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Vikram Bhatt Column: My Relationship With Pain

Tuesday 23 July 2019


From Indian newspaper the Free Press Journal:



Vikram Bhatt column: My relationship with pain

By Dinesh Raheja
21 July 2019
© 2019 Free Press Journal.

The symptoms began sometime in the year 1996. It was on the drive back from Ooty; when a few kilometres before we got to Coonor, I suddenly began to feel like I could not breathe, my body turned cold and I started to sweat. Just lack of sleep, I tried to tell myself; but my heart began to race wildly, it was spiralling out of my control.

I thought I was going to die. Fortunately for me, Mukesh Bhatt, who was travelling with me, had been a victim to cruel panic attacks and he instantly reckoned I was suffering my first one. He had a ready medicine and it saved the day, and me.

Anyone who has had a panic attack will agree with me when I say that it is the closest thing that comes to the feeling of death. And yet panic attacks were just the beginning.

It was in Australia, in the year 2000, when I began to feel a constant nagging fatigue. Overwork, was the opinion of one doctor and another thought I needed to do some more physical activity to keep in shape. I could not explain to anyone how I felt.


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