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Heart palpitations and bowel problem

I made it through panic disorder fifteen years ago, but its back and this time I don't know if I can make it.

First of all I have a bowel disorder that's very disturbing. I had all the tests back then and nothing showed up. Both times it started by taking a pain killer for something else. Anyway, so I have that going on. Then my mother died, we were very close. Then my father died. While I was taking my father to hospitals etc. my wife of 30 years told me she might want a separation. So that was the icing on the cake. I have super heart palpitations, burning feet, nausea and the bowel problem, and I'm so sad about my marriage and everything else I cant function. I love my wife, and did not see this coming at all. Besides all that I have several teeth that need to be extracted and I cant get myself to go feeling like this.
I'm taking doxepin and klonopin. I used to only take a small dose of klonopin when necessary, maybe .25 and then none for days. Now I'm taking .5 twice a day and that's really not enough.
Needless to say, I'm scared to death and I'm afraid of ending up in an institution. I try deep breathing, exercise, meditation. but its difficult not to think about the things that are going on. Help.
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replied April 9th, 2018
Hello and welcome to EHF !

I went through your query and i believe you need to consult a psychiatrist for your panic attack disorder as it needs anxiolytics and supportive care with psychotherapy sessions. Abdominal discomfort is due to irritable bowel syndrome and is a sequel of anxiety and neurosis. That will need low doses of amitriptyline or nortriptyline and it will help improve both your anxiety as well as bowel symptoms. Let your psychiatrist decide what is best for you.

Take care.
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