Panic Attack

A panic attack is a sensation of fear that occurs without warning in the body. It occurs at any time in the day, but it often occurs during sleep. The symptoms are chest pain, loss of control in the body, increased heartbeat, tingling or numbness in the body, and breathing difficulties. Usually, it lasts for ten minutes, but it cal also occur for a long time. It can occur during diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, asthma, and irritable bowel disease. It is treated by taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and Benzodiazepines. Doing deep breathing exercises regularly helps to provide some relief.

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Can hysterectomy cause headaches?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the left side of the head. It starts when I sleep because of hot flashes and palpitation due to forced menopausal (hysterectomy).  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some further details about headache: 1. Since when you started to have these headaches? How many years or months? And since when you had menopause? 2. In which part of the head you feel headaches? (You can attach your photo, clicked from a litt...  Read Full »

Is it normal to get panic attacks and anxiety about being home alone?

Query: Hi doctor, I recent times, I am getting a panic attack and anxiety suddenly. I fear being alone in the home, and my mind always thinks something bad will happen to me. I am trying to concentrate on other activities, but I am not able to concentrate. Suddenly I feel a rise in my heartbeat, difficult...  Read Full »

Dr. Mustafa Ibrahim


Answer: Hello, Welcome to The first scenario is you could have faced a stressful situation, and this situation has triggered the panic attack. The situation may have appeared trivial, but it could be pointed to important events in your childhood. The second scenario is you could drink a lot o...  Read Full »

Are panic attacks and intrusive thoughts symptoms of porn addiction withdrawal?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a psychiatric patient diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I am taking Fluoxamine 150 mg, Risperidone 1 mg and Clonazepam 0.5 mg. I am watching porn for 18 years. Recently I stopped it 15 days back and after that, I am not feeling well. I am having panic attacks, crying a lot,...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to mention the reason for taking Risperidone. It is an antipsychotic used mainly for psychotic symptoms. If you do not have any psychotic symptoms, then you can stop taking them. You have watched porn for years and so you may have withdrawal symptoms. You need to chan...  Read Full »

Why do I have severe panic attacks without reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female. Recently, I had a breakup. Currently, I do not have a job and so, mentally I am feeling insecure. I am getting¬†severe panic attacks for no reason. Even, I do not want to go out of my room. I feel sleepy all the time. Whenever I go out, I feel that I am going to...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Recurrent severe panic attacks should be evaluated. Thyroid function tests should be done to rule out hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is an important cause of panic attacks. You have a fear of getting stroke or heart attack and this could b...  Read Full »

Can Midazolam be used for severe panic attacks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a friend who had severe panic attacks last week. She keeps weeping and does not sleep or eat much. She is a bit better now, but a doctor prescribed Midazolam for her. I think this medication might not be right for her. I am greatly worried, so please tell me if this prescriptio...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. You seem to be a good person who is so much concerned about your friend. Yes, Midazolam can be used for anxiety but it is not frequently used for anxiety. There are many other good medicatio...  Read Full »

Please suggest medicines for my newly developed panic attack.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 48 years old. I was an active person before COVID-19. During the lockdown, I did not go out of the house. Recently, I have developed panic and anxiety disorder within these two months. Sometimes, I have depression. My symptoms are typical. I have a high pulse rate during swimming wit...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Prozac and Zoloft belong to the same group of drugs called SSRI (selective serotonin inhibitor). They are taken for depression or anxiety or panic attacks. Sometimes, it depends on the patient. Some patients respond well to Zoloft (Sertraline) and some people respond we...  Read Full »

What do symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, and lightheadedness indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old female. I weigh about 264 lbs, and my height is 5'3. Last week evening, I felt like my heart stopped, and I had to force air into my lungs and had shortness of breath, dizziness, light-headedness, and pain in the lower left arm. I do not have chest pain. The next d...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concerns, worries, and pain you are going through. I hope my reply will clarify your concerns and give you a sigh of relief. I have seen all your lab reports and found normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The sympt...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my chest tightness?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a tight banding sensation around my upper torso, chest, and neck, that came on suddenly 24 years ago and has never gone away. The intensity rises and falls, but the sensation itself never goes away. It is always there whether I am active or at rest, asleep or awake.I have had x-r...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some further details about your symptoms: Does this banding sensation happens in the whole chest, or only in the upper part of the chest, or only in the lower part of the chest? Do you have any neck pain or upper back pain also? Do you have as...  Read Full »

I have frequent pain in shoulders, arms, legs, and chest. Is it due to anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old man. My weight is 22 stone, but I am pretty active despite my weight. I am neither easily fatigued from being active nor do I ever feel breathless other than normal. There is no history of peripheral artery disease in my family or coronary artery disease and to my knowl...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu


Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is good to see your detailed history for which I have asked for. Firstly, your ECG is perfectly normal. For anything to be wrong in case of ECG, the changes should be present in at least two consecutive leads at a time. In your case whether it is a T-wave or Q, it ...  Read Full »

What causes symptoms like bowel problems, palpitations, dizziness, blackout vision, etc.?

Query: Hello doctor, While getting up from sleep in the morning vertigo, and fatigue occurs. After my first bowel movement I pass gas and feels the urge for second bowel movement again. While passing of gas, sometimes I get palpitations, pins and needles over belly area, flickering on buttocks occurs. Ve...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some details about your symptoms. Since when you started to have symptoms? What exactly you feel in vertigo, visualizing spinning of surroundings object around you, or feels spinning of your head inside, blurred vision, blackening in front of e...  Read Full »

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