Three weeks after giving birth to Brooklin I got my IUD. The thought was great, no period, no worry about birth control. It all seemed so simple.
On December 16th 2009 I had my very first panic attack. I quickly called two of my closest friends and explained what was happening. I couldn’t breathe and had the feeling that I wanted to jump right out of the car. I couldn’t sit still and I couldn’t stand to be in my own skin. See we were driving to California on a family road trip at the time. I stayed on the phone with my friend Sandra and after a while I felt like I needed to throw up. It honestly was the scariest thing to ever happen to me and I’ve never felt that way before.
My Mirena side effects include:
- Mood swings
- Panic attacks and anxiety
- heart palpitations (or so I think, it sure feels like it)
- back pain
- Hair loss
Fast forward to tonight. I was home alone with Brooklin and all of a sudden waves of panic came over me. My heart started to race and I tried to just brush it off. I’ve found sometimes I am able to work through the anxiety. So thinking this time wouldn’t be different I just continued to play with Brooklin. Trying to take my mind off of it I just sat and talked to her. She’s a good listener by the way. Then all of a sudden it was like I wasn’t breathing. My brain started to say “Kristin breathe” but I just wasn’t breathing. Immediately I jumped up and grabbed Brooklin knowing that if I was talking then I was breathing. I’ve never had things like this happen to me. EVER! I have been very reluctant to talk about it because I feel so out of control.
Del finally got home and by that time I was in tears. He’s been thinking all along something is up with the IUD so he did some reading over other peoples experiences with their IUD’s. After the headaches started he kept telling me it was, and he’s so right.
I am perfectly happy. I have a loving family and no real stress. I live a good life. So why is this happening to me?
It is terrifying. I am afraid to be alone.
I’m having this IUD removed and if anyone out there reads this talk to your doctor. Know the side effects, had I’d known this was going to happen I would have never gotten this thing. It’s inside me, and it’s taking over my body and my mind.
If you have or had an IUD I’d like to know your experience.