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Could COPD cause anxiety attacks

Could COPD cause anxiety attacks

Yes: Not being able to breathe is one of those things that can lead to panic. It becomes hard to tell which is the worse problem. So you could have fairly mild COPD but making you feel short of breath out of proportion to the lung problem. Then again, if the lung problem is severe, panic could make the symptoms even worse. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Do panic attacks cause pulmonary hypertension? Or could pulmonary hypertension cause panic attacks?

Do panic attacks cause pulmonary hypertension? Or could pulmonary hypertension cause panic attacks?

No and yes: Panic attacks, while frightening cannot cause any disease themselves. Pulmonary hypertension is a chronic heart/lung disease which develops over years. Any disease process which causes shortness of breath can trigger panic attacks in people who are prone. Panic attacks are an inappropriate triggering of the system which helps us recognize when we are in danger, so shortness of breath can trip it. ...Read more

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Can asthma cause anxiety?

Anxious asthmatic: I is not unusual to feel anxious while having an asthma attack. Alternatively, there are many patients who are misdiagnosed with asthma due to the shortness of breath oftentimes associated with a panic attack. ...Read more

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Can anxiety attacks cause blackout?

Agree w Dr. Passer: Dissociation isn't a black out but may someone might perceive it this way. This could occur during a panic attack. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks cause stress cardiomyopathy?

Hm, No, but...: Chronic Sympathetic Discharge has been associated with the development of left ventricular hyperplasia and other anxiety related heart issues. Panic Attacks per se are usually harmless, result from adrenergic stimulus, and are time limited, unless a heart is already weakened. The most dangerous part of a panic attack is the fear of having one, which can result in severe disability. See your Doc. ...Read more

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Can backpain cause anxiety/panic attacks?

Can backpain cause anxiety/panic attacks?

Yes: There are many reasons why panic attacks or anxiety issues may occur. With back pain and not knowing how to deal with it or understand what that pain means, can be a source of these feelings. Chronic pain can lead to depressive symptoms and depression can magnify pain symptoms. These issues are often undiagnosed or under treated when one is dealing with a patient with chronic back pain. ...Read more

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Could panic attacks cause broken heart syndrome?

Could panic attacks cause broken heart syndrome?

I's not sure: What you mean by broken heart syndrome. It sounds like someone being upset about the end of a relationship. I doubt that it has anything to do with panic attacks. ...Read more

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Can GERD cause panic or anxiety symptoms?

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Can GERD cause panic or anxiety symptoms?

Yes: Here and anxiety have a close relationship. For many. It can be a chicken and egg question about which came first. Certainly treat both.Many people i see have done well to treat the gerd with meds and the anxiety with psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Can stress cause panic attacks?

Can stress cause panic attacks?

Stress: can make any condition worse. So yes, it can trigger panic attacks. We all get stressed but do not all have panic attacks. Please see a mental health professional to learn ways to manage stress and panic. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause breathlessness?

Can anxiety cause breathlessness?

Yes: Anxiety or stress can cause many symptoms in the body such as breathlessness, nausea, headache, or even chest pains. One way to help relax is to take deep breaths in and out very slowly 3 or 4 times. If the breathless symptoms persist i would suggest calling your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Can thyroid problems cause panic attacks?

Can thyroid problems cause panic attacks?

Anxiety and thyroid: Hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety and heart palpitations. Be aware the if you have an over active thyroid, symptoms of a panic attack may represent a heart arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

Yes: Yes, severe anxiety can cause a silent heart attack, especially if you have neuropathy due to diabetes or if you are distracted by other pains or are taking pain medications. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks cause seizures?

Can panic attacks cause seizures?

Poss but not likely: It is actually the other way around. Autonomic symptoms can include "ictal fear" and "impending doom" which can simulate a panic attack. Another scenario is seizures occurring as the result of withdrawal of medications used for panic and anxiety (i.e. Benzodiazepines). Finally, there is an entity called non-epileptic seizures arising out of primary psychiatric disease. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can lisinopril cause asthma attacks?

Can lisinopril cause asthma attacks?

Asthma ACEI: ACEI drug can cause cough as a limiting side effect; true bronchospasm as in asthma would be a severe allergic response needing immediate ER treatment and removal of exposure ...Read more

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What can cause sudden nocturnal panic attacks?

What can cause sudden nocturnal panic attacks?

Start by seeing your: family doc. He/she make order some neurological or sleep studies. After you know what is happening, a mental health professional can help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes panic attacks with hyperventilation?

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Panic: Usually there are no clear triggers for panic attacks. Finding good therapist that works with cognitive behavior therapy will help u explore the dynamics underlying your anxiety, and eventually concur the attacks. ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause stuttering?

