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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted Yesterday 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Do any of you ever get a feeling somewhere on your body that feels like youre on fire?

I get it on the chest, back and arms, and tummy. Mostly chest. I tried antacids, no help. Thinking it might be the anxiety that doctors keep suggesting me that i have (although i personally now believe my aorta is about to burst and i'll die any second.)

This sensation has now persisted for 1 and a half day. Constantly. Went to ER to check out my heart,that was fine (although they still wouldnt know about my veins so heh.)

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   Posted Today 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I've experienced something similar though it didn't last as long...
I was just diagnosed with anxiety a week ago, and yesterday I had an experience that my doctor thinks was a panic attack (if it was, it would be my first panic attack!)  It started as a hot, burning sensation in my upper right arm.  It then spread to my entire chest / upper torso, and at the same time I felt very faint and my heart was racing.  However, it quickly went away after a few seconds.  A few times later in the day when I started feeling anxious I could feel the burning start again, but if I could make myself calm down it went away.
My doctor is referring me to a cardiologist just to make sure it wasn't my heart, but I've had a few cardiac tests in the past that were fine and I have no risk factors, so he thinks it was a panic attack.  I also just started taking Lexapro a few days ago and he said the Lexapro could have caused the faintness but not the burning sensation....

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   Posted 12/16/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I have only felt that way from hot flashes or drinking a glass of wine.

Gald you are looking at getting a good medical screening exam.


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   Posted 12/16/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I went through those burning sensations last year, and I have to agree that they are enough to induce some panic on top of the anxiety. . . After many tests, it was just ruled out as another symptom of anxiety. Now, over a year later, I do not have these problems as I finally have my anxiety issues more under control :)

I agree with Kitt that it is good that you are having a medical screening, as it will ease your mind so much when you realize the source of your problems, and learning to cope with the anxiety.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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   Posted 12/18/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I got the same sensations- do any of you ever get this in your head? same feeling- like fire?
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   Posted 12/22/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   

I get this a lot in various parts of my body. I've been told its my anxiety. I'm weaning off my anxiety meds and the burning sensations have been lessening. I find that deep breathing and relaxation CDs help to reduce stress which in turn reduces the burning sensations.


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   Posted 12/27/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah my head has felt on fire too. Also, my legs. Weird. :) If this is anxiety.....it's gotta be one of the weirdest things ever. Just sayin.

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   Posted 12/27/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
IMHO ..ANXIETY can n will do as much damage to a person as it can ..you need to find tools to work with and fight this monster to the core..it is not easy but it can be done,know you are stronger than it and fight just as hard as IT DOES,,,CBT and other techniques are a good start imho..let us know how u are doing,,,,lyn
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