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I'm a 20 year old female that has always dealt with some form of anxiety. Usually just some nighttime anxiety and the occasional panic attack... nothing too out of the ordinary until April 2016. I was balancing working 6 days a week and ending a busy semester at school when one day out of nowhere I started feeling this intense chest pressure. I continued on for weeks telling myself it was anxiety and when my classes this semester were over I would have the whole summer to relax. Summer came but no relief. It actually became worse and I started having more physical symptoms such as sharp chest pains, pins and needles, numbness, dizziness, headaches, you name it! This forced me to quit my job as I couldn't even keep it together at work. I visited my doctor and got an EKG, MRI, and multiple blood tests all coming back healthy. This gave me some relief and I took a 3 week vacation to Hawaii where I could just relax and focus on bettering myself. This ended up backfiring and sent me deeper into my health anxiety as I felt alone and trapped on a remote island. I began worrying I could not get help in time if something happened and I would die there on vacation. Somehow I made it through those weeks and came home to my supportive family. I thought being back at home would make things better. But I've been home now a little over a week and my physical symptoms are only getting worse. Right now I am experiencing 24/7 deep chest pain shooting into my back and breasts, pins and needles constantly in my arms and hands sometimes into my legs and feet. I shake and jolt out of nowhere and have trouble breathing. I am so tired of being in constant fear of having a heart attack and dying in my sleep. I have tried deep breathing, exercising, herbal supplements, every natural anxiety relief treatment under the sun and nothing is working. So starting this week I agreed to take some meds. I'm on day 3 of Prozac and I'm praying this will give me the relief I need to be able to go back to work and school. If anyone has ever experienced health anxiety pls tell me what's worked, what hasn't worked, or how you've been coping with this! I feel so sorry for each and everyone of us that has to deal with anything like this and I appreciate anyone who actually took the time to read this crazy long post... feel better
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