Help! I don't know what to do!

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Hi there, 

I have been reading some of the forums on here and have decided to ask my own question. 

I am a 20-year-old male that is suffering with Health Anxeity. 

I have been living with constant chest pain and arm pain now for last couple of weeks and have visited the A and E a couple of times for the pain. Each time I have an ECG and a Blood Test to see if my Heart is all okay, each time is clear. I just don't believe the results though. I am still in the pain and am unsure. I just think that it must be my Heart. I cannot break the cycle. 

the Dr's have said that it is Muscle strain mixed with Health Anxiety. 

I have avoided going to A and E in the last couple of weeks since last visiting and have been going to my DRs instead. The Dr listens to my heart and tests my movement along with looking at my previous tests, and tries to reassure me that nothing is showing up as being wrong. 

My Blood pressure seems to be normal, but my pulse is always high. High being above 80, around 100.

Can anxiety really cause the pain and in my experience the anxiety is caused by the pain which then causes the spiral to increase the pain? I have CBT booked in for September and am currently on no Anxiety meds. 

is this all really caused by Anxeity?  

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    Anxiety can make absolutely everything worse. It's also the best trickster around, because it can mimic so many other health conditions. Anxiety will tense your muscles up, so if you already had an issues with muscle tension, anxiety will make it worse. There's also a chance that you had anxiety before you even knew it, and it laid dormant until physical problems activated it. Once you can get the anxiety under control, your muscles will begin to relax and heal much faster.

    Nobody wants to hear that they have anxiety, because it comes off making us feel like our physical symptoms aren't believed. The truth is that doctors do believe the physical symptoms, so they run every test they feel is required. The tests come back clear, but the symptoms linger. Unfortunately, there's not much a gp or most hospital staff, can do about it. The biggest step towards helping yourself feel even a little better, is accepting that you have anxiety problems. They might not be there forever, but they're there now, so it has to be dealt with just like any other medical condition. It definitely sucks, so it's great that you're looking into help for it.

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    The simple answer is yes. Muscle strain is painful but you are adding to the problem by being tense and anxious. Tension causes muscles to bunch or spasm. Quite why you don't believe the tests is beyond me but it is a common occuring fear, with AD sufferers, that the doctors have missed something and that the tests are faulty.

    Put aside your worries over your heart. All you are doing is making yourself worse. Trawl through the Forum. You will see many similarities between your own worries and symptoms

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      I apologize here. It should have read " Quite why we don't believe tests is beyond me " as opposed to you. Initially I too, as do most AD sufferers, was convinced I had some overlooked serious illness. Only when I faced up to the fact that it was anxiety did I start to cope and begin to heal.

      Anxiety is truly horrendous. It hurls the most abysmal symptoms at us with all the strength of a 100 mile an hour gale! But you too will learn coping methods smile

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    Hi there and welcome.

    Yes, anxiety CAN cause all the pain.

    You've had plenty of tests on your heart which were fine. That's good.

    I am so glad to see that you've had the good judgement to have some CBT.

    Stay with us - we'll help you.

    love Tess xx

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      When I glanced at yours I thought it said "Quite why any of us believe Tess etc" which puzzled me, till I put my glasses on.

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      Oh, please do! Acceptance is the key. There is an enormous sense of relief to be gained by letting go of unecessary fears and an added bonus of a light in the darkness by taking control of of that which you do suffer from. Accepting and doing something about it. Why be terrorized by something which you do not have when you could be concentrating upon what you do suffer from and taking steps to heal?

      We will all be here for you! Hugs

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