Describe your Chest Pain for a limited time only!

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   Posted 12/29/2006 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
If you could, describe your chest pain in regards to where it is located, the duration, and describe the sensation and/or severity of the pain. Also, note if you have had your heart tested for any issues. Trying to see if there is a pattern among us anxiety sufferers. Please participate. :-)

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   Posted 12/29/2006 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine is usually a dull kind of inflamation just to the left of my sternum, though it can vary. I've had sharper pains farther to the left almost in my armpit too occasionally.

Its the pain nearer the sternum that causes the alarm normally. Sometimes it can be sharp for very short periods of time, but its more often dull and slightly more sustained.

Usually people tell me I'm describing heartburn, but that doesn't comfort me an awful lot.

The worst incident was last June. I can actually pinpoint the date I started having chest issues to June 12th, 2006 and that was when my anxiety really fell off the proverbial cliff. I started taking a lot of walks to keep myself breathing deeply and I guess keep my blood flowing.

By the 24th I was taking one of those walks, and I was walking up a steep hill. I really started feeling the summer heat, even though it wasn't really all that hot out. Then the pain near my sternum started up, and I started to wonder if I even knew where I was. The prospect of not being able to make it back to my house, and the chest pains (I was totally convinced the chest pains were from my heart) caused the panic to set in in a big way.

I started making my way home as quickly as possible. Once I was there, I had a roommate drive me to urgent care. The urgent care doc took a X-rays and an EKG and everything came up normal. He wouldn't even venture a guess as to what was wrong with me. I knew in the back of my head that it was anxiety and stress, but my brain never allows me to rationalize anything away.

After the attack I went to my parents house and spent the day laying down. My voice and hands were shaky all day.

The insurance company kicked me off my parents insurance on my 22nd birthday three days after the attack, its been a struggle since.

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   Posted 12/29/2006 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hypo
my pain, is usually in the middle of my chest, not real hard, but enough to be scarey and get my attention real quick like. its the racing is what bothers me the its going way to fast and it wont slow down...but i do take beta blockers that help and keep it from doing to much. The first time it happened i was in the hospital for days with them trying to figure out what was wrong, (how i learned it was panic attacks lol) they did alot of testing, but could find nothing wrong, even though my heart beat looked horrid. it would look like a normal beat, then drop out of the pic all together, not good. But i wish you the best of luck, and
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   Posted 12/29/2006 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
My chest pain is usually in the sternum... rushing upwards in bits of pain... and then it subsides after a few seconds...
it causes me great alarm as I think I'm having a heart attack... or sometimes I have chest pain right over my heart (not in my breast.. but actually in my chest)...
I usually try to tell myself I'm just having bad gas LOL
then I calm down and try to breath deeply and it usually subsides...
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   Posted 12/29/2006 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   

all chest pains should be takes seriously and reported to your doctor

heartburn.a type of indigestion, may be the cause, if so antacids should help, some are specially made for hertburn

GERD or acid reflux may be involved, this is common for anxiety sufferers, details on the net

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   Posted 12/29/2006 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
If I reported every chest pain to a doctor, every doctor within 50 miles would quit taking my calls. I have had all the tests and I am 26 years old. From what I understand, A/P creates chest wall pain that can create alot of angst. I actually called the last cardiologist I saw and asked if there was a single thing he saw on all of my test that he didn't tell me. The only thing was I have occasional PVCs which he said "90% of the population have PVCs, but only 10% notice them." I guess I need to accept that I have a healthy heart and all of the chest pain comes from A/P.

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   Posted 12/29/2006 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My chest pains are stabbing pains andmove all over! They last a few seconds, go away and sometimes come back. Often if I change positions they dont come back (right away).


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   Posted 12/29/2006 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My chest pain is sometimes in the middle but I also have a tightness in the upper chest mine sometimes hurts when I touch it wierd I know, I always feel every little pain and change in heart beat it sucks
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