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[QUOTE=heike65]Wow, I have all of those symptoms too. I think it must be panic but I don't "feel" stressed out. My first panic attack was about 9 years ago, I was on Xanax for 1 month, weaned myself off of it and would just get panic attacks maybe once a month, in which I would take a Xanax from my 'emergency stash'. This went on for about 4 years total, over which time I made 4 or 5 visits to the ER (the usual tests run, with the usual "nothing's wrong" answer). Then there was a period of about 2-3 years where I felt "normal", with only an attack once or twice a year. But for the last couple of years I've been obsessing about my health again. If I get a pain in my chest, I think it must be my heart; when I can't swallow I think I must have throat cancer, headache = brain tumor, etc. My doctor is convinced it's just anxiety/acid reflux (I had the scope, everything was normal, was on Nexium, now I'm off it). I get chest/arm pains daily and just now while sitting at work, a wave of nauseausnous came over me, my chest felt super tight and painful, like I couldn't breath. I went to the back room and told myself it's just anxiety, and then went back to my desk to try to get my mind off of it. Then I started having thoughts like "what if I just drop dead here at work"? Or "should I go to the ER because maybe this time it's more than just anxiety?". "What if I'm ignoring something that's life-threatening?" The symptoms always feel different; I feel like these are different aches/pains than I've ever felt before. Does anybody else feel that? Like it's brand new feelings? When I told my doctor a month ago about my pains, he did an EKG, which was normal. He really doesn't seem too concerned about the sharp pain in my chest/arm, about the aches in my stomach It makes me feel like he might be overlooking something more serious. I'm just so frustrated... Help.[/QUOTE]

Sometimes, stress can do all of the things you're mentioning! Months ago I too found myself in your shoes! I was in and out of urgent care 3 times in one week, worrying that something was wrong with me. I was having chest pains, arm pains, neck pains, the whole 9 yards. After lots of blood work, EKGs, and MRI, they said I was fine and stress CAN cause a lot of havoc in your body. The one thing I noticed, is that the more I worried about my symptoms, the worse I got! I'm now, after months of stress induced suffering, accepting that I am stressed, and I know now that stress caused my muscles to tense up so badly I was pinching a nerve. I happen to sleep on my side with my left arm below my pillow holding my head, this along with stress caused me to have my pains. I got so wound up and scared, it is now taking my body time to heal. Please know this VERY WELL can be stress. If you've been to the Dr, and they've tested you, don't worry! Please trust that you're okay, and try and relax. (I know, easier said then done) More than anything I just don't want you to wind yourself as bad as I did! I'll keep you in my prayers! Keep us posted!





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