When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it. Inflammation can be uncomfortable, but it means that the body is starting to heal itself.
July 13, 2020
Have you suddenly experienced palpitations and nausea? Was it also a combination of shortness of breath, profuse sweating, and uncontrolled tremors all throughout your body? Was there numbness or a tingling sensation in the limbs or the whole body? Did you feel you were about to die due to your irregularly beating heart? And did it suddenly stop 5 to 20 minutes later? 
Chances are, you had a panic attack. These attacks are usually triggered by intense fear which may last for only a few moments. Other symptoms are not limited to the ones mentioned. Hot flashes, chills, chest pain, abdominal pains, headaches, dizziness, and a feeling of surrealness may also occur. It becomes a panic disorder when panic attacks recur due to a persistent fear of having another attack. 
Recognizing that you are having an attack is a good start to treatment. Other tips to getting an attack under control are as follows: 
 “Are You Having Panic Attacks?”, NHS UK, 26 September 2018, Retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/understanding-panic-attacks/
 “Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder”, Mayo Clinic, [n.d.], Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/panic-attacks/symptoms-causes/syc-20376021
 Ana Gotter, “11 Ways to Stop a Panic Attack”, Healthline, 7 December 2018, Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-a-panic-attack#lavender