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Since learning I was pregnant I have had two severe episodes of anxiety, or something? WHen I was 5 years old I used to have anxiety attacks, more like panic attacks if there is a difference -- I would wake up afraid I was dying. It would take a lot to calm me down. But somehow those went away, and although I deal with anxiousness/overactivie imagination, I have always coped well and things don't interfere -- I can push past the fear.<br><br>
So the last day of March I fell asleep and woke an hour later feeling strange. My head felt weird, my neck was tingly (it gets that way if I am going to be sick), I felt like I was going to throw up, but my stomach did not hurt -- does that make sense? My body felt like it feels when I am going to be sick. I got panicky and could only walk around the house for a while. Then I finally sat down and started fanning myself because I was so stinkin' hot! I told dh I just didn't feel right. I tried to go to the bathroom, but nothing was happening. I should mentione I hate throwing up more than anything in the world -- I have only done it less than 10 times in my whole life, so even feeling like I might be sick seems to cause panic in me. The fanning helps distract me and keep me focused on something -- back and forth, back and forth. Finally after an hour or so I felt almost normal. As more time passed, I got to feeling okay. Then I was able to go back to sleep. Probably 2 hours until I felt normal.<br><br>
Last night similar thing happened. I woke up feeling strange. I went to the bathroom. Sometimes if I feel like I need to have a bm or am going to have diarrhea (TMI!), if I stay too long on the toilet, I start to feel like it is going to make me throw up. It is weird, I know. So I got in and got out fast -- could not have a bm. Then I went to the couch (everyone was sleeping), turned on the tv and started fanning myself. For an hour I was shaking, like you do in labor or when you are sick. Slowly it subsided and I was able to cover myself up with a blanket and go back to sleep. It took two hours.<br><br>
What is wrong with me? I am seriously thinking I need an immediate anti-anxiety medication. It is just so scary, and if this is psychological rather that physical, I don't want to have to suffer through!<br><br>
Thoughts? Thanks.
 

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hmm, I don't know. I would consider talking to your doctor or midwife about it to see what they think. I hope it doesn't keep happening!<br><br>
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I was about 12-16 weeks along when I told my OB that I was having lots of trouble with anxiety. We're talking not being able to sleep at night due to irrational fears that would have me in tears with a pounding heart pretty close to a panic attack. She actually said that between 3 and 4 months is when she hears a lot of complaints about anxiety from her patients. I declined medication and adopted a wait-and-see attitude. I'm now 19 weeks along and the anxiety is pretty much gone. When it rears its head it is manageable.<br><br>
However, I strongly suggest if you feel that yours is not manageable, talk to your dr./midwife ASAP. There's no reason for you to suffer; there are meds that are safe during pregnancy. Even if it *is* manageable, talking to anyone about it (hubby, midwife) is a good thing to do. Big hugs to you, because I know this is no fun to deal with!
 

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Hi,<br><br>
I'm sorry you are dealing with this. I have dealt w/ anxiety for years now and it is no fun.<br><br>
During my first pg, I actually was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism that came on as a result of the pregnancy. It was caught around at around 6 weeks but I started having a lot of palps and anxiety a few weeks prior. It caused a lot of the same symptoms.<br><br>
Hope you feel better soon.<br><br>
--Jennifer
 

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It definitely sounds like panic attacks. Dh had them last summer. I would ask your dr. if there is anything safe you can take. Dh took a tranquilizer pill at the onset of one while he began a very, very low dose of antidepressant. Then, after about four months he went off the antidepressant and has been fine since.<br><br>
So, I'd ask your dr if there is anything safe to get you through the pregnancy and then hopefully you'll be ok afterwards. It's pretty scarry, I know. I remember how freaked out dh was about them.<br><br>
Definitely talk to your dr, but also consider yoga, meditation and deep breathing as a natural way to help ward off the attacks. Dh won't do any of that, but if you can do it naturally, all the better.<br><br>
I think you can find some good info online if you just google "panic attack".<br><br>
Good luck and I hope they subside.<br><br>
take good care,<br>
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There are also some great things you can do nutritionally. Even before pregnancy, I would have panic attacks so bad that I once went to the ER. Breathlessness, heart pounding, racing/skipping heart at night when I'd lay down, headaches, extreme fatigue - I thought there must be something really wrong with me. I thought I had some sort of heart condition.<br><br>
It turned out that I was very anemic, and low on vitamin B, according to even the ER docs. Which contributes to an anxiety-like feeling because the body is not getting enough oxygen. Since then, I've also consulted with a naturopath and my MD, who is also pretty holistic. I take a multivitamin with LOTS of B vitamins and iron; a cal-mag supplement (helps to relax the body and regulate heart rhythm); and cutting down to coffee or green tea only 1x a day (sometimes never). You can ask your OB/midwife to test your iron levels. Pregnancy is sometimes a point at which we don't always meet all of our nutritional needs.<br><br>
I also started exercising on a regular basis. It helped SO much. I have not had any attacks for at least six months now, although I did have a little panicky-type feelings right at first in the pregnancy (and found a better prenatal vitamin, the symptoms went away).<br><br>
My whole family is on some sort of pharmaceudical for various mental health issues (and extremely unhealthy physically), so I was looking to avoid that, and was relieved to find things that all added up to a more calm self.
 

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OMG, I think I could write your post right now. This is answering a lot of my questions. With my first pregnancy I had anxiety attacks so bad upon awakening that I did not want to go to sleep at night nor nap during the day and therefore just didn't. This time I thought I was getting out of them because I made it 2.5 weeks past where started with dd. With dd they lasted from 13 weeks through about 34 weeks. during that time I got 2-5 hours of sleep every night.<br><br>
The last post really hit home because I have been taking extra vitamin B this time along with fish oil and have just stopped when we forgot it when we left town. I suffered my first ones last night and during a nap today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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