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I believe I have been wrongly dianosed with Panic Attacks

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 16, 2011
  • 03:02 PM

think I have been misdiagnosed with panic attacks.I have been suffering with palpitations for months, they are worse on a night and wake me from my sleep, they are also bad on an evening if I have done a lot of running around that day. I went to see the doctor and he told me they were panic attacks which I thought was strange because I don't have any anxiety.

A few weeks ago I had quite a severe case of palpitations, I always stay calm throughout because I don't want to make them worse by getting upset. They'd just settled when all of a sudden I felt a horrible pressure in my neck, then the feeling of electric running through me, I burned up, my vision went extremely blurred, i couldn't speak or swallow, then my entire right side from my face down to my leg just went completely numb, it took about an hour for it to pass and my arm stayed numb for a couple of days afterwards, I had pins and needles in my arm and it was very weak. It has happened to this extent twice. Both times I have just stayed at home because I believed it must be a panic attack.

I did go back to the doctor, he tested my thyroid which is fine, and I am taking beta blockers now, but I still don't feel right, I can hardly hold a pen, I have episodes of slurred speech, dizziness, I sometimes completely forget my words mid sentence, my right side is still very weak and fiddly things like fastening buttons are an effort, etc. I still have palpitations while I'm sleeping.

I just feel like I have been written off as suffering from panic attacks, I was even told by the receptionist when I requested an urgent appointment that I needed to see a counsellor. I'm not an anxious person, I don't have a history of depression, does anyone know what I should do to try and get some answers? I just feel like other things should be investigated, if everything comes back ok then I'll accept the original diagnosis, in the meantime I feel like I've been left to try and cope by myself.

Thank you.

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  • I'm going through something very similar. I would look first at how you are eating. If you're hands are so unsteady or if you have trouble with swallowing or vomiting, it can cause a big chain reaction of symptoms caused by malnutrition.I've had to get up from the table and go to the bathroom to vomit since I was a boy. I was got so used to thinking I just didn't chew enough. Now it seems it could have something to do with a muscle in my digestive tract not functioning properly.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2011
    • 09:48 PM
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  • think I have been misdiagnosed with panic attacks.I have been suffering with palpitations for months, they are worse on a night and wake me from my sleep, they are also bad on an evening if I have done a lot of running around that day. I went to see the doctor and he told me they were panic attacks which I thought was strange because I don't have any anxiety.A few weeks ago I had quite a severe case of palpitations, I always stay calm throughout because I don't want to make them worse by getting upset. They'd just settled when all of a sudden I felt a horrible pressure in my neck, then the feeling of electric running through me, I burned up, my vision went extremely blurred, i couldn't speak or swallow, then my entire right side from my face down to my leg just went completely numb, it took about an hour for it to pass and my arm stayed numb for a couple of days afterwards, I had pins and needles in my arm and it was very weak. It has happened to this extent twice. Both times I have just stayed at home because I believed it must be a panic attack. I did go back to the doctor, he tested my thyroid which is fine, and I am taking beta blockers now, but I still don't feel right, I can hardly hold a pen, I have episodes of slurred speech, dizziness, I sometimes completely forget my words mid sentence, my right side is still very weak and fiddly things like fastening buttons are an effort, etc. I still have palpitations while I'm sleeping. I just feel like I have been written off as suffering from panic attacks, I was even told by the receptionist when I requested an urgent appointment that I needed to see a counsellor. I'm not an anxious person, I don't have a history of depression, does anyone know what I should do to try and get some answers? I just feel like other things should be investigated, if everything comes back ok then I'll accept the original diagnosis, in the meantime I feel like I've been left to try and cope by myself. Thank you.Hi. Panic attacks are very hard to understand and I assure you they feel like you are having a heart attack. I used to have hundreds but the key to it is understanding them. First of all the more you worry the more palpitations you will feel because your body is so sensitive. If you are unsure the doctor can send you for an ECG however I had three of them until I accepted it wasn't my heart but just anxiety. I too was never an anxious person but because nobody explained what was happening I became an anxiuos person. Watching every pain in my body and while doing that you are heightening the anxiety. First of all read about flight to flight response.Realise a panic attack is false fear.. Which basically means you get anxious probably over the symptoms themselves which is what happened to me..If you were in a car accident for instance you would feel fear. Panic attacks can have the same feeling but there is no situation like a car accident. Your thoughts are creating the fear.Accept the panic and they pass. Change your thoughts. For instance you feel the palpitations and you say" I am getting worse" In reality you are not, it is what you are telling your body and your body reacts to those thoughts.If you can't do this then sing a song as soon as they start. Put the radio on, dance anything but think about those palpitations.You will find as you occupy your mind with something else they will go if they are panics.Practice breathing or ask the doctor to explain them to you. Very often you get pills without explanation. I hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2011
    • 06:36 PM
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  • think I have been misdiagnosed with panic attacks.I have been suffering with palpitations for months, they are worse on a night and wake me from my sleep, they are also bad on an evening if I have done a lot of running around that day. I went to see the doctor and he told me they were panic attacks which I thought was strange because I don't have any anxiety.A few weeks ago I had quite a severe case of palpitations, I always stay calm throughout because I don't want to make them worse by getting upset. They'd just settled when all of a sudden I felt a horrible pressure in my neck, then the feeling of electric running through me, I burned up, my vision went extremely blurred, i couldn't speak or swallow, then my entire right side from my face down to my leg just went completely numb, it took about an hour for it to pass and my arm stayed numb for a couple of days afterwards, I had pins and needles in my arm and it was very weak. It has happened to this extent twice. Both times I have just stayed at home because I believed it must be a panic attack. I did go back to the doctor, he tested my thyroid which is fine, and I am taking beta blockers now, but I still don't feel right, I can hardly hold a pen, I have episodes of slurred speech, dizziness, I sometimes completely forget my words mid sentence, my right side is still very weak and fiddly things like fastening buttons are an effort, etc. I still have palpitations while I'm sleeping. I just feel like I have been written off as suffering from panic attacks, I was even told by the receptionist when I requested an urgent appointment that I needed to see a counsellor. I'm not an anxious person, I don't have a history of depression, does anyone know what I should do to try and get some answers? I just feel like other things should be investigated, if everything comes back ok then I'll accept the original diagnosis, in the meantime I feel like I've been left to try and cope by myself. Thank you.Your symptoms sound like you are eating or drinking things that are making your heart skip beats. This creates feelings of palpitations, fluttering, delayed beats. Also, nerve damage in your heart or elsewhere can cause this to happen. I would suggeat that you go to a cardiologist and allergist with your dilemna.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2011
    • 10:19 PM
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  • Go and see a different doctor
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • February 24, 2011
    • 11:21 PM
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  • Please go back to a doctor. These are classic symptoms of a TIA or mini stroke. They can often lead to a major stroke within a year and you need to get this looked at right away with a neurologist. If it were me I would go to the er now. If this happens again you must go to ther er. Call an ambulance. Panic attacks do not cause weakness or blurry vison or numbness.
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  • It sounds like you may be having TIA's, Transient Ischemic Attacks. I would be looking for another doctor before you have a major stroke. If the doctors can't find an answer to a persons symptoms after all the tests they put you through they diagnose you with either anxiety or in your case panic attacks. You know your own body, find a doctor that will actually listen to you and not make you feel like you're losing your mind. Good luck, Nadine
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