Seizures, POTS, and Panic Attacks
Posted 17 April 2004 - 11:31 AM
I really wanted to find another cause for the episodes, so I started searching for everything I could find about POTS symptoms. I have learned a lot about POTS and that each person is different, and yet very similar in their symptoms. And, after reading everything I could find, I have come to realize that POTS has changed my body. It isn't the body I had two years ago. I react differently to things now; more precisely, I overreact to things now. And isn't that what anxiety does to a body? Cause you to overreact? When I have one of the seizure-like episodes, it always starts out with a feeling of lightheadedness and then my heart rate jumps up and I feel like I can't breathe, and then the trembling starts. That is almost classic panic attack symptoms.
I resisted this diagnosis vehemetly, as many of you have, because I am such a laid-back, easy-going person. I don't hold grudges or get stressed out so it was hard for me, my husband, friends, and other family members to believe, much less accept, that I had an anxiety problem. But you know what? I do have an anxiety problem, and many, if not most people with POTS do. I have finally accepted that and I think those shaking episodes are panic attacks, just like the doctors said. Some of you have written that you have these episodes, too, and they seem to be triggered by things like foods or over-exertion, but I wasn't able to find a trigger for mine. For me, I think it's anxiety.
I am finally starting to feel a little better. I was put on Zoloft about six weeks ago after the psychiatrist diagnosed me with anxiety problems. I started with 25 mg and then went to 50 and then 75, and I just upped it to 100 mg. And you know what? The shaking episodes/panic attacks have lessened up, and I've gotten back to my cheery self again. I'm not so blinded that I believe I am cured or anything so simplistic, but I am so hoping that I'll have a few more good days now.
I hope that this helps some of you that have been resisting taking SSRIs. What helps me won't help everyone, but it may help some. That's my hope for you and my reason for sharing this story.
Posted 19 April 2004 - 03:27 PM
Glad to hear you're feeling better.
Posted 19 April 2004 - 04:36 PM
Posted 19 April 2004 - 08:12 PM
Posted 20 April 2004 - 08:20 AM
I don't think Prozac works differently than Zoloft. They, along with Paxil and Celexa are SSRIs. They are used to treat hypotension and syncope. But, some people do better on one than another. Zoloft is used for depression, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, to name a few. I couldn't take Paxil. It made my seizure episodes MUCH worse. In fact they started while I was on Paxil. I seem to be able to tolerate Zoloft better. Those are the only two I've been given to try. I have noticed that when my dosage is increased (with the Paxil and the Zoloft) that I have several days of shaking and trembling along with some numbness in my fingers and toes and, this sounds weird, I also have sharp pains that hit my right big toe, or my right hip or my right eye. Thankfully it doesn't last long before my body gets used to the increase.
I hope you find something that will help you. I'm still trying to connect food with the episodes, but it's hard because I also have diarrhia that I'm trying to find a trigger for, too.
Even with all of the things that don't work quite right, when I have a day that I feel good, it's like a present. Good Luck!