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    ssh49tn posted:
    I have periodic panic attacks. My throat will be completely numb, plus I hyperventilate. I'm on Effexor HR, & take 2 75 mg pills a day, not at the same time. Recently, I've had episodes where my throat is numb, but no hyperventilation, & it lasts for 2-3 days sometimes. Even the back of my head feels numb. I was recently diagnosed with lupus, & have been suffering extreme dizziness for over a year now. I've had every kind of test they can think of, MRI, cat scan, etc, but nothing has shown up. Then in May, I ended up in the hospital from a mini stroke. After reading some of the posts on here though, I'm wondering if I may need to get off the Effexor, & take something different. If anybody has any ideas, please share them with me!
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    Since you have a diagnosis of lupus, you need to be working with a specialist for this disorder and that's the only one qualified to decide your medications. Lupus, as you probably already know, can leave you prone to a number of physical problems such as stroke. Please talk to your doc about whatever precautions you need to take to protect your health.

    I'm not an MD and I would suggest that you keep a log of every symptom you have and take it with you when you see your healthcare professional.
    ssh49tn replied to Patricia Farrell, PhD's response:
    Thanks for your input. I'm learning about lupus as I go, am finding that a lot of things that have happened to me can be caused by lupus, plus I also had a bad thyroid. It's a long process trying to decipher what's what. I'm very thankful though, for sites like this that help inform me. I am going to go see my doctor as soon as possible, & talk to her about the medication that I'm on for the anxiety, & see what she thinks.
    Patricia Farrell, PhD replied to ssh49tn's response:
    I know it can be like walking into a strange forest and not knowing what will suddenly appear. But you are absolutely right in researching the illness and asking lots of questions, plus being totally involved in your treatment.

    I hope things go well for you.
    Panic replied to Patricia Farrell, PhD's response:
    You hit the nail on the head there Dr. I used to love the woods. Was not knowing what you would see but what you have not seen that gave me plesure. I miss that ability.

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