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Friday, August 8, 2008

Anxiety/Panic Attacks

I've always been one to share my struggle, so in the case that you might be going through the same.

All throughout my pregnancy I've had horrible anxiety problems, which led to bad insomnia. Obviously I couldn't take anything but the occasional benedryl to help me sleep, but after awhile, I might as well had sucked on a mint to go to bed because it lost all of its efficacy.

So now that the baby is out and healthy, my medication options are open once again. I have been seeing my doctor, alot. They are still not sure if my anxiety problems are just that, GAD-Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Panic Attacks. When I start to feel "sick" I get a butterfly in my tummy kind of feeling, which starts to escalate. I then feel the need to go to the bathroom, and I start to sweat and have heart palpitations (this then happens over and over, all night sometimes.). Imagine trying to sleep when all that is going on! So they have started me on something to help that-Ativan. The first couple nights weren't so good on the meds, they made me feel way to dopey, so they decreased the dose. I think I found the right dosage for me, because this morning I woke up...feeling normal. I don't feel the slightest bit of an "attack" coming, and I actually slept last night. Halleluja!

1 comment:

Matt and Brooke said...

Hey, as a new mom, I know it can be so tough juggling everything. Let me know if I can help or if you ever want to talk. -Brooke