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Posted by: Panic Mechanic | 2004/03/10

Panic attacks or not

Hi Doc,
Need your help here. For a few years I had always thought I was suffering from panic attacks - symptoms such as heart pains, fear, anxiety, heart palpitations, hyperventilating etc.
I went to the doc the other day and he noticed that my heart and pulse rate were too high. He gave me beta-blocker to help my heart and has sent me for blood tests. He wants to rule out the possiblity of it being an over-active thyroid gland.
My question is,in your opinion is an over-active thyroid gland dangerous? I dont know of anyone who has it. Is it manageable?

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PM, an over active thyroid is manageable by means of medicine or surgery and is not dangerous if treated properly. It might be the cause of symptoms that look a lot like those of a panic attack. I doubt that it’s the case here as it has been going on too long. The best would be to wait for the results and take it from there. Good luck.

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