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Having difficulty breathing and having panic attacks ?

Having difficulty breathing and having panic attacks ?

Common panic sx: Difficulty breathing i classic panic sx. It lasts for under an hour but may recur. Seek help for the panic attacks: meds and therapy and the sx can be greatly reduced. Don't just rely on meds as therapy is essential for a good outcome. ...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 do exercise chest stretching..Two days I have chest pain.Breathing difficulty.Small Panic attack occurs & numbness tingling on face...help indeed!!

I do exercise chest stretching..Two days I have chest pain.Breathing difficulty.Small Panic attack occurs & numbness tingling on face...help indeed!!

Likely from exercise: of course of your chest pain occurs after the exercises, then it is mot likely related to the exercises. and on exams , the pain will most likely be reproduced. breathing difficulty needs to be examined by a doctor to see if you oxygen level and other vitals are also abnormal or not. it is only after careful exams can we decide what is going on with you. ...Read more

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Does difficulty breathing mean I am having a panic attack?

Does difficulty breathing mean I am having a panic attack?

Not always: Difficulty breathing can come from many causes. Sometimes heart problems; lung disease such as asthma or copd; sometimes anatomic problem like when pregnant, plus others. If you've have had a full medical checkup and none of these other things are going on with you, then it's very possible that difficulty breathing relates to anxiety. Not all anxiety is a panic attack, but can feel scary. ...Read more

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I've been having rapid heartbeats panic attacks and difficulty breathing drs. Said all test come back normal why is this still happening ?

I've been having rapid heartbeats panic attacks and difficulty breathing drs. Said all test come back normal why is this still happening ?

Chemical imbalance?: Panic attacks or anxiety attacks are thought to be biological in origin but often brought out by stressors in one's environment. All the routine medical tests are typically normal (which is a good thing, isn't it?). Panic attacks are horrible experiences and you do need treatment. Usually the ssri's like zoloft, lexapro, (escitalopram) etc. Will suppress panic attacks. Please get help now! ...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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Have anxiety. was told am ok by doc. but i have panic attack now. Have difficulty breathing through nose especially when i lie. i also fear dry drown?

Have anxiety. was told am ok by doc. but i have panic attack now. Have difficulty breathing through nose especially when i lie.
i also fear dry drown?

Panic attacks are: Acute bouts of intense anxiety + physical sxs like shortness of breath, chest tightness, palpitations, dizziness, numbness, nausea/vomiting, and the fear or dying or going crazy. Panic disorder occurs when the pt worries so abt having further attacks that this worry keeps them from normal fcn. As no medical cause , c MD for review of tx options including medications (SSRIs) & talk therapy (ie CBT) ...Read more

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Pt c/o sudden weight loss, "panic attacks, " difficulty breathing, stuffy sinuses, cold clammy hands. History of heavy etoh and htn. Wt s ds?

Pt c/o sudden weight loss, "panic attacks, " difficulty breathing, stuffy sinuses, cold clammy hands. History of heavy etoh and htn. Wt s ds?

Really?: Primary hypertension is not common (less than 10%) before age 40. Sudden weight loss is also rare. These two "facts" need to be confirmed before jumping to any conclusions. If leave out these two items, what's left is heavy alcohol, and a list of anxiety symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal tends to cause anxiety symptoms, increased blood pressure, so when did this "pt" have his/her last alcohol drink? ...Read more

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How do you cure a panic attack asap?1 of my friends recently had trouble breathing/tigntness of chest and just stopped functioning for 4 mins. Normal?

How do you cure a panic attack asap?1 of my friends recently had trouble breathing/tigntness of chest and just stopped functioning for 4 mins. Normal?

Therapy: In addition to medication, I would suggest finding a local psychotherapist who is very reputable, and specializes in dealing with anxiety. Panic attacks and anxiety are very common phenomena that are encountered in psychology practices. Psychotherapy can benefit you greatlyin controlling anxiety. This would also apply to panic attacks. Medications by themselves usually are not optimal for anxiety. ...Read more

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How can severe panic attacks be treated? My daughter has started having bad panic attacks almost every day. She get where she has a lot of trouble breathing when the attacks happen!

How  can  severe  panic  attacks  be  treated? My  daughter   has  started  having  bad  panic  attacks  almost  every   day.   She  get   where  she  has  a  lot  of  trouble  breathing  when  the  attacks  happen!

Hello. : Hello. Panic attacks can be very debilitating. Luckily, they are treatable. If this has not already been done, recommend a comprehensive evaluation by either a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist. From there, viable treatment options can be presented to you and your daughter. ...Read more

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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


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more