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   Posted 3/6/2007 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just about every type of anxiety, including medical anxiety.  I also have GERD, acid reflux, etc.
Off and on, I have pains in the chest, esophogus, side, etc. Several months ago, I had an EKG for fluttery heart and all was fine. I have had several EKGs and holter monitors over the years.
Getting back to the current scenario: I was watching Becker this morning before  I got up. Becker had a patient with chest pain radiating to his back. I tried to plug my ears but they said it was an aorta problem. Now of course I am obsessing about wondering "what if..."
Can someone offer some reassurance? (please don't say anything to scare me or I may have a panic attack at
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   Posted 3/6/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Its probably nothing...Hang in there...You know what the A/P can do to us...Plus you cant trust or believe everything you see in TV...
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   Posted 3/6/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
You sound EXACTLY like me- I could have written the same thing you wrote in your first two paragraphs.  At one point I HAD pain that radiated to my back and I was CONVINCED that it had to be something very serious.  At the same time I never went to the doc as I also have a phobia about doctors so the pain continued on and off for quite a few months.  It eventually went away and that was over four years ago so I seriously doubt it was anything too serious.  The one thing I always wondered about though was whether or not the Prilosec I was taking for my Gerd was causing the pain - it does say that abdominal pain is one of the side effects and the abdominal pain went right through to my back.  I sometimes overdosed on the Prilosec a little and maybe it was too much for my stomach - don't really know.  Since my Gerd cleared up and I have stopped taking the Prilosec I haven't had the back pain since.  So don't worry....I'm sure it's probably nothing.  As a matter of fact my girlfriend, who doesn't really have any chronic stomach issues, had an attack one night and the pain radiated from front to back...she was so worried she went to the ER and they told her it was Gerd, gave her a script and sent her home. less thing you can worry about.

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   Posted 3/6/2007 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep. I'm with you, also having GERD and anxiety.

Both GERD and anxiety can cause those kinds of things, and the anxiety will make you even more sensitive to them. If you had an EKG the last time you were experiencing problems like this and it came out okay, then you're probably just fine. Doctors do not take chances with heart problems and wouldn't have let you go if they thought something could be wrong.

And normalsnofun is right. Most of the ailments seen on TV shows are either completely fictional or incredibly rare (not to mention overdramaticized).

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   Posted 3/6/2007 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
hey, dont work your self up. you can drive yourself crazy, like i have done in the past. now i look back and all that worrying for nothing.i know what you mean about medical phobia's. in the past i was dying from any thing from A to Z. i still get those thoughts and i just tell my self its my mind doing this. if the problem gets worse i would go to the dr, even though you are afraid of them. i have the same fear. i hate going to the drs. i get so anxious, by the time i am in the office i am having panic attacks. my blood pressure is usually high also.I need to go get a mamogram done, and i am afraid to go. i keep putting it off. i know it needs to be done. so this week, lord willing, i will be making my appt. we should not hold off appts, just because we are afraid. i usually bring my husband with me, and it makes it better. i still get the panic but not as severe, just knowing someone is with me and will be able to drive me home. i also get those pains in my chest, as a matter of fact i am having them now. my pain is centered right below my left side breast and goes down onto the left. i ususally have heart burn. does anyone ever feel like there is something fluttering by the heart that it makes it skip and then like the throat is kind of closing, cant get a breath in? and then in a couple of minutes i burp, and then it feels better. i have had that for a long time. i just assume its indegestion. or sometimes after i eat, i feel nauseau and then i start to feel anxious. once i burp i feel better. its really wierd. i guess i start to panic when i feel anything odd going on in my body. i guess we are over sensitive with this condtion. well i hope you feel better.
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