day at a time.

    I am going to be very careful with Klonopin, I am only taking it if I feel I need it. So far in the last week, I have only taken 1/2 of a .05 three times.

    Each day I know I am getting better. I was so sick on the MS Contin. Had lost 50 lbs. I am now getting my appetite back for nutritious foods and taking a vitamin each day. Also drinking lots of water. It took alot of courage to make the decision to get off MS Contin, I was really afraid of what would happen. As it turned out, with the Subutex, I am doing ok, and can see improvements each day.

    I want to forget "yesterday" and the bad times, and stay in the present. I find it helps me to have a routine each day. I even plan what tv I watch at night.

    I will probably be here tonight again....

    Anyway thanks again..

  12. darude

    darude New Member

    When first got sick body went into panic attacks and I couldn't swallow. Nothing not even water! It was a nightmare and had this terrible headache burning brain lasted three solid months! that was my introduction to these illness's. Headache and panic attacks gone now but replaced with severe pain and disability!