Been like this since Wednesday morning. What is this and how do I fix it?

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I was doing fine Wednesday morning until I lifted a box to be put away. I felt tension below my sternum then shortness of breath followed by right side chest tightness, rapid heart rate and a spike in stress/anxiety. My chest is still sore to the touch and it's a bit difficult breathing, and my heart rate is still up but I haven't noticed that my condition is getting worse. I suffer from stress and GAD regularly but would this be a case of a pulled muscle as opposed to a heart problem? The box I was lifting wasn't that heavy.

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    I am not a Doctor But I was told pain from a heart problem does not change when you push and touch it. If it was myself I would suspect soreness from stain and shortness of breath from anxiety worrying about the pain.

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      Anxiety causes all those symptoms. I get rapid heart rate and shortness of breath all the time. But you should see a doctor if you are worried about it. You know yourself better than I do. I ignore many symptoms that they say you should not ignore simply because they never found anything in the past and always blamed it on anxiety. At times I had a resting heart rate of 140. I can't recommend what you should do as I am not a doctor but I am just speaking from my own experiences.

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      That's what I want to believe, that it's all anxiety, but with my eating habits I'm more worried about my health as a whole. I feel like I'm calming down though, slowly but surel

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      Well, during a panic attack it can go up in the 170's and last about half an hour. Just high anxiety can go 120 to 140 and go on for days. Normal resting I am in the 70's rarely I can relax enough to go down in the 60's. I believe that doctors can tell with an EKG if it is anxiety. I believe the pattern will be correct but the timing between beats will be erratic and constantly changing when viewed. At Least that was the way it was for me when I got checked out. After so many trips to the ER you don't bother to go anymore. They make a fitness watch that supposedly uses the heart rate monitor to measure your anxiety level this way. I do not know if it is accurate or not but I was thinking about getting it about a year ago. I forget who made it.

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      That's me right now. I didnt want to make another trip to the hospital and pay a lot. I'm planning on going to the doctors to get this cleared up because this is day three of this high heart rate, but it's better once I lay down and sleep, or sitting.

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      Good luck, I am happy you decided to go to the doctor. Not sure I would have. Got to ask, how was the blood clots diagnosed because I have been this way for years? What tests done? Hope you get better soon.

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