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Panic brought out by recreational drug use

22 year old male.  6'1 170 pounds.

Wondering if cocaine has caused me to have some kind of chronic adrenaline problem, and thus, anxiety.

I used to use cocaine on a recreational basis with alcohol.  I have been clean from cocaine for about 6 months now.  I haven't touched
a cigarette and I've had maybe 15-20 alcoholic beverages in the last 6 month period.

I quit using cocaine because I had a panic attack one morning after having used.  Heart rate stayed in the 100-120 range for several hours before dropping back to normal.  After that day, I would have panic attacks, about one every other day, for about a month or two.  finally, the panic attacks went away and if I were to get one now I would be surprised.

However, anxiety does still linger.  I concentrate on my heart beating in the left upper quadrant of my abdomen and it can be distracting.  I have made myself SO MUCH better by abstaining and working out religiously.  I lift weights and run  long distances and do a lot of aerobic training.  I appear to be in great shape.  BP is 128/70 and pulse was measured at 68.  How are these numbers by the way?

I notice that my anxiety is temporarily worse after working out.  I will come home, eat and replenish fluids, and I will be much more aware of my heart beating and will notice that my heart rate is elevated for an hour or so after working out.  If I went and did a strenuous 1 hour bike ride my pulse might linger around 90 for an hour or more. (normal ?)

I am wondering if the cocaine use has caused too much adrenaline to be chronically released into my body.  Perhaps this is why I am more anxious after working out?

Cardiologist did an echocardiogram and an EKG and he said both were normal.

It's funny because I had this all typed up and saved to post this morning...and...last night I had like 3/5 of a panic attack.  Tingly arms...sick to stomach...couldnt sit still.  Gah...
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Your theory is possible, but unlikely.  YOu are describing an anxiety disorder, which may have been triggered by the health concerns that cocaine initiated, but now it has a life of its  own.  You can be helped with this by a good therapist doing talk therapy and sorting out what is going on. That is what I would recommend...by the way, your pulse and blood pressure readings are very good.
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also for the past month or so...even though i have been virtually panic free with the exception of last night...i have been going to bed at 4am...then waking up around 9am...then i fall in and out of sleep for another 2-3 hours.  whats the deal....
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Mr. Gould, thank you for your reply.  What's the best way to find a great therapist in the DFW area?
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