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Bare with me as this will probably be a long one.

Around 5-6 months ago I had what felt like a heart attack. Heart was pounding and some mild chest pain. It lasted about 5 mins. My cousin who is a nurse told me it was very unlikely that I had a heart attack because I am only 20. She said it was more than likely a panic attack.

Well ever since that day I've had chest pain. It didn't used to be a daily thing but recently has been. Sometimes it will be sharp and stabbing to pressure and heaviness to muscle cramps and sometimes just an uneasy feeling that I cannot explain.

I went to my doctor who had me get a chest x-ray and EKG done. Both came back normal and the doctor told me I had anxiety. I tried to just accept that answer but months later I am still having chest pain.

The other day I was sitting down for dinner and suddenly my heart skipped a beat and it was pretty painful. It happened twice and I was unable to eat because I was feeling very anxious and worried and had to lay down. Today whenever I stand up I have a heaviness in the middle of my chest that is just uncomfortable. But I am fine if I am sitting.

And lately I have been having my heart skip more often. MAybe 5-10 times a day. But I've read that it can be caused from stress, which I very much am.

Can anxiety really cause all of these symptoms? I will admit this whole thing has all but taken over my life. I am constantly worried about my chest which in turn makes my chest hurt more. Should I ask for more tests or what? I just want to feel normal again.
Hi d0ink,

Thanks for taking the time to reply to my post. I'm glad I am not alone in this, although I don't wish this upon anyone. It's nice to know I'm not crazy lol.

I also have a hard time believing my doctor because the chest pains are still happening. Not really pains, but more of a "feeling" now. It's hard to explain. It's like once I get used to one thing something else happens. Like lately my back has been hurting. Anyone else go through that?

I know exercising can help. And the weird thing is before all this happened I was working out 4 days a week. Actually when I had my first panic attack I had just finished working out. About 15 mins. after, it happened. Ever since I have been too afraid to do anything really physical, but I hope to get back to it soon.

I have been trying to tell myself it's just because anxiety and it works somewhat. Hopefully I can find a way to stop this because I'd rather not take meds. but I also don't want to feel this way forever.

Anyway, thanks again.





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