| | Worrying Chest Pain
I am an 18 year-old male from Scotland in the UK and lead a generally healthy lifestyle. I rarely indulge in chocolate or junk food and visit the gym at least three times a week. I generally only drink water. Around a year ago I experienced my first bout with anxiety. I was on holiday in Magaluf with a few mates when I got short of breath whilst walking. I began to feel faint and get pins and needles in my hands. After a nap I felt better. I put this down to the alcohol consumption of the week and the withdrawal from it. I researched the symptoms and discovered General Anxiety Disorder. I have 99% of the symptoms for this. Ever since, these 'attacks' have become more frequent and serious. Now, there are times when I genuinely feel like I am going to die. Silly thoughts pass through my head like 'what if I forget how to breathe?' etc. and I need to go to the toilet or somewhere to be alone for 5 minutes or so. I feel short of breath, pins and needles in my hands and occasionally heart palpitations. I find these attacks are worse when I'm hungover. Long story short, these attacks have started interfering with my studies and general life. I spoke with a doctor who referred me to the psychology unit which I hope will help. However, today and yesterday I have had a pain in my chest which spreads on to my left arm and shoulder. The pain is somewhat dull and comes and goes throughout the day. I am not sure whether this is related to my anxiety issues in any way and therefore whether to take action. They have come from nowhere thus are pretty concerning. Can anyone offer advice on this and my anxiety generally?