Elisa Lee, Welcome to HealingWell!! Panic attacks, unfortunately, can mimic just about
anything. It does not seem that this doctor is too concerned at the moment, but I do agree.. if the general information is that surgery is needed, then you need to look into that. I'd go for a second opinion, and present that doctor with your information.
One possibility is that while you may be presenting symptoms, they may not be the exact symptoms they use to determine surgical need. Or your doc may truly believe it's panic attacks. Still need a second opinion.
One other possibility is to try an anti anxiety medication when these symptoms start, if they disappear.. that could be valuable information.
I hope that everything works out well for you and please keep us updated!!
I'm not procrastinating----I'm still doing yesterday!!!!
I have no medical training, any medical opinions expressed in my posts are just that....opinions.