Chest pain related to anxiety and/or panic attacks??

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   Posted 8/1/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had any experiences with chest pain and breathing problems related to anxiety or panic attacks?  I'm wondering if any of the symptoms I'm having are anxiety related, so if anyone out there can share in detail their experiences that would be great. 
I'm having one last test to confirm or rule out gallbladder problems in a few days.  If this test comes back normal, I'm gonna start to think all these symptoms are in my head and related to stress and anxiety.

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   Posted 8/1/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bizzle and welcome to Healingwell! Many experience chest pain and breathing problems with their anxiety. They have all the tests run and all comes back normal, and anxiety is usually the cause. We have a member here recently who had the same symptoms and turned out it was GERD. So another possibility might be that.

Good luck!
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   Posted 8/3/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going to the doctor because for the past 6 months i have been having chest pains. I have them not only in my chest but in my upper back as well. It feels as if my chest in being crushed. It almost takes my breath away. It hurts when i try to take a normal breath. And i also have asthma too. My doctor told me that she didn't think that what my symtoms were anxiety/panic attack related. My husband has those though. He says it feels like you cant catch your breath. I have been tested for any heart problems (big family history of those). But my doctor thinks that i may have psoratic arthritis. Chest pain in the sternum is linked to PA. I will let you know what my doctor tells me on Wednesday. Hope this helps.

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   Posted 8/4/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

Here is a link you may find helpful.  Can anxiety cause chest pain, Part 2:

Take care

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   Posted 8/4/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there!
Panic and anxiety can cause almost anything you can think of, including chest pain. I know that I personally have felt these things from panic:
Can't breath
Can't swallow
Heart's beating rapidly
Chest pain
Can't speak
Can't move
Tingling all over
And more and more and more!
Anxiety makes us super focused into our bodies, so it's not uncommon for things to feel exaggerated. It is important to get checked for medical problems to rule them out, but try not to obsess or focus on them too much if there isn't sufficient evidence to do so (as I do)
I hope that helps!
Hang in there.

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   Posted 8/4/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
In no way do I want to encourage obsessing when a doctor says we are physically normal but from experience I completely agree with the post
in the thread Can anxiety cause chest pain about getting a second opinion. It took me several doctors, some who were downright nasty  (I was somehow wasting their time it was all in my head)  to find out my breathing and chest pains were in fact asthma. The asthma doctor couldn't believe they said my chest was clear. But the way he listened to my chest was unlike any way any doctor or nurse has listened to it before or since. Kinda scary, and made me a bit angry. Anyway, please don't work yourself up any more  but sometimes we do know something isn't right.
Peace to you,

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   Posted 8/5/2009 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
One of the times that i went to the ER for chest pains and a splitting headache the er doctor thumped on my forhead and pushed on my sternum. Even though i was having chest pains. They tried telling me what they thought it might be. But my regular doc said not to listen because they just don't know a persons family history. Or mine for that matter. I really trully felt that they thought that i was making up my problems only because they couldn't find anything wrong. But i am not prone to having headaches only when i am sick. But when i started having those chest pains that were really bad everytime i would have a splitting headache. Nothing that i took would even come close to helping it. I even got a shot for pain in the ER and they said that by the time that i leave it would go away. But it didn't even touch it. Any advice just in case they come back. Only happens if i have chest pains. My doctor told me that it was just a sinis infection. But had a CT scan that said my sinis's were clear as a bell. The ER doctors said that they just didn't know why i was having them.?????
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