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So I’m 14 and I’ve been rexperiencing numerous different symptoms in the past few days which include: nausea, shortness of breath, heart racing, aching, tiredness, pains on the sides upper top cage. 

The doctor checked my temperature, oxygen and pulse rate, heart, throat. He says everything is fine I just feel like it’s not like I’m going to have a heart attack.

It mainly happens before bed and then a little throughout the day. My mum is having surgery on Friday so It could be related to that but I don’t know. I’m just worried and scared to go to sleep thinking I’ll have a heart attack in my sleep. 

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    Have you ever had a stress test, holter monitor or echo? Sometimes mitral valve prolapse causes shortness of breath while lying down. I want you to breath and no that it is extremely rare for someone your age to have a heart attack. Talk to your doctor if your worried write down questions to ask, and write down all your symptoms 
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    It sounds like anxiety. What is your mom having surgery on? Because it is human nature to mimic symptoms from a loved one who is having health problems. That's why when one person yawns another person who sees them yawn more then likely yawns. It's just how our minds our programmed. You are very young.

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    Hi Alexa,

    This must be a difficult time for you, if I remember rightly 14 was a complex time (it was 41 years ago for me but some things never change!) as you will be dealing with some fairly hefty challenges of your own and to have your mum being unwell to the point of needing surgery will just be throwing more at you to deal with.

    Firstly I think you are probably right when you say it's anxiety but that is no reason not to treat it as a serious problem.

    Is your dad around? If he is then he is probably wrapped up with your mother's surgery but I know if my 14 year old daughter was as stressed as you clearly are I would want to do everything I could to help her.

    If he's not around or you don't want to talk to him then is there a teacher at school you could speak to? 

    Failing all that (and this is why I said I'd assume you are in the UK) your GP may have a counselling service they can refer you to, either in house or run by the local Healthcare Trust.

    It is important that you talk to someone, and probably someone outside the immediate circle of family and friends so they can take an objective view on it.

    Stay strong, we are all thinking of you and want the best for you.

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