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how to know if i have panic attack or asthma?

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Dr. Michael Rupp
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Sometimes Hard: The symptoms of anxiety and asthma can sometimes overlap. Particularly shortness of breath. The best way to tell the difference would be to do a spirometry when you are feeling symptoms and if it is normal then you know anxiety is the most likely answer. You could also do this with a peak flow meter but that is not as accurate. Also, asthma will not go away with time where anxiety may.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Asthma- panic: Panic attacks sxs: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot /cold flashes; butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; They usually peak w/i 10 mins. Asthma sxs can include: difficulty breathing, chest >
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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tightness or pain, coughing & wheezing.
Nov 17, 2015

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I tell the difference between panic attack or asthma?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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You will know: And asthma there's a feeling of tightness in the chest with wheezing and inability to get air. The symptoms are limited to that plus some anxiety that will surround that feeling. With a panic attack, the feeling of anxiety is so intense that it is impossible to mistake it for anything else other than perhaps a heart attack. The feeling comes on suddenly and can last anywhere from minutes to hours and can include virtually every organ system in the body. It is not something that is limited to the respiratory system. I hope that explainsthe difference for you. If you have any further questions i would look at the symptoms of panic disorder as found on wikipedia.Com. Type in panic disorder and will find a nice article that explains thisvery well. Best wishes.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can you distinguish between asthma and a panic attack?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Panic attacks sxs:: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot /cold flashes; butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; They usually peak w/i 10 mins. Asthma sxs can include: difficulty breathing, chest tightness or pain,
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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coughing & wheezing.
Oct 17, 2014

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