Lately i've been under alot of stress, i went to the doc and my BP was fine, pulse was fine, she listened to my hear and lungs and concluded it was nothing physical but i'm still wondering. Sometimes it's a cramping or a sharp pain but does not last long (earlkier it happened on my left side to my upper shoulder) i didn't tell her the kind of pain i was in, just that it was chest pain and like i said she concluded i was OK and it was just anxiety, do u agree??????. I'm nervous to go to sleep now thinking i'll run into trouble
Next time you get a sharp pain or etc in your chest, nose breathe in really deeply for 5 secs, hold for one sec and breathe out through your mouth for 5 secs. If the pain doesn't get worse that there is nothing wrong with you. If you keep doing this type of breathing it puts more oxygen in your system and also can help with panic and anxiety attacks.
I have hugh blood pressure and a family history of heart problems, but have had numerous tests and they OK'd me also. If you really want to be sure ask the doc to do a EKG or an Echocardiogram if you want to be really sure. EKG shows your heart rythums and the Echo will be a sonagram on your heart. These tests pretty much rule out many heart defects and etc. I have even had a Thallium Stress Test and still nothing. After shelling out 2k in one month, I got the all "OK" and that was with insurance. But it made me feel a lot better to know I am not in danger.
Panic and stress does wierd things to the body, and trips to a therapist have helped out considerably. I do still get wierd pains though...
You might be moving or sitting differently because of anxiety and therefore using muscles slightly differently than normal. If the doc says you're ok, then you're probably ok. I'm presuming you feel ok after each ache passes, so no worries.
Smile when the ache starts, and try the breathing mentioned above and look out for some stretching exercises, they might help.
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Sorry to hear that you're suffering...... my guess is that your doctor is right, stress can cause chest pains.
I'm no doctor, but my advice to you would be to try and stop worrying about it, you're only making yourself more stressed. Why not give yourself a night off, watch a good film/ read a good book, run yourself a nice bath, pamper yourself and just relax.
And if you are still worried about the pains, then why not see your doctor again and explain properly what these pains feel like and how scared you are. Have you tried keeping a diary of when the pains occur and what you have been doing that day/ any stressful situations/ what you have eaten etc? It just might start to show a pattern.
It could be stress, considering you were sressed around that time it could eb just some symptoms of that, but if I was you i'd still keep an eye out for symptoms just incase. I'm surprised the doctor didnt tell you to describe the type of pain! Did you get an ECG? If you had the pains while you had the ECG maybe it wasnt heart related. The good news is though your hearts beats are fine and the blood pressure. Just carry on, but dont be put off to go back to the doctor if you get the symptoms again!
I get the same thing now and then. It is a bit un nerving but I have had 2 ekg, one while I was having an attack and the other at the docs office. I also had a chest xray. It is still hard not to wonder.
When I was having really bad pains, it was my shoulder blade muscle all tense. The chiro took care of it and the pain went away.
Ive suffered something similar for almost a year... left sided chest and shoulder pain, and as you say, sometimes it was a sharp pain, sometimes a cramp, sometimes it felt like a pulled muscle. Mine would come on in stages, sometimes it didnt last long, sometimes it went on for days. Of course I was worried about what it could be, but my doc checked me out and concluded I was fine.
Anxiety is very powerful, and can cause a whole lot of things to go on inside your body, including some incredibly bad physical pain. Of course, if you are worried, get a second opinion, but I think your doc is on the right path with this.
You should of told your Dr hun that the pain was on your left side and radiated to your arm. This is a indication of possible Heart pain but yes it can be stress in most cases. But the Dr did need to know the location of the pain and a description of it so she could check you over properly.
A lot of Drs who you see for chest pain always say it is muscular pain. But you did right by going to the doctor and if it was anything serious she would of picked it up hun. But remember to tell the Doc everythig next time lol.
I totaly understand where you are cominig from.. as I write this to you I am sitting here wondering if maybe I'm in the brink of having a heart attack..
I have my period now.. and since the first day of my period I have this chest pain.. not the kind you are talking about..although I've had those too.. but a pressure on my chest and when I lay on my left side it almost feels like I am putting preassure and weight on my heart and it's struggling to beat, I roll over and it lightens up a bit but still there.. so now I have anxiety, which won't let me sleep.. I feel waves of cramps in my stomach.. that I know is anxiety and it won't go away. It's a vicious circle. I have been checked by doctors for heart problems before and everything seems fine, I even ended up in an emergency room not so long ago shortly following my period. So I think hormones have something to do with it.
I think your's might be related to hormones as well.. they do reac havoc in our bodies.. but just to set your mind at ease why don't you go see a specialist for your heart.
I wish you all the luck and keep me posted