Anxiety is accompanied by fear, increased heart rate, sweating, and heavy breathing. It is normal to feel anxious once in a while. But, when the feeling of worry does not go away and gets worse with time, it requires to be treated.

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Why does my body vibrate?

Query: Hello doctor, My left hand and occasionally part of my left side of the body tends to vibrate. It started three months back. I do not have any pain or other problems. I can eat, walk, drive and do my job at ease. I am a 44 year old male. I do not have the habit of smoking or drinking alcohol. Six m...  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. Your reports are normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Vibrations in the hand and body which you have mentioned can be tremors involving half of the body. This kind of vibr...  Read Full »

If Xanax is withdrawn, will it lead to anxiety symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother who is 25 years old has been suffering from anxiety for the past four years. His doctor put him on Effexor and Elavil. Both the medicine has to be taken daily in addition to Xanax. Lately, the anxiety has developed into full blown panic attacks, two of which resulted in a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. From your description, it seems that your brother might have become dependent on Xanax (Alprazolam). Xanax belongs to Benzodiazepine group of drugs and is quite notorious for causing dependence if used for a longer period. Hence...  Read Full »

Can you get HIV if the condom breaks during sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old male. I had protected vaginal sex with a sex worker 15 days back. However, the condom broke and I ejaculated inside her. I asked her whether she was HIV positive and she said no. But, I cannot trust her. I have been having chills all over my body since yesterday. I w...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Physician, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Preventive Medicine Physician, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single unprotected intercourse is very low that is 1/200 to 1/1000. Condom tear can be almost similar to unprotected intercourse. If she is negative, then no problem. You can get her tes...  Read Full »

Could chest tightness during exercise be due to heart problem?

Query: Hi doctor,I recently visited the doctors as I was unable to catch my breath and was feeling strange. The doctor performed a breath test which came back fine. I had an ECG and the doctor said that my ECG showed possible left ventricle enlargement. He then asked me to perform different breathing while...  Read Full »

Dr. Lohit Chauhan

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Did you ever have chest pain or symptoms of excessive sweating with pain? If your ECG is fine, then there are very fewer chances of you having a cardiac pathology. Left ventricular hypertrophy develops after prolonged hypertension in individuals, but as you have sai...  Read Full »

Why am I having heart palpitations?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an active 30-year-old female with health and generalized anxiety. For the past 4 days, I have been experiencing heart palpitations. Sometimes it feels like a small flutter, as if my heart misses a beat. Other times, it feels like an intense pounding that lasts for hours. I experienc...  Read Full »

Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I do not think from your symptoms that what you have said that you have terrified about to have a heart attack. It is not as your symptoms happen at rest, not during exertion. To evaluate for palpitations you do Holter monitoring. I think your symptoms mostly due to anx...  Read Full »

What is dissociative disorder?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from some kind of derealization or something for the past five years. It seems to be related to a bunch of vitamins I took to treat autism. Anyway, I seem to be suffering from some kind of grounding disorder that has a lot to do with the kinds of principles that La...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your feelings of detachment. From the available history, I think you are suffering from some type of dissociative disorder. I have considered your neurological checkup is normal. Your history suggests that you have depersonalization disorder whi...  Read Full »

I get intense palpitation and panic attacks. Do I have heart problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. Two years ago, I had intense palpitations, and I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. I had panic attacks, but then I was able to recover by myself. From a few days, I had two panic attacks. And I am afraid if this is anxiety, or if my diagnosis was wrong as if...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruhi Satija


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Panic attacks often mimic a heart attack. In fact one of the common differential diagnosis for panic attack is cardiac arrest. If it is happening often it is advisable to get an ECG (electrocardiogram) done. Please tell me from last how many days are you taking anti-...  Read Full »

What is the reason for increased heart rate and chest tightness while standing and walking?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been to four different hospitals over within a year multiple times due to health anxiety and fear of heart failure, heart attack, etc. I am dealing with a lot of muscle tension, all my muscles are tight and I am always checking my heart rate constantly. For some reason, at time...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms seem to be due to anxiety. If all your workup is normal, there is nothing to worry about. I advise you to eat healthily, avoid fast foods, alcohol, etc. Do regular exercise, flush all the worries out of your life. There is nothing to worry about, alway...  Read Full »

What are the expected physical and emotional changes in hormonal birth control withdrawal?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know about going off birth control. What are the five to ten most common physical and emotional changes women can expect when they discontinue hormonal birth control use? Will these changes differ depending on the type of birth control and how long you have been on it? How...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There could be many effects if a woman has been on any specific birth control pills like mood variations, fear of conception if not willing to conceive, anxiety, irregular periods, skin dryness, soft breast, dry hairs, less libido, angry behavior, etc. If the body ...  Read Full »

Why do I have seminal leak and testis pain on excitement?

Query: Hi doctor, I am experiencing seminal leak and pain in left testis on excitement without sex. Situation worsens when excited after exercising. This seminal discharge is causing anxiety and pain. I am having this problem since last 10 years. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Sexologist, Andrologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read and understood your problem. It may be due to infection of epididymis or prostate. You should do ultrasound of scrotum, prostate and also bacterial culture along with drug sensitivity of prostatic massage fluid, after which a course of suitable antib...  Read Full »

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