28 Year old, shall I be concerned?

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About 12/13 weeks ago had shortness of breath, light headed and had a panic attack.... first ever one in almost 29 years.

Had ECG, chest x-ray, bloods taken but all come back fine. Was told "ANXIETY" since then I have being put in Sertraline/Zoloft and take 2mg diazepam/valium when I feel I need it. Also had heart listened to numerous times, allsorts of blood tests, another ECG and everything had come back fine so being told repeatedly its not my hearheart but my head and is causing anxiety. Carry on the meds and hopefully will get better but im still experiencing lightheadeness and after being scared to go out for almost 3 months went out Thursday just gone but after 2 hours if walking around town with my partner got a weird pain in my left chest and started thinking the worst and hoping I could make it home, light headed, sweating, short shallow breaths. So went Drs Friday and was told again "ANXIETY" and the twinge was probably muscular because I done next to nothing for 3 months so need to stop being lazy but he said it was good I made it out. Have also got some ibuprofen gel to rub in chest/back to help.

Since then I have put this on once daily and inbetween used deep freeze or deep heat but still light headed and tired. Drs swear blind it isn't heart but im not so sure

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    Anxiety tom can make anything seem real. You have had all the tests and have been told it is not your heart therefore believe them. I do not think the ibuprofen will do anything for you, ibuprofen is bad for the heart in tablet form anyway. Maybe, relaxation classes would help more than tablets as they can cause anxiety.

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      Thankyou for replying. Yes I have being told its not my heart but then I also feel that more cam be done such as echocardiogram or a stress test but because there is no history of heart problems and my age (28) it isn't going to be heart so they keep saying. I have been reffered to a cardiologist but because it isn't "urgent" there is up to a 5 month wait.

      I dont take ibuprofen or paracetamol for that matter but dr has advised ibu gel although I am using voltarol (diclefenac) instead.

      I had an interview for CBT literally last week and am expecting a call this week to start treatment but they have advised "exposure therapy"

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    What does the chest pain feel like and exactly where is it? Is it crushing, sharp, dull or burning? Do you get palpitations or an irregular heartbeat? Have you had your vitamin levels tested, for example vitamin d or b12? Do you have any stomach problems when you eat or drink? Also do you smoke?

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      Hi thankyou for the reply, the chest pain is on the far left mainly (past the nipple) it isn't sharp, dull, crushing or burning but is a pain none the less although not excruciating I have never experienced it. Also beneath left breast have noticed if I push around can sometimes be painful (doctor thought shingles but no rash so said it couldn't be) I have had a couple palpitations I believe where I can almost feel a lump in my throat then come over feeling quite faint for a fewfew minutes.

      I dont believe I've been tested for vitamins unless they are included in the full blood count (FBC),..... I have been tested for the following - Renal Profile, Liver Profile, Bone Profile, Thyroid, Fasting Lipids, FBC, HbA1c and HDL, LDL for cholesterol aswell as ESR. I have also had a ultrasound on my kidneys, bladder and prostate.

      I dont have problems after eating or drinking and sometimes I can be doing nothing but watching telly or playing on my phone and experience this chest pain/twinge and also the lightheadeness which supposedly doesn't point to heart issue according to my doctor

      I was a smoker up until about 8 weeks ago and I went cold turkey after reading that can contribute to anxiety and make it worse.

      I just had enough know toto be honest and want to be myself, I keep on being tokd anxiety and it may very well be but I cant forget about the twinges and what not.

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      vitamin d deficiency can cause symptoms you have. Also B12. Vitamin D deficiency is quite common particularly this time of year. If you smoked you could have possibly irritated your lung on your left side, lung problems can feel similar to heart problems and can make you lightheaded. How is your breathing? The fact your pain isn't crushing, sharp or thudding is a probably a good thing when it comes to your heart. If you can feel the pain when you push it, it is probably more likely to be costochondritis.

      Are you eating enough? If not, this can also cause chest pain and obviously make you lightheaded as well as give you palpitations.

