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Hi all

Let me start by apologizing for this being long :) A short brief history....I am a 43 year old female, a 30 yr. smoker and caffeine drinker ( I am slowly trying to stop both) In '94 I was involved in a car accident which eventually caused permanent inner ear damage (I wobble alot!) I also have GERD, and went through an esophogeal dilation on 1/12.

Before I had that procedure done, I started having feelings of not being able to breathe, like I could not get enough air in to my lungs. The first time this happened was in Nov. and it literally scared the you know what out of me. I was ready to have hubby take me to the ER. At first it would just happen at night, right as I was falling asleep. I'm not having them as often now, but it also happens during the day. Mainly in the morning, sometimes later. I got to the point where I was even afraid to go to sleep, thinking I wouldn't wake up. I am on disabilty and spend my days home alone, I don't drive b/cause of the inner ear stuff, and it scares me being alone. While these attacks are happening I keep trying to remind myself that I CAN breathe, and that I'm NOT going to die from it.

So, my question, does this sound like a panic/anxiety attack?? I am a VERY nervous person, and I worry about everything! I am currently on no meds (except Nexium) cause I am very sensitive to everything. I can take valium, but does that work for these attacks? :confused:

Thanks for listening
Kim
[QUOTE=dizzykim00]Hi all

Let me start by apologizing for this being long :) A short brief history....I am a 43 year old female, a 30 yr. smoker and caffeine drinker ( I am slowly trying to stop both) In '94 I was involved in a car accident which eventually caused permanent inner ear damage (I wobble alot!) I also have GERD, and went through an esophogeal dilation on 1/12.

Before I had that procedure done, I started having feelings of not being able to breathe, like I could not get enough air in to my lungs. The first time this happened was in Nov. and it literally scared the you know what out of me. I was ready to have hubby take me to the ER. At first it would just happen at night, right as I was falling asleep. I'm not having them as often now, but it also happens during the day. Mainly in the morning, sometimes later. I got to the point where I was even afraid to go to sleep, thinking I wouldn't wake up. I am on disabilty and spend my days home alone, I don't drive b/cause of the inner ear stuff, and it scares me being alone. While these attacks are happening I keep trying to remind myself that I CAN breathe, and that I'm NOT going to die from it.

So, my question, does this sound like a panic/anxiety attack?? I am a VERY nervous person, and I worry about everything! I am currently on no meds (except Nexium) cause I am very sensitive to everything. I can take valium, but does that work for these attacks? :confused:

Thanks for listening
Kim[/QUOTE]

Dear dizzykim00,
This does sound like panic attack symptoms but you should always have tests to rule out other minor physical disorders before excepting panic attack. Valium does stop these attacks for some people but is one of the more toxic benzos that you can take. It's half life is so long that it takes a long time to leave the body where the others do not. Also you are taking Nexium which in combination can increase the time of the toxic properties of valium to leave the kidneys by up to approximately one and one-half the regular time of valium alone. Klonopin would be my first choice for benzo for long term usage and xanax the second. First see your doctor and rule out everything else before you do anything. Therapy is also a very good thing to think about. I suspect that you have panic disorder but it is just my opinion. Hope you feel better and hang in there.

Sincerely,

Sickman :)





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