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i Keep getting this fluttering feeling in my chest and pressure , pain is rare but i do get it sometimes , i feel weird not normal , all my tests and examintaion were perfectly normal , i am afraid to go visit my doctor ( a good one btw ) because he will yell at me , i've been to his clinic 6 times !! this has never happened to me before i don't know how to approach this problem , how do i stop getting this feelings ?! ( also there is this tingling weird beating feeling in my neck where the thyroid is located , but nothing showed in blood tests so idk ) is it just a mental issue or what ? i am sure that some of have more serious problems so you know when and if you should ignore such symptoms , it has never happened to me so beleiving that its aniexty is a little hard for me , i mean comeon ! i used to make fun of anxiety and now i have it ? idk what should i do , so help in your ways .

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    Don't know how old you are,,,,but I'm 68 and had my first anxitety attack last September, when a virus and bout of flu left me feeling really poorly and anxious, I had a sensation of fluttering in my chest ,no pain or discomfort ,but as it had gone on so long I had convinced myself it must be lung cancer ,so I asked for an X-ray ,showed a slight shadow ,so I asked for scan,,,,and that showed NO SIGN OF CANCER AT ALL . Just a slight deteriation  of my upper airways due to the long lasting ( still got it ) virus .

    in my opinion ,,,,I would go back to your GP or better still ask to see the COPD NURSE SPECIALIST AT YOUR HEALTH CENTRE ,,,I rely on them soooo much ,as I wouldn't be here now without them, they have chosen to specialise in respitory illness so they know what their talking about ,I have had a severe productive cough for some months now, and decided  today to start a course of my stand by steroids,as I am getting very breathless,and still have theroductive cough,

    anyway I have rambled on tooooo much, ,,,,,I would make that appointment ,you like me have enough to cope with ,,,without feeling anxious on top of everything else, MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT ,and sorry I couldn't help you more,  

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    Hello Jackson,  sorry for delay in replying. 

    Anxiety can kick in at any point in time, but especially when you're run down, feel unwell but don't know why, due to being overworked, under worked, due to life events, it can come with depression or without, and even with no known cause. It's a difficult beast. 

    Always, always, if in doubt, get checked out. No matter how good your doctor is, you have every right to see another doctor. Each generation of doctors is trained slightly differently, for example, my 'old school' doctor who retired over 10 years ago was trained to look at individual symptoms. My current doctor has been trained to look at the person as a whole. I have seen doctors younger than mine in emergencies, but when eventually seeing my own GP, have found that the others have overlooked new medical study information, and in doing so have given inappropriate diagnoses and treatment that has been incorrect and have prolonged my symptoms in the process. 

    It's a lottery! 

    I have experienced anxiety all of my life, but was only diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder just before I turned 38, despite having been in and out of the mental health care system for nearly two decades. 

    My Mother suffered but refused to get a diagnosis or help. 

    My Brother suffered whilst out of work, in his 30's, but with no problems since. 

    My Nephew suffered whilst in further education, but is mostly on a special anti depression and anti anxiety diet. Also, I put him onto CBT Meditation, all of which seems to have set him right, and he's joined a meditation group in his area. 

    If I were in your position I would see my own GP to discuss all possibilities, including a referral to your local mental health team regarding the possibility of anxiety. I don't know your age, lifestyle or location, but in the UK, if you specifically request a referral, legally no doctor can refuse. In my opinion and experience it is better to have too many people, specialists, referrals and tests, but it's also possible to have too few. It comes down to you, your doctor, and potentially the relationship between the two, that denotes this. 

    If it is anxiety, I use yoga breathing, breathing visualisation, meditation and mindfulness to help. If you need or want more information on any of these, I am more than happy to offer you help, support, explain some techniques and share my experience and knowledge. 

    As ever, if in doubt, get checked out. 

    Love, light and hugs, hanb

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