Chest pain serious? Or just anxiety

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I’ve been recently getting heart palation, and they don’t last long, they come and they go for like 2 seconds, very scary but they’re harmless. Ive been suffering with anxiety for 2 years now, took meds for a while but got off, only took meds because I experienced an anxiety attack, to the point where I went to the ER. All they told me was that it’s anxiety and I should see a therapist and consider taking meds. My anxiety would get worse when I’m hung over, my chest would hurt, I also started experiencing pain on my left side of my chest, by my heart. Sharp pains here and there, and it totally scares me. Went for an ECG scan, xray, blood work done, and a urine test. My doctor said that there’s nothing wrong with my heart, although I do have low B12, only because I haven’t been taking my vitamins everyday like I should’ve been. The doctor prescribed me “Naproxen” took that couple times and it does help with my pain. I would like to know what I have! Why I keep having these pains by my heart under my left breast, might just be a muscle? Not sure. I just want answers! I also am considering to see another doctor to see what he/she says. 

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    I totally understand what you are saying, I have similar pains as well. My doctor says it's costochondritis or chest wall pain.... I have been to the ER numerous times because of getting these sharp pains in my left breast/chest area and underneath the breast.... I have had ECGs, EKGs, carido blood work, xrays, etc.... you name it, I've had it done.... they keep saying it's costo and fibro... one doc says I am just a woman who has a lot of pain and there's no real reason for it.... like srsly.... the pains are so sharp sometimes it takes my breath away and I feel like I am going to pass out, it gives me so much anxiety because of it... my doc just sent me for more blood work last week to check on inflammation, rheumatoid factor and some other types of tests but only because I told him that I want to know what the heck is going on, so I have to go in this Monday as they called and want to go over my lab work with me.... they said not urgent, but want to go over it, so something must be off in some thing.... this pain is so awful sometimes, it debilitating... I have a hard job getting to sleep most nites as it's that uncomfortable... I just want them to find out what this is and help me get better.... good luck to you

     

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      Glad someone can relate. Sometimes you gotta just know that it’s all in your head, with thinking so negative. But ya, sometimes I’m scared to sleep! Other times I can sleep and forget about my anxiety. I am getting better though, and you will to. It takes time, promise. Hope all your pain and what you’re going through passes. 
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      At first my doctor told me to take Advil, but I am allergic to it including aspirin. They both belong to NSAID ( Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug). It is the right meds for costochondritis. So my choice of medicine is Nortriptyline and it works well for me and am able to do day to day activities. It treats nerve pain and not so much with the inflammation. The only side effect I am getting is dry mouth.
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    Although I never experience anxiety attack, my doctor first said that I am stressed out and have anxiety. My symptoms are chest heaviness, like there's a pressure pushing on to my chest, occasional pain and inflammation on my chest from shoulder to the end of the ribs. I also have shortness of breath and palpitations. If you push along the sternum, I feel a lot of pain. On bad days the pain radiates to my back, arm even neck. After two months of not improving with OTC pain reliever , finally my doctor diagnosed me with costochondritis. I was prescribed Nortriptyline, although it is not indicated for pain, this med on my case was used for nerve pain control. After a week on it along with a chiropractor and acupuncture my pain was almost gone. I do take tylenol in between nortriptyline and the moment I feel chest heaviness. I noticed that stretching and chiropractor helps a lot. I am not sure if acupuncture is doing anything. I still have inflammation and pain on my chest which occurs when I missed Tylenol and when it begins to wear off. Once I feel chest heaviness I take Tylenol. Nortriptyline I take at night as prescribe and I am able to sleep thru the night. I am allergic to NSaid meds so I can't take Motrin etc...so what's helping me are the stretching : check with PT; chiropractor is a big help and of course the prescribed Nortriptyline daily and Tylenol daily All of these are covered by my insurance, Kaiser, even the accupunture. Please know that this is not a cure, simply using pain management regimen.

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    Hey there! So I don't normally reply when I receive emails of questions but I felt obligated too for yours. First of all, if you're going to have a heaet attack your pain is going to be straight in between your breasts. Although signs of pain in your left side can be heart related, its pretty unlikely...especially with the doctor saying your heart is fine. I have severe anxiety too. If I went to the hospital every time I had chest pains or heart palpitations I would be there almost every day. For heart palpatations..if you start feeling one, cough. It puts your heart back to norm. I found this out when i seen a cardiologist for palpitations when I was pregnant with my first child. Also, eating and laying down right or shortly after can trigger palpitations. Anxiety plays a big role in palpitations. As always, if you are really concerned speak your primary and get them to refer you to a cardiologist. I do think it's anxiety. Anxiety does a lot to the body, I promise you you're not alone. If you need any other questions or someone to talk to when youre feeling scared I've been in your shoes..I still am in your shoes. You are not alone.

    Take car hun.

    Jess H

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      I have a classic case of costochondritis and it is not heart problem. It is also on my left side, the pain and pressure under the breast isn't a constant pain it's intermittent and yes it is debilitating specially when it affects your entire left chest . It is also swollen. Your pain and symptoms sounds like you have costochondritis. They have also done an echocardiogram, angiography and ekg on me and my heart is very healthy. Thanks so much for your response.

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