As a very young guy I was prone to strange panic attacks, I was very self conscious, easily impressionable and I felt stared at a lot. Misdiagnosis is an unfortunate thing as these health issues I found much later to be symptoms relating to blood sugar problems, "Hypoglycaemia". The medicos gave me Valium followed by other drugs but I always felt a rising level of anxiety and nervous tension.
In the mid 80's I became a horrible nervous wreck, had a work nervous breakdown, took loads of sick days and was finally diagnosed as an "Acute Agoraphobic" and was retired out of my job. At home things progressed to uncontrollable heart palpitations and a strange discomfort in my throat (throat spasm) that had me alarmed as it woke me at night and I didn't know why. I was very depressed and scared.
It wasn't until the late 90's a Homoeopathist said my nervous system was damaged by the drugs. I never knew this despite taking these drugs for 20's years and I was always told they were harmless and I could take them forever. I was totally FLOORED! and in shock for the next two weeks.
Harmed nerves I had indeed, the throat spasm was a result of weak nerve tissue contributing to poor muscle performance. Regrettably the natural medicine guy had no information on how to recover and left it up to me to research it out.
I did, it wasn't easy to find and after one or more nearly catastrophic attempts due to poor advice from a psychiatrist, I found the information I needed.
I started tapering in 2000, was off after 12 months then over another 10 long years I went from a point where I couldn’t walk ten feet, chronic fatigue, difficulty swallowing that passed on a diminishing scale. Today I only feel residual effects but they are close to gone.
I just wonder how different my life could have been, panic attacks, blood sugar problems, on benzo and antidepressant drugs, and how I learn of many young people even today falling into the same hole or even worse as another case of misdiagnosis.
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Last updated 22 July 2015