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I have a history of panic attacks. Recently I have been having symptoms of pain in my right arm lasting two days and some tightness in my chest. I had an ekg recently while having a major panic attack and they said my heart was fine. Is this another symptom of panic attacks

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replied December 21st, 2009
Anxiety and Stress Answer A8646

The symptoms you have described may not be part of a panic attack. Typically, symptoms of panic attack last for those 5-10 minutes of the attack.

The pain in the arm and the chest tightness could be part of a generalized anxiety spectrum. If you have had a traumatic experience in the past, panic attacks may be accompanied by anxiety.

You should play safe keep a journal of the events while you are actually having the pain. You should also consider another class of medicines, which are specifically meant to treat panic attacks. Paroxetine is good and effective and probably the mainstay of panic attack treatment.


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