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28 Sep 2008

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Hi there
My husband suffered in silence with panic disorder for 20yrs,from the age of about 13. He thought he was a tad crazy or possessed, poor thing, and mostly went undiagnosed because he had parents who frankly didnt care, gave him a smack and sent him straight to bed when he first started experiencing it and just told ppl that he was allergic to leather seats or whatever they decided was good enough explanation for them.
He had been diagnosed with angina, heart palpitations and there is nothing wrong with his heart. Panic attacks immobilised him so badly that it controlled his life, he NEVER went anywhere alone, would not visit a place again if he had an attack there and eventually told me about his problem after 8yrs of marriage.
His GP diagnosed it, and as the symptoms are physically felt but not actually real, yes it feels like a heart attack but your heart is healthy, sweats, tingling/numbness,feeling like you are behind a wall and no-on can help you, its very scary and the exact fear of having another attack triggers an attack.
He was given Azor by his GP, to calm him and I found someone specialising in Cognitive behavioural therapy and it was amazing how quickly he overcame the attacks, now he knew and understood it and when it was coming on and how to take control. Cymbalta for panic attacks? My daughter was given Cymbalta for fibromyalgia, an anti depressant and helps with sleep and pain caused by FM.
I understand been given meds to calm you, but please receive some therapy as well, see what works for you, lots of info on the net too, my hubby, now 6yrs later hardly ever has one and at its peak, just before diagnosis and aggressive treatment, was having a few attacks every single day, up to 4 days a week for a whole year and I had to be with him wherever he was as he was too scared to be alone.
All the best
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01 Jan 0001

Thanks, Jade, for such an important story --- such a typical and convincing story of how panic disorder can go undiagnosed for so long, yet respond so well to the proper treatment.
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