Could anxiety cause stuttering?

Anxiety could: Contribute to stuttering ; some other speech problems. ...Read more

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Can panic disorder cause heart problems?

Can panic disorder cause heart problems?

Not any time soon: Yes, a long lifetime of stress, anxiety and panic can damage all of your bodily systems and the cardiovascular one is a major risk - but it takes a long time. The panic attack 'feels' like a heart attack and many ER visits for suspected HA turn out to be false alarms. At your age panic is much more likely. But you can learn skills in CBT therapy on how to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. Try it! ...Read more

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Could COPD cause anxiety attacks

Yes: Not being able to breathe is one of those things that can lead to panic. It becomes hard to tell which is the worse problem. So you could have fairly mild COPD but making you feel short of breath out of proportion to the lung problem. Then again, if the lung problem is severe, panic could make the symptoms even worse. ...Read more

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Why willstanding up fast or bending over cause a sudden COPD panic attack in which i can't catch my breath?

Why willstanding up fast or bending over cause a sudden COPD panic attack in which i can't catch my breath?

Two Answers: Standing up too fast causes the blood to stay in the lower parts of the body, dropping blood pressure to the brain. Dehydration makes it worse as do certain drugs. This is called orthostatic hypotension. Bending over with COPD changes the way blood and oxygen are exchanged in the lungs, like lying flat on one's back. That is called orthopnea. Breathing improves by propping up with pillows. ...Read more

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Why can standing up fast or bending over cause a sudden COPD panic attack in which I can't catch my breath?

Why can standing up fast or bending over cause a sudden COPD panic attack in which I can't catch my breath?

Increased pressure: Bending causes increased pressure in the abdomen which is in turn transmitted to the lungs causing shortness of breath. Lungs with diminished reserves like in COPD are unable to adjust to that pressure increase. The standing up part is a different story. ...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 have a lot of health problems, back injury, copd, overweight, depression, what kind of doctor would be the best to treat me hurt my back many years ago always have pain, i suffer from panic attacks everyday, I have under active theroid, over weight, can

Doctor: Would start with a general practitioner which can be an internist or family practitioner. This person can evaluate you and help you organize your care. Also if referrals need to be made, this person will help coordinate them for you. With a number of insurance plans, it is required that referrals come from a primary care physician which is what these persons are. Do your research.Find a good one. ...Read more

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27 years old with hyperinflated lungs? I have had chronic anxiety and stress and am wondering if this could have caused it or is it asthma or copd?

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27 years old with hyperinflated lungs? I have had chronic anxiety and stress and am wondering if this could have caused it or is it asthma or copd?

Anxiety or Asthma: Could be either or both. A visit to a pulmonary specialist would clarify that, following thorough medical exam & pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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L renal failure due to reoccurring reflux. Dx= crohns, sleep apnea, COPD, chronic fatigue, anxiety. What could cause all of this? No answers so far!!!

L renal failure due to reoccurring reflux. Dx= crohns, sleep apnea, COPD, chronic fatigue, anxiety. What could cause all of this? No answers so far!!!

Need a consultation: It's likely that your conditions are not all coming from a single source. A physician would need to know more about your medical history, social history and specifics surrounding each complaint in order to give helpful advice. You may want to have a Health Tap Virtual on line consultation.A VIDEO/PHONE consultation or an INBOX TEXT consult is best. A real time text consult is not the best for you ...Read more

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What is Air Trapping? Is it always related to Asthma/COPD, or can it be harmless/anxiety related?

What is Air Trapping? Is it always related to Asthma/COPD, or can it be harmless/anxiety related?

Air trapping.: Air trapping is found in people with COPD wherein they chronically breathe in more air than they release, expanding the lungs and making breathing inefficient. Air swallowing happens with anxiety. ...Read more

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Help. I want to get off Ativan. Been on 1 mg 3 times a day for 22 years. Still have anxiety. Makes me so sleepy. Now I have COPD also. What can I do?

Help. I want to get off Ativan. Been on 1 mg 3 times a day for 22 years. Still have anxiety. Makes me so sleepy. Now I have COPD also. What can I do?

Switch: talk to a psychiatrist or neurologist regarding switching to a different anti-anxiety agent that is not a benzodiazepine (ex: Buspar or Wellbutrin) which takes 4 weeks on average to kick in, once it does very slowly titrate off Ativan to avoid withdrawal side effects (increased anxiety, seizures etc), do not stop Ativan abruptly. ...Read more

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Losing weight. Not even trying. Lost 10lbs since 03/09. Losing wt more faster now. Am HIV-/COPD/depression/anxiety/insomnia/high cholest. Suggestions?

