Your Questions About Chest Pain After Panic Attack

Sharon asks…

What causes the pain in the chest after a panic attack? why does it hurt? ?

Mark answers:

Its because your heart is actually fluttering. This is also why many people get light headed. Its almost like having a mild heart attack, only not so dangerous.

Sandra asks…

After having a huge panic attack do you ever have chest pain?

Mark answers:

I do not agree with panic attacks causing heart attacks at all. The best thing to cure your panic attacks is to relax. Really. Think of something relaxing, or nice that has ever happened in your life. This will work. Recently, i watched a video about panic attacks that explained a lot to me. Please view it your self:

Lizzie asks…

how much longer after a panic attack do chest pains last?

I “supposedly” had a panic attack about 5 days ago. I went to the ER where they told me thats what was going on. It started a month ago I was getting regular chest pains, until the night I was forced into the Emergency Room. On this night I found it very hard to concentrate on sleep, due to the pain in my chest. I was very fearful of a heart attack or worse. I called my sister at about 4 am to tell her what was going on. She proceeded to tell me that she and her husband thought it to be a good idea I took a trip to the local ER. Not wanting to look like a fool I drove to her house to let her know I was not going to go, because I was more than certain they would think I was crazy. As we were sitting in her room looking up symptoms on the internet, I got this numb sensation all over my body. Not only that but a very tight grip on my chest, and a sharp pain right in the center of my rib cage. I couldnt breath and I alerted my sister that it was more than nessacary to head to the ER.

Mark answers:

Common symptoms of panic attacks
Rapid heart beat, pounding heart or palpitations
Shaking visibly or inside
Choking sensations or lump in throat
Smothering or shortness of breath sensations Chest pain or discomfort
Nausea, bloating, indigestion or abdominal discomfort
Dizziness or unsteadiness
Feeling light-headed
Derealisation (feeling unreal or dreamy)
Depersonalisation (feeling outside yourself or like you don’t exist)
Fear of losing control or going crazy
Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations) in face, extremities or body
Chills or hot flushes
Skin losing colour
Blushing or skin blotches
Urgently needing to urinate or defecate

Not everyone experiences the same panic attack symptoms; we are all different biologically and therefore react differently to each other as a response to the same or similar stimuli


If the ER did not do an EKG or any blood labs
I would seriously think about seeing my MD [as opposed to an ER doctor. Your MD probable Know you and your history]

Angina can also cause the symptoms you describe

Angina: The Classic Symptoms
When a person’s heart isn’t receiving sufficient amounts of blood, chest pain, the most common angina symptom, results. People who have angina often describe the chest pain as severe and crushing, as if a fist is clenching the heart.
Chest pain most often results when people are physically exerting themselves or when they are experiencing stress. It can also be triggered by anger.

Angina symptoms often resemble the symptoms of a heart attack, which can make them very scary for the sufferer. However, it is important to note that angina symptoms generally last for only one to 10 minutes. Chest pain resulting from a heart attack may last for several hours. Also, many people’s angina symptoms will diminish after they take medication or rest. Heart attack symptoms will not subside after rest or after taking angina medication.

If you experience angina symptoms that last for more than a few minutes or that are not alleviated by medication or rest, you should call 911 or seek medical assistance immediately, as you could be having a heart attack.

In addition to chest pain, a person with angina may experience the following symptoms:

burning and/or heavy feeling in the chest
chest pain that extends to the jaw, back and/or shoulders
numbness or tingling in the fingers
shortness of breath


Joseph asks…

Chest pain from a panic attack?

I had a pretty bad panic attack earlier today which started out with hyperventilating. After 5 minutes of not being able to breathe normally, my neck and upper chest tightened up completely (I felt like someone had their hands around my neck and was holding it stiff). I had sharp pains in my heart, too (btw, I’m 24). Basically, even though it happened 12 hours ago, I still have a sharp pain and tightness right under the left side of my collarbone, literally right under my collar bone. Sometimes when I breathe in it feels like someone is stabbing me… what’s wrong? Will it go away? Do I need to go to a doctor?

Mark answers:

Panic attacks are the worst….it is completely normal to feel a tightness in the chest and stabbing chest pains….even hours after the attack…..i dont think that it is anything serious….if it is still happening after you wake up then i would think about going to the doctors to see if there is something else wrong….i would suggest going to the doctors and letting them know that you have panic attacks….or that you have anxiety…there are many meds out there that can help you feel so much better….good luck and i hope that you feel better

Richard asks…

Hard to breathe and chest pains after possible panic attack from yesterday?

I’ve been having chest pains all day, on my left side in the front. They’re like a dull pain when I’m not breathing, but when I breathe in it feels sharp, stabbing, and constricting.
I’ve taken tylenol once today but they haven’t worked for more than a half hour or so before it hurts again.

I’m a 16 year old girl.
I thought these chest pains might have something to do with the fact that I had (what I think was) a panic attack yesterday. Then first thing like that I’ve had. I felt very sick and almost threw up, turned pale, had trouble breathing and started to take short, quick breaths, and I was weak, shaking, and dizzy. It only lasted for about 20 minutes and then I was fine.
I don’t do sports, so it isn’t a sport injury or anything. I’m thin and average height.

Mark answers:

Depending on the severity of the attack these are some of the symptoms you can feel. You can feel like you have a weight on your chest, it is hard to breath and you feel your heartbeat racing.

Along with sweaty palms, difficulty in thinking straight and the room seems to be spinning out of control.

Some people may require prescription medication but Drugs just DO NOT target the root cause of anxiety. They act as a band-aid and simply ‘patch-up’ the symptoms for a short period.

Eventually your body becomes resistant to the drugs and your anxiety gets worse than before, causing you more frustration and more drugs.

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