How can I tell if it's anxeity or signs of heart problems?

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For the most part I'm pretty calm, but last two days I've noticed one arm pit start to feel weird and hurt. Then the next day both hurt. My chest has this dull pressure that's in the center of my chest that has been then all day, and I took a Xanax (.25 these help with my anxeity most of the time) but the pressure remains even at this moment. Just a few mins ago there was this weird sensation of difficulty breathing. And weird small pin burning sensations all over my body. (Not like fall asleep sensation but like pin prices. Also my heart feels like it was bbeing clenched all day. Big chance it's anxeity since the doctors say I'm fine due to blood test and xrays but when do I know is a good idea to go to the hospital to make sure? I don't wanna keep going for false alarms

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    I've been struggling with chest pain recently and have been to my doctor and a cardiologist. Even had a stress test today. My symptoms are similar to yours. Sharp pains or dull aches in my breast bone, armpits, ribs, left breast. Tightness in my chest and throat. Fluttering in my chest. Shallow, unsatisfying breaths. I'll share with you what I've been told... Does it get worse with exertion? If so, you should see the doctor. If not, then it probably isn't heart related. Take your pulse when you feel that way. If it is steady (with that slight increase when you breath in) then it isn't your heart. I was told it is either acid reflux, inflammation of the cartilage in my chest which will go away on its own, or anxiety. I hope this helps. I've found breathing into my stomach instead of my upper chest helps my breathing a great deal.

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    See a cardiologist. I went to the ER and there wasn't much they could do besides x Ray, EKGs, and blood tests like you already got. Then I went to the cardiologist and she did some more testing and reassured me that my heart is fine despite the pain/discomfort I have and breathlessness. Hope you get answers and they're all good!

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    As  person with Anxiety i cld not sleep saw ur post 1st many times our Lymph nodes under the arm pit get infected from a ingrown hair see if it hurts or do u have any bumps under ur arm.Ive had these many times 1st if lymph nodes r swelled see ur dr.It cld be causing you anxiety an just be a small infection.the breathing.is it now constant or off an on? off an on its prob.anxiety. is there any swelling under both arm pits also feel ur neck glands.I have had so many swelled lymph nodes let me know how you feel an about the breathing if its constant go to ur dr.much love.but usally a infected lymph node from a hair or shaving can be normal.
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    Numbness in left arm...would signify problems.

    Anxiety does...cause similar symptoms to heart problems...

     

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