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!