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Hot feeling in chest. had panic attack earlier. What could be this?

So earlier today while I was minding my own buisness on the computer, this suddern day dream/flash back kinda thing happened. I was sat there and then all I could hear was the scream of a woman who sounded like she was being dragged away, and someone in my face who kept saying It s all going to be okay, I will all be fine, just stay there . This was all I could think about, I was wrapped in this thought that felt like a past experience, when I know nothing like this has ever happened to me before. This boilin hot feeling started happening on the inside of my chest, not painful, just extremely hot, and it kept happening. If I tried to hunk of something else, all I could hear was this screaming that brought me back. I was completely glazed over, i wasn t doing anything at all. And then I just cracked, I curled into a ball on my chair and just started crying, and couldn t stop, it was like I was hiding, I felt just petrified, curled up in a ball. After a few minutes, I got control again, and just put some music on and tried to forget about it, but it has been a shock to my system. I ve had minor panic attacks in the past, but non of them were this bad.
Asked On : Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
thanks for using health care magic.
I have gone through your available history. Your symptoms are of panic attack only. initial day dreaming is part of anxiety.
You should also rule out one very rare diagnosis of complex partial seizure.
You should consult psychiatrist for the detailed evaluation and treatment.
You can try breathing exercise , yoga and meditation and stress management.
Avoid caffeine in excess. it may also cause panic attack.
i hope you will be fine soon
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Amar A Rathi's  Response
Hi K Jones,
Welcome to HCM Forum,
I can understand how much disturbed u might be feeling.
From description given by you there can be possibility of two kind of illness u might have
1) Panic disorder ( where attacks are spontaneous,unprovoked, lasts for few seconds to minutes -characterized by chest tightness,palpitation,coldness-sweating of extremities,dryness of mouth,heaviness of head and impending doom)
2) Epilepsy (where sudden onset for fraction of seconds loss of consciousness,sometimes associated with limb movement,confused behavior later on )
Both illness can look similar but can be differentiated by experts and with help of investigation like EEG,MRI brain etc.
Remember that both illness can be treatable.
So please consult to your nearest psychiatrist,who will asses and start treatment accordingly.
Hope it helps.Best Regars.
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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