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I've always been pretty healthy. Since I had my daughter nine months ago, I've been really weird. I had them insert Mirena(birth control) and I wonder if it's my hormones. I have panic attacks on a daily basis, I always feel severe anxiety, I get really dizzy a lot and sleep ALL the time. I'm always sick and feel like i'm going to pass out. I feel like I can't walk sometimes. I can't take any medicine because I'm afraid I will die. That sounds weird. It's some fear I've suddenly picked up on. I will have a panic attack if I take just Tylenol. I have blurred vision a lot and headaches. I've recently got these weird bruises on my legs from my knee down. They won't go away. My legs really itch and ache. I get sharp pains in my lower abdomen. Any ideas??
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replied February 7th, 2009
I understand how you feel. I had my daughter 9 years ago, had pretty bad pp depression for about 13 months, then was ok for about a half a year. Then I started getting anxiety. It slowly turned into panic disorder and for almost two years I could barely leave my house. I too did not want to take anything that would change my heart rate or blood pressure as that always seems to induce panic.

Panic can be related to Poly Cystic ovaries (which I have) and I am slowly investigating a Progesterone deficiency which seems to also be relative to panic/anxiety. Have you checked into either of these?
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replied February 7th, 2009
No, I haven't checked into either of those. Would I see my OBGYN for the Poly Cystic ovaries? Did you get sharp pains where they were? I can't even have sexual intercourse with my husband because I hurt so bad. Will it ever go away?! It's terrible. I've been having panic attacks 3-4 times a day.
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replied April 27th, 2010
I feel almost the same, I have a 9month old and a 2 yr old. I feel like im losing my mind I get panic attacks all the time and I have beed having wierd vision problems headaches and dizziness. None of my doctors have been helpful. It is so frustrating I dont even want to try another doctor because they always seem to not know what is wrong with me!
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replied November 14th, 2011
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I know exactly how you feel. I just had my daughter two months ago and I was feeling a variety of things like joint pains, muscle pains headache which I thought they were all pregnancy related. However just recently I have been getting sharp weird heart pain, headaches, dizziness and numbness....it sounds like a heart attack. I went to the hospital a couple of times because of this and they did ECG test nothing is wrong with my heart, so I was at a grocery store just recently and i felt like i needed to throw my stuff and run out, i felt like i was suffocating. Just recently I was sitting down and i felt light headed and i was going to pass out i had to run outside and grasp some fresh air. I have two other daughters and I never felt such vulnerability. I keep going to the doctors and literally beg for help and they doing the same thing you are having anxiety attacks without doing any test. I am so frustrated and fed up I have never experienced anything so intense. If you found anything helpful please let me know.
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replied August 23rd, 2010
i am so glad to have found this my daughter is 14 weeks old and i feel exactly the same i go hot then cold dizzy feel sick all the time blurry vision it frightens me to death.
i had pre eclampsia at 36 weeks had to have emergency section, ended up gettin 2 uterus infections was really poorly. the thought of i have to be ok now coz i have a baby to look after makes me more anxious
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replied October 26th, 2010
anxiety/panic after baby
I have always been a worrier but after having my daughter 4 months ago, I started having severe panic attacks and still have anxiety issues. I am terrified of medicines because of all of the side effects. I finally tried one and had unwanted side effects. Now I am on medicine that helps but I still have to take a pill every few hours. I just don't like that. I am sorry that all of you have experienced these effects of anxiety/panic but I am also glad that I am not alone. Good luck to all of us!
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replied October 27th, 2010
your right good luck to us all!!! im now on tablets and im alot calmer i am a worrier so some days stress more than others but were mums and ima first time mum so you just want evrythin to be perfect and all okay and everythin is like am i doin this right n that right. some days my anxiety goes through he roof xx
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replied October 27th, 2010
anxiety
That's how I feel. I feel like I can't breathe and my heart starts racing. It is so scary. I just hope that it gets better as she gets older. I am a first time mom as well and I am also worried about doing things right. I still have her sleeping in a pack and play beside my bed because she outgrew her bassinet but I am not ready to move her to her room yet. I know it's probably time but I am just not ready yet.
