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Old 10-11-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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anxiety again or heart problem??? :-(

I have had anxiety and panic attacks off and on for about 10 yrs. When i first had it I had an EKG and chest xray and doc said it was anxiety. Now Im having palps, shortness of breath and dull chest pain ablve my breasts. Pain comes and goes and happens on both sides. I went to doc a few mos ago because of palps and such and he did EKG and bloodwork. All came back good. It seems the chest pains bring on the anxiety so it makes me really think its something wrong with my heart :-( I am 44 yo female in perimenopause. Anybody have similar pains?

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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Re: anxiety again or heart problem??? :-(

I too suffer from anxiety and depression and recently started taking adderall for the depression. It actually helped my anxiety a lot since most was anxiety was caused from depressant behaviors. Doctor just increased to 30mg 2x daily and my anxiety is back full force (or so I hope its anxiety) I went the doctor last week...everything ok. Went the hospital day after that because I thought I was dying. "Nope just anxiety" I was told... still have that pain in the chest, dull turned to sharp or stabbing and its not in one place palls shortness of breath and. I had issues with my hands feet being cold (circulation) and the hospital didn't do any sort of x-rays. I can't say what's going on but I know how you're feeling and it isn't fun. I'm cutting down my meds to 10mg (didn't have issues on that) until I can get to another doctor for some answers. Time is of the essence and sometimes I think doctors aren't mindful of our condition. I need more than "just anxiety" to ease my mind! I will say that the symptoms started the night i started my cycle, almost seemed that it could be hormonal? Only lasted two days so concerned about clots.. Looking into that as well...If I find any helpful info I'll let you know! :-) have you noticed any difference in your circulation?

Old 10-11-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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Re: anxiety again or heart problem??? :-(

Thanks for your reply. I have never really had depression, just anxiety and panic attacks. Ive tried Paxil and Lexapro in the last and couldnt tolerate either one :-( I have always had cold hands and feet when its cold, always have to wear slippers lol I sometimes get pains in my arms too, even when my chest isnt hurting. Both my reg doc and gyn doc wanna put me on meds but I dont wanna go thru that again. I rarely even take my xanax. I have a pill phobia too. I just wanna know my heart is ok :-( Thanms again for posting...nice to know Im not alone :-)

Old 10-16-2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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Re: anxiety again or heart problem??? :-(

I read somewhere that often times people that have anxiety and panic attacks often freak out about their hearts, due to the symptoms being close to the same as you would think for a heart attack.

I, like you took meds and they turned me into someone I didn't like. I prefer not to take them and for the longest time had a big time pill phobia and wouldn't take even tylenol for my tension.

I try to deal with my anxiety in different ways then meds. You are not alone!

Old 10-16-2012, 06:18 PM   #5
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I too have this same problem. I have had anxiety and panic attacks since witnessing a man get killed by a train in 08. I have been to two different hospitals about 30 times total and specialists from a neurologist, gasterointerologist, lung doctor, and I have had milluons of blood tests, ekg's, stress tests, and CT scans and I get the same result everytime: anxiety related. I still have a hard time accepting this, but the way I look at it is if it were something serious going on I would probably be dead by now. Just hang in there and if you have to, go get a second opinion to ease your mind.

Old 11-14-2012, 12:04 PM   #6
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Re: anxiety again or heart problem??? :-(

I am so glad to see that someone else feels the same way. I too, am experiencing constant chest pains, racing heart rate, chills and on an on. I am scared to death. My doctor diagnosed me with anxiety; I still have troubling coming to terms that it is anxiety but after blood tests, EKG and 3 visits to the Emergency they all tell me it's anxiety. My anxiety actually gets worse because I am worrying about my heart. At least tht is what they are telling me. My doctor prescribed pills and after a long time I decided to take them; huge mistake!! I had a terrible reaction and actually ended up at Emergecy again. I was 110% convinced I was going to die. My heart was pounding out of my chest, shaking with chills, pacing the floor all night. It was the worst experience of my life! Now the doctor prescribed another pill; well NO thanks; I am going to deal with this on my own with no pills! But I am having major issues with coming to terms that my heart is ok and accepting that it is anxiety

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