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Could it have been a heart attack? Should I see my family doctor?

Fri night I had pain between my shoulder blades that got progressively worse as the night went on. I went to bed & awoke to it being much worse & reaching around under my breasts. It literally felt like my rib cage was in a nut cracker. I tried changing positions and that only made it worse. Off course this is when the panick attack kicked in & made things worse. I had a shower and went back to bed as the pain started to fade. I have back issues but have never experienced this before.

I've been extremely tired with dizzy spells for a wk or so now & last again with odd stuff happening. I was watching tv & cried at a show which set off a bad panick attack which was unusual for me. It was also the first time my throat felt as if it were being squeezed during one.

My gut says something's not right, my head says it's just the depression/anxiety.
Any insight/suggestions would be great.

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replied January 17th, 2011
Heart Disease and Heart Attack Answer A18592

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. From your symptoms it looks like a panic attack. The most common symptoms may include trembling, dyspnea (shortness of breath), heart palpitations, chest pain (or chest tightness), hot flashes etc.

When you have such kind of symptoms, breathe slowly through the nose using the diaphragm and abdomen. Do not breathe through the mouth. Talking with a supportive person — someone who has experienced true panic attacks personally; someone who is highly trained in treating panic attacks; loved ones who can offer support and comfort.

If the symptoms persist then please consult a physician. You may need anti anxiety medicines. Severe cases may require Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Also get an EKG done to rule out any cardiac cause.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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