When we talk about fibromyalgia, we usually focus on physical symptoms. And that makes sense, the physical symptoms are so severe that they can completely change your life. Not to mention that every time we talk about medical conditions, we like to focus on the obvious things. What symptoms does it cause? Is there any way to treat them? What do I need to know to fix this?
Of course, when it comes to fibromyalgia, that approach ignores one of the hardest parts of living with the condition: The mental state that puts you in fibromyalgia is not just physically devastating, it can take a huge emotional toll on people who suffer from it too.
In fact, the number of victims is so heavy that people with fibromyalgia often show symptoms of something called panic disorder. Panic disorder is a mental health condition that leads to chronic anxiety and severe panic attacks. And if you are not aware of it, those symptoms can be difficult to recognize. So, what is panic disorder? How is it related to fibromyalgia? And what can be done to help manage that?
Did you ever get an intense surge of fear ,? Have you ever experienced a sudden sweating on your hands, numbness radiating on your chest, and a feeling that something very bad is about to happen? If so, you may have experienced a panic attack.
Panic attacks are basically what your name suggests. They are intense episodes of panic that appear suddenly and give rise to uncontrollable anxiety. They also give rise to physical symptoms such as sweaty palms, a pulsating heart rate, and dizziness. A lot of people suffer from one from time to time, but if you are experiencing them frequently, then it is most likely that you have panic disorder, which causes recurrent and frequent panic attacks.
We do not know what causes panic disorder, but there are some things that definitely seem to make things worse like smoking, drug use, and chronic stress. And some researchers have suggested that the cause could be our “fight or flight response.” Basically, when you’re in danger, your body pumps adrenaline and prepares to fight or run. But when you have a panic attack, your body triggers this response for no real reason and fight with the effects.
One of the worst things about panic attacks is that a lot of anxiety actually comes from the attacks themselves. A panic attack is an intensely frightening experience. And the physical symptoms can be similar to a heart attack or other life-threatening condition. Therefore, you may even feel as if you were about to die in the middle of an attack.
Therefore, it is easy to see how these attacks form a kind of feedback loop. You have an attack because you have anxiety, then you worry that you will experience another attack, which increases the anxiety and makes you more likely to have another.
And when you have fibromyalgia, a condition that naturally leads to anxiety and stress, it can be even worse.
Panic disorder and fibromyalgia
Obviously, fibromyalgia leads to a lot of stress. There are medical bills that you have to worry about and obligations that you have to find the way to satisfy. And in spite of everything, you are struggling with a constant, horrible pain. So it makes sense that people with fibromyalgia often have mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
But these issues also make it more likely that you suffer from panic attacks. The chronic stress of the condition that always leaves the mental edge, and for some people, all you need is a small trigger to trigger an attack.
Stress is something that everyone occupies, but in reality chronic stress can be very dangerous. It can lead to a wide range of health problems. And it can even reduce your life expectancy. Not to mention that the addition of panic disorder with fibromyalgia can make stress even worse.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to treat the condition.
Control of the condition
There are some antidepressant medications that doctors use to treat panic disorder. These drugs work by helping to balance the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and plays an important role in the regulation of our mood. When serotonin levels are low, you are more likely to experience depression and anxiety.
In addition, doctors can prescribe something called beta blockers. These drugs stop adrenaline from reaching the receptors in the brain and are good for stopping a panic attack quickly if you feel you have one that comes on.
However, the medication is really only half the treatment for panic disorder. It is important to combine visits with a therapist. A good therapist can help you find ways to cope with anxiety and work through the problems in your life that are stressing you.