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Panic attacks, anxiety, stressed, stomach pain, short of breath, pills, heart and lung tests done, worried it is mental illness, palpitations and suffocation during panic attacks - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello doctor. I want to talk and ask about panic attacks
Doctor :   Please go ahead with your query
Doctor :   Yes please go ahead
User :   I am 20 years old female. I am a student in university. i never suffered from anxiety until this year
User :   university is hard so sometimes i was stressed but one week ago i heard about some bad news in my country and my frist panic attack arrived
Doctor :   What were your thoughts and physical manifestations during the panic attack
User :   i was scared so i felt dizzy, short of breath, stomach pain , and panicked. Then i understood that i am not going to die that it is just a panic attack but i still have suffocation feeling and the numbness of hands sometimes
User :   the stomach pain and the feeling that i am short of breath. now i understand that this is my panic attack. it has been one and a half week. and almost everyday i have this. because i am just scared. i try to forget about it. when i do things that i like i prevent it. other times it just happens without a reason
User :   and i dont know what to do. i take natural pills for calming and they help. my doctor gave them to me for exams
Doctor :   Panic attacks are easily treatable with medicines and some initial counselling
Doctor :   It is good time you seek help from the local doctor with medicines
User :   i had blood tests , heart tests and lungs tested and nothing is wrong i already know that this is a panic attack i dont know where it came from but it really affects my life. today i was in the cinema and the panic attack came. i felt suffocation numbness i did nothing cause i knew it was a panic attack but again the feeling was tiring and scary
User :   what do you recommend me to do? why does my stomach hurt after a panic attack? is it because the muscles are contracting? is there a chance that the panic attack is caused from a stomach problem? and is it worth it to visit a psychologist? i already take calming pills and i just know that it is a panic attack. i just dont know how to get it out of my life
Doctor :   I suggest you should slowly breathe into a plastic bag and inflate it that relaxes you
Doctor :   It is worth to visit a Psychologist
User :   are panic attacks a mental illness? should i worry?
Doctor :   Not a mental illness
User :   i never suffered from that. and it feels strange. my mother had this for half a year and they discovered that she had gastritis thats why she had the symptoms
Doctor :   but can lead to a long term problem
Doctor :   if not treated now
User :   should i visit a psychologist or a psychiatrist?
Doctor :   Psychologist
Doctor :   Practice breathing exercise
Doctor :   While breathing in and out, try to move your abdominal muscles towards the spine while breathing out
Doctor :   Concentrate on that
User :   i am doing yoga so breathing relaxes me. the only thing that scared me during the 10 minute panic attack is the palpitations and the suffocation feeling.
User :   ok doctor thank you
User :   i will immediately book a visit to a psychologist
Doctor :   Ok let me tell you one thing
Doctor :   They are not going to kill you
Doctor :   So anything that does not kill you shall make you stronger
Doctor :   So imagine the strength that you get at this young age
Doctor :   Seek help
User :   okay doctor
User :   thank you very much
Doctor :   Do you have any more queries
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
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