November 2, 2007

Attack!

Yesterday I had a bad experience. I've had it happen before, but I wasn't alone with my children. I had a panic attack. I started having a pain in my stomach- not awful, but it wouldn't let up regardless of what I did. It would kind of come and go and it was making me anxious. Of course, I had extra children to care for, and one of them is very intense and well, rowdy and loud! A lot of things combined and I panicked.

It was so subtle and gradual I didn't realize that's what it was till my husband came home. He's experienced panic attacks quite a bit and recognized the symptoms. I thought it was mostly from stressing myself out with all the social things going on, worrying about Leiah and school, my children's lack of obedience etc.

Just a warning to everyone- don't let yourself get stressed to this point. It's ridiculous period.

Come to find out, there may be other reasons why I had this attack. For 18 months I've been using the Mirena IUD for contraception. I didn't seem to have any bad side effects, just the cramping and bleeding in the first few months, and now I don't get a period. My doctor sang its praises to me and it was reliable and I didn't have to remember to take pills or apply patches.

Well, I did some searching and found MANY women who have side effects so terrible, they had it removed very soon. One lady's doctor thought she might have had a stroke! And the common symptom that they all had- mood swings, depression and anxiety. When I look back, I started getting anxious about the kids getting sick around the time I had this thing put in. I haven't been able to lose weight, a common thing with estrogen dominance in the body.

Why didn't I see this coming? There have been a few times when the thought that maybe the IUD was the cause of a lot of problems entered my mind, but I didn't know how it could. I will calling my OB to get this thing removed pronto. On to natural methods and hopefully not a 5th pregnancy yet :(

Anyways, I am better now and have two days of work to do in one. Yippee!

4 comments:

jesnicole said...

MY GOODNESS, I'M SORRY YOU'VE BEEN SO STRESSED!! BUT I'M GLAD TO READ THAT YOU'RE BETTER TODAY. I'VE HAD A COUPLE OF PANIC ATTACKS FROM WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL TO ABOUT A YEAR AGO. NOT FUN. BUT I DON'T THINK MINE WERE AS INTENSE AS WHAT YOU DESCRIBED.
I HOPE YOUR CONTRACEPTION THING GETS WORKED OUT!! MY FRIEND ALSO USED THAT AND HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH IT. I HAVE FRIENDS WHO'VE HAD GOOD EXPERIENCES WITH THE PILL, PATCH, AND ONE FRIEND IS USING THE TEMPORARY ONE (CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT IT'S CALLED) THAT'S INSERTED, AND YOU DON'T REMOVE IT UNTIL YOU DECIDE TO. SHE'S NOT COMPLAINED ABOUT IT. HOPE YOU GET ALL THIS BEHIND YOU! HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND. :)

prayzgod said...

If I were you, I'd quickly go for a more natural bc method. IUD's actually let you conceive, then murder's the embryo, AKA, it kills your baby, without your knowing you're pregnant.

Just relax. ;-) If God wants you to have another child, you will regardles of bc, and if He doesn't then you won't.

Also understand that many women on bc get off of it later to purposely conceive, and are never able to naturally conceive again, with no medical reason as to why. I theorize the reason is that the body read that you didn't want to conceive, and it "gave up."

We thought for a while today that we might have had to take in three kids from the neighborhood who's drug addicted mother abandoned them. That would have been my four children, plus the three abandoned children here in my two bedroom home. Wouldn't that have been something? :-?

Atomic Momma said...

I fight off panic attacks during certain parts of my monthly cycle and the demands of little ones really don't help the situation well either - its a combination of stress and fatigue. But hey, next month is coming regardless of whether I like it or not so here is what I do to get through them:

I chart my cycles on a calendar every month so I am aware of this time. That way when I feel the attacks coming on I don't get so scared. I know I'm edgier and tired around these times so I try not to do too much. Get to bed earlier, minimize the house projects and slow down so I don't take it out on our family. Usually its a day or so and then my energy is back and I'm moving again like a hurricane with all I have to do and I'm FINE. I also try to ask my husband for a little extra help, cook easier meals and go to bed earlier so I don't burn myself out. It works.

Good luck!

Anneatheart said...

THanks for the tips ladies- I am going to my OB next Thursday to get this sucker out! Just last night a friend of mine that also has the IUD started having chest pains and pain in her arm- yet another side affect of hormonal birth control. I am keeping this info from my parents, because they get so worried about me getting pregnant again...parents for ya :)

Wow Candy- what happened to the kids??