Posted by Chris 711
I've experienced this too.
I get the impression there are an unusually high percentage of younger people and men who get this compared to some anxiety problems. Probably reading too much into it, but it might be relevant....
Anyway, I've had various pseudo-cardiac symptoms, but an ECG, blood test and BP check have all come back ok, plus I'm mid twenties, average weight, non-smoker, light drinker and pretty fit. I still get flutters or strange pains from time to time, but they seem to be MUCH LESS now my anxiety has eased somewhat.
There are various things it could be (all mentioned here before - GERD, Costochondritis etc.), but if you've been checked out by a doctor my advice would be to avoid searching out what the cause is and just focus on the fact it's not dangerous. I know this is easier said than done, but if the doctor has confirmed it's not harmful it is most likely caused or atleast agrievated by anxiety. The big break for me was when I was checked out by the doctor (not for the first time!) and confirmed it was safe to get back into excercise. I got back on my mountain bike for the first time in months and rode until I was exhausted! It really helped.
I also found the various 'new age' remedies to be pretty helpful - aromatherapy, meditation, breathing excercises. My best tip for easing panic attacks is to concentrate on breathing from your diaphram - the best way to describe it is to breathe in such a way that your stomach moves, but your chest doesn't.