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What are asthma and anxiety/panic attacks?

What are asthma and anxiety/panic attacks?

Asthma vs panic: Asthma attacks are due to allergic triggers setting off an inflammatory response in the lungs, narrowing breathing pathways. Panic attacks are due to emotional triggers, often associated with hyperventilation and a feeling of difficulty breathing. They are also associated with dizziness and numbness and tingling of the extremities and around the mouth. ...Read more

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Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


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I have asthma and anxiety and it is not under control. My asthma/panic attacks have been constant for days or longer. I feel like i'm suffocating. ?

I have asthma and anxiety and it is not under control. My asthma/panic attacks have been constant for days or longer. I feel like i'm suffocating. ?

Treat & defeat both: Panic attacks and asthma attacks can feel very similar from a respiratory standpoint. Also, each issue can make the other worse. Asthma control comes down to eliminating or reducing environmental/physical triggers and taking appropriate medication. Panic control comes with significant therapy/counseling to dig up the roots of how you feel and why. Meds for panic can be helpful but only short term. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between COPD and asthma? Can stress on top of asthma, allergies, and panic attacks cause copd? I have trouble exhaling fully.

How do you differentiate between COPD and asthma? Can stress on top of asthma, allergies, and panic attacks cause copd? I have trouble exhaling fully.

Reversibility: Asthma and COPD overlap however asthma shows reversible pft changes where the changes with COPD are more fixed. In addition COPD is a disease mostly of older people who have been smokers, asthma can affect anyone including young people and is often associated with a hx of allergies. In some patients the tow disease coexist. Stress/anxiety make both worse but do not "cause" copd. ...Read more

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I was born with asthma and got panic attacks since 2 years. They got worse now. Is it ok to take prozac (fluoxetine) with ventolin. Is it ok to go to the gym?

I was born with asthma and got panic attacks since 2 years. They got worse now. Is it ok to take prozac (fluoxetine) with ventolin. Is it ok to go to the gym?

Discuss w/ doctor: Prozac and Ventolin can be risky - same w/ Zoloft but Paxil (paroxetine) seems less so. Talk to your doctor and seek CBT to optimize your treatment - you need skills to manage your attacks and it will reduce need for meds. Clear the gym plans too but it may be a very good thing to get appropriate exercise. Just get advice to plan it. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between asthma and a panic attack?

How can you distinguish between asthma and a panic attack?

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, ...Read more

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How can I know if i had a small asthma/panic attack last night but my parents don't believe me help?

How can I know if i had a small asthma/panic attack last night but my parents don't believe me help?

You are old enough: To seek help on your own, whether or not your parents believe you is irrelevant. Call a doctor and make an appointment for an evaluation to determine what is happening . They will be able to help you determine if it is asthma or a panic attack and what action to take to remedy the problem. ...Read more

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I reacentli have been experiencing a titening in my chest, and then i start having difficulty breathing, it almost like and asthma or a panic attack?

I reacentli have been experiencing a titening in my chest, and then i start having difficulty breathing, it almost like and asthma or a panic attack?

Chest tightness: It can be either an asthma attack or a panic attack, you need to be examined and have a full history taken and maybe run some test to determine what is going on, you should see a doctor about it. ...Read more

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I can't tell if this is an asthma attack or a panic attack. Please help?

I can't tell if this is an asthma attack or a panic attack. Please help?

Sensation differs: In panic, an individual usually gets a sensation that they can't catch their breath and often takes rapid, short breaths. It feels hard to INhale, and there may be a squeak noted in the upper windpipe. Episode usually preceded by sighing, feeling a lump in throat. In asthma, EXhaing is prolonged, due to narrow small airways and causes wheezing. May cough. Progress to both IN and EXhalation ...Read more

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If you're an asthmatic, how do you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

If you're an asthmatic, how do you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

Not easy: It can certainly result in a feeling of panic if you cannot breathe because of an asthma attack. So it is important to have a doctor examine you during an attack. By the exam or by testing it can be determined which came first. For instance, with asthma the doctor would probably hear wheezing during your attack. The oxygen level in your blood might be low. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you're an asthmatic, how can you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

I'm just wondering, if you're an asthmatic, how can you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

Coughing: Asthma attacks and panic attacks share some characteristics - shortness of breath, chest discomfort, increasing heart rate & anxiety. Coughing accompanies these symptoms in asthma and is not usually present in an anxiety attack. ...Read more

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Emts thought my allergy induced asthma attack was a panic attack, could this be true?

