Anxiety related pain?

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For the last month I have been dealing with what may be anxiety related pain.

I am a 21 year old male who apparently judging by the tests is quite healthy.

This all started when chest pain came on while I was at work. It was stabbing and caught me off guard. I immediately panicked thinking that this could be something serious. I got in with my doctor the next day who diagnosed this as a muscle strain. Next day the pain moved more into my back and now I'm having painful upper back pain and chest pain have for the last month. The pain is more on the left side of my body which is even more scary and is a achey pain.I offten feel extremely tense and almost have a choking sensation in my throat. I have tried hard to remain calm but still find myself obsessing over what this is as it is really playing into my life. When I go out with friends I find myself worrying about if it is heart related or something serious what would happen.

I have had multiple tests done including:

Lymes disease

Full blood count

Thyroid blood test

SED test

ECG

Chest X-ray

Vitamin D deficiency test.

Fibromyalgia pressure point test

All of these have come back perfect. So apparently I'm healthy? My doctor told me this last week he has checked off the list and thinks these pains could be a double edged sword of anxiety. Where I am scared this could be something else and that is making my pain worse. He prescribed me cymbalta and I have been taking that for the last two days. I understand that takes time to kick in so I don't expect instant results. Just wondering if this seems anxiety related or if I should be pushing to see a specialist or something. I have often wondered if maybe I didn't do something in my back to cause this chest/back pain in the first place. It's been going on for over a month now. Some days are better than other. I feel like if it was anxiety related it wouldn't be so constant for so long. I could be wrong. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

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    It sounds muscular to me. I hurt my back last year and I remember it felt like it spread to my front - so when you say it moved, it could be a similar thing in being muscular.

    I'm sure if your dr thought it was serious he would have sent you to the hospital, so try not to worry about that smile were you anxious before the pain or has it caused anxiety?

    I get very achey from how I hold myself during times of stress, especially the bottom of my rib cage.

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    Anxiety can be constant for some people. Called GAD. And it would be a good idea to see a counsellor. It makes passing thru all this smoother and maybe they can help you figure this all out. Some even do teach calming skills and give you ideas how to work with the anxiety.
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    Hi Bman,

    We panic for a reason and because of that, am the one who askes everyone if they have been tested fro celiac disease.  I had weird but mild symptoms my whole life with all the tests run, but nothing showed. After many antidepressant pills an anxiety pills and 30 years later, symptoms got worse, I ended up in ER on life support for 4 days. It took three more months before they diagnosed me with celiacs and polymyositis.  So I suggest getting tested for things autoimmune, especially celiacs.  Look it up and see if you have any other symptoms.  I had only the anxiety/panic and depression.

    In hind sight, I would never take a pill for anything unless they ran a celiacs blood work and gave me a concrete diagnosis.  Doctors are too pill happy when they don't know they answer, they just give you a (often deady) pill.  If it is not CD, then I'd say keep running tests till you find it.  If then they can't find anything, then I would use exercise and nutrition for my medicine.  

    Each med we take causes a new reaction in the body that will catch up with you later, requiring more medicine.  It is a vicious circle.  

    Have you had your potassium and B12 checked?  I hope you can get them to continue digging for answers.

    Hang in there!

     

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    I have the same exact feelings. Except mine's is more on the right side and it's been since July. I also feel the same way. I think of this wasn't serious why am I still having these pains and it's been over six weeks. I just don't understand this. . I myself have had EKGs, Xrays, blood work, ultrasound, and ct scan. Every test came back normal. I was also diagnosed with anxiety. I have been seeing a therapist for about 3 weeks now. I am trying this first before meds because I had a bad side effects with Zoloft. However, It is hard for me to except so I went back to the doctor. So my doctor did a rheumatoid blood test and Pap smear (for women). Waiting on the results now. This is all new to me as well but I think it is all anxiety related.

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    Heart attacks dont cause a lump in the throat sensation. They usually cause a sensation like if you just ran a marathon ... And they never done anything! Your chest pain could be muscular or costocondritis. Nothing to worry about. I get chest tightness and im only 17
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    I have had the same symptoms as you, and it is absolutely scary. I had the ongoing chest pain (dull pain in the left side and sometimes sharp and uncomfortable) and then it traveled to my back and was sore and sharp as well. Of course the first thing you think is "heart complications" etc. but if you have had tests done with the heart and you're 100% fine, then it isn't heart related. What ended up happening with me is I got an MRI and saw I have a herniated disc in the thoracic spine. Which was causing the pain and sensations. Do you feel any tingling or anything like that? Or it's mainly those types of pains? Because from what I have been told, those kinds of chest pains could 100% be anxiety related and we, as anxiety sufferers, are hypersensitive to just about every feeling.. so we play it up and almost make it worse! It could also have to do with a muscle spasm or something like that as well! I hope this helps. My experience is very similiar to yours, so I completely understand.

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      Thanks Sara Anne. I think you may be right. I guess it's just crazy to think that a disc in my back could cause chest pain. I don't have as much tingly type pain it's more of a roaming achey ness and sometimes shooting pains. It very much so could be nerve related and I'm sure my anxiety doesn't help. I am going to try to get my doctor to get me in for a MRI and get my back looked at to confirm that is not the issue either. Thanks for the reassurance. I really appreciate it.

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      You are very welcome! It's true though. I feel the same. Like how could back pain travel to your chest? It makes 0 sense but apparently it's possible. I'm glad you are going to get an MRI, I think that's a great idea and will put your mind at ease more.

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    Yes it is anxiety related. Anxiety has so many physical symptoms you actually think you're dying but you are not. I have had the chest pains and went to the hospital had all types of test i was actually healthy. The chest pain is actually your muscles contracting. I get muscles spasms in my shoulders which is tension it radiates to the back of my head to the top. I get ice pick headaches like shooting pains in my head all the time and the cat scan showed nothing. These are tension headaches elevated stress. The muscles in your shoulders also contribute to the muscle contractions in your chest. Also anxiety gives you nervous stomach which contributes to acid reflux and gerd which also gives cheat pain. Hope this helps

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    I will bet 100% you are having Anxiety. I went to the ER after I could not handle it anymore because I thought I had a brain Tumor and it was causing all my issues. I had a CTSCAN and major blood work all at the same time and I was as heathy as can be. I then went threw hell and ended up in the hospital for 4 days(Long Story) After 4 days I was 50% better with a few different meds and I still have isssues but have them under control. I would recommend seeing a Psychiatrist and have them evalute you, then they will discuss a plan for you and you will get better I promise.
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