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Hello everyone. I am a 20 year old Male currently attending college and living alone.

About 2 months ago, I had woke up in the middle of the night to a panic attack. I thought then that I was going to die right then and there. Never before have I had something like that happen. I also never had anxiety issues before this episode.

I quickly developed a fear of going to sleep and had real trouble getting to sleep at all. I basically had severe anxiety every time I had to goto sleep. It was to the point that I would stay up to avoid going to sleep. Around this time, I also started having minor chest pains that were quick, on and off. These stressed me even further because I feel like there is something wrong with me.

I recently went to my doctor and got a small prescription of xanax, and a 2 week supply of low dosage sleeping pills (ambian) I have started to fall asleep much better which is great. The chest pain problems and general anxiety have not been going away. Over the last day or so, I was having some pain in my left shoulder and arm, as well as my chest(also left side, generally near my heart). Today, my shoulder is rather sore. I also took my first xanax pill as well because I was starting to feel very uneasy and scared.

I wanted to know if anyone else has had anything similar happen to them. Has anyone else's anxiety caused them pain such as chest pain. A lot of sites I have visited suggested that heart palpitations and general chest pain are a symptom of anxiety disorder. This makes sense to me because I did not have these issues before my first panic attack, however I am scared that it could be something else.

Any other comments are welcome, I could use all the information I can get. I'm not sure what to do and I feel that it is starting to spin my life out of control.

Thank you :)

Edit: I assume my stress has been caused because of my lack of a social life.. I move away last fall and lived alone for the first time in an area several hours away from my parents. I have been unable to make any real good friends and I am almost certain that this is the main cause of the anxiety I have been having. I am taking steps to resolve my social issues, but it is also hard to just wake up one day and say " I am going to make a bunch of amazing friends today ". These things take time, and sadly I regret that I ever got into this position. Sadly, the anxiety wont go away even though I seem to know the cause and have come to accept it.

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