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Panic Attack from Tampon? - April 27th 2012, 11:41 PM

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I decided today I would try out tampons again. I have tried them once before a couple of years ago but I ended up having a panic attack (not nearly as bad as whatever this was) and quit. This time I was feeling quite confident, I'd read up on it and I wasn't anxious at all about it. I got it in fine it was comfortable but once I went to leave the bathroom I felt really lightheaded and my vision started fading.

I took it out quickly and ended up going into the living room where my mom tried to comfort me a little (she just knew I was having a panic attack - she still doesn't know why) and told me I should eat something sweet in case my blood sugar was low. I didn't want to eat because I felt like I was going to vomit and/or pass out but I did have half a cookie and some Dr Pepper.

I'm not sure if that actually helped or if I was just already calming down by that point but my hands stayed numb and my stomach ached for another twenty or so minutes and I couldn't stop crying which made me feel really pathetic. I don't know if it was because of the tampon (has this happened to anyone else before?) or something else entirely.

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Re: Panic Attack from Tampon? - April 28th 2012, 12:39 AM

First question (although it may be triggering) Have you had any sexual trauma in the past?

Second question, is there a lot of pain while putting in the tampon that are causing these feelings?

Third, had you eaten before? Had you eaten before when you did it the first time?

And last, do you have any type of anxiety or mental illness?

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Re: Panic Attack from Tampon? - April 28th 2012, 12:55 AM

No, I haven't. There's not any pain while putting it in. I actually didn't feel it at all this time which was (I thought anyway) good.

I had cereal (honey bunches of oats) and a few bits of watermelon for breakfast. It wasn't long after that. The first time I don't remember if I'd eaten before it or not, sorry.

I don't have a diagnosed mental illness, but I do have anxiety. I used to have panic attacks quite often but they went away for quite a while. In the past week I've had three though. Usually they're really short (a few seconds to *maybe* five minutes) but this one lasted nearly half an hour.

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