heart pains

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I get chest and heart pains a lot with my anxiety.

Some nights like tonight it's so bad though, can it really be anxiety when it's this bad. The pain is all over the chest but more prominent on the left. It almost feels like somethings stuck and I can't relive it. It gets severe and I'm just waiting for something terrible to happen ie a heart attack or something. I'm so scared. I hate how real the pains are. Even when I relax and tell myself it's anxiety it doesn't go away

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    The thing is, Kerry, that anxiety is serious.People say it's "just depression" or "just anxiety" ---well these are serious illnesses that kill people. Yes, it is possible for you to be so stressed that your chest or stomach or head hurts really really bad. This is why we need to do some anti-stress exercises, like deep breathing or going for a walk or jogging etc...even watching comedy and laughing.
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    If u have suffered with chest pains and have a fast rate then go to docs and ask for propranolol. I have been on 40mg x3 a day for 3 months now and it really does help. I have also been put on sertraline 50mg for the past 4 weeks for anxiety aswell. Also yrs ago I had shooting chest pains that went round the back aswell and called NHs to get advice and they sent ambulance but paramedic checked me over and said it was stress related, so when I started getting chest pains and fast heart beat I went to doc which is why I am now on propranolol to help with the physical side of anxiety. Also deep breathing helps and relaxing  x
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    I know how you feel I'm having it now...I got a stress test along with other test to look in the heart and all was normal back in aug. Of 2012.but I still keep thinking it's my heart when I get the pain.
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    Hi Kerry, I have sufferd with very very bad health anxiety for around 15 months now, and some of the illnesses I have been absolutely convinced I had were not nice and every single day was more than a struggle, it would take far to much of this page to list every illness I was convinced I had, and the amount of time I spent going to the dr's & hospital every single day. I still have health anxiety but I am able to manage it a lot better.

    Anxiety has many many physical symptoms but these are harmless, I notice you mentioned that even when you relax and tell yourself it is anxitey it doesn't go away, the answer to that is it won't! Why? Because your mind is focusing on that part of your body and when you tell yourself it's anxiety you are reforcing your belife that there is something wrong(trust me I've been there). When your mind focuses on a part of your body you will feel every little niggle.

    You would need to occupie your mind with something else that you would require your mind to focus. Many people would say go for a walk when realisticly this wouldn't occupie your mind it would just allow you to think a lot more. You should try something that would require your mind to focus on that just an example... Say Aqua aerobics where someone is giving you instructions, so therefore you would need to focus on the person & listen, this would prevent your mind from wondering.

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      Thank you bill. It's nice to know you can relate to how I feel. You're completely right even when I know deep down its anxiety I'm still focusing all my time on anxiety.

      I just feel so weak from it all and like it's just constantly going downhill.

      I am ok when I'm kept busy though like at work or if i take time out with my little sister. This is why I try and tell myself when things get bad that I must be ok because I wouldn't have felt so ok earlier on the day.

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      Hi kerry, yes anxiety can leave you very lethargic, unfortunately I still feel that myself from day to day, but things will get better although it probably doesn't seem that way at the moment, but it will
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