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For the past few days, I've been experiencing the strangest symptoms.

- Shortness of breath (feeling like I can't take a deep breath, suddenly "gulping" for breath, but no real increased in respiratory rate)
- Heartbeat just feels weird and heavier than normal
- Pulse feels a lot weaker than I expect it to
- Dizziness, lightheadedness
- Headaches

Initially, I thought these must be cardiac symptoms, so I called my doctor today. She felt that it's probably - get this - heartburn. Yes, I will be getting a second opinion.

Not satisfied with my doctor's impression of my symptoms, I started doing a little online research and came across these boards. The more I read, the more my symptoms sound like panic. That sounds very hypochondriac, but I want to have some idea of what's wrong with me before I start scheduling appointments with specialists.

Here's what I don't understand. When I have these episodes, of which there are SEVERAL a day (in fact I've been having one for most of today), I don't feel that I'm afraid of anything or that I'm going to die. I just think "geez, what is wrong with me?"

I have had some unexpected stress over the past couple of weeks, and my 7-year old daughter is a huge contributor to my stress levels. The other night, at my SO's house, she threw a fit and I couldn't handle her. I finally got her to calm down, but I felt like crying and I told my SO, "there are times I really just do not like her." I was feeling very dark at that moment, and I truly did NOT like her. At other times, I feel that I get inordinately angry with her and I'm terrified that I might fly off the handle and hurt her.

All these factors considered, I'm wondering if my present symptoms are actually due to panic disorder? There really aren't any particular events that provoke the episodes; I seem to just feel out of sorts all the time. Also, I can relate to others' descriptions of feeling dissociated or disconnected. For lack of a better description, at times my head feels "hovery" and it seems my hands are independent from the rest of my body as they type. I guess you could say it feels as though my entire being is concentrated in my hands. It's a very ***arre sensation.

I'm sure that there are already posts on here describing experienes similar to my own, and I apologize if this has already been addressed. I simply have not been able to read all of the threads, and I am really concerned about my health right now. I don't know whether I should be seen at one of the urgent care clinics, or schedule an appointment with a psych doc.

Thanks for hearing me out! I greatly appreciate any insights! :D

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