Occasional Chest Pain
I guess I'd just like some opinions on what I have been experiencing lately, because it's freaking me out.
Some background: I'm 22 years old, maybe a little overweight, and trying to quit smoking -- on a typical day I used to smoke about 10 cigarettes, but have cut down quite a bit and now go some days without having any. I eat I guess...normally. Not particularly healthy, not particularly bad, just a good mix of lots of types of food. I go to the gym and do casually running as often as possible, which lately hasn't been enough. My job is VERY stressful and involves working long hours and constantly feeling frustrated/challenged. I def. do not get enough sleep.
Anyway...lately I have been extremely nauseous every morning (I'm not pregnant). I never get sick to my stomach, but I just feel very bad. It usually wears off as the day goes on and my appetite hasn't really been hindered.
The thing that really scares me is, every once in awhile, I get chest pains. Not excruciating, but enough pain that I notice it. It happens usually several times a day. The pain switches sides/locations, sometimes on my left and sometimes on my right...and sometimes it is above my breast closer to the center of my body, and sometimes it's underneath my breast closer to my ribs. The pains sometimes are quick -- 60 seconds. Sometimes they last for longer periods of time, 5-10 minutes. Also every once in awhile, my heart will "stutter"...like skip a beat or so, and this causes me to have to take a deep breath. Otherwise, breathing seems fine. My heart rate seems fine for the most part too, except when I get these chest pains, then I can really feel my heart beating quite fast and hard. I have not felt weak or like I'm going to faint, just the chest pain.
Do you think this is all just due to stress/anxiety? I know how stressed I am from work, but I have been stressed before and never experienced anything like this. I'm really scared something is seriously wrong...but am afraid to go to the doctor because what if I seem foolish if nothing is actually wrong? Also, the expense of going to the doctor would not be worth it if this is all just in my head...
Last edited by skay210; 01-09-2011 at 04:09 PM.