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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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Suggest treatment for panic attacks and shortness of breath

Hello Doctor, Since I lost my mom last year, I have been having this panic attack in the night like jumping up from sleep and my heart will be racing fast. Sometimes when I drink cold drinks, I have shortness of breath which goes away when I take inhaler. My mother died of kidney and heart failure so that is my phobia that it may happen to me so I find it hard to sleep at night, and when I do sleep, I will always jump up gasping for breath. I experienced heartburn a month ago, I was told it was ulcer, I treated it and the heartburn stopped. But I need this panic attack to stop and also shortness of breath after drinking cold drinks. I suffered pneumonia when I was a kid, is it the problem with my shortness of breath? A doctor told me I have asthma in 2006, but for more than four years since 2011, I have never had an attack except after my mom s demise. Please what can I do? Am always afraid to read about people s death or sickness in the news. What is wrong with me?
Tue, 11 Oct 2016
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

I am sorry about the loss of your mother.

You are having anxiety.
Anxiety can present in different formats and it causes both physical symptoms (shortness of breath and palpitations) and emotional symptoms as well.

There are some who can have chest pain, nausea, vomiting, headaches, insomina as part of their anxiety .

Pneumonia as a child would not cause shortness of breath at this point.

It would be best to speak to your doctor. You may need counselling and medication for a short period of time.
The counselling would examine your thoughts, ideas and perceptions and see how they are affecting your behaviour and life

Anti anxiety medication for a short period, would also help as well

I hope this helps
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