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Chest pains
Jun 23, 2007
This pretty much marks one month since I had my first major anxiety attack. I was in downtown Chicago to see a band called The Arcade Fire. Great show. The next night - I was having dinner with some friends, and after a day of drinking coffee and browsing record stores, we had dinner. It was at dinner where I had it. My heart would not stop racing. I tried everything - I faked a phone call on my cell and went outside to breathe for a bit.

I'm not a hypochondriac - but I kept thinking of my father, who died of a heart attack at the age of 43. I'm 33. Anyway - after I got back to the hotel, I experienced my first ambulance ride to the hospital after my heart would not stop racing after three solid hours.

One month later, Lexapro, Toprol and Clonazepam later - and some good counseling - I'm better, but ever since then, I haven't been able to do activities I was normally accustomed to doing - such as running for a few miles. Last night, I was winded walking six blocks uphill to an ATM (albeit a somewhat decent incline hill).

I had an EKG, a chest X-Ray - which led to a CAT Scan of the Chest, blood work - everything has come out normal. I'm wondering if it's the actual chest muscles being stressed so much from subsequent anxiety attacks (at a much lower intensity than that first one) - or if this is normal for people who are just getting a grip on their anxiety. I just switched doctors, so I'm hoping a stress test may tell me something. In the meantime, I have completed a 18-mile bike race, swam 15 laps about twice a week to warm up and participated in yoga classes without any incident.

Any similar stories?

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