Causes And Ways Of Handling Shortness Of Breath, Palpitations And Left Chest Pain?

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Hello doctor, my name is Aya, I’m 29 years old, I’m married and have 1 child. I want to ask the doctor, how many months I have often experienced, shortness of breath, heart palpitations sometimes accompanied by left chest pain, this often happens when I want to sleep … At first I thought this was an anxiety disorder, because I was afraid of dying, but if anxiety disorders are also accompanied by chest pain, if I have to consult, what should I go to? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi ayanosarios,


Thank you for the question.

Shortness of breath, heart palpitations, left chest pain, accompanied by excessive anxiety as if wanting to die may indeed indicate a mental disorder called panic attacks. This condition occurs when you experience excessive anxiety or fear without a clear trigger, to feel yourself helpless and even almost dying. This condition can indeed cause a variety of physical complaints, not only as you experience, but can also trigger excessive sweating, trembling, shivering, flushing, nausea, headache, stomach cramps, dizziness, numbness, and so on. The exact cause of this condition is unknown. However, genetic factors, a history of deep traumatic events in the past, certain personality types, and disorders of certain brain work are strongly suspected to trigger this condition.


In addition to panic attacks, your complaints may also appear related to other conditions, such as heart attacks, bronchitis, asthma, bronchhiolitis, pleurisy, valve disorders or heart rhythms, pneumothorax, drug side effects, hyperthyroidism, somatoform disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, and so on.


So that your complaints are handled properly, we recommend that you consult yourself directly to a doctor or a specialist in internal medicine, yes .. In-depth interviews, physical examinations, or supporting tests, such as heart records, x-rays, ultrasound, etc. may be done by doctors to identify if indeed there are organic disorders that might trigger your complaints. If it turns out there isn't, then you can also be referred to a psychiatric specialist for further treatment.


In the meantime, what should be done:

When complaints arise, calm yourself, adjust your breath properly, do not panic, worry, or overstrain
Avoid too much solitude, daydreaming, or consuming alcohol and drugs
Don't overdo drinking caffeinated drinks
Keep yourself busy with productive activities, such as studying, working, organizing, and so on
In the midst of your busy life, take time to relax, meditate, do a hobby, take a vacation, and chat with the people you care about
Do not get closer to substances that might make you allergic
Eat regularly, little by little but often
Compress chest pain, tightness, and thumping with warm water
Avoid using clothes that are too tight
Do not carelessly take medication without doctor's advice
Control your emotions well

Hope this helps ...

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