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Experiencing numbness in feet, hands and lips, fast heartbeat. Is this an anxiety attack?

Jan 2013
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last night i experienced numbness in the feet, hands and lips and my heart was racing really fast, i was lightheaded and thought i was going to be sick and faint .. is this an anxiety attack ??
Posted Thu, 23 Aug 2012 in Anxiety and Stress
Answered by Dr. Mayank Bhargava 22 minutes later
Thanks for posting your query.
Before labeling any symptoms as anxiety, any organic and systemic disease must be ruled out.
As you have fast heart rate, you should go for ECG and 2 D Echo as preliminary investigation. If not conclusive you should go for electro-physiological studies of heart.
Apart from heart evaluation, you should go for serum electrolytes, thyroid profile, complete blood count. If all things are normal then there is possibility of panic attack or generalized anxiety disorder.
You should first consult with physician and if all test are normal then you should consult with psychiatrist.
Put your query if you have.
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Dr. Mayank Bhargava
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