Thanks for the reply !
Well, from your description of the past episodes it is suggestive of Panic attacks , and it is not necessary to have all the symptoms that i mentioned to be diagnosed as panic attacks , if one has 4 or more of the symptoms , then we can term the patient as having panic attack.
And let me tell you that it is the hallmark feature of Panic attack that it leads to an intense fear in the person about getting a serious condition , immediately following the attack , such as a seizure or a heart attack or stroke
, etc , so in other words there is a feeling of dread involved in a Panic attack , however the same feeling of dread ( such as the feeling you have that the episode will take a violent turn into a seizure episode ) , is not seen in Hot Flashes .
Hot flashes are basically feeling of burning sensation which spread across the body , ofetn associated with excesive sweating or flushing or both , and is seen in perimenopausal or post - menopausal females , but there are no symptoms such as chest tightness, feeling of dread , tightness, or discomfort in abdomen / stomach ,the same features which you experience.
So, i will suggest that what you are suffering from , is a PANIC DISORDER ( recurrent panic attacks) , and i will advice you to get started on 1 SSRI anti depressant such as either Paxil (Paroxetine) or Zoloft ( sertraline) or Prozac ( fluoxetine ) , which acts as good anti anxiety
drugs and Panic attack , being a type of anxiety disorder itself , reacts to the SSRI'S very well. And , guess what , SSRI anti depresants are also used for the treatment of Hot flashes , which although you do not seem to be suffering from, but the SSRI mentioned will take care of hot flashes as well , if at all they occur ( being in the menopausal age group , they may occur) , while they act best for the treatment of Panic attacks .So, i suggets you get any one of the mentioned SSRI anti depressant prescribed by your doctor.
I am mentioning a link below on Hot flashes , which will throw more light on it .
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