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Old 01-12-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My husband has had panic attacks that sound like what you're describing and definitely lasted longer than 20 minutes.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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I've had chains of panic attacks that would each last about 20 minutes or less, but there'd be time off in between, at least a few minutes.

There's a difference between a panic attack and general anxiety.

Anxiety can last for hours, weeks, or months on end. It is a generalized feeling of fear, tension, and sleeplessness without any particular cause for it.

A panic attack is much more severe: you get a massive surge of adrenaline, heavy sweating, severe shaking, and believe you are dying RIGHT THEN or that you have gone insane.

Hypochondria is a belief that you are ill when in fact you are healthy - it may come with specific symptoms but doctors can't find any cause for those symptoms, and all the tests indicate good general health.

A phobia is a chronic fear of something specific, such as being in a closed space like an elevator, that only hits when you encounter the thing you are afraid of.

At any rate, even if the chest pain turns out to be from a panic attack, at least you would know it's not anything dangerous to life (panic attacks are a VERY serious and disabling condition, but don't often kill). Any good physician would want to do a complete health screen, because several very deadly disorders including heart disease could cause those symptoms.
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:20 PM
 
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I woke up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in the left side of my chest. I felt like if I moved a bit it hurt more. It even hurt to take a breath in. Its happened to me about 3 times now. Pain lasted about a min to two.what can it be
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:20 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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I woke up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in the left side of my chest. I felt like if I moved a bit it hurt more. It even hurt to take a breath in. Its happened to me about 3 times now. Pain lasted about a min to two.what can it be
It might not be heart pain, which is usually steady whether you turn or not. It could be a stomach spasm or rib pain. However women often don't have quite the typical symptoms of heart disease, so give your doctor a call or go to a walk-in clinic.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:28 PM
 
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Are you obese? Serious question in relation to your health issue.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:42 PM
 
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No I'm 24 years old weight 150
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