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What could be causing me to have panic attacks in the middle of the night?

What could be causing me to have panic attacks in the middle of the night?

Day panic attacks: Most patients that have panic attacks at night have them during the day. Most people describe that the panic attacks at night are very similar to daytime panic symptoms. If they are not, it could be that other sleep disorders like sleep apnea, which can cause breathlessness, heart racing could be the culprit. Would optimize treatment of panic attacks and maybe see a sleep specialist. ...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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What can I do to prevent panic attacks in the middle of the night?

Good day good night: Frequency and intensity of panic attacks depends on your fears, your level of stress, ingestion of caffeine or other stimulants. Attacks can come day or night. Panic disorder treatment will help you master techniques that will address these problems. If you get adequate treatment for your panic attacks, not only your daily attacks, but also those that occur while you are asleep will tend to recede. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my constant panic attacks?

What could be the cause of my constant panic attacks?

Many things: If you have a history of panic, then poor sleep, use of caffeine, nicotine, illicit drugs, alcohol or psychosocial stressors could play a role. If you don't have a history of panic, then you should see your doctor to be sure you don't have a medical condition causing this such as hypoglycemia or thyroid disease. ...Read more

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What can cause me to wake up with a pounding heart and dizziness in the middle of the night. Not nightmares or anxiety ?

What can cause me to wake up with a pounding heart and dizziness in the middle of the night. Not nightmares or anxiety ?

Anxiety: I feel empathy for your Ponding heart and dizziness in the middle of night .and headache and abdominal pain. At age 34, unresolved emotional conflicts, stressors of relationships,. Marriage, Separation, divorce, parenting, work, finances and children leaving home can cause emotional turmoil affecting sleep, cause physical symptoms and anxiety. See a Psychiatrist. for Therapy and medication. ...Read more

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What would cause me to wake up with a racing heart in the in the middle of the night , causing me me to almost pass out? It happens in my sleep?

What would cause me to wake up with a racing heart in the in the middle of  the night , causing me me to almost pass out? It happens in my sleep?

Arrhythmia: Next time it happens, try to take your pulse and time it: using a watch (a stop watch would be great) count the number of "beats" for a 15 second period then times that number by 4. Thats your heart rate. A rapid heart rate(>100) while at rest is abnormal. It could be anxiety, caffeine or other medications. Sometimes this has to be evaluated by cardiologist, especially if you get light headed. ...Read more

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What can be causing my allergies in the middle of winter?

Indoor allergies: Usually winter time allergies are triggered by indoor allergens. The common ones are dust mites, animal dander (cat, dog, etc), feathers (pillow, down comforter), cockroach and indoor molds. However, in texas and other southern states, some trees like mountain cedar will pollinate during the winter months. ...Read more

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I have more pain, spasms,tingling and numbness at night. Could this be the cause of my anxiety attacks that is affecting my sleeping. what can help?

 I have more pain, spasms,tingling and numbness at night. Could this be the cause of my anxiety attacks  that is affecting my sleeping. what can help?

Further work up: You need to work with your primary doctor to determine the cause for the condition so it may be better treated and controlled. It sounds like you may have neuropathy based on your symptoms and there are medications that can help (lyrica, neurontin (gabapentin) in particular). Your anxiety is not going to improve unless your other conditions are not better managed. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night, and what can I do to prevent them?

What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night, and what can I do to prevent them?

Many possibilities: Restless leg syndrome usually causes such symptoms in the evening and bedtime. Poor circulation has to be considered. Certain medications, low potassium levels, other conditions as well should be considered. Talk to your internist or sleep physician. ...Read more

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Woke up due to strain in the neck in the middle of night.Not being able to sleep due to the uneasiness. Is it serious and what meditation to take?

Woke up due to strain in the neck in the middle of night.Not being able to sleep due to the uneasiness.  Is it serious and what meditation to take?