My anxiety got so bad after having her that the medicine that I am now on, xanax, I am having to take a pill every few hours. It calms me down but I don't like having to take that much medicine in a day. My doctor says I will get better so I am just waiting on that day.
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replied February 10th, 2011
I am 30 years old, I was on different kinds of birth control for 7 years. I have two kids and the anxiety started before I had my kids and I went off the birth control pill after I had recurring panic and anxiety, Then it got worse after I had my daughter and even more worse after I had my son. I went on paxil with bad side effects and I went on xanax for a little while. Then I heard that your hormones can be off after you have a baby. I have severe anxiety and panic everyday it is scary and debilitating. I fear that I will have a stroke or heart attack. I found out that I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and that I am low in progesterone, which I have take for 22 days now with some relief. I feel like birth control pills have ruined my life. I feel so tense and stiff all the time and worried that I am not breathing right, my muscles twitch all the time. The progesterone cream has worked somewhat, but I had to stop it for 5 days, when I was supposed to get my period, per the doctor and when I did on day 3 I had a scary panic attack and the next day I got my period- then I had a migraine with it which has always been normal for me, but the next day I vomited, so the doctor prescribed that I take the progesterone everyday, but increase the amount on days 6-24 of my cycle. I have been a little calmer- I'm just scared this has really affected my life. I can hardly even enjoy my life sometimes I just want to die! But I need to be here for my kids and family, why is this happening to me! I'm scared!
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replied February 10th, 2011
I am 30 years old, I was on different kinds of birth control for 7 years. I have two kids and the anxiety started before I had my kids and I went off the birth control pill after I had recurring panic and anxiety, Then it got worse after I had my daughter and even more worse after I had my son. I went on paxil with bad side effects and I went on xanax for a little while. Then I heard that your hormones can be off after you have a baby. I have severe anxiety and panic everyday it is scary and debilitating. I fear that I will have a stroke or heart attack. I found out that I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and that I am low in progesterone, which I have take for 22 days now with some relief. I feel like birth control pills have ruined my life. I feel so tense and stiff all the time and worried that I am not breathing right, my muscles twitch all the time. The progesterone cream has worked somewhat, but I had to stop it for 5 days, when I was supposed to get my period, per the doctor and when I did on day 3 I had a scary panic attack and the next day I got my period- then I had a migraine with it which has always been normal for me, but the next day I vomited, so the doctor prescribed that I take the progesterone everyday, but increase the amount on days 6-24 of my cycle. I have been a little calmer- I'm just scared this has really affected my life. I can hardly even enjoy my life sometimes I just want to die! But I need to be here for my kids and family, why is this happening to me! I'm scared!
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replied February 10th, 2011
OMG! I am so sorry to hear that you have to go thru all of that. I feel for you. I am on xanax b/c we tried Paxil, zoloft and lexapro and nothing worked. I have to take 2 1/2mg daily. (I take 1/2mg 5 times a day.) I can take up to 4mg daily. I heard they are highly addictive but I am so scared of meds anyway so I am going to hopefully be at a point where I can wean off of them. It is just so scary to have anxiety and panic. It is the worst feeling and I remember not being able to move. I would take a cold wash cloth and rub my face raw. It sucked. Maybe you could see a psychiatrist and they could put you back on xanax or klonopin until you can feel calm again. If you take them as prescribed I don't think you will have a problem. I will pray for you because I know how bad you feel. I really do b/c I felt the same way before the xanax. I still have anxiety but now I can manage. I feel like if I have a twitch or a headache it's the meds. I don't even like taking tylenol so it took awhile for my doctor to get me to take anything but eventually the meds I am on now worked. I hope you find relief soon because I know how scary it is. My prayers go out to you. I am terrified to have another child because of all the panic and anxiety I have since having her. I go to therapy twice a week but now I am down to once a week and she is 8 months. I have been on xanax for 5 months now and they have helped.
