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Symptoms of weight loss, heart palpitations, stomach pain, and respiratory distress. viral or anxiety?

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Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAOanswered
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Virus vs anxiety: Anxiety last a long time (weeks-months) and can cause a vicious cycle of damages, while a viral infection is self limited in time ( days to a week max) and people recuperates rapidly thereafter even without treatment. Lasting anxiety needs long lasting treatment with psychotherapy or medications or both.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Could be both/none: So many conditions can present with those symptoms. Your best bet will be to get a thorough evaluation to find out.

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