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How to handle a panic attack

A panic attack is a severe attack of anxiety and fear which occurs suddenly, often without warning, and for no apparent reason. In addition to the anxiety, various other symptoms may also occur during a panic attack.

Have a look at some of the key points in order to handle panic attacks:

Don't rush it

When you're having a panic attack, your brain feels fuzzy and you can't think clearly. Give yourself time to calm down and try to distract yourself by going out and looking at nature, drinking chamomile tea, or having a bath.

Keep breathing

Your heart will be beating very fast, so to help slow it down, do some breathing exercises. Imagine a flower opening as you count to five again. Put your hand on your chest and feel your lungs expanding and contracting.

Go to your happy place

Is there a place where you feel safe, secure, and calm? Visualize that you're there and let the positive feelings wash over you.

Seek help

If you feel you can't cope with your anxiety, talk to someone you trust.

Now, all about that pain in your groin

Groin pain is a common and complex condition, caused by abnormal muscle forces acting on the joint at the front of the pelvis. There are several muscles that attach near this joint. Groin pain can be classified by which muscles are affected. These include adductor-related, iliopsoas-related, inguinal (or abdominal) related, pubic-related groin pain, or hip-related groin pain. There may also be other causes of groin pain not covered by these five types.

Let's discuss some of the symptoms and their cures:

Symptom 1

You're not very fit but you play football on the weekends and you've developed pain in your groin, making walking difficult. It's stopping you from playing.

It could be

Muscle, tendon, or ligament strain of the hip. This is particularly common in men who play hockey and football.


Take painkillers for the pain, ditch the weekend football, and see your doctor to arrange a physio. The strain may take a month or so to heal itself.

Symptom 2

You're in your 60s and have developed increasingly severe pain in your groin. It's worse on walking but disappears with rest. You're overweight and take little exercise.

It could be

Osteoarthritis of the hip, where the cartilage cushions within the joint have worn away due to wear and tear, is made worse by carrying excess weight.


See your doctor for scans of the hip to confirm the diagnosis and take painkillers for the pain. If your condition deteriorates, you may be a candidate for a hip replacement.

Symptom 3

You've got pain and swelling in your groin and the pain is worse when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.

It could be

Inguinal hernia is when the weakness of the abdominal muscles develops and allows part of the intestine to protrude through the weak spot. The resulting bulge can be painful.


An inguinal hernia needs surgical repair.


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