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Panic attack with numbness in face, chest, legs and arms, could not breathe, swollen lips. What should I do ?

Hello, my name is AAAAA I have a question about panic attacks. The last panic attack was the worst I have had, my face, chest , legs and arms got numb. I could not breath and afterwards its usually my lips the only thing getting swollen, but this time my eyelids and my lips got swollen and they are taking a long time to go down. I am just concerned because I am scared that I have some kind of anxiety disorder and not even know it. What should I do and am I over reacting?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is common to have a lot of strange sensations in the body during a panic attack. Numbness of the hands and legs, difficulty in breathing and chest discomfort are well known physical sympoms of anxiety.

However, swelling of the lips and eyelids, which is persistent, is very atypical and not a symptom of panic attacks. So, I suggest that you have it checked with your doctor, to rule out any medical problems which could be causing this.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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