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I don't post here often only when I'm very low and need some encourage, I don't really have anyone in my life who i can talk to. Well I have, i've got a very supportive girlfriend, mum and dad but I don't like to talk it with them because I don't want them to worry about me. I'm struggling considering seeing someone to talk to so I can let it all out.
Right basically I've had anxiety all my life, but it's only been the last 3 years where it's been rammed up to 100%, with anxiety symptoms like chest pain, palpitations etc. But mine differs a bit, I have an added side bit to my anxiety called Da Costa syndrome, otherwise known as neurocirculatory asthenia. Which means I get my chest pain, left arm pain, fatigue etc when I'm excercising, even though my hearts normal.
I know my hearts normal because I've had around 12 ECG's, a 72 hour ecg, 2 stress test ecg's, an echocardiogram and a stress perfusion cardic MRI. The MRI scan is about indepth as you can get on your heart apperently, and mine came back completely normal, blood flow to all my heart all up to scratch. So finally after all that, I have to accept that my symptoms are down to anxiety, there can't be any other reason for them. I'm only 23 years old and my lifes been turned upside down by worrying sick that somethings wrong with my heart.
Treatment for Da Costa syndrome is split, you either take it head on, excercise through the chest pains and left arm pain which is slowly can improve your symptoms. Or you just avoid anything that brings on symptoms, which I don't like the sound of because I don't want to live my life restricted.
But it's hard to fight through it, I know loads and loads of people have chest pain and left arm pain on this forum, usually at rest though. I get mine at rest too, but not as much as excercising. I knew the first few weeks would be the hardest because its a shock to my body, I used to worry about walking down to the street because of my heart now im jumping on the treadmill, I've just got to carry on. The chest pain at rest can get really bad though, I woke up yesterday day morning with terrible chest pains in the center of my chest, but again, i've had all the tests so i have to ignore it.. I knew i was going to have the chest pains because the previous day my anxiety was sucking me up, felt stupidly tired with a massive headache it was anxiety all over.
You can research Da costa syndrome (neurocirculatory asthenia) if you like, it's completely harmless its just meant to be very very hard to fully recover from. It's completely harmless but you feel like your going to have a heart attack all the time!! crazy haha
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