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Hello again, so I just thought I'd write on here again as I'm struggling but trying to power through. Some of my physical symptoms have seemed to change...basically my story is that I was diagnosed over a year ago with anxiety...I've practically dealt with it on my own, no medicine minus the first 8 weeks after being diagnosed. I believe I have medical or illness anxiety? I seem to think the worst in every feeling or ache and pain etc that happens to me. The last couple of weeks I can't budge from my mind that I'm going to have a heart attack as I get tons of tension in my shoulders, arms (especially my left) and chest (especially over my the heart area) I keep thinking I have a clot, heart disease and everything that is life threatening. Can anyone to relate to these symptoms? I also get a lot of pins and needles in my left hand & the sicky feeling evey now and then. They don't all come at the same time though, I've had bloods, ECG & HOLTER monitor done...all clear. My thought train of worry began after what I thought (and keep telling myself) was a anxiety attack and suddenly had severe heart palpations (never had them before with anxiety) & now I can't seem to shake this worry of the worst to do with my heart. I keep getting this practically all day inner shudder too like a tremor? If anyone can help with advice or relate that would be brilliant. I just feel down and keep telling myself it's anxiety, but  it just won't shake, I keep getting a feeling of tight or tension I guess over my heart, it almost feels bruised to touch or when the muscle is used, 

Any help would be amazing. 

Thankyou. 

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    Everything you have describes is anxiety related. They are common amongst Anxiety Disorder sufferers Your tests are clear. The only problem is you have got it into your head that you have heart problems  or some other serious disease,and because of this, added fear and tension, other symptoms flood in.

    Tension creates a tightening of the muscles and the surrounding area can feel tender as a result.

    If you trawl through this forum you will find that most people have the same if not similiar symptoms and fears.

    The worst thing you can do is to there is something terribly wrong, something life threatening worng with you.

    Take time out to browse the forums

    It will be an eye opener and it will comfort  and reassure you.

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      Sorry! " The worst thing you can do is to think there is something terribly wrong, something life threatening wrong with you"

      That's what the sentence should have read

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    I agree with Helen. Read about health anxiety as well. Are you poking around when you feel a pain? I tend to do that and my doctor says it will make it worse. I have days when I can firmly press anything and it hurts. Anxiety causes many aches and pains and if your mind feeds it, it will get worse. Keep telling yourself you are OK. If you have had tests the you are fine. However, I know when I am focused on an issue similar to yours I can't stop thinking about it. Reading about health anxiety really helps me!

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      It's that, I Feel Like A Bus Has Run Over me...twice...feeling isn't it? I've had days when the top of my scalp right down to my feet feels tight, tender and aching.

      I usually soak in the bath when it gets that bad

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    Hi Daniel,

    I feel the same way you do. It is overwhelming me every single day. I was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder last month and am on Zoloft and Ativan. I find that my anxiety is at it worst when I am alone. However, being as I am a stay at home mother, everyone else is at work, it's very difficult for me to avoid this situation. Once my family comes home, I begin to feel calmer. I can only sum this up to my brain focusing on something else besides my anxiety and every little weird feeling I have in my body. After finding this forum in the past week or so, I have felt some relief knowing that I am not alone in this fight. That what I am feeling is normal when you have AD. I encourage you to read more of these forums too like Helen said, they have certainly helped me. We are all here for you. 

    Chrissy

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      Has your anxiety gotten better with the zoloft and ativan? My pyschiatrist prescribed me lexaprol 10 mg and wants me to switch from atenolol to propanolol. I have the same issues... constant heart symptoms & I've gotten every test you could think of and all came back normal but I still think there is something wrong with my heart.

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      Honestly, I hate to say it but not yet. I am still anxiously awaiting relief. I can say that my constant anxiety does not reach the levels of me feeling like I'm going to pass out everytime. I feel as though I have some control over letting it escalate to that point. You know when your heart starts racing and you feel dizzy. I get bouts of it, so perhaps the meds are helping a bit. However, the meds haven't helped with the constant nervousness, fear of dying, chest discomfort, and lump in my throat/sore throat. But all of my feelings subside a bit once family is home. I am going back to the doctors Friday, and I am going to see if there is an alternative to Ativan that I can take. I take it and feel absolutely nothing. I want to feel a sense of calmness.