Sleep: If the neck strain went away or if you already know what caused it and are getting treatment, it may be anxiety. But medication is not the only answer. Psychotherapy is a better long term solution if it is anxiety. As for medication, SSRIs are often prescribed to help keep mood in the normal range. they don't work fast though. Some physicians may prescribe a small amount of other antianxiety meds ...Read more

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When it is cold out my chest hurts in the middle of the night and/or in the morning. What could be the cause of this?

When it is cold out my chest hurts in the middle of the night and/or in the morning.  What could be the cause of this?

Multiple things: Lying in bed increases the tendency to have gerd (acid reflux). However, other possibilites (though less likely) include esophageal spasm triggered by acid, coronary vasospasm and anxiety. It would be important to discuss such symptoms with ones doctor to enable an appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic approach. ...Read more

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My toddler wakes up screaming in the middle of night, as if in pain or maybe a nightmare. Is this normal? What could be causing these episodes?

My toddler wakes up screaming in the middle of night, as if in pain or maybe a nightmare.  Is this normal?  What could be causing these episodes?

Toddler dreams: Transient nightmares or night terrors are not abnormal, and unless your child wakes themselves up, they will sleep thru it and wake up feeling normal. If nightmares or terrors were to persist for months or occur many times, something is stressing them. Not necessarily abuse or trauma-please see your pediatrician for physical exam first then an expert in sleep disorder. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of the intense tingling/electricity attacks in my half body (especially ribs) when i run/walk/jump/drink alcohol/hyperventilate?

What can be the cause of the intense tingling/electricity attacks in my half body (especially ribs) when i run/walk/jump/drink alcohol/hyperventilate?

Many causes: Rib fracture, intercostal muscle strain/tear, diagphragmatic hernia, reflux, lung scar tissue, etc. There are many causes that necissitate a proper history and physical and additional testing as appropriate. Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What can be done about a sinus infection this infection of the sinus has spreed and cause's lack of sleep due to the fact of not being able to breath out of the nose and only threw the mouth.And the head aches weakness to light

What can be done about a sinus infection this infection of the sinus has spreed and cause's lack of sleep due to the fact of not being able to breath out of the nose and only threw the mouth.And the head aches weakness to light

Sinusitis: Infection of the sinuses causes congestion, facial pain, nasal discharge, post-nasal drip, fever. It is commonly caused by bacteria and viruses, less commonly due to fungus. Treatment is usually related to a decongestant, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic (if cause is bacterial). Sinus irrigation is also helpful to rid the sinuses of thick mucous. ...Read more

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I suffer from panic attacks. When i just worked out i felt the same symptoms of my attack. Can the cause of my panic attacks be lack of exercise?

I suffer from panic attacks. When i just worked out i felt the same symptoms of my attack. Can the cause of my panic attacks be lack of exercise?

Maybe.: Sometimes panic attacks are due to external or internal triggers that are not consciously recognized by a person. Regular exercise may help decrease your overall level of anxiety ; tension. You may want to try deep breathing, meditation, yoga or other relaxation techniques. Write down things you like about yourself ; read them daily. Try not to be too critical of yourself. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat the feeling of being in a dream constantly and dizziness that comes with labyrinthitis?

What can you do to treat the feeling of being in a dream constantly and dizziness that comes with labyrinthitis?

Labrynthitis: If your symptoms are really from labrynthitis the cause need to be treated. medicines and physical therapy are the some modes of treatment. ...Read more

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My psychiatrist said anxiety and depression can mimic many conditions, saying it could also be the cause of my pain. Could this be the case ?

My psychiatrist said anxiety and depression can mimic many conditions, saying it could also be the cause of my pain. Could this be the case ?

Possibly: Depression / Anxiety can certainly contribute to painful conditions. Often when I do an acupuncture treatment to balance Qi and emotions - the person feels centered but is also quite surprised that their pain resolves (even if we did not do a procedure to reduce pain). Take care. ...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