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Can a panic attack cause dizziness, numb all over, heaviness in chest, shivering, taccycardia, and respiration of 40?

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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 38 years experience
Yes, but...: Panic attacks are usually a diagnosis of exclusion meaning that your physical symptoms need to be investigated systematically and carefully for an objective condition, only when it is certain there is no other reason for those does one entertain the diagnosis of panic attacks. Have your doctor take a good look at you soon.
Dr. Ofer Sagiv
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 18 years experience
Yes: You are describing a classic panic attack but it is usually a diagnosis of exclusion. Your physician first has to take an extensive history, physical exam and lab tests to rule out other reasons for your symptoms that may be related to your heart, lungs or thyroid.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Fight-Flight-Freeze!: Do consult w/ur doc 1st. But know that there are many physical symptoms of panic/anxiety. They result from cascade of physiological events triggered when our primitive fear ; rage brain centers believe we're in danger ; put us in "fight/flight/freeze" mode: http://bit.Ly/wzhvqo once u understand this physiology, these symptoms make sense. Knowing this doesn't make them feel less unpleasant though!

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