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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Lisa B., Community Member, asks

Q: Can a heavy feeling in my chest be muscle soreness after panic cttacks

I have had several panick attacks in the past 2 weeks.My chest still has that heavy feeling to it,but I'm not having any other symptoms.Could this be my muscles just being sore from the previous pannick attacks I've had.

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2/26/09 6:36pm

Hi Lisa,


As I'm sure you know, panic attacks are physically and emotionally draining.  Most of my clients report experiencing some kind symptom(s) following them. The heavy feeling could be from shallow breathing that has continued on over the past few weeks.  Try to do some abdominal breathing to see if you can make it feel better.


I'm wondering if you are experiencing a high level of anxiety but not at the point of a panic attack.  One way to test this is to keep a simple log and rate your anxiety on a scale of 0 (perfectly calm) to 10 (panic attack).  You can just stop 3 times a day (morning, noon, night), rate your anxiety, and write down what you did just prior to the rating.  After a week, look to see if there is a pattern.


I hope that helps.




Jennifer L. Fee, Psy.D., Psychologist

The Stress Masters




IN PAIN, Community Member
6/24/09 9:27am

I'm a 36 year old stay at home home. With high cholesterol(720),the last two days i've experienced a heavy feeling on my left side. Feels like i'm carring a weight aroung on this side of my body only. what should I do??? 

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By Lisa B., Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 02/25/09