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Panic Attacks or not?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 28, 2010
  • 11:03 AM

Hello,
First of all please excuse my English, its not my first language.

My problem:
At the end of last year I started feeling dizzy - lightheaded.
After seeing an intern and having my blood checked he couldn't find anything wrong.

One afternoon I was working on my car. A fiend came and we started talking. Suddenly I couldn't say what I wanted, the words wouldn't come out right. I started to lose feeling in 2 fingers in my left hand also my face started to feel numb + I was feeling dizzy.

I panicked and went upstairs as my heart started to beat faster. I have a blood monitor bracelet but the maximum bpm is 200 and I was over it.

I tried to calm down but my heart wouldn't stop racing. I went to the ER with my parents. As we got thee the numbness of my face and left fingers faded away. The doctor could find nothing wrong with me and send me home after aprox 30 min.

After that incident I done 2 MRI's (1 head and 1 at the spinal cord)but nothing was found.

I still feel lightheaded 30% of the day (in the morning I am ok)... like I am floating ... cant really describe the sensation. It gets worse as I make an effort (running up the stairs or carrying something heavy)

Sometimes my friends tell me I walk strange. I feel sometimes more dizzy in specific places... when I go in the kitchen at my work place or at the mall.
And starting last year I begun having random muscle twitching all over the body.

I am thinking to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist.

So is it panic attacks or can be something else?

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  • Hello,First of all please excuse my English, its not my first language.My problem:At the end of last year I started feeling dizzy - lightheaded.After seeing an intern and having my blood checked he couldn't find anything wrong.One afternoon I was working on my car. A fiend came and we started talking. Suddenly I couldn't say what I wanted, the words wouldn't come out right. I started to lose feeling in 2 fingers in my left hand also my face started to feel numb + I was feeling dizzy.I panicked and went upstairs as my heart started to beat faster. I have a blood monitor bracelet but the maximum bpm is 200 and I was over it.I tried to calm down but my heart wouldn't stop racing. I went to the ER with my parents. As we got thee the numbness of my face and left fingers faded away. The doctor could find nothing wrong with me and send me home after aprox 30 min.After that incident I done 2 MRI's (1 head and 1 at the spinal cord)but nothing was found.I still feel lightheaded 30% of the day (in the morning I am ok)... like I am floating ... cant really describe the sensation. It gets worse as I make an effort (running up the stairs or carrying something heavy)Sometimes my friends tell me I walk strange. I feel sometimes more dizzy in specific places... when I go in the kitchen at my work place or at the mall.And starting last year I begun having random muscle twitching all over the body.I am thinking to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist.So is it panic attacks or can be something else?hello pauldo you have an improvement or worsening in symptoms after eating,drinking,stress etc.....?i think you should maybe see an endocrinologist before going to the psychiatrist.best luck ;)
    mrssmart_00 15 Replies
    • September 28, 2010
    • 06:16 PM
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  • It could be. I had panic attacks and I felt a variety of symptoms, including the same symptoms you mentioned. I had the attacks on stressing situations (for me), such as going from home to the university, talking with people who made me feel uncomfortable, etc. Pay attention to the moments when you have the symptoms, if you have them in stressful situations, I would say they're most probably panic attacks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2010
    • 07:26 PM
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  • The symptoms are like this: In the morning I am ok, starting 10-12 I start to feel like I'm floating and as I'm gonna lose my balance and fall. It gets worse around 14, as I get home at 17-18 I usually lay in bed and watch some tv shows, as the night comes I feel better. I went to see a endocrinologist a while ago, the results were (if I remember correctly) : T3, and T4 normal, TSH over the limit - doc said it was ok as long as T3 and T4 is ok.I would also want to add that I feel tired and sleepy all day long, but I get at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night.Oh, one more thing: drinking 1-2 beers seams to work, don't feel dizzy anymore, this is why I think it could not be physical problem. But as I don't want to become an alcoholic I cant drink all the time to not feel bad :|
    Paul82 1 Replies
    • September 29, 2010
    • 09:36 AM
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  • The symptoms are like this: In the morning I am ok, starting 10-12 I start to feel like I'm floating and as I'm gonna lose my balance and fall. It gets worse around 14, as I get home at 17-18 I usually lay in bed and watch some tv shows, as the night comes I feel better. I went to see a endocrinologist a while ago, the results were (if I remember correctly) : T3, and T4 normal, TSH over the limit - doc said it was ok as long as T3 and T4 is ok.I would also want to add that I feel tired and sleepy all day long, but I get at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night.Oh, one more thing: drinking 1-2 beers seams to work, don't feel dizzy anymore, this is why I think it could not be physical problem. But as I don't want to become an alcoholic I cant drink all the time to not feel bad :|hello paulstrangely, i had another constellation ,normal tsh and ft3 and ft4 also normal but on the lower range.i also suffer from something doctors call "panic attacks" and other symptoms but which improves with high amounts of food intake.it is not always there and feels like hypoglycemia and hyperthyroidism but isn`t one of the both (i was very buffled about my thyroid results)also have a stable weight.i think you should also consider adrenal glands or pituitary gland (hormonal gland and autonomic nervous system) for such symptoms.no drinking beer wouldn`t be a solution,especially not for longer periods of time.if you have a high tsh i would firstly get your thyroid checked via ultrasound and also check antibodys against thyroid.thyroid disease can show it first symptoms before there are all thyroid lab tests abnormal.best wishes ;)
    mrssmart_00 15 Replies
    • September 29, 2010
    • 01:13 PM
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  • Please go see another endocrinologist. Ignoring TSH is not wise and can be seriously dangerous to your health - I honestly cannot believe your doctor advised this - just dumbfounded.
    Flicka 3 Replies
    • September 29, 2010
    • 10:01 PM
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