Full exam ASAP: The serious conditions you mention make it essential that you be receiving optimal coordinated treatment. A Health Psychologist might help pull your care together to highten efficiency and support you as you deal w/ all those challenges. You'll need a good diet/exercise plan once you discover appropriate medical care. Therapy will help you keep track and stay on track. ...Read more

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Short of breath constantly. 27 year old smoker. 12 pack year history. Just quit. anxiety also. Dr suggests asthma. Pft normal. Low dlco. Copd?

Short of breath constantly. 27 year old smoker. 12 pack year history. Just quit. anxiety also. Dr suggests asthma. Pft normal. Low dlco. Copd?

See below: It would be hard to say without seeing all your numbers. PFT's are almost always normal with asthma. A low DLCO doesn't usually go along with asthma. I would be happy to review your tests with you if needed. ...Read more

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Can't breath. It's not asthma/copd or fibrosis or cancer or anxiety. I have been tested. worst when hot, I cool off its slightly better. Lactic acid?

Can't breath. It's not asthma/copd or fibrosis or cancer or anxiety. I have been tested. worst when hot, I cool off its slightly better. Lactic acid?

Competent examiner: There are a great many different causes of shortness of breath, and to find out what's going on with you, a skilled physician needs to start with a good history and physical exam. It can be anything from a narrowing of the trachea to pulmonary hypertension. Please don't waste time on pop-nonsense "lactic acid" websites and so forth. Perhaps your local med school clinic is your next place to go. ...Read more

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General anesthesia in hospital to have a back molar pulled. Is it safe? How long will I be out? I have hypothyroidism. COPD anxiety.

General anesthesia in hospital to have a back molar pulled. Is it safe?  How long will I be out?  I have hypothyroidism. COPD anxiety.

Very safe: You'll be out as long as the procedure takes, but you probably won't remember that day. General anesthesia in a hospital with an anesthesiologist (anesthetist) has never been safer. ...Read more

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Do I have copd?! emphysema? Almost 25. Wheezing. I'm quitting smoking after 8 years. Sob. History of anxiety. Cough that tastes bad. Doc says reflux

Unlikely: Not after 8 years, even 2 packs/day.Nicotine withdrawal slows gut=>constipation=>reflux which causes wheezing. Also, healing lungs eject retained smoky mucous from deep down that tastes bad ; increases wheeze. Anxiety worsens, too. If it helps, it all happened to me when i quit 2 packs/day for 9yrs. It's temporary. Drink lots of fluids, rest. Treat wheezing/reflux if needed. You're so worth it. ...Read more

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I am on a lot of medications for anxiety depression bipolar ptsd COPD now cholesterol never been tested till now had a uti?

UTI not related .: You can have UTI even if you are not on medications . Usually before starting on medications, your pcp does a batteries of examination which include ekg, chest x-ray, a complete metabolic panel, tsh, t4, CBC and urinalysis as a baseline. Depending on what medications you are put on, there are also tests that need to be done to make sure you are responding to the medications and their effects on you. ...Read more

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I am suffering from COPD and anxiety neurosis.Even if I am relaxed i still feel the lump in my throat due to anxiety neurosis.How to get rid of this?

I am suffering from COPD and anxiety neurosis.Even if I am relaxed i still feel the lump in my throat due to anxiety neurosis.How to get rid of this?

Orkney on anxiety: A gloobus sensation or "lump in the throat" is common in people who suffer from anxiety. Make sure it is well controlled. Another common cause of this is acid reflux, known as laryngopharyngeal reflux. You might want to get checked or this. ...Read more

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I have anxiety bipolar depression ptsd COPD GERD just had abnormal results for UTI also high chol. Never been tested before for my liver?

I have anxiety bipolar depression ptsd COPD GERD just had abnormal results for UTI also high chol. Never been tested before for my liver?

Ask your Doctor: If had bloodwork that included a comprehensive metabolic panel (cmp) then liver function tests (lfts) are included in it. If not, depending on origin of concern, this test or others looking for liver diseases (like hepatitis a/b/c) can be done. ...Read more

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What could cause a sudden onset of anxiety\panic attack in a healthy 50 year old ?

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Panic?: If medical conditions such as lack of balance from active ear infection, are ruled out, then possible panic attack. In most cases of panic onset, the trigger or immediate cause is unknown. Further medical workup is warranted. ...Read more

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Low acth just out of range, norm 24hr cort, high blood cort. Just out of range. What could cause this? Should i be concerned? Had bad anxiety attacks

Probably normal: Most likely normal and secondary to stress. If you really have a problem, the numbers are usually significantly out of the normal range. Since i don't have your numbers or the circumstances under which they were drawn, i can't tell you more. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Panic Attack (Definition)

A type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will ...Read more