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replied February 14th, 2011
I have been having bad anxiety after my second daughter. I was on Effixor before I had my first and got off of it when she was born and stayed off of it until recently. These anxiety attacks are so frightening. I went back on the Effixor to calm down and it helps a bit. I have to remember to tell myself that it is only an anxiety attack and I am not in any danger, remember to breathe and concentrate on my breathing. I hate this as well and it is hard to talk to people who do not have this, they don't understand and tell you to just get over it. I think my anxiety started when a friend lost her baby to SIDS in 2010 just before the birth of my daughter, you always know that SIDS exists but when you know the person it becomes more real. I am constantly worried about my baby I find it so hard to sleep sometimes. Has anyone ever checked their thyroid sometimes that can lead to anxiety or panic problems.
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replied February 14th, 2011
Yes, I had my thyroid checked and it was fine. My doctor was amazed by that b/c of all the anxiety I have.
I am so sorry about your friend's baby. That is horrible. I hope you anxiety gets better. You are right, if you haven't gone thru anxiety and panic then you don't understand. I hate when people tell me to get over it. If it were that easy I would do it! Do these people really think we like feeling like that?! I am sorry you are going thru it and hopefully we all start feeling better.
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replied March 26th, 2011
suggestions anyone?
after i had my daughter 6months ago tomorrow i was watching a movie with my husband and step father in law and as we were watching the movie my heart started racing and i felt like i had to take a deep breath just to catch my breathe if ne one has an suggestions please let me know what i can try doing to get over this without any medications.
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replied March 26th, 2011
suggestions anyone?
after i had my daughter 6months ago tomorrow i was watching a movie with my husband and step father in law and as we were watching the movie my heart started racing and i felt like i had to take a deep breath just to catch my breathe if ne one has an suggestions please let me know what i can try doing to get over this without any medications.
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replied March 26th, 2011
It sounds like anxiety. I would just take a few deep breaths when you feel like that. Sometimes you just need to take like 20 minutes to yourself and read, take a bath, or just sit in the dark and try to relax your mind. I have dealt with anxiety all my life and I have to take medication for it but if it's not really bad then I would try to just do breathing techniques. I heard yoga helps but I haven't tried that. Good luck
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replied May 2nd, 2011
Panic and Anxiety
wow! I have just read through all your comments and firstly say that I do understand. After the birth of my second child I had my 1st full blown panic and anxiety attack and called an ambulance because I felt absolute terror that something was happening to me but I couldn't pin point it exactly. They came and checked me out with a heart monitor because that's what I thugh my problem was, everything was clear. But how could this be...I was trembling, shaking, my scalp has creapy shivers going all over it, jaw was tight, heart had been palputating...and I was ok??? I was not ok...I was confined to the couch not even being able to heat a bottle or change a nappy...my story is huge but all I wanted to say to all of you out there is, it's been nearly 3 years now and I'm cured, yeah I think it still lives deap in the back of my mind what happened to me but I have had the medication...weaned of it once, relapsed, went back on meds, had councilling and now I'm all good. I don't think any of you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I want to say there is, and I'm living proof....I too found it hard to believe it could be cured (especially when you're in the thick of it) but here I am, cured and feeling like the old me we all so desparately want back. I hope this makes a few people feel better and it has given you some optimisim...don't be afraid to ask for help, get a good councillor, esp one that has had Panic attacks that can relate, as this helps you to relate to the councillor and be able to take on board seriously the info and the key to your recovery. Also a great partner in your life can also be a great help to your recovery...if not then a great friends can be just as supportive, even if it's to talk....gosh feel like I could write a book on this!!! Loving life now....Cindy Smile
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replied November 14th, 2011
That is soo scary because i just had my third girl two months ago, i had normal after pregnancy pains however, now I feel like I am going insane. I started first with these weird head sensations and then chest pains that felt like a heart attack to feeling dizzy ans sooo. I went to see my gyno and she said it sounds like mild depression or anxiety attack and prescribed me zoloft honestly I am scared to take them. I just find it very hard I have always had the strongest personalities and nothing scared me but now I am scared to take tylenol or jog because I think I am going to have a heart attack.. I am loosing my mind any suggestions would be great! thanks
