Hi, New to forum...Would love someone to talk to.

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   Posted 7/27/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my name is Danny, Im a twenty year old male in Brooklyn NY with GAD. In addition, im over weight, and hypertensive, but have healthy cholestrol levels and no other health problems. I take Metoprolol Tartrate 25mg twice daily, and Klonopin 1mg as needed and have been in therapy since early 2005....Ok...thats done with...

So...I woke up today very anxious...my anxiety is almost entirely health related. Ive had this mild chest pain on the left side all morning/afternoon...and I get this occassionally...I've had EKG's, blood work, etc...and it comes back normal..I have an appointment with a cardiologist this Thursday....How exactly is mild chest pains caused from anxiety? I really still don't understand it really. My GAD is becoming overwhelming. Life feels so wasted...Right now, i feel calmer, if not a little depressed, and still im getting this occassional sensation in my left chest. It isnt a pain really..just a sort of noticing of it...if that makes sense. Almost as if something is behind my left chest, and lightly grazing its finger tips pushing outward...Eh..I dont know..its very mild though..

Im so tired of worrying im going to die.

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   Posted 7/27/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Danny. I am new here too, about a couple of weeks. Many people to talk to and share whatever you need to. Anxiety can cause many health symptoms, including a racing heart and some mild chest pains as you describe. Of course, everyone is different as to the extreme of pain and symptoms, so it is good that you are seeing a specialist, just in case. Hope it's nothing more. Keep us posted and come visit often!
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   Posted 7/27/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety can affect your body in many different ways. For example, when my anxiety hits I get gastric problems right off the bat, diarrhea and nausea. My heart tends to race a little too. I think it affects many in different manners.

Others complain of their heart racing, numbness in the arm, migraines, chest pressure etc. Your symptoms do sound like anxiety to me. Especially since you have had the tests run and everything is coming out fine. I would talk to the cardiologist about how anxiety can affect your heart if he finds that your heart is healthy.

Good luck,
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   Posted 7/27/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah..thanks guys..Im feeling better now...A bit I guess..still have the twinge but I feel Calmer...Thanks to John Denver lol

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   Posted 7/27/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Danny

Welcome to healing well you have found a great place were you can come and talk with people who can relate to what you are going through. I also have GAD and have all sorts of different symptoms some of which you mentioned, I think the chest pain is caused by increased heart rate due to anxiety but im not a doctor so do speak to your doctor re your symptoms. I hope things stsrt to improve for and keep posting.


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   Posted 7/27/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
hi im new here too. i find that with the anxiety we become so intuned to ourselves that we notice every little ache and diff. feeling like waiting for the big one ya know? and then we feel somrthing and away goes our minds until we are in a panic. i have had ekgs every week thinking for sure im having a attach as burning in my chest is one of my symptoms. but i really am my worst enemy as i am a nurse and know that ekg is good at the moment only .so no problem now then 10 min later chest pain and it could be a problem so where is the end to all this .? thats why im here looking for support or someone to just help ease the pain if it does i can assure myself it was my own mind otherwise it would not have helped. glad to meet you sorry this is the way.

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   Posted 7/28/2009 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   
The interesting thing about Anxiety effecting the body is that it effects your mind at the same time. SO after analyzing every little thing that could possibly be making you have anxiety it usually finds some focus. My anxiety focus has done a whole trip all around my body especially in my legs and hands. Really all it usually is is tension in the muscles and nerve endings sending signals to your brain. Anxiety has a tendency to cause lot of muscles to pull on the chest and the back of the neck, really very harmless. But since it is over the heart and other organs it can be pretty scary. Easier said than done but if you can train yourself to where you just focus your mind elsewhere when you have these various tinges it will take a whole lot of stress of off you. Allowing yourself to focus, without worrying about it has done wonders for me. It takes quite a while sometimes but have faith in yourself!

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   Posted 7/28/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had all the symptoms,and just had my xanax increased! YUCK!!!! I'm the same way! I'm very small....104lbs, 36, two small children, and two adult children.....so I have LOTS of stress! My poor husband had to rush me to the emergency room for the 4th time last week.....this has been over a 2 year span! I'm new to realizing it's anxiety, I've only been on my meds for 4 mnths.....but it's gotten so bad I hate to be alone! I'm a stay at home mom....thank goodness, because I'd hate to think of the sick days I'd accumulate! I get massive headaches, cold sweats, stomache trouble, dizziness, chest pains, feel like my hearts pounding one second, and stopping the next! I still have good days and bad days! It's been aweful! I've never been like this before! I've ALWAYS been very independant....the one everyone turned to for help.....now I'm crying out.....and no one seems to understand! My mom even has a hard time accepting the fact that I have limitations now! YOU"RE NOT ALONE!!!!

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   Posted 7/29/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Danny! I am new myself and have found this forum to be quite helpful! It also just eases my mind knowing that there are so many others out here that are going through the same things.

I too get alot of chest discomfort. As I type, the left side of my chest is tight and achy. My neck is so tight and sore too and I have had this constant, dull headache over my left temple. I was convinced there was something wrong with my heart the other day. Trip to the ER and tons of tests, all normal thank God. On top of the anxiety, the doctor in the ER thinks that I have reflux. Apparently, that causes symptoms which can mirror a heart attack.

You say you are hypertensive. Are you taking meds for your blood pressure? Anxiety attacks can also increase your BP. Definitely talk with the cardiologist about the anxiety part. Lord knows it's not easy talking about it to others, at least for me, but we need to do whatever we can to help ourselves.

Good luck Danny! Keep us posted! :)

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   Posted 7/29/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Danny, it's great that you're seeing a specialist. Once he/she tells you it's just anxiety, you can get on with your life. It sounds like you keep a close eye on your body. Don't feel badly, it's very common with those of us who suffer from GAD.

Try to keep your mind and body busy with a hobby. Exercising would help you a great deal. The hypertension would decrease if you were to exercise regularly. You should also be watching what you eat. No caffeine, sugar, fast food, etc. Once you clean up your diet, you'll feel much better.

Your body is telling you it's time. It's time to take control and change the way you think and feel. By coming on this website, you'll find out how to do both. Good luck!
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