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what do i do if I have panic attack, chest tightness and rapid breathing

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Pain attacks: Is this the first time? or have you had panic attacks in past like this? In a 50 year old male when there is chest pain it needs to be evaluated by ... Read More
Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Panic Attack: It is very normal for people who experience panic to be fearful that it will happen again. Please remember that they are self-limiting and if you hav ... Read More

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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Toohill
12 years experience Clinical Psychology
Possibly: Panic and anxiety can definitely cause chest tightness, although unless you have a history of these symptoms with anxiety it is always good to get che ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
I see you: List panic attacks and anxiety under your conditions. Either your asthma or anxiety could cause chest tightness ; discomfort. A third option is that i ... Read More
Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
Asthma/anxiety: Both of your 2 conditions, other than being health otherwise, can cause chest tightness. Since it now appears to be related to breathing (exhaling), ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Chest tight SOB: May have been panic attack, hyperventilation, as it resolved soon or may be spasm of laryngeal muscles. F/U with therapist and ENT that specializes i ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Chest pain: Step one is seeing your doctor. Step two is seeing a clinical psychologist for anxiety management training. Step three is some self-help such as pra ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Chest pains: Regardless, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your P ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phyllis Daen
61 years experience Clinical Psychology
Yes it is normal: when you have a panic attack it is helpful to not hyperventilate but rather train yourself to do abdominal breathing. This will quiet your body.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
33 years experience Neurology
Likely yes: Do you carry any other more significant forms of anxiety such as GAD, PTSD, suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, etc.? You sound as if you've been thr ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Poisoning not likely: It is unlikely for an adult to suffer pesticide poisoning just because the pesticide man sprayed nearby. Make sure there is good ventilation. If other ... Read More
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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See an allergist : If you have access to one, your bad hay fever may have affected your lower airways as well, so you need to control both, upper and lower airways infl ... Read More

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