Posted 8/17/2010 12:38 PM (GMT -6)
Obviously you need to rule out any medical issues, but if it helps I've had some of those same physical sensations and been fortunately able to rule out medical causes. Sometimes it feels like something is piercing through my heart, other times like a pulled muscle, sometimes it goes across my chest, but usually it's just the left side which I think is scarier because we start thinking it's a heart problem. Still other times it's a pain like some coin sized object being pressed against my chest near my heart.
If it is indeed "just" anxiety and I use the word just lightly - then your body may be trying to tell you something. The question then becomes... what?