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Posted by sonya banna ( on September 18, 2000 at 13:20:31:

In Reply to: Starting Again posted by Parham on September 18, 2000 at 10:55:13:

hi.... me too! Last year was sooo light. And i thought, wow, this year i won't get them either.
In fact, i usually get them mid July and especially August. And this year, i got my first one last night
and just about an hour ago! It baffles me and my husband why and why now... and not two months ago as the cycle
has always been. I have my oxygen tank... which is what i used to get through it. I put it on 15 liters per minute
and layed down and tried to not get my heart beating and chanting to myself to calm down and just breath. For me, last year
the reason i think i didn't get them was cause i was on Prozac, 40mg. And doc's say that anti-depressants are well known for the
side affect of lessoning the attacks. I could feel them last year, but they didn't bother me. Baby baby attacks. It
was weird.

Anyay, feel free to email me. I'm writing in too to have some (hugs via email) and lots of understanding through this time
of freakyness.

I found a few tricks though... drink lots of water. It's suppose to help thin out your blood naturally. The hospital told me to
drink so much fluids ... that i go to the bathroom every 30 minutes. Six years back, that helped me get through three days of hell,
and then they disappeared for that year. Then, i started using hard drugs like imitrex and verapamil. I prefer water and my oxygen
tank and heat gels on my head to that. Even prozac if i can convince my doc to give them to me.

okay, off to go ice skating. If i can make it through without having to go home cause of another attack. Thank God for
my oxygen tank!

sonya banna...

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