Severe Panic after miscarriage

by Mary Long
(Aguanga, CA, USA)

I am 46 years old and became pregnant not too long ago. I miscarried about 8 weeks ago and have been suffering since. My panic is so severe I had trouble functioning at any level. I went to the hospital 2 times with heart rates of 177 and 200. I miscarried at home and it was very bad. I was almost 12 weeks but the ultrasound said my little peanut died around 6 weeks. I had to go to the Psychiatrist and she put me on Klonopin .5 three times a day and 50 of zoloft. I want to wean off this crap and try the progesterone cream. I just need some input, some encouragement, some advice. I need help!
Mary

Comments for Severe Panic after miscarriage

Click here to add your own comments

Dec 15, 2012
Severe Panic after miscarriage
by: Wray

Hi Mary I'm sorry to hear of your miscarriage. We do have a page on Anxiety which explains panic attacks. After birth or a miscarriage, progesterone levels drop sharply, sending 25% of women into some form of depression, anxiety, panic and more. Ranging from the baby blues to post natal psychosis, which can end in infanticide. It's this sharp drop which not only destabilises the ratio of progesterone to oestrogen, making oestrogen dominant. But by doing so it also disturbs blood glucose. Oestrogen destabilises blood glucose, see here. Progesterone stabilises it. If blood glucose drops too fast and too low, the brain sends an emergency signal to the adrenals to secrete adrenaline. This is a message to the liver to convert glycogen into glucose to bring the level up. But excess adrenaline causes the heart to beat too fast, blood vessels to constrict, BP goes up and feelings of panic occur. We do have a page on coming off AD's on our Natural Antidepressants page. You might like to read our page on Pregnancy, and this one here too. My guess is the miscarriage occurred because progesterone was too low. Although there are other factors which cause them. I feel you will need 400mg/day, possibly more, as your symptoms are so severe. Please have a vitamin D test done too. A low level leads to miscarriages, see here, here and here. And depression, see here and here. Continued below

Dec 15, 2012
Severe Panic after miscarriage Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Mary For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although recent research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Please consider taking some of the natural antidepressants listed on the anxiety page. Take care Wray

Dec 15, 2012
Progesterone
by: Mary

Will my Progesterone continue to decrease? or is it stable now. I go to the doctor on Monday.

Dec 17, 2012
Progesterone
by: Wray

Hi Mary Your progesterone is probably at rock bottom right now, hence the panic attacks. It takes some time for ovulation to start up again after a miscarriage or a birth. So you won't be making any, which is why I suggested using 400mg/day to bring it up quickly. Take care Wray

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Progesterone faq.


Search over 7,500 pages on this site...