Anxiety or Heart problems?

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5 Months ago I was diagnosed with anxiety. I am not on any meds. The anxiety seemed to come and go. I would have it bad for a few weeks, then a few weeks I would be almost normal, then it would come back.

Well this time when it came back, I had some middle chest pain and it feels tight. It also feels like my throid is very tense too. The tightness seems to be slightly releived when I am busy focusing on something that makes me forget about it. But as soon as I remember it, all the symptoms return.

The thing that freaks me out the most is that I might have heart problems and it could all be symptoms of an impending heart attack. But I just try to convince myself that it's the anxiety. I'm a 25 year old male. I don't know what to do!

I need to know my heart is ok.

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    Honestly i go through the same exact thing. I went to the er three times convinced something was wrong with my heart, and heart attack was on the top of the list. I had three egks done, xray and blood work, but still wasnt 100% convinced. Now i can say i am better, and the one thing i learned was focusing on it (or any symptoms felt) made it a thousand times worse. I like to put my hand over my heart, and just feel it beat and that seems to help somewhat. Maybe go to the doctor for reassurances. I am sure you are perfectly fine, and your anxiety is just the cause of it all. Hope you feel better
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    You said the less you think about it the symptoms seem to lessen. Doesn't look like a health issue to me. Your only 25, most likely it isn't a heart attack. Trust me, I tell other people this stuff when im dealing with the same thing and dont even follow my own advice. Also if it comes and goes...then it is most likely anxiety. This is what I do. When an intense pain, fear, dizziness, headache happens...I tell myself wow I am going through the worst and nothing bad is really happening to me. So next time it comes (whatever it is) Im just like, this is nothing i've been through worse, I just have to calm down. Kind of like, 'been there, done that.' If you are really really convinced that you have a heart problem than go to a specialist and get that sorted out if it makes you feel better. Im no doctor or anything...(im only like 17) but hey.

    *I usually just keep my mind off of my 'issues' by watching videos, reading, movies, listening to music and doing other fun stuff. And you mean thyroid? Yeah I have issues with that too (my doctor found 2 nodues) so that is doubling my anxiety and attacks. Horrible stuff. 

    Now I am just used to everything (muscle spasms, heart fluttering pounding skipping and other stuff, everyday headaches, fatigue, and neck pain) so I guess im gonna deal with it. Not like its a good thing but for now. smile

    Im not saying you could do the same thing as me but just putting stuff out there.

    Again, it seems like your heart is fine to me (omg like I literally dug in your chest and pulled your heart out) but if you really really want to make sure than go see a doctor.

    At your age its less common for heart problems (there is always genetics and stuff).

    Ok I'll stop talking. smile

    Goodie luck smile smile smile smile

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    Mike,

    not or much I can add to the wonderful advice above from Shannon and Ophelia but just to reconfirm chest pain like you describe is very common with anxiety, whilst I would definitely suggest some kind of CBT or meditation to help you control your anxiety I would also suggest letting your GP know just in case it become worse. They may also start you on anxiety medication but the main thing is to get it on your records for future reference.

    stay strong my friend, if you need to talk we are always willing to listen

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    My anxiety attacks give me an increased heartbeat, inability to regulate breathing, cold lungs, tingling spine, and pain in my teeth most recently.

    I would assume you have Aniety Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with one feature of it being OCD fear of illness.

    Anxiety, Depression, Obsession, & Compulsion are often linked in patients. Reasearch will hopefully bring you peace of mind. Talk to your doctor, or therapist about it.

     

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