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I understand how you feel. I've been battling anxiety for many years and it can be debilitating. I've also been in the ER thinking I had a heart problem. Everything always turns out normal, and I'm left with my anxiety. I will tell you what has helped me. First I will tell you that exercise does help. I remember feeling so weak and frustrated. So scared that I had a heart problem. So I got up out of bed, wiped the tears, and told myself, well let's see. I got on an elliptical machine and plugged away for 45 minutes. Felt so great! Came home, cleaned my house and finally ate a full meal. Our fears of having panic attacks is very powerful. Once you prove yourself wrong, it can be very empowering. For awhile I did well after that. Stopped drinking caffeine and continued my exercise regimen. Weight training and cardio. My anxiety all but subsided. It recently crept up again after a change in jobs, night shift instead of days, started caffeine again, dealing with a family issue that threatens to tear us apart. Needless to say I've been a mess. My anxiety is at an all time high. Stopped exercising too which has not helped me. Another thing to do is to try not to look up information about your health, or feel anxious about your symptoms. That can recycle thoughts and feelings of anxiety. My biggest way to get rid of anxiety was to ignore those common symptoms I had. My symptoms vary but I would get chest tightness, numbness down my left arm, tingling in fingers, ringing in my ears, intolerance to loud noise, vision trouble, disconnected feeling, stomach problems, bouts of dizziness, fatigue, hypoglycemia, etc. try to make a list of your anxiety symptoms. I can refer back to mine and say, "yep, it's anxiety. Need to get a handle on it". Try to get out and do things you enjoy. Trust me I know how you feel. The hard part is for 1 bad day of anxiety for me, it takes days to recover. My body doesn't bounce back like it used to. Hang in there, it too will pass. I have faith that mine will too. It won't happen overnight. Good luck to you.

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