Posted 5/6/2017 6:58 PM (GMT -7)
The anxiety that you describe in your reply to Scaredy Cat really shows a lot of stress on your chest muscles, which could play a very big part in your chest pain.
With anxiety, I would think, your blood vessels constrict, and the amount of blood going to the muscles around the heart, get less oxygen, which I would think can cause chest pain.
Especially when this goes on not for just a few minutes, but a few days, weeks, months. You're putting more work on your heart to force the blood through the narrowing vessels, it would seem.
The chest pain is probably also your body's way of telling you that something is wrong.
Do you own a heating pad? As I've gotten older, I think we had a heating pad anyway, but I would use one for my bad lower back which my chiropractor said I could apply it to for, what, 15 or 20 minutes.
Then after a wait of maybe 10 or 15 minutes, put a frozen ice pack, wrapped in a towel, on my back for 10 or 15 minutes.
The chio said the heat pad expanded the blood vessels and sent more oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, in this case my back.
He said the ice pack reduced the inflammation in my injured lower back. So by altering that, I was getting both benefits.
So, if a heating pad will work on the back, why won't it help chest pain by opening the blood vessels to the muscles around the heart? It will.
It will thus pour more oxygen to the trouble area, in this case it might be the muscles around your heart, and help relax that and reduce or eliminate the pain temporarily.
The heating pad might also help your heart by, again, expanding the blood vessels, and making your heart have to work less to get blood there.
You want to give that area as much help as you can. Plus, laying down can put more stress on the heart, I think. Hospital beds are built leaning up. They don't want you to lay down, for some reason.
So when you lay down, probably makes it rougher on your heart, anyway.
I also use a heating pad on my chest during the day if I lay down to take a nap.
If you don't have a heating pad, I would probably go ahead and get one, and you might two, so when the first one goes out, you'll have another one right there.
Most if not all heating pads come with an insert, which you can moisten, and that might help your chest even more. You can try it both ways and you can decide.
I sleep with a heating pad. It's plugged into the wall beside my bed. I put it on low, and put it on my chest. It's also like a child's teddy bear, warm and comforting to sleep with.
I found a heating pad also helps me with sleep.
You said in your post to Scaredy Cat:
"I feel ok at home. I do worry and think about my chest a good amount of the day. However the worst is the car. I haven't been able to drive the highway in a year. I actually re-learned how to drive and then moved to another city and stopped doing it. I always get so anxious at any intersection I literally break to make sure no one runs a light. Also if anyone pulls up while I'm passing the intersection or a street I get so jumpy- I'm literally afraid one day I'm gonna swerve so hard out of the way I'll lose control. I'm also terrified of getting hit on. I use to love country roads before anxiety took over now the thought of them scares me. I'm convinced the person is texting or inchorent and will hit me head on. I've never been in a car accident."
You asked, "Can one be super stressed and not know it?"
I'm bipolar, and wasn't put on Lithium for that until I was about 35. When I took the first Lithium pill, within a short time, it so relaxed me, I felt like the air had been let out of an over-tight balloon.
Like you, I didn't know I was so uptight. I had been like that all of my life, and just assumed that's the way you were supposed to be.
I think if you could get on the right medicine, it could do wonders for you, also.
I would think that you might want to find a good psychiatrist.
Have you ever been to a psychiatrist? You might want to go just to see what they think, what condition you might have, what medicines they might have for that.
They've come out with a lot of good medicines in the last 10 or 15 years, some which help with anxiety. You might want to take advantage of that.
You said, "I actually left my job and moved home and now live with my mom due to a stressful job. I am currently trying to get disability which has it stresses. Living with my mom and young nephew can be stressful."
That could be stressful. One thing that added to my stress, I wasn't just living with somebody, I was living with somebody who was trying to destroy me. Murder carries the death penalty, or a long time in jail.
But trying to destroy someone mentally and psychically is not against the law, or at least hard to prove.
So that for 19 or more years was what was causing me chest pains. So, you've got it better than I had. But you could still be having it rough.
You say, "I have things I'm worried about like the future and things I'm anxious about but I never feel like OMG I'm so stressed. I feel more anxious and worried."
And then, "I'm not an expert and haven't been to therapy in years I'm not sure if this possible. Just wondering if you or anyone knows..."
I think therapy and medicine would help you a lot.
I think it's good that you reached out for help.
I'm on disability, it took awhile.