Emts thought my allergy induced asthma attack was a panic attack, could this be true?

Maybe: Did you have a thorough medical assessment ? There could sometimes be a mix of symptoms. Since there may be some overlap in sxs - a concentrated eval is the best way to distinguish. ...Read more

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I've never been diagnosed with asthma but I do have anxiety and panic attacks. Can anxiety/panic attacks cause asthma??

I've never been diagnosed with asthma but I do have anxiety and panic attacks. Can anxiety/panic attacks cause asthma??

It is possible : Recent research indicates a strong relationship between panic attacks and asthma, with each being a risk factor developing the other. Here is an article describing this: http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20050601/asthma-panic-disorder-often-go-hand-in-hand If you are concerned I would recommend see your doctor to initiate evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more

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What can I take for severe panic disorder but im 3 months pregnant I have asthma I am 3 months pregnant and i suffer from really bad panic attacks i don't no what to do since im pregnant I have them every day constantly please help

What can I take for severe panic disorder but im 3 months pregnant I have asthma I am 3 months pregnant and i suffer from really bad panic attacks i don't no what to do since im pregnant I have them every day constantly please help

Unfortunately : Unfortunately this an issue that you, your psychiatrist, and OB will have to discuss and weigh all your options. The medications that are typically used for the treatment of panic attacks are class c drugs, this means that these drugs have not been studied in humans, and have possibly shown some adverse effects in animal studies. A doctor or medical team may decide that the benefits when given these drugs outweigh the potential risk to the fetus, then they are prescribed. Daily panic attacks seem like a justifiable reason to go ahead and begin medical treatment, however your medical team has more information about you and your history and can make a better decision regarding this. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do panic attacks always involve a racing heart? How can you distinguish between asthma and anxiety?

Do panic attacks always involve a racing heart? How can you distinguish between asthma and anxiety?

Heart May Race: Answer to question 1. Panic attack is a sudden intense surge of fear that peaks within minutes during which 4 of 12 symptoms occur. 1 of 12 is heart palpitations, pounding or fast heart rate. Other symptoms: sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, choking sensation, chest pain/discomfort, nausea, dizziness, chills, numbness or tingling, feeling of unreality, fear of losing control or dying. ...Read more

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Can i get an anxiety, panic attacks and asthma from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Can i get an anxiety, panic attacks and asthma from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Panic ; Anxiety: I agree with dr. Burns that asthma can certainly develop secondary to gerd. However, physical sensations can be especially alarming to people who are prone to anxiety. This does not mean that gerd "causes" the anxiety or panic attacks -- your system is just extremely fine-tuned to physical sensation. This triggers your oversensitive system to react with anxiety. Cbt can help anxiety a lot! ...Read more

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Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Asthma symptoms: If asthma is not controlled and you continue to have difficulty breathing, it is a yes. Not able to breath well can cause anxiety, heart race or panic attack, and headache. Most of the time asthma is related to environmental allergies in the us. Having one allergic disease give to a risk of getting another one including food allergy. Chocolate, tea, coffee contain caffeine ; can cause headache. ...Read more

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Always aware of heart beat, have panic attacks and anxious, scared to take pills due to side effects. Had ecgs, echos etc. Asthma so can't take beta-b'?

Always aware of heart beat, have panic attacks and anxious, scared to take pills due to side effects. Had ecgs, echos etc. Asthma so can't take beta-b'?

Can take BB: Beta blockers may be the best choice since the other available medications options can lead to physical dependance. A trial of cardioselective beta blockers should be okay in an asthmatic. Non-medicinal therapies such as exercise, yoga, meditation, etc. Should be tried first. ...Read more

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Musculoskeletal tension, poor posture, rounded shoulders, panic attacks, anxiety, asthma, & allergies has caused my chest to tighten & restrict lungs.

Musculoskeletal tension, poor posture, rounded shoulders, panic attacks, anxiety, asthma, & allergies has caused my chest to tighten & restrict lungs.

Too many things: You have mentioned many things, and I am sorry you are suffering with them. For your lungs to feel restricted and be tight however, asthma and allergies (exacerbated by anxiety) seem to be the only pertinent conditions to look at for an explanation. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to know if I have panic attack or asthma?

How to know if I have panic attack or asthma?

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 > ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more