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In the past few days, I have been experiences some stomach pains, which I first attributed to my period which I just started yesterday, but these pains felt different than cramps. It felt like a jabbing pain. Then when I was on the bus coming home from work yesterday, I started to have a severe panic attack with ears ringing, going numb, blacking out slightly and cold-sweats. I still also had the pain in my stomach and also experienced diaherrea earlier that day and when I got home. Even when my stomach felt better last evening, it was still 'gurgling'. today, I do feel better but I still have a slight pain, not too much of an appetite and still slightly nautious since yesterday. I read some stuff online and thought that maybe it could be an ulcer, but if so, would that trigger the panic issue? Since I've been on Paxil for the past 6 yrs or so now, I have had very little problems with them at all. This is why I got worried when I experienced the bad one yesterday.Please help.

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replied November 13th, 2008
Stomach, Ulcers, Gastric Bypass Answer A4870
According to the symptoms you describe (jabbing stomach pain, diarrhea, and feelings of a panic attack), you might be experiencing a gastrointestinal problems due to a panic attack. However, further diagnostic procedures such as a gastroscopy (performed by gastrointestinal specialist) should be performed. You want to first to determine for sure if an ulcer has developed, or not. It's also possible that the panic attacks you are experiencing, if they are many and they last for longer periods of time, can cause ulceration of the stomach. You might want to see your doctor to change the dose of Paxil. Do not change the dose by yourself.

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