Q. Feeling lightheadedness and unbalanced. Not sure if it is the panic attacks?

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Dr. Surabhi
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This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 16, 2014 and last reviewed on: Jan 20, 2022

Hi doctor,

Lately, I have been feeling lightheaded and unbalanced. I have been diagnosed with panic attacks once in the past. I am not sure if I am getting the same panic attacks again. Please advice.



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The symptoms of panic attacks are episodically occurring attacks for a duration of 10 to 20 minutes. The symptoms include:

  1. Chest pain.
  2. Breathlessness.
  3. A sense of impending doom.
  4. Increased perspiration.
  5. Nausea and abdominal pain.
  6. Numbness and tingling in extremities.
  7. Giddiness.
  8. Butterflies in the stomach.

Also, panic attacks are followed with constant apprehension regarding a future episode and change in lifestyle due to such episodes. If you have at least 4 to 5 of the above symptoms, then you have a panic attack, or else you could have any other illness. If you have only lightheadedness and imbalance, then it could be due to any cause related to brain or inner part of the ear. Kindly book for an online counseling session to discuss more details regarding your problems so that we may help you in a better way.

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