somewhat diabetic related

Robert C. H.
By Robert C. H. Latest Reply 2009-04-05 20:14:16 -0500
Started 2009-03-29 16:16:59 -0500

I know this site doesn't answer medical questions, but I am having a real problem,I suffer from panic attacks,and when I have them I can't function, I shake so hard,I need help to walk, then they knock me out for 15=18 hrs, I have been in the Hosp.4 times since oct,a week to 10ndays at a time, I can't seem to function well enough to pay attention to my diabetes, they have been changing my med every two weeks to find the on that works so far we havn't found it, I can't drive anymore, the last time I tried I had an attack in my driveway and ran into the house, my Quality of life is no more and all the people I know think it is contageous,see them no more,I don't know if I'm asking for sympathy, or any suggestions someone migt have gone through this

16 replies

2009-04-05 19:59:39 -0500 Report

Robert, I am so sorry you are going through this. I have suffered from major panic attacks since I was 19. I was in college and working as a teller and was robbed at gun point. The panic attacks started the next day. I'm 43 now and still fight with them. I take medication to control them and it works 99% of the time. I figured they would get worse after I was diagnosed with Type 1 and they did and I finally broke down and started 2 more medications that are working great. I've had them just about every place you can imagine. Driving, department stores, airports, on flights, it's horrible. Just know there are medications that will control them. Talk with your doctor and hopefully, you can return to a normal life. My thoughts and prayers are with you! You can beat this too! Hugs, Angie

rbergman 2009-03-30 21:38:33 -0500 Report

I personally do not have this condition, but I did have a co-worker that suffered from them the way you do. She was taking vitamin B-12…I'm sorry I wish I could fully remember just what it did for her, but maybe check into it with your doctor, again, I wish I could remember more of what it did for her panic attacks but I'm sorry I don't, I only remember a couple times at work when an attack would hit her and her mother, who also worked with us, talked about the B-12 helping her daughter.

Wish I could help more,

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2009-04-01 14:20:51 -0500 Report

I thank you all for your replys,and suggestions. First let me explain that it took them 3/1/2 years to diagnose that I was suffering from panic attacks.I have been hosp.4 times since oct due to these attacks,they have been changing my meds on the average of every two weeks, because they have not found the right combination, Everyone keeps asking me about a trigger, I have none that I can pin point, all I know is they start off like a heat wave is climbing up my body, I start sweating profusley,even my hair gets soaking wet, then I start shaking,and quite ofen get chills,I am seeing a psycolagist twice a week,and we are talking about things from early childhooh to present day,child abuse,molestion,mother and older brother commited suicide, but I due not dwell on these things everyday,I have had a lot of ailments recently and I resent what they have done to my quality of life too, Maybe it is just anger. but I hate the life I am forced to live today, Thanks again Robert

lipsie 2009-04-04 07:01:14 -0500 Report

Just remember we ARE here for you!! Love yas…Sheila

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2009-04-05 19:26:31 -0500 Report

I thank allof you for your concern and help, This site has given me help n many ways espically all the special friends I have made,Robrt

Antique-Dave 2009-04-05 20:14:16 -0500 Report

Keep working with the Psychiatrist, it looks to me like you are dealing with the issues that could be triggering your Panic attacks.

I had a bout of depression when I was about 44 and also suffered through panic attacks. I'd go into the closet and close the door and hyperventilate for about 15 minutes. I could compose myself enough to go back out and deal with people until the next one. I was sleeping about 16 hours a day too at that time.

Haven't had one now for at least 6 years, dealing with all my unresolved family of origin issues helped a lot. You may not think about the things that happened t you as a youth but they are thinking about you and will continue until you put them to rest.

Good Luck and keep doing what you are doing.

lipsie 2009-03-30 06:40:19 -0500 Report

Hi Robert,
My name is Sheila. I'm the new one around here. I feel like this is my family which in that, makes you my family. I am diagnoised with Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disoder Whereas I break out w/ a little bit of it all at time, just various, and never know when I wiil have the ups n downs. I suffer with severe anxiety too. i am on Klonopin 3 times daily regular BUT I used to have a as needed one too…that was xanax which was REALLY good. Do they have you on a regular dose of medicaton for your anciety? Then, like everyone said therapy is SO needed and from there figure out what is going on. If you need a regular medication to go w/ the anxiety meds.One Big thing that helped me in my attacks was learning to relax thru breathing, reminding yourself, calm down, breathe..try it, ya never know..try a few timew.There are MANY techniqes I am sure your therapist can go thru with you on it. Just to point out, you was unsure of writting this post right? And look. see how many of us do care and what have you. So stay strong, and remember you do have us.OH, I am glad you mention your Diabeties, that mean you are aware of it stil and concerned, and you should be. A very good reaason to work this out right? Please keep us updated, I know I will be wondernig about ya..I am sure that other would too. Thanks, take care. Love Sheila

BeckyJ 2009-03-29 19:58:40 -0500 Report

Hey Robert, I have suffered from panic attacks & anxiety for years. I always thougth that it had something to do with my Bi-polar disorder until I started seeing a therapist. He told me that they are two very different animals and that panic attacks and anxiety are the most troubling to treat. For me what has worked is a combination of therapy with a Psychologist and medications(mainly Klonipan)Finding out the root of the anxiety (for me it's crowd's as I am a touch agoraphobic) and working on them. I still struggle at times but for the first time in almost 15 years I was able to go into the Mall with my neice to shop with her birthday money. Good Luck and most definately GOD BLESS! I hope you are able to find some relief from this awful struggle.

