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Twiggy2
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   Posted 4/16/2006 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have mild chest pain. probably anxiety mostly the pain is on my left side ribe cage area feels tender to touch, i have been taking low dose of ativan, and i had ny breathing and heart checked a the emergency two weeks ago and the on call doc said everthing was ok but i still feel like something is wrong. I have also been experincing mild tension headaches not ask often as i did two weeks ago which is good. I know it;s mainly caused by some mild stress. Does anyone have any suggestions. I have yet to try relaxation methods as i am not quite sure how to do them properly but i am reading books on how to do them so i hope that it works. Twiggy2

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 4/17/2006 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  hi twiggy, i think relaxation tapes would be a great asset, i use them when i am wound up so tight my chest and back hurt terribly, after a 15 minute relaxation tape i feel like a new person. it stops you from thinking alllll the time. i do not use imagery tapes as i do not do as well on those, so you do have to look around, if you need a source let me lnow, i bought mine from a mind and body class i went to.  yes anxiety can cause everything you mentioned. i am on img of ativan and have been for a year, i have developed a tolerance to it and so i am weaning off very slowly. i am sure you will get some helpful posts, please keep us informed. bye for now

Hopes
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   Posted 4/17/2006 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Twiggy!

It sounds like muscle pain or tenderness. It could be from tension. Or have you twisted wrong or lifted something heavy? That could cause some muscle pain in that region too. The good thing is that when you feel the tenderness/pain by touching or pushing on the area it is not a heart issue. :-) YEAH!!! I think some kind of relaxation sounds like a great idea. Let us know how it goes. I use biofeedback, also a form of relaxation for my tachy episodes.


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 4/17/2006 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi hopes, what's bifeedback?

Hopes
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   Posted 4/17/2006 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
It's just another form of relaxation really. I learned it from a therapist I was seeing for anxiety issues. My doctor wanted me to go a medication and I said I'd learn biofeedback. The therapist said that at the most I might be having limited panic attacks but he did not think so. Anyway I learned the technique and it really helped to shorten my tachycardia episodes like from 2-6hrs down to 20minutes at the most. :) Sometimes it seems to help with the premature beats too. Sometimes it doesn't. ??

Anyway you get hook up to these different things to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, sweat, muscle tension. Then you start learning to bring the rate down on everything by relaxing or meditating. One of the machines beep until you lower the level sufficently. The therapist can keep lowering the requirements for turning the beep off. You don't really want to lower body temperature much but when I'm really in the "zone" my body seems to hibernate like a bear's and my body temperature can really go down. He said he hardly ever sees that in anyone.

Funny thing for me is that even when I turn the machines off on a really lower level. I can still have chest pains.?????? My muscle tension is way low but my chest will still sting. Is it the coronary artery spasms?? No one seems to be able to tell me and quite frankly it scares me!!!! I wish a doctor would tell me what is going on with my body but none of them seems to be able to do that. :(

Sorry for the rant but it REALLY bothers me that no one (doctors) seems to be able to help me.
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