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Hello everyone,

I have had much difficulty diagnosing a believed panic attack.

A little background, I have a nerve entrapment of the ulnar nerve that began to claw on my right hand. So surgery freed the nerve but they put an OnQ pain catheter in my brachial plexus that didn't fall out. Anyway, we pulled on it. My dad even tripped over it (yanking me off the floor), never fell out. Stanford's ER put me to sleep, I guess they tried yanking it out then - still didn't get out. But a specialist did manage to twist it free as he slowly pulled it away and that was "the end" of that. Peripheral damage was supposed to heal, including muscle weakness but I vehemently object.

Years later I have a possible panic attack during an exam in college. During, I lost a lot of feeling on my right limb and it began shaking uncontrollably. My neck / collarbone hurt very bad - crimping my neck to the side. This led to hyperventilating and sweating profusely. All the while I'm trying to be calm / quiet and not disturb my classmates, eventually the numbness and shaking subsided (~30 - 40 min).
But the muscle weakness and peripheral feeling has been the same ever since (it's now 1 - 2 years after that episode). My head still droops to the side when I drive and a small ache lies around the brachial plexus area that never goes away.

The part that confuses me, and every department I've visited at Stanford, is that I've never been able to yawn since that experience. I used to try, and a sharp pain would be felt right where the OnQ catheter was stuck. So I've given up trying, it's a feeling I couldn't explain to be without. I think I've forgot how nice it felt to have a good yawn.

Anyway, I just don't know if it truly was a panic attack. I've never experienced anything like it, and the symptoms do align, but from what I've read a panic attack should not have lasting damage. So I'm perplexed, and very worried about another episode like that. Like I said, I've been to the neurological, pain management and orthopedic centers at Stanford Hospital to figure this out but the only thing they've been able to diagnose was peripheral nerve damage to the surrounding area of the OnQ sight.

If anyone has any thoughts, opinions, or feedback I'd be much appreciated.
Finally, thank you very much for taking the time to read this, and all the best to you.
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replied December 17th, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Anxiety is a common prevalent condition and underrated.. It needs proper physical and emotional and psychological evaluation and finding all the possible stressors and then managed accordingly. Consult a good psychiatrist and let them help.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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