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The Physical Side of PD

By May 18, 2009

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In the panic disorder support forum, Mike writes:

I spent the last 2 days in the hospital. A lot of tests and sleeping in the cardiac unit. I canít understand how the doctors blow us off so easily. They see the heart flutters and palpitations on the monitors and say there is nothing is wrong and nothing to worry about.

If you have panic disorder, you are likely to experience an array of troubling physical symptoms that lead you to a search for an underlying physical disease. Shortness of breath, chest pain, increased heart rate, muscle tension, stomach upset and headaches are just a few of the physical symptoms that may occur with panic disorder. Is it any wonder PD sufferers often undergo extensive medical testing looking for a medical cause? These symptoms are frightening! From my perspective, the scary physical symptoms often leave PD sufferers with a worrisome focus on health issues. This is partly because we know doctors are not infallible Ė they can, and do, make mistakes. We may also worry that the ďtestsĒ may have missed something. And, because the symptoms are so frightening and intense, we conclude they must be serious. Unfortunately, the added health worries only lead to more anxiety followed by more troubling symptoms.

For many people, coming to terms with the physical symptoms of PD helps recovery. This may mean changing how you think about or react to your symptoms. Please share your stories in the comments below about what works for you when dealing with the frightening physical side of PD.

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May 20, 2009 at 3:44 am
(1) dennis says:

I live with GAD and PD everyday so much that I notice the few moments when Im not worried or scared like they are a gift or deja vu. I’ve been there before but it’s been a long time and it doesn’t last. I have to push through the anxiety and the panic using the will power I have because the drugs don’t work and it gets worse as you get older

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