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What causes the total body muscle spasms during panic attack?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Panic & muscles

Fear leads to release of adrenaline which causes the fight-flight reaction where the body starts preparing for strenuous physical activity, which results in blood sugar being drawn away from the brain & into the major muscles, hence the spasms.

In brief: Panic & muscles

Fear leads to release of adrenaline which causes the fight-flight reaction where the body starts preparing for strenuous physical activity, which results in blood sugar being drawn away from the brain & into the major muscles, hence the spasms.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: System overload

The exact causes of panic attacks are still poorly understood, but what happens during one has been been thoroughly studied.
Your body is reacting as if you are in a crisis situation, with all the fight-or-flight responses built into our body for survivial in full functional mode. At times, the result is a stand-off, with neither flight nor fight possible, resulting in "freezing up.".

In brief: System overload

The exact causes of panic attacks are still poorly understood, but what happens during one has been been thoroughly studied.
Your body is reacting as if you are in a crisis situation, with all the fight-or-flight responses built into our body for survivial in full functional mode. At times, the result is a stand-off, with neither flight nor fight possible, resulting in "freezing up.".
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Adrenaline

A panic attack involves the release of adrenaline, causing your heart to beat faster, your muscles to tighten, and your senses to sharpen.
This puts you into fight or flight mode. Of course, what makes panic attacks abnormal is that it occurs at any time and can be debilitating. The muscle spasms can be a result of the adrenaline release during the panic attack.

In brief: Adrenaline

A panic attack involves the release of adrenaline, causing your heart to beat faster, your muscles to tighten, and your senses to sharpen.
This puts you into fight or flight mode. Of course, what makes panic attacks abnormal is that it occurs at any time and can be debilitating. The muscle spasms can be a result of the adrenaline release during the panic attack.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Dr. Chris Esguerra
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