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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/15/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
hey everyone- Sorry this is a little long- I am fairly new at this. I have posted on here a couple times. I had posted before about chest tightness and shortness of breath. It seemed that the reassurance from you guys helped me out. I don't really know anyone that has gone through this before. Anyway- I am having chest pains now, they are sharp pains that last a couple seconds and then go away. They seem to be around my heart which makes me really nervous. They are behind my left and right breast. I have had them off and on since tuesday night. I do still have some chest tightness and shortness of breath but Im pretty sure thats my anxiety, well atleast I tell myself that. I have had an EKG and bloodwork and also a chest xray probably about a month ago and they all came back normal. When I went to the doctor he also gave me some meds for acid reflux, Im not sure if thats whats causing my chest pain now, but I feel like it shouldnt be since I have been on the meds for about 4 weeks. I feel like death is knocking at my door and I'm only 22. I went to my therapist today and I told him about all of my pains and he didnt seem to think anything was abnormal for having anxiety. I just feel like everyone is missing something and Im going to die if I don't get into the doctor. I also have back pain, on my shoulder blade it feels like something is moving, my mom told me its probably a knot on my muscle because I have been tense for like a month when I was diagnosed with anxiety. Everyone tells me that is my EKG and bloodwork and chest xray are clear, IM FINE! But... there is always the what ifs? What if something happened after all my tests were done, then they tell me that its impossible for something just to show up like that. I always have a fear that my heart is enlarged or I have angina or something is totally wrong. I am on celexa 40mg, and lorazepam but I havent taken the lorazepam in over a week. I also have REALLY bad morning anxiety. I feel like crap, don't want to get out of bed because I anticipate being anxious all day and worried about dieing. I wish I could end this hossible cycle I'm in and live my life again. about a month ago when I went to the doctor they had told me that I had fluid in my ears, (I had asked to have them checked because they were always popping..) He didnt want to give me any medicine for it because he said it will go away on its own and the med for it would probably make my heart race, which in turn would cause me more anxiety. Im not sure where to go from here, I feel like I should be going to the doctor otherwise I'm going to die. Has anyone else experienced these chest pains? Is this normal? I feel like I am never going to get better, I am scared and would never wish anxiety or hypochondria on anyone! If anyone could give me some advice it would be greatly appreciated! I need some help here! My therapist told me today that our mind plays tricks on us, so we should always go with our gut... My gut tells me something is wrong, and everyone thinks its in my head. Im kinda scared to go to the doctor again because I dont want them to think I'm crazy. Any advice is appreaciated!!!

P.S. Muscle twitches are normal right? Atleast thats what I have read in some posts on here, the last couple days mine have really been noticeable!

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   Posted 7/15/2010 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Ams i can relate to everything you spoke about! I have been having panic attacks and health anxiety for years! I also worry about dieing everyday and my family dieing as well! When i first start having it i use to go back and forth to the ER and various doctors all the time! I went through all the test and blood work too,i also was convinced that the doctors were missing something and here i am 13 years later and i'm still living! I'm not a doctor so i can't say if there is really something medical going on with you or not,but i will say that anxiety causes mental symtoms as well as physical! The symtoms you describe sound alot like anxiety and/or panic attacks.It also sounds like you have health anxiety! I really feel like if there were something wrong with you it would have showed up on your EKG or in your blood work. Sure the doctors could have missed something but it is highly unlikely! Also sometimes acid reflux can cause chest pains,i know beacuse i've had acid reflux.Sometimes the symtoms of acid reflux can feel like those of an heart attack. Also you are only 22 years old,it's hardly unlikely for a healthy 22 year old to have a heart attack! I think you need to try to relax and give your meds a little more time to work and then see how you feel! Sometimes it can take anti-anxiety meds up to 6 weeks before you feel the full benefits of them! Ams i truely hope things get better for you because i know how you feel! Keep me posted on your progress and try to relax and take some deep breaths in your mouth and out of your nose!

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   Posted 7/15/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Worrying can be helpful when it spurs you to take action and solve a problem. But if you’re preoccupied with “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem of its own.

Focusing on worst-case scenarios won’t keep bad things from happening. It will only keep you from enjoying the good things you have in the present.

A few tips for you:

When anxiety takes hold, progressive muscle relaxation can help you release muscle tension and take a “time out” from your worries. The technique involves systematically tensing and then releasing different muscle groups in your body. As your body relaxes, your mind will follow.

When you’re anxious, you breathe faster. This hyperventilation causes symptoms such as dizziness, breathlessness, lightheadedness, and tingly hands and feet. These physical symptoms are frightening, leading to further anxiety and panic. But by breathing deeply from the diaphragm, you can reverse these symptoms and calm yourself down
Picturing positive outcomes can significantly reduce apprehension, which can lead to increased levels of confidence and an overall elevation in mood.

When you find yourself wondering, "What if..." Stop! Take a deep breath; breathe in through the nose, hold the air in your lungs for a count of four, then slowly let the air out through the mouth. While you are doing this, consider the possibility that you are being unrealistic and irrational. Focus on positive or neutral outcomes.

If you feel your chest pain is cardiac related do revisit your Doctor just to rule out your heart as the cause and then move on.



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   Posted 7/15/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish I had an amazing answer for you, but I don't. I could tell you that everything you've been told is correct (it is), but you have a fear of death and dying apparently. If I told you to NOT be afraid, that would be like you telling me to NOT be afraid of tree frogs because they can't hurt me. It's true that they can't hurt me, BUT...!!! I am terrified of them and despite all the laughs about me being afraid of a "cute little frog", I can't stand them! So I know that you can't help your irrational fears either. It is good that you are seeing a therapist and are on meds. Keep it up and do listen to the excellent advice you've been given already! :)
As to death, we're all dying from the moment we begin to live. Everyday is a risk. Those two words "what if" can really do a huge number on you! I hope you will continue to seek help. You deserve it!

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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Great advice from Kitt as per norm
janet is also very helpful with ppl on the forum
kick those ..what ifs to the curb...
you hv now a place to come for input n support
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