Aniexty? Really?

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   Posted 9/25/2006 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
22 Female here. about 10 days ago I woke up in the morning and felt a little short of breath. As the days went on it got progressively worse and was constant throughout the few days so I made my way to the ER where I had bloodwork and a CT Scan done...everything came back fine. They said it was most likely anxiety and for me to go to my doctor. I then started developing some slight chest discomfort. At my doctors they gave me and EKG which came back fine as well and they placed me on Lexapro because I have some depression as well. The next day and for the past 3-4 days I have been having a lot of aching in both of my arms that sometimes starts at my shoulders. It is really starting to scare me. I keep thinking I am going to have a heartattack because my best friends grandfather had arm and shoulder pains for weeks, the doctor told him it was nothing, then he had a heart attack! My breathing has started to feel a little better but the arm pain is scaring me! Its jsut a dull ache and sometimes there is a sharp pain that shoots through in the bicep area. Can this really be related to stress and/or anxiety? I thought that anxiety attacks only lasted for a little bit of time...this has been lasting almost 2 weeks now! Someone please help

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   Posted 9/25/2006 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I want to Welcome you to HW and let you know there is fantastic peeps on here as well as great support
In my opinion most of what you are stating is anxiety but I would contact your doc about the arm and see what is said it may be a pinched neve or pullled muscle but better to have it checked out
Lots of times with A/P there can and will be physical pain as well anywhere in the body and many here have complained of sore muscles and aches and pains everywhere.........Relax and deep are now no longer alone in this , and let us know how you make out please
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   Posted 9/25/2006 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome I agree with Lyn most of us A/P people have some sort of physical pain aswell. Hang in there and get checked out to be sure. Hope to see you around. *hugs* Keep us posted.

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   Posted 9/25/2006 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
hi keps, i did the same thing when i first started having panic attacks, i always thought i was gonna have a heartattack, and did feel likei had all the sypmtoms. I would agree with lyn and ask about the arm hurting, but there are alot of us with the horrible heart palps and difficulty with alot of medical problems that we think we have. Truely most the time it is just the a/p, but it doesnt hurt to get someone to tell you everything is fine. Unfortunately anxiety isnt always as short term as wed like, but i wish you the best, and hope you feel better soon, try to keep the mind busy and dont think about it to much ;) take care and keep in touch.
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   Posted 9/26/2006 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree anxiety comes in so many forms and that one is pretty common. Go get some anxiety self-help books and learn what you can do to be active in getting rid of it. That helped me soooo much.

Hang in there and welcome to HW!

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   Posted 9/27/2006 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Trust your Dr. Your ekg was normal, don't worry about it anymore! If you were in any danger it would have showed up on the test and it didn't. I have had the arm pain thing in the past, before I sought treatment for p/a. I would wake every mornging shaky, nauseated and with tingling in both arms. Thought I was having heart issues too. I too had an ekg...normal of course. Sometimes we have to make a concious effort to believe in the test results that tell us we are fine and not "trip out" Have you sought treatment for anxiety? I highly recomend if possible. Take care and try to relax you are going to be fine!
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