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    trottier531 posted:
    I am new here, and rather confused. 9 months ago I had a series of panic attacks and was diagnosed with anxiety/depression. I have been taking meds for this for 9 months now. Last night at work, I had what I felt was the same thing as last time. Pain in my chest, hard to breathe, couldn't talk, hard to swallow, motor skills depleting and vision wavering. I went to the er and was told it was gerd. my EKG was fine, good blood pressure and vitals. How can the two attacks be so similar?

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    Torcal responded:
    The people manning the ER are incompetent. You are fortunate they didn't try to treat you.

    I've had GERD for over thirty years and I also take psychotropic drugs to contain my bipolar disorder. I take a drug (Lamictal) that helps stabilize my mood plus two other anti-depressants (Buproprion and Trazadone). And more.

    Sometimes an event happens, or I engage in some project that results in a "break through" of the Lamictal screen and results in manic behavior. I have learned to recognize when it happens and I temper it down with a sedative.

    My point is that it appears to me quite likely that some stimulus excited you enough to break through your medication' effects and result in another panic attack.

    Perhaps you need to take more of your medication or combine it with another. But you do need to see your psychiatrist and relate your story.

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