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Why do the top of my hands go numb when I am panic stricken?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Hyperventilation

One of the main symptoms of panic attacks in many people -- hyperventilation -- can cause numbness and tingling around the mouth and extremities.
When this happens, some people breathe in a paper bag and the symptoms go away.

In brief: Hyperventilation

One of the main symptoms of panic attacks in many people -- hyperventilation -- can cause numbness and tingling around the mouth and extremities.
When this happens, some people breathe in a paper bag and the symptoms go away.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Fred Gallo
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Reduced blood

During panic episodes the hpa axis results in blood being reduced at the bodies surface.
In addition to numbness and tingling, the skin tends to become pale in appearance, this also due to reduced blood at the surface.

In brief: Reduced blood

During panic episodes the hpa axis results in blood being reduced at the bodies surface.
In addition to numbness and tingling, the skin tends to become pale in appearance, this also due to reduced blood at the surface.
Dr. Fred Gallo
Dr. Fred Gallo
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