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I’ve never done one of these, but I am desperate and scared. I’ll just start with a background. I am 20 y/o female. Diagnosed with anxiety & took Zoloft for five years. have had iron deficiency anemia for years (since I was maybe 12?). NO family history of heart problems. Mom and great grandma had diabetes. Had mild asthma as a child and carry around an inhaler when feeling uneasy (somehow helps my anxiety). I have struggled with anemia for a lot of my young life and have pretty much became used to it, until early May of this year. At first I started having VERY mild heart pain, just dull and lasted a few seconds, once or twice a week. It happened at any time, but mostly while at rest. I gave it a week and decided that it would be best for me to quit taking zoloft, that maybe it would stop the chest pain. So I quit. Weeks later, pain was still there. I felt amazing finally being free from zoloft but the fear of my chest pains just made me want to get back on my anxiety medicine to numb myself. June 18 a close friend of mine died and that entire week was a very terrible week for me. The chest pains continued but did not get worse at all, even through my panic attacks. They didn’t change up until a few weeks ago, August 1, when I had my check up with my doctor. I told her about my chest pain and she listened to my heart. She told me that I have a very small innocent murmur due to my anemia and that it will resolve itself once I take more iron. She did an EKG to be safe and it came out normal. She ordered blood tests which I got done a few days ago, and keep in mind I’ve been taking supplements called “Blood Builders” for the past few weeks, and they’ve raised my iron levels better than anything in the past years. So the blood tests came back and showed that my iron levels were now NORMAL!!!, BUT, my hemoglobin and hemocrotit were still low. She told me to keep taking the iron (can someone tel me why? Idk) anyways. My concern is... if my iron is normal, if my anemia is better than it’s EVER been, why...WHY am I having this chest pain??? Since a few days after my doctors appointment I have had the chest pain every. Single. Day. It’s mainly in the left side but it’s beginning to be on the right side a lot as well now. I can feel it in my sternum, my back, my LEFT ARM & WRIST, under my left breast, and sometimes on my lower right chest. It can be stabbing or dull. When it’s stabbing, it’s mostly under my left breast. It does NOT get worse with breathing, although I have felt that way a few times ( but I’m sure it’s just me freaking out ). The weird thing is, if I press hard on the area of pain with my fingers when it’s happening, the pain goes away. I took aspirin for two days to see if it would help and it did, but the third day it didn’t. I have taken ANTACIDS, Advil, nothing helps. Sometimes when I burp it slightly helps the discomfort, but most times it doesn’t. I really do not understand it, and I have spend days and weeks staying up crying, searching forums for anyone that knows what could be wrong with me. I do not want to die at age 20. I Just want to live a life without zoloft and be confident in my health. I can not afford another multi-thousand dollar ER bill just for them to tell me I’m fine. Please if anyone else has experienced this, please let me know how you resolved it. Thank you so much.
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