Welcome to Healing Well, you have found a great community with wonderful members who are a wealth of knowledge, who are supportive and caring. There are many resources which you can access by reading some of the old posts and also checking out the resources by clicking on the Anxiety-Panic link to the right in the yellow box.
You have already received some great advice regarding the food phobia. Although I don't have the food phobia, I have other phobias and anxiety. When anxious (which is most of the time these days) I have a lot of heaviness in my chest - it feels as though something really heavy is sitting on me. To help with the anxiety I take valium and it works pretty well for me. This is not to say that it will work for you, because all meds don't work the same for everyone and there are many more to choose from. I'm also not a medical professional of any kind, so please don't think I'm giving you any medical advice, I'm just sharing my experience with you. This is actually the second anti-anxiety med I have had to try because the first one was creating memory loss for me (something of which I don't need any more of, I don't remember enough things as it is - LOL).
So I help this information about the chest heaviness has helped you in some way - in my opinion, it really sounds like it's how the anxiety is manifesting itself with you. It is different with everyone as to how your body reacts to the anxiety. I am glad that you have gone through all of the medical advice so you know that there is nothing medically wrong with you. I'm also happy to hear that you will be seeing a Pdoc (psychiatrist) next month, as this shoudl help you. As has already been suggested, calming and soothing music will help some people with their anxiety. It's worth a shot.
I have also brought up two threads to the front that may be of use to you, on is on CBT Therapy. This is a type of therapy that teaches you to think differently - turning the negative thoughts into positive ones (I really shortened what it's all about here). The other one is Relaxation Techniques that you may want to try - they are very good and I have tried a couple of them myself.
Please keep posting so that we can get to know you better and help you through this.
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I am in no way a medical professional, any advice given is purely on an amateur level.
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Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea
Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin LA, Rozerem, Valium
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