starting uni and going through hell, I need help

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   Posted 9/21/2017 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had anxiety for a long time and it's come and gone, I've taken one or two trips to the er with all my results being clear. yet I've read these posts and have helped to some extent, now I've started uni, I spent all day today in the er several hours of copious blood tests ecg's and xrays and they all come back clear and dismiss you, then I come home today and I'm getting a massive searing pain down my arm and in the middle of my chest. I'm just so lost at what to do at this point. so unhappy and feel helpless, like every night I go to sleep wondering if I will wake up. I was told everything was fine yet i get new symptoms and think well are they wrong. could just use some advice from people going through similar things.

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   Posted 9/21/2017 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
It seems you're having chest pains, or "massive searing pain down my arm and in the middle of my chest."

I had chest pain for years, and didn't know what was causing it. I had been having a bad marriage for many years, so I didn't think it was that, because the pain may have started months or a year after the marriage went bad.

So I couldn't figure out what was causing my chest pain, and the ekg results all said my heart was fine.

After many years, my wife passed away from a long illness. The chest pain stopped. Oh, gosh, I wonder what was causing my chest pain? Could it have been that bad marriage? Yeah.

So, I think you're under some sort of long lasting stress, like for months or years, and since the pain didn't start the very minute the stressor started, you don't connect the two.

Maybe the blood vessels were slowly tightening for weeks or months before the pain started. But when the tightening reached a certain point, the blood restricted enough in the muscles of around your heart, for instance, the chest pain started.

So it chest pain, not heart pain, or, mine was.

It's probably the Uni, is my guess. Are you under any stress?

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   Posted 9/21/2017 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your detailed message

I'm sorry to hear about your wife and the passing that must have been a terrible thing to go through, I've always been a massive worrier since a kid, then I think it started when I was doing 5 day a week night shifts which was full on, then everything from there I'd jut worry about, especially aspect a of my health

I assume the blood vessel thing isn't life threatening or anything? the doctors have always told me it's just anxiety and I've had loads of blood work and ecg's so I'm not sure

I have all the symptoms of anxiety just never quite believe them if that makes sense

I do also get heart palpitations, a lot of dizziness, pins and needles, numbness. Just can't help but feel abit helpless you know?

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   Posted 9/21/2017 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you been checked for any digestive issues such as acid reflux / GERD? In my personal experience that can definitely cause chest pains and spasms in your esophagus. I’ve struggled with anxiety and just by chance several years ago I took Nexium for a week or so to ease an upset stomach. During this time, my anxiety and related symptoms went way down. Worth researching a little as I’ve read digestive issues can kick anxiety into overdrive.

Hang in there!
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   Posted 9/21/2017 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tom and welcome!

I am sorry to hear of your current anxiety and symptoms
sad I have read many accounts similar to yours, so know that you are not alone with this challenge!

What have you tried thus far for anxiety management? Medication and /or therapy are the usual treatment options...and your doctor can help you either or both choices...

...and you can get started with self help on your own, right away! Please see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great material to work with. Take a look and see what seems like it could be helpful for you...

...or let me know if you need suggestions on where to start.

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful We care, understand and support is key!

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its empties today of its strength."
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Tim Tam
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   Posted 9/21/2017 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your nice reply.

I think you need to see a psychiatrist about your anxiety.

I'm bipolar, and take Lithium for the mania and Mirtazapine for the depression, and it keeps me functioning.

There are anxiety medicines. I think you ought to at least go to such a doctor and see what he or she has to say.

You don't have to take any medicine if you don't want to. But by having such an appointment, if the situation were to continue and to get worse, you would already have a psychiatrist and could get an appt. faster, and know who to go to, the one you visited last time, if you were satisfied with that person.

You may have some ancestors who had emotional problems, a parent, a grandparent, for it can skip a generation and go from a grandparent to a grandchild without have affected your parents.

That way it lets you know you weren't to blame for this, that you may have inherited it.

I inherited bipolar from my mother's mother. They didn't have medicine for that back in her day, and she used to go into the medicine cabinets of people she was visiting, and try out what ever pills they had, hoping to find one that would calm her down. She never did and ended up in a state hospital.

We can be glad we have such meds now.

What do you think?
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