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I am 17 years old and have been completely healthy all of my life till recently.
I am worried that my symptoms are heart related or simply just an anxiety problem.
I have been worried about a bowel problem which has recently been diagnosed as proctitis. However, I am awaiting results to find out whether it is caused by Crohns or something else. I also have recently started sixth form at a different school (September) which I really do not like. My illness meant that I have had time off and are struggling to catch up with mock exams looming and a lot of work to do. This is why I think it may be anxiety related, but I am a complete hypochondriac about EVERYTHING, so I can't relax about it. I have a headache and are conviced its something more, it's a habit.
As for my symptoms, I sometimes have palpitations and feel as though my heart skips a beat then beats harder to make up for both of them. When waiting to be consulted about my bowel problem, I felt my chest be squeezed down with a lot of pressure and as though I couldn't breath. My chest pain is worse when I am not doing anything and I do not have it when I exercise. My chest pain is usually sharp, but can sometimes be dull and I can almost tell everytime exactly where it hurts (usually close to my left armpit next to my breast). When my heart beats faster I panic and find it harder to breathe and struggle to calm myself down. Weirdly, sometimes my lips and teeth feel numb. I sometimes feel sick but that may be due to something else. I have a habit of googling symptoms which only worries me more, and after reading about heart problems causing jaw pain and pain in my left arm I suffered from this after. So is it all in my head?
My parents are pretty convinced it's something to do with anxiety but I have a habit of expecting the worse. In lesson I find myself hunched or with my teeth clenched, which could be related to my jaw pain?
Is anyone else suffering from these symptoms or know whether it is anxiety?
It would be a great help.
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