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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all I was just surfing through the net and came across this site that looks pretty useful. I used to suffer from anxiety attacks a few years back but my symptoms were mainly feeling dizzy and it was if I was going to fall over , these always happened at a certain train station in London and in a supermarket near me so my brain sort of triggered it. I thought I was ok now as it hadn't happened for years. However last Wednesday I started getting a real discomfort in my chest, It scared me as I had never had it before. I rushed to casualty (ER) and they did two ecg's, blood tests etc but was ok. I went back Friday and had a stress ECG also and everything is fine. I am def thinking this is anxiety related, I just tried walking outside to the Hairdresser and I got it so had to turn back. In fact I have it now typing this, my chest feels very tight and it makes me want to squeeze it for relief. Thing is I have nothing to worry about so not sure why I am getting this. Also I am not sleeping well at night either. I only get this chest tightness at work, I dont get it at home at all.
any thoughts appreciated on how to relieve the tightness in anyway?

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jamma, welcome to HW.

The thing ican recommend is breathing techniques you learn in CBT. Jus slow deep breaths,in through your nose and through mouth try counting them or repeating a phrase anything to distract yourself from the feeling of a tight chest. I hope things will get alot better once they know for sure what it is.


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   Posted 7/6/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Badfish

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   Posted 7/6/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you having any additional stress at work that might be triggering this? An overbearing boss, heavy workload, etc? On our resources thread about we have a program called "Moodgym" which is an online CBT training program you can do online. You might want to give it a try. Also, if this is continuing, I would start with your family doctor and talk about maybe a medication to help or even a referral to a therapist. Good luck and keep us posted on how you are doing. You are not alone.

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   Posted 7/6/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome Jamma,

I agree with Badfish, breathing and CBT are great places to start to gain control over your anxiety.

Here is one method of breathing you can try that I find helpful.

Four-Seven-Eight Breath

Best done sitting but can be done standing or lying down.

1. Sit with your back straight and your hands resting comfortably in your lap or on your thighs.

Look ahead...try not to fix your gaze on anything in particular. Slightly closing your eyes helps.

Try to focus internally on your breathing.

All inhalations are done through your nose; all exhalations through your mouth.

2. Commence inhaling slowly, smoothly and deeply to a mental count of 4 seconds. Fill your lower lungs first (by pushing out your abdomen), then your middle and upper lungs.

Hold your breath for a mental count of 7 seconds.

Slowly and smoothly exhale for a mental count of 8 seconds.

As you exhale, try to let go of all your anxiety, tension & stress.

That's one round. Pause briefly without inhaling then start another round. This natural pause is very therapeutic and relaxing.

Do 10-12 rounds to begin. Build up to 25-30 rounds several times a day and  whenever you feel anxious or nervous, etc.


Calms your mind
Tones your nervous system
Regulates your breathing
Balances your emotions


Can be done anywhere - on a bus, in a line, at work, before a test

If you lose your breath, stop, breathe freely then try again

With practice your pauses between rounds will naturally get longer

Soothing music or ear plugs can help reduce external distractions.

If you look in our resources at the top of this forum you will find info and a link for free online CBT training.

Take care and glad to have you with us.



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   Posted 7/6/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Nanners is right on, do check in with your physician too.


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   Posted 7/6/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jamma

Welcome to healingwell. Sorry to hear you are having problems with anxiety and agree that you should go and see your doctor concerning these issues you are having. Sleep problems often indicate that you could have high anxiety but check with your doctor, There are a number of things you could do and im sure your doctor could advice. There are a number of medications which can help with anxiety and as the others have stated CBT which is a type of talk therapy that has great results with people who have anxiety problems. I hope things start to improve for you and keep us posted on how you are doing we are here to support you.

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