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Old 12-09-2006, 01:42 PM   #1
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Tight Chest - is this Hypo or Anxiety?

I'm trying (not very successfully unfortunately!) to understand my symptoms . For just over a year I've been experiencing a tight chest which I thought was due to anxiety and excess adrenalin? As I was convinced I was hyper rather than hypo (TSH was supressed prior to TT - now its 3.3) I didnt really look at the symptoms of Hypo. So now I notice that a tight chest is actually a symptom of Hypo! I'm just wondering if anyone else experiencing this and if so what it feels like for them? I'm pretty sure mine is anxiety related but who knows??

 
Old 12-09-2006, 02:24 PM   #2
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Re: Tight Chest - is this Hypo or Anxiety?

Hi again Rach,

Unfortunately, I think you'll find that the tight chest feeling is a symptom reported in both hypo and hyper. It's so frustrating to completely understand the vast array of symptoms. Almost as bad as trying to understand the origins of the universe. The body is such an incrediably complex organism! But, if you're anything like me, I am bound and determined to understand it anyway.

I'd never thought of anxiety/adrenaline as the cause of the tight chest but it could be a very definite maybe. I think both hypers and hypos experience a lot of anxiety as a primary symptom compounded by having to deal with all the various symptoms. Could also have something to do with changes in oxygen levels, a bit like angina? I read something like that somewhere or another. But then again, doesn't anxiety cause a change in oxygen consumption? Here we go around in a circle again. Darn, that keeps happening

By the way, my hyper tight chest is kind of like something heavy sitting on it that I can't push off. I get the exact same feeling when my 60 lb lap-dog decides to jump in my lap and lean against my chest Can't define it as pain, just a feeling that it's being pushed on. Coincidence that it was there after the doc drastically reduced my beta blocker (controls anxiety and improves oxygen consumption by blocking adrenaline) and then magically went away again when I got the dose right again?

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Old 12-10-2006, 02:53 PM   #3
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Re: Tight Chest - is this Hypo or Anxiety?

Thanks Helen

You're right - I'm the kind of person who 'needs to know'! wish I wasnt but I am! I read far too much and think far too much! :-)

I'd never thought of my tight chest being hypo/hyper related so its got me thinking that it could be too - at the end of the day I suppose its all linked anyway isnt it!

 
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Re: Tight Chest - is this Hypo or Anxiety?

Hey, remember that old song from grade school - The toe bones connected to the foot bone, the foot bones, connected to the ankle bone, etc., etc.?

Add the fact that the THYROID is KING and rules the whole world. Makes for some very interesting reading. Maybe we're a bit crazy but I bet we could find quite a bit on a search of "thyroid AND crazy" just to prove that it's actually the thyroid doing it.

By the way, you'll never ever be able to convince me that there's even the remotest possibility that there's such a thing as reading and thinking too much.

Take care,
Helen

 
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