You asked if anxiety could be the cause of your medical problems. The answer is yes. Untreated anxiety can negatively impact physical health. Panic disorder, a type of anxiety disorder, involves having severe anxiety attacks. Panic attacks are intense episodes of anxiety and fear. During these attacks, people can experience shortness of breath, heart palpitations and chest pains. Severe cases of anxiety can be mentally and physically debilitating.
While anxiety disorders can lead to physical health problems, it’s always wise to rule out medical problems before confirming a mental health disorder. If your doctors have ruled out medical problems, it increases the likelihood that you may have an anxiety disorder.
I would strongly urge you to seek mental health treatment as soon as possible. There are many effective treatments for anxiety and panic. The most comprehensive treatments include both therapy and medication.
In severe cases of anxiety, a doctor may prescribe a quick-acting medication called a benzodiazepine. Eventually, antidepressants and beta blockers may be added to assist with long-term symptom management.
My recommendation is to consult a mental health professional who can evaluate your symptoms and determine the proper course of treatment for your possible anxiety disorder. The vast majority of people who seek treatment for an anxiety disorder have success. I hope you will consider this recommendation. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle