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qwerty1
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   Posted 8/12/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
i have been struggling with a tight chest for the past couple of days...i am diagnosed with anxiety and currently having therapy. I also have Ulcerative Colitis and acid reflux. I am on medications for all of this. However like I said I sometimes have a really tight/heavy chest and find it very hard to take deep breaths. I suffer with panic attacks but this particular symptom never leads into one. Is it just another symptoms of anxiety? And what can I do to stop it? Thank you :)
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/12/2010 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
A tight, heavy chest would at the least warrant a call to the triage nurse at your clinic and perhaps a visit to your Dr. 
 
Heart pain may feel like  pressure, tightness, burning, or heavy weight. I can not dx your discomfort as I am not a physician.
 
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marj
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   Posted 9/6/2010 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   
qwerty1 said...
i have been struggling with a tight chest for the past couple of days...i am diagnosed with anxiety and currently having therapy. I also have Ulcerative Colitis and acid reflux. I am on medications for all of this. However like I said I sometimes have a really tight/heavy chest and find it very hard to take deep breaths. I suffer with panic attacks but this particular symptom never leads into one. Is it just another symptoms of anxiety? And what can I do to stop it? Thank you :)
hi QWERTY. you are not alone.. im also suffering fr reflux associated with anxiety. im also struggling from chest pains almost 24/7 for over a year now. i suffered fr panic attacks during the first reflux attack but i was able to manage it. but my chest problem is still there. calm yourself with soothing music. take a rest, bond with nature.. observe healthy diet and meditate.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/6/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, sorry to hear that you are suffering with the tight chest. I had this a lot as well when my anxiety symptoms were peaking. The gastro problems probably also contribute. Breathing exercises really helped me. At first I could barely practice them beacause of the "band" around my chest-couldn't even get a full breath. After some time though, I was able to loosen up the thoratic muscles and inhale and exhale normally. One exercise in particular called "the divided breath" works well. (if you are interested, tag on and I"ll type out the directions)
Feel well,
Scaredy Cat
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marj
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   Posted 9/6/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
im interested in that kind of breath exercise. pls give directions. thanks.
how many times should exerise that in a day?

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/6/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
You should practice @ least once a day, preferably when you are relaxed, so when anxiety hits you'll be ready. The divided breath has 3 parts to each inhale and each exhale. Imagine that your lungs are divided into thirds. Top third, middle, and bottom third. On the inhale imagine filling the top third first, take one second pause, then fill the middle, a one second pause, then the bottom third. Exhale in the same manner, but in reverse. As you get better at this increase the pause to two or three seconds if possible. When I first started this practice I could not even pause at all, so don't be discouraged-it takes practice. The main idea behind this is to learn belly breathing, and discouraged hyperventilation. (I used to over-breathe without even being aware of it and got some pretty bad physical side effects!) When you shallow-breathe/hyperventilate you are actually changing the ph of your blood, which then gets pumped around to all of your systems, making all of your anxiety symptoms worse:( I hope that you find this helpful, it really worked for me
Good luck!
Scaredy Cat
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dogstar
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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the great instructions and info, Scaredy Cat!!
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