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    d1978cc posted:
    I have been suffering from panic attacks for years i am now 33 and i was doing fine for the past year without any medication but just recently over the past few nights i have been getting pains in my ribs and it only seems to be at night when im on my own and my children are in bed i do tend to think more and i was just wondering if this is a symptom as i have never had this one before when having a panic attack.. if someone could help please.. it is in my left side. thanks
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    I always suggest a visit to your PCP for a medical check-up. This is especially important when there is any pain and I never chalk anything up to anxiety until everything else has been ruled out.

    If you get a clean bill of health, start doing some lifestyle evaluation to see if you are stressed and also begin to put exercise into your life. Simple exercise, not something that would be worthy of a Marine recruit. Walk in place, walk up and down stairs, ride a bike, anything like that is good. It is now becoming a part of recommended psychiatric treatment.

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