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Hey guys, since I'm new to the whole anxiety thing I feel like I should put my story out there just to see I anyone can relate and gain some advice and get things off my chest. This is gonna be pretty lengthy.

So I'm an 19 year old female that goes to college and I've never been so stressed out for a class in my life until my second year of college so I finally compeleted my hard class and passed with perfect grades which I worked really hard for. I was on break finally trying to just relax until one night I felt super weird. I had just had ice coffee and I know coffee causes acid reflux which I had minor issues with gas related problems but nothing I couldn't treat. So after the coffee I felt light headed and weak and I had shortness of breathe so I went to drink some tea and that usually helps me but I had slight relief this time but anyways that night when I went into bed I still felt weird and I had shortness of breathe and some chest discomfort. I've never felt it before so I'm in bed trying to calm myself and I made the mistake of looking up my symptoms and everything I read said HEART ATTACK after that I was terrified I thought it was it for me I started to worry so much I felt sick I told my mom she kept telling me it's just gas it'll go away but I didn't Beleive her so I didn't sleep at all cause I was constantly worrying and felt all sorts of feelings I can't even remember and the next morning she told me she's just gonna take me to the urgent care to calm my mind so we went and they checked everything ( X-rays, blood work and ekg) everything was perfect and while I was there I felt at ease. The doctor told me that I have anxiety and minor acid reflux so I don't need to worry so I went home fine and I noticed I kept on burping non stop as well. As weeks past I went through a lot of worrying because the shortness of breathe, burping and weakness still persist I ended up going to the urgent care again because of the shortness o breathe and burping and the whole time I was there I was shaky. They gave me this breathing treatment and this drink to settle my stomach which neither helped and I was so jittery they gave me Xanax that sorta calmed me down. Wells passed by still felt the same they gave me Pepcid to help with indeigeston issues but It had bad side effects. When I finally got insurance I went to my regular doctor and told her what happened in the past month and she said that it might be some sorta stomach virus and that it'll go away within 5 days so I hoped for that but no change. Within the times I was just going day by day I felt all sorts of feelings like pain in different parts of my body, headaches, numbness, tinglyness, feeling like I'm so detached from everything else and palpitations I just became so scared of what was going on with me. When I went back to the doc and explained to her that I still feel the same she said my symptoms like the shortness of breathe, pressure in chest, dull pains in chest have to do with acid reflux so she prescribed me to a GI doc and I saw him within a week and I told him everything and he explained to me how stress plays a big role with your body especially your stomach and that I'm so young and having this happen to me must've traumatized me (which I feel like it has) which I've developed some sorta PTSD and I basically am frightened by it. He personslly thinks what I'm dealing with is stress related and I do have mild acid reflux but with the symptoms I think the worst of it which leads on to worry and anxiety so he gave me Prilosec for the acid reflux which has helped. I've been dealing with this for like 4 months now and some days I feel good and other days I feel like depressed because my symptoms act up and when it deals with the chest it scares me a lot, I think I'm having some sorta heart or lung problem. But that's my story. I constantly try to tell myself to think positively but sometimes it's not enough.

Sorry for it being so long. Thanks guys.

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    Hi I can totally relate to you I to am new to anxiety all started with a panic attack in work couldn't breathe chest pain heart racing etc went to hospital had ecg blood test all okay this happened another few times and after more blood tests I found out I was anemic so got iron tablets but even since then everyday is a bit of a struggle I feel spaced out dizzy scared at the slightest twinge in my body. I have developed bad indigestion symptoms I burp all day everyday to the point I gag and nearly throw up I have an appointment next week to see doctor about the burping. I have two young kids so I have to try and stay positive and strong for them. I have found that keeping busy has helped me a bit I also started doing pilates to try and relax a bit. You are young and sounds like you have had a stressful few months try and stay positive talk with friends and family and this forum is really good I get comfort in hearing other peoples stories. Just keep telling urself you have been checked out and are healthy anxiety can play mind games with you x
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      Thanks for replying Lynsey. It's a horrible feeling. My doctor I saw for the burping told me at times burping can be a stress mechanism so maybe that's it. I hate the feeling of beings scared at the littlest things, it makes you feel crazy. I'm really Interested in taking a yoga class but I have to look into it more. I try my best to distract myself but at times there's those days. We just have to stay strong for the people we love. Take care.
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      I know i think it makes you so sensitive to every little thing your body feels even tho before we probably felt it aswell but just didn't notice. Hope yiu feel better soon
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    Hi

    Currently having problems with my stomach

    The worry is awful

    Had a 'light headed' day today aswel

    Trying to be positive but it doesn't seem to work

    Hope you settle soon

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    This are demons, they will go, be strong and fight against them you will win.
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    Hey,

    I'm going through something similar. Find what makes you comfortable and do that. Use this forum to get support from others, and PM me if you need anything. Anxiety sucks, but you can beat it.

    All the best!

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    I am sorry you went through this at a young age. I have dealt with anxieties and acid reflux myself and yes the anxieties can get bad. The worries can make it worse so try not to worry so much you are young and in college you have your whole life a head of you 

    The best way to relieve stress is to do some yoga or relaxation deep breathing too 

    Hang in there

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      When you have acid reflux what are your symptoms? The symptoms I get scare me so bad. I feel pains in my chest when I have it, I can't help but to think what if it's my heart. It's so scary. Do you ever feel like that?

      Thank you. I try to calm myself and I'm definitely thinking about taking yoga.

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    I relate. Almost a year ago my symptoms started, almost the exact same ones! Felt like I couldn't breathe right, constant headaches, I even convinced myself I have a brain tumor. After many doctor visits (and my Dr. telling me more than once it was anxiety), I finally agreed to start medication. It helps, but it is not a cure. Basically, I was told that stress has caused my brain to get stuck in "fight or flight" mode. It's such a battle, but this website is already helping knowing that I am not alone with the weird symptoms!

    Just remember, it's just your anxiety, it's not YOU. You'll overcome!

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