      Your medication together is going to affect you a lot, being on an ssri and a benzo at the same time is a bit much. I have been on similar meds in the past, but not at the same time and they affected my heart with palpitations, I got insomnia, sleep apnoea, fainting and low blood pressure. Your doctor doesn't sound the most caring or careful, I would go to another one if I were you. Even if what you are suffering with is anxiety, your doctor should understand that rudeness and trying to shame you is going to make your anxiety worse.

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      I shall ask the Dr for a vitamin blood test when I see him next.

      My breathing is fine as far as I am aware other tham when i had the panic attack several months ago. I can definitely feel like a bruising pain under my left breast area when I push but i dont think that is the same pain I feel to the left of my chest if that makes sense.

      I have never been one for breakfast or lunch (even at school) but eat a large meal at 5/6pm and then a snack if imim hungry and I know im over weight. I shall be DASHH dieting in the new year to deal with that and hopefully help in general.

      The DR really didn't want to give more diazepam but I said as I am still only taking 1 x 2mg as and when needed can I have some for over xmas he reluctantly allowed 14 tablets. But in the new year that'll be stopped and the sertralines should be at their peak for the dosage im on 50mg daily but takes up to 6 weeks apparently

      I have now seen a doctor at a&e who done chest xray, blood test and ecg who sent me away with anxiety then have seen 3 general practitioners 1 of which has done another ecg and said its fine, the one who laughed and said it wont be heart was specialised in cardiac medicines for 7 years and in his time when he isnt a locum he is a private dr so maybe that was why he did laugh. I guess looking at the results from blood tests, ecgs etc he may have picked up something

      ItIt may all be anxiety but im struggling accepting that for some reason. I am also taking magnesium, cod liver oil, allicin (garlic) capsules and coq10 but am not sure if they are actually helping.

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      The way you eat is not ideal as you probably know. To keep you energy levels up and blood sugar levels even, you need to eat smaller amounts regularly and if you have a snack make it a healthy one. Also drink plenty of water. I think the healthiest diet I have done is the low GI diet. I am not sure what the dash diet is though so I can't comment.

      Could the chest pain be a bit of wind or acid reflux?

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      Its far from ideal but like I say this has been this way over half my life and is going to be a massive change, I can and will do it. I had smoked 13/14 years but just stopped one day a couple months back.

      I do also check my sugar regulalry and it always sits between about 4.5 - 6.0 as my parents have diabetes I did think maybe it could be related to that.

      The chest pain could be like you say wind/acid reflux. Have thought it could be GERD, even a ulcer somewhere and at one point the doctor did give me omeprazole to see if it helped but it didnt. The other thing to add is when I am doing stuff such as this weekend I climbed on my porch roof to do some christmas lights for the kids I ignored the lightheadeness and chest pains and was fine until Sunday when the pain was worse but I assumed it was because I had being stretching doing guttering icicle lights.

      Honestly I haven't a clue if its real or in my head. This has never been me though for sure

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    What is your blood pressure like?

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      When I was in doctors Friday just gone it was 136/89 and my heart beats were fine..... when I was monitoring at home several times a day it went up to highest 190/96 then I was put on amplodine but within a day or 2 my heart rate was 120bpm and was told to stop the bp meds but doctor said it was because I was checking to much and always worrying to stop and let them deal with the blood pressure.

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    Hi,

    Once you got the symptoms of Heart Disease, it is highly important to monitor you heart activity regularly to avoid further risks.

    I would like to suggest Long-term Holter Monitor. This device is a small portable electrocardiogram (ECG) that you wear on your chest or in a pocket to automatically record your heart’s activity. It records your heart rhythm as you go about your daily activities for 24 hours up to 7 days, and provides your doctor with information about changes in your heart rhythm over that period of time.

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    Anxiety is actually a weird feeling. A kind of fear or apprehension about what's to come. Maybe you're over thinking or stressing out on things. Just stop taking unnecessary medications if it's anxiety. And meditate. Take yoga classes. Hope it feels better!

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      I have being assigned a therapist for 6 weeks of therapy and have being looking at faith hubter 30 day meditation in yoga but having children I find it hard to settle and unwind

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