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Hello Everybody in this forum. Im new to this new website and today i want to discuss with all of you about health anxiety. This happend last year while i was watching youtube about my symptoms shoulder blade pain and short ness of breath are the sign of heart attack, then i went to cook all the sudden my heart beat fast and my hands are cold, butterfly stomach. I thought that i have a heart attack , and then i rush to ER Doc did EKG, blood test , urine test  all coming out ok. after that i was feeling ok till august that My soccer season start, i remember the game that i played, i feel like i cannot catch my breath and then i notice that i might have a panick attack. since then i start to worry about that alot and i keep thinking that i might have a heart attack eventhough last time Doc said everything find. a few months later i have 2 more EKG tests, chest xray all coming find again. Now just finish an Appt with my Cardiologist he said that he have no concern about my heart, but he schedule the test for me to make sure Echo, stress test and holter 24h heart monitor. I know Im find but the physical symptom is so real chest pain , shortness of breath left arm pain you name it all the heart attack symptoms. I already have 5 times of panick attack already. so i convinced myself that if i have a heart attack i might not survived till today. Im still worry beacuse the anxiety still take control of me, but i will fight till the last minute. Any advice to get rid of that crap feeling much appreciate.

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    Hi Jeremy

    I have just posted about my health anxiety too. Not sure if what I say will help because I am looking for help with this as well - and struggling with it.

    I also have on occasion heart flutters or palpitations or something that feels like that I've had a couple of ecgs and they have all come back fine. I have read that panic and anxiety can cause you to feel like you have heart problems when you don't it's just the symptoms of anxiety itself. I have been given this to read, it is useful I think:

    http://patient.info/health/health-anxiety-a-self-help-guide

    BUT I am still struggling with accepting my own health anxiety.

    I have always been obsessed with health and death, not just my health but that of people close to me. My earliest memories are of worrying that my parents might die in the night and needing to check they were still breathing! I still worry about them and others now if I can't get in touch with someone the first thing I imagine is that they've had an accident or died. This only happened yesterday when I knocked on my parents door and got no answer even though they were definitely in...all it was on the end was they were in the loft putting Christmas decorations away and couldn't hear me but my immediate thought was accident or death.

    At the moment I am struggling to get over a health worry I have had since August it's and ongoing worry some days I'm okay but more often than not I'm consumed with thinking I have cancer. I've had bloods and an ultrasound (I almost had to force them to give these to me) and they both came back clear. I think the main thing is the nausea and feeling off eating which are both symptoms of anxiety but things I have become fixated on, and then more worry leads to more 'feeling off'. It's like a cycle I can not break.

    The worst thing I ever did was google search my symptoms this threw up alsorts of horrible things I wish I had not read and now that I can not get out of my head.

    I'm currently really down about it today and don't really know what to do next.

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      Hi kerry! I know exactly how you feel over that crap feeling, That anxiety crap always control your mind, eventhough you know yourself that you dont have any heart problem, but still have doubt about it and still keep thinking about it. Sometime when i go the gym and working out it still trick me with the heart beat because my brain already develope the pattern of how i think about that symptom to be a heart attack but it is not. So right now i keep telling myself that it does not nothing to do with my heart, so i can move on and work out in peace. I acknowledge my health anxiety, but sometime i cant accept the physical symptoms because it too real to denied. I suggest you to talk to a counsellor or psychiatrist to find out the way to get your mind out of that.

      god bless you.

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    Hello jeremy

    You are having an excessive number of tests and some of these will not do your health any good. You can go through tests over and over again and that sort of testing will at this time will just keep proving you are ok. So you need to understand your Anxiety is just that, and you need to control those negative feelings and move on. You were still here and you sound young in age, Try Breathing Exercises, you pout your lips and breath regular through them this may help the heart rate down.and help you build up your confidence.

    BOB

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      thank Bob!

      You are exactly right. All of that tests just to prove me ok, but in my mind i still have doubt about it. I talked to my counsellor he said that it not about the tests result it is my mental that it develope the pattern in my mind that im not ok. The reasons why because the physical symptoms is too real too denied, that the problem with me. Right now i still have the palpitation and flutter everytime i drink beer and hard liquor. I think it might be GERD becasue i've research about that for a wwhile and i belive that i probably have an acid reflux. I have an appt with the stomach specialist next month hope to find out the real reason of my chest and shoulder blade pain. Hope everthing turn out ok so i can take acid reflux med to calm down my symptoms.

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      Hello jeremy

      Get all your tests completed, you know where we are, when you get all your results consider what the tests have checked and then you can try and defeat your fears

      Keep a hold

      BOB

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