Does panic attack, tachycardia and low potassium levels lead to adrenal gland disorder?
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I have had 500+ episodes of "panic attacks" easily in ten years. I am woken out of my dead sleep with my heart racing like a jolt. I have been in ambulance so many times. I had tachycardia with hb 250 beats. they stopped and restarted my heart. I react VERY badly to stimulants. Those put me in ambulance. Last saturday my bp was 220/113 after taking a benadryl. I have had a blood transfusion for anemia. I have had dangerously low potassium...had to be on suppliments. I currently have to take ativan daily. This is a nightmare.
Posted Tue, 24 Dec 2013 in Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
Answered by Dr. Shruti Rijhwani 37 minutes later
Brief Answer: Follows. Detailed Answer: Dear Madam, From your history I see that you get panic attacks , have high blood pressure , tachycardia , hypokalemia , so there definitely exists a possibilty of adrenal disorder most probably related to adrenal hyperfunctioning like coons syndrome or hypperaldosteronism etc.. A battery of tests like serum cortisol , plasma aldosterone:plasma renin activity ratio . MRI of abdomen will be necessary . In my opinion you need to see an endocrinolopgist for this for complete evaluation and all the hormonal profiles and it needs to be done early . Take care. Dr. Shruti
Follow-up: Does panic attack, tachycardia and low potassium levels lead to adrenal gland disorder? 7 hours later
I saw dr. oz talking about phenochromocytosis...wondering if thats possible. it seems to be everything that happens even the fact of anemia...easy bruising...and no sex drive. I literallly have zero sex drive.
Answered by Dr. Shruti Rijhwani 2 hours later
Brief Answer: Follows. Detailed Answer: Dear Madam, Yes there exists a possibility of phaeochromocytoma but hypokalemia is not very common with it but yes evaluation is definitely necessary . A 24-hour urine collection for catecholamines and metanephrines is necessitated . A MIBG scan will also be necessary if these tests are abnormal. Dr. Shruti
Follow-up: Does panic attack, tachycardia and low potassium levels lead to adrenal gland disorder? 19 minutes later
Answered by Dr. Shruti Rijhwani 12 hours later
Brief Answer: Follows. Detailed Answer: Dear Madam, In panic attacks hypokalemia cannot be explained . Still I think your doctor remains the best judge of your situation as he has examined you and can interpret the symptoms well . Dr. Shruti