Hello, I have been tapering off of ativan for two months now, about to end my taper in a week. I was on it for only two months, 1mg a day. I've had many serious panic attacks during withdrawal, twice I went to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack because the attack was so strong. every thing checked out fine, I'm 25 don't smoke, get light exercise daily and am at optimal weight. ekg, blood, electrolyte, enzymes, thyroid everything was fine. Finally I realized that the anxiety medication was antagonizing it and decided to taper off of it. I've been having serious panic attacks nearly every day since the taper has gotten lower as well as other common withdrawl symptoms listed in the ashton manual, i realize these are all common during withdrawal. Unfortunately my panic attacks, make my chest and arms tense up, and during the day my chest almost consistently hurts, sharp and dull pains in the middle and left part of my chest, and in my spine, also running down into my elbows and fingers. sometimes my fingers will go numb, sometimes the chest pain turns into a 1 or 3 quick shocks and then go away. I've seen alot of the doctor lately and they usually just tell my i'm fine, any idea what could be causing this or if its need for concern.
Thanks for writing to the forum!
Ok here is something you can do. You could be having associated gastric reflux. Omeprazole is a good drug to combat this. Along with it you can try over the counter antacids. However I would recommend you see a doctor and take medication under a doctor’s supervision. Avoid heavy meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Go to bed at least 2 hours after food.
Hope this will help you. Join yoga and meditation classes. Try deep breathing exercises. There is a possibility that this is not withdrawal symptom but TOS or thoracic outlet syndrome. However first try these suggestions and see if you feel better. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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