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replied May 2nd, 2011
That last post made me feel better because that's how I feel sometimes. I am still in therapy and on meds but I am staying optimistic about me being myself again one day. I have heard that 1-3 years is usually the time frame of recovery. It seems like soooo long, but my daughter is already 11 months so I am either half way through it or 1/3 through it. That's how I have to look at it b/c I don't ever want to feel like I did before I got help. It was so scary. I still have anxiety but I am trying to work through that now. I will keep everyone posted. Good luck to us all. : )
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replied May 3rd, 2011
Hey pips 41009, it's my pleasure to have made you feel a bit better....thats fanyastically awesome!! Yes to look at it like a journey is good, I'm so happy you feel as if there is light at the end of the tunnel, my doc told me that it takes while after the birth of a baby for your hormones to settle, I had my first baby with no attacks at all, but the second one totally flipped me out, I am now thankful that i have 2 beautiful girls as I wouldn't want to go back through the journey again ever...it is scary, also a big part is getting over the cycle of fearing another attack is coming, I had a 2 weekly cycle, which I recognised was my problem and used to self talk to myself, which involved looking at myself in the mirror everyday and saying "you are doing the best job you can do, you are fine and you can get over this"...it mat seem silly but at the end of the day any positive reinforcment to your state of mind is progress. I believe Pips41009 that you will get better...it's defiantely on the cards, you are doing all the right things, it just takes time Smile. I too had all the tests done as my doc kknew better then me and kknew I needed to know that I wasn't dying of a heart attack, I had nuclear tests on my lungs, bloods, xrays, everything, because you have to and need to be reassured medically that you are ok...even then sometimes you'd doubt the tests...I did....but know i know better. And having to be there for our kids is also a sobering fact, we have to be here for them and i think that is great therapy also....good luck with your baby...YOU WILL DO IT!!!
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replied May 5th, 2011
Hey Cindy! Thank you for your reply. I will do the mirror thing because I think it is a great idea. My husband would love to have one more child but I am terrified of going through all of this again. I am also dealing with the anxiety of trying to start giving her "real" foods. She couldn't have any orange foods, apples, pears or green beans. She literally has only been eating bananas, peas and rice cereal. She is a healthy size but it's time to start her on foods and I am nervous about what to give her. Any advice?
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replied May 8th, 2011
Panic attacks & Anxiety
Hi Cindy I do that thing in the mirror. Ive had anxiety since sept 2010 when my baby was nealr 9 weeks old. I also have therapy. I keep telling my self Im better than this. I feel my worst when im tired or stressed out. and by the way pips41009 how old is your baby?
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replied May 8th, 2011
hello milly007. My daughter is 11 months old. Do you have any advice?
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replied May 9th, 2011
I do on giving her foods is that what u want? my daughter is 9 months I put her on mash & sausages but the sausages are them out of a tin, but i peel the outside of the sausage when ive boiled them. and i put tomatoe ketchup at the side for a taste. You can give your baby anything now cause she is passed 6 months, as long has you dont add salt.also she as meat balls but i blend all my meat for her. also try little tins of Heinz Spaghetti them little tins. Hope this works for you.
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replied May 9th, 2011
Yes, this helps milly007. I was just lost as to what to start with. Also, should I give her the same thing for a few days before introducing her to the next new food like they have you do with the baby food?
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replied May 9th, 2011
HI pips41009. I would try her on everything so she tries everything I don't bother with baby food, i make my own for her . this is what i do. I give her milk in the morning when she wakes up, then bout 10am i give our porridge with her milk . then about I give her juice about 12 then yoghurt bout 1.30. then she will have juice again about 3pm, then her tea etc mash & whatever at 4.30. then her milk before she goes bed.
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replied May 9th, 2011
Ok thank you so much. I will try to do those things then. Thanks again for taking the time to help me out with this.
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