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Hi, this is my first post so hopefully there aren't already 100 posts already like this, if there is I apologise!
Basically what's been happening started about 2 months ago when I got quite a bad chest infection (I'm asthmatic so chest infections are always a little extra scary). It eventually cleared up but I’ve had a constant heaviness in my chest since and started getting pain when I walked or exercised. One day it got so bad I was doubled over and could barely breathe. I went to the doc who diagnosed me with a "strained diaphragm" which I probably got from the excessive coughing when I had the chest infection. That explained the pain in my lower chest but when I asked him about the constant heaviness in my chest he said it was probably anxiety.
I didn't really believe him about the anxiety so got on with resting my diaphragm. A week later and the heaviness is still here but now I’ve started having "attacks", basically my chest gets SO heavy it's like I’m being crushed and I can't breathe, I usually take my inhaler at this point which doesn't work, but it clears up after a few minutes. This leaves me upset and really tired and it can take a good half hour to get over it and stop shaking.
I had three of these attacks on Monday and another on Tuesday morning so I made an emergency app at the doctor, who did various tests (oxygen levels, listened to my chest). They said my chest is fine and it's most likely a low level ongoing anxiety that's causing the constant heaviness and attacks.
Thing is I don't feel anxious at all, I feel just like I always do. Before the attacks my breathing is slow and controlled (something I've learned from having asthma so long) but nothing will stop the attack coming on. I don't get palpitations, I get a little dizzy but nothing major. Does this sound like anxiety?? I'm pretty sceptical so I'd appreciate some replies and perhaps if someone has had similar experiences?
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