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28 year old having tingling in the fingers, gasping of air, difficulty in sleeping. Stress or heart attacks?

Hello. I m a 28f with a strong athletic background. Overdid it with joints and acls so no take it easy. Many injuries ignored at time of occurrence and what some call a difficult life. I have had one child who is now 10. He lives with his father. I work in insurance. Wake up gasping for air gasp at onset of stress . Tingly fingers difficulty sleeping and unco operative legs especially in winter. Having a hard time keeping things going and I love my job and know its a blessing. Am I having heart attacks? Pain specific to upper left quadrant. Anti inflammatory diet supplements magnesium . Digestive issues.
Asked On : Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is quite possible that your symptoms could be anxiety-related, especially, since your symptoms get triggerred during times of stress. It is important to understand that anxiety can present with not only psychological symptoms but also with physical or somatic symptoms. Tingling of the hands, breathing difficulty, sleeping problems, etc. are symptoms which are commonly seen in anxiety disorders.

I would advise you to have a detailed evaluation including a physical examination, and if necessary, few investigations, to rule out any medical problems. If your symptoms are predominantly anxiety-related, then there are effective treatment options - in the form of medication or counselling / psychotherapy which will help you overcome your problems.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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