LisaWelcome to Healing Well and the A & P forum. Good to hear you are going to follow up with a Cardiologist.Post and let us know what you find out.You may want to start your own thread if your comfortable. Just click on the new topic button and a sceen will open for you. It helps if you give a title to your topic. :)
Again a warm welcomeKitt
I've experienced this too.
I get the impression there are an unusually high percentage of younger people and men who get this compared to some anxiety problems. Probably reading too much into it, but it might be relevant....
Anyway, I've had various pseudo-cardiac symptoms, but an ECG, blood test and BP check have all come back ok, plus I'm mid twenties, average weight, non-smoker, light drinker and pretty fit. I still get flutters or strange pains from time to time, but they seem to be MUCH LESS now my anxiety has eased somewhat.
There are various things it could be (all mentioned here before - GERD, Costochondritis etc.), but if you've been checked out by a doctor my advice would be to avoid searching out what the cause is and just focus on the fact it's not dangerous. I know this is easier said than done, but if the doctor has confirmed it's not harmful it is most likely caused or atleast agrievated by anxiety. The big break for me was when I was checked out by the doctor (not for the first time!) and confirmed it was safe to get back into excercise. I got back on my mountain bike for the first time in months and rode until I was exhausted! It really helped.
I also found the various 'new age' remedies to be pretty helpful - aromatherapy, meditation, breathing excercises. My best tip for easing panic attacks is to concentrate on breathing from your diaphram - the best way to describe it is to breathe in such a way that your stomach moves, but your chest doesn't.
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 2/7/2008 12:39:40 PM (GMT-7)
Okey Dokey peeps, I have moved all the newest posts to this thread so you could have a fresh start. I hope this is what you meant Lyn. I should have thought of this.
I guess I am just wore out today with Pdoc and all. It is late now, so sleep well all.Kitt
Dray13Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. I am Kitt and I am so glad to hear you read the threads here and the information was helpful to you. Symptoms of a panic attack include intense fear accompanied by chest pain, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing (hyperventilation), profuse sweating and shortness of breath. It is easy to see why you think and feel your sx are cardiac but remember to try the relaxation techniques, deep breathing, music therapy, meditation or whatever works for you. I am so happy you have joined us and you will find the members here warm and caring so stay with us and let us help you.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
First off, thank you for this forum, its a great community. I was surprised to know there are so many people with the same symptoms as me (I was also a bit reassured and I am hoping all this may just be anxiety)- I've been experiencing dull chest pain, sometimes radiating towards the left arm, sometimes to the shoulders or the collarbone, sometimes I feel it in the upper back. Also, sometimes get palpitations and this feeling of heart skipping a beat or flopping around and this warmth on the upper left chest or back shoulders. A couple of times, I woke up from sleep with palpitations but from what I can remember, I had some dream or anxious thoughts. I also have some amount of acid reflux but I can't imagine that everrytime I get these symptoms, its due to reflux. Today after brief episodes of palpitations over a period of hours, the pain is now in my left arm biceps.
Dr. did EKG a few times, did a stress test and everything came out normal. The only consistent trigger seems to be stress (at work) or emotional stress (usually family related) but sometimes I get it out of the blue without any apparent trigger. So, obviously worried. One thing that worries me is that I did not read any posts in this thread where some one had a conclusive diagnosis about the cause of such symptoms. If anyone has luck with their diagnosis or treatment, please share your experiences.
God bless everyone!
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma
Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08
Thank you Kitt.
Karen, I am sorry to hear that you are also suffering through this, I hope you will feel better. Yesterday was my first time seriously researching about anxiety etc because my anxiety got to a peak after I started worrying about my chest pain; its like a bad spiral- I start worrying about my chest pain which in turn makes the chest pain worse and so on... After I went for a stroll (after dinner), I calmed down a bit but I still had chest pain today at work. I really pray that its all just from anxiety and not something serious.
During my research, I encountered a book named "Panic Away" on the internet, does anyone have any experience with that? or any other resource to control anxiety? I am also considering talking to a therapist.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Post Edited (stkitt) : 9/3/2008 5:27:35 PM (GMT-6)
There are lots of good posts in this thread as well as in the Part One thread. Chest discomfort can be a sx of anxiety.
Did you have a stress test or echocardiogram ? If this continues to be a concern you could seek out the opinion of another physician.
I know how frustrating the big clinic bills can be.
Keep posting and know we care.