      How long have you been suffering anxiety/panic disorder? My sister has been on Zoloft for 13 years. When she was 19 she had a horrible beginning of anxiety. When I talk to her about my symptoms, my chest, and how my heart beats, she tells me... "you are going through everything I went through, and it will get better but it's going to take time." I cried to her yesterday, and told her how over feeling this way I am, that I just want to be me again. It's exhausting, and I want to be better for my kids and my family. I know that being a mother comes first, and it takes everything I have to put a smile on my face for them. I don't want them to see me like this. 

      I know in my heart that this will subside, that this will pass. I sometimes wish I could do it myself without medication but right now I need the help. It may take some time to find the right medication, not every medication works the same for every person. So keep your head up, and know that this will pass with time. We are all here for you. smile 

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    I have had the same heart tests you have had done all clear , ihave lots of tingling/numbness but my left hand tingles and sometimes feels numb up to my elbow,iit drives me nuts and when it'sreally severe with all my other tingling it sends me into panic mode,I am slowly picking up with the help of the right med,I would say this time last week I was around 40% my usual self and had a really bad week,I'dsay today Im about 70% my normal self so slowly getting there,it's been very hard for me to accept that these symptoms are caused by anxiety but I'm getting there xx

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      I take propranolol 80mg twice a day and prozac 20mg ,i had previously been on citalapram then sertraline and then mirtazapine,i find that the propranolol works well in a morning when i wake up shaky/twitchy and trembling,it definitely calms me down xx
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    I am currently going through the same thing. One day my heart started to race out of nowhere and felt like it was going to come out of my chest. That was almost 6 months ago. Since then I have been living in constant worry that something is wrong with my heart. I've had a bunch of test done all normal and my cardiologist assured me that I'm healthy but with all of my symptoms I still worry that there is something wrong. It's consumed my life, I hardly go anywhere, going to work is a struggle, and I haven't been able to do much with my daughter. I haven't had fun in months! Which medicine are you currently taking?

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      I am right there with you as it relates to anxiety and our children. I feel sad because I want to jump up and play with them but my body tells me otherwise. It's hard to laugh when is all you are really thinking about is "Am I dying?" "Why does my chest hurt?" "My heart is racing!" The other night, we took our son to celebration station for his birthday, and my boyfriend and I played about 5 games of air hockey. During those games was the happiest I have felt in well over a month. I felt normal again. However, while sitting alone at a table and waiting for them to ride go-karts, my symptoms returned. Do you spend a lot of time alone? 

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      Have you ever heard if SVT? My son has it. It's basically when your heart rate speeds up. When I felt his chest I swear my hand was moving because his heart was pounding so hard. He had an ECG and his heart was fine. The cardiologist said he can hold his breath for 20-30 seconds, lay down or put his face in cold water. It went away and it hasn't happened. It isn't life threatening and it's common. It sounds like it started out of nowhere according to your post. It was the sane deal with my son.

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      Hey,

      It's good to hear someone can relate and that I'm not the only one. I hope we can both get over it sooner than later and move on as I completely feel everything your feeling. It's usually worse at night time for me (when I'm alone and start to begin the thought train of worry) basically I'm currently travelling Australia on my own. I started working in a rural place 3 months ago and a month in to the job my anxiety become worse. There isn't anything to do and no one to socialise with my days off. Very bored and constantly have a worry in my mind. I'm moving on in 3 weeks thought thank god. Thankyou for getting back to me. Good luck.

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      Oh that's awful, I really hope the worry ends soon foru and you can get back on track with your life. I'm not on any medication. I was for the first 8 weeks after being diagnosed with anxiety but that was last year and pulled myself off them as I couldn't deal with the side effects...sertraline. Thankyou for writing back to me. Good luck with your fight.

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