2009-03-29 20:40:28 -0500 Report

Good for you Becky!!!!! Keep up the good and courageous work!!!

2009-03-29 18:27:52 -0500 Report

Robert, I have been diagnosed with PTSD, from a former marriage I was very abused in, and I get panic attacks alot! I was formerly diagnosed in reference to the panic attacks, as having anxiety. I now am on a medicine called Lexapro, and it does help, and so does having a pro active attitude that anxiety WILL NOT win!

Hugs and I hope this gets better!

dj7110 2009-03-29 18:14:49 -0500 Report

I know where your comming from. I too have suffered bad panic attacks in the past. I've been diagnised with PTSD following a bad explosion of which I was involved in the past. Many flashbacks N nightmares as well as panic attacks. Like you I have lost my drivers license and been unable to drive. What you need to do is try n get ahold of these attacks and try to get better control of them instead them controlling you. It is much easier said then done. If your not in Therapy for them I would try have the dr recomend help with therapy. This has helped me the most, along with medication. Best wishes, David

markjohn1 2009-03-29 16:46:28 -0500 Report

I have gone through them in the past just as bad and I still have them, but not quite as often. What helped me at first was to identify when and why I was having them. That was first on the list. That I way I would be able to tell the Doctor what I believed caused them. once we found out why I had them we were able to deal with them through medication. I was also better able to deal with them since then I knew what brought them on. I did not go to a Psychologist either, although I thought abut it. I was going through my GP and she gave me some great advice. Then we worked on the meds and now I have them under control somewhat. At least when I have one I can get over it pretty quickly and I don't end up in the hospital.
As for friends, this is what I found out. My friends moved away from me because I wasn't doing the things I used to do with them and that bothered them. Plus the fact that they didn't know what to do when I had an attack. How I go them back was to have them over one at a time an explained to them what was going on. I explained how they could help me if they wanted and what to do in the event of an attack. That seemed to work and now they are all coming around again. Not as often since I still don't go out as much but they still come by to see hello and hang out. It seemed to help when I included them in my treatment and my reasons for having the attacks.

This may not work for everyone. It worked for me and that is all I know. First though you do need to get a handle on the meds and the reasons with your Doctor, then move on from their.

I hope this helped.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-29 16:29:08 -0500 Report

All I know about panic attacks is what I've read and heard from those who either are now or have in the past experienced them. All of them say they are terrifying and immobilizing, and I can see how your quality of life would be diminished.

The people I know that experience panic attacks are receiving help from medications. Hopefully your doctor(s) can soon find just the right thing to give you some much needed help. You should not have to live with that constant fear of another attack and being unable to participate in life and enjoy it.

As for the friends you say seem to have forgotten you, I believe the reason for that is more because they are frightened too when those attacks occur, and they surely must feel very helpless. That doesn't make it acceptable, of course, but I can somewhat understand their fears.

My heart goes out to you, and I will be praying for you to soon receive some help that will restore at least a good part of your quality of life.

Much love,


Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2009-04-05 19:13:18 -0500 Report

Lady Di, I thank you for your thoughtful response, espically concerning friends. I know how difficult it is for them, as they don't understand, what my problem is, just as I don't understand ,how to let them kno how they can help me,I reject invites, and have been told that I seem angry at times, which is true. because I would really like to go, but so afraid, of having an attack, and not being able to explain what is going on with me. Thanks for the dvice, it is always a pleasure to hear from you,and cherish your thoughtful guidence. Sincerely Robert

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-04-05 19:51:58 -0500 Report

I know how difficult it must be for you. I think of you often and enjoying so much chatting with you. You really do have plenty to be angry about, that's for sure. However, it would be helpful and healthy if you could let go of some of that anger and just try to take each day as it comes. Each of us has good and bad days, or parts of days, but eventually things look brighter at some point. I have to make a real effort at times to not allow myself to overthink things or dwell on the negatives. It's so hard not to do that, but if you try hard enough I believe you can overcome it to some extent. Don't forget that God is just waiting on you to talk to Him - to ask for his guidance and counsel. He wants to give you peace and joy. I want you to have peace and joy, as I know others of your friends do as well. Just try each day to find something to be joyful or thankful for in your life. Dwell on that and let the negative issues just fall by the wayside.

I continue to pray for you. Please stay in touch. I love hearing from you.

Much love,