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chest pain, just anxiety?

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
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chest pain, just anxiety?

I'm 28, and have had anxiety since I was 17. I had severe pre-eclampsia when I was pregnant, and therefore my bp is still high, for which I take meds. I used to have very bad anxiety before. I have been to the ER numerous times because of chest pains, and have gotten more EKG's than I can count. Every one came back good. Recently, I have had horrible anxiety attacks again, even having to get Xanax from the dr. I have told her about my chest pain and she's positive its just anxiety. When I feel pain/pressure in my chest, if I push down on the spot that hurts, it feels like rubbing a tight muscle. I also have degenerative disc disease in my neck, so I dont know if that can contribute to the tight muscles. My last EKG was 2 1/2 years ago, and every thing was good. My dr said since my blood pressure is so good, thats another reason she doesn't think its my heart. Someone help? I'm giving myself panic attacks thinking about this all the time. Thank you!

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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Re: chest pain, just anxiety?

What type of pain do you have?
If it's sharp pain it's not your heart - sharp pain is very rarely cardiac related.

Does the intensity of the pain increase/decrease/cease when you press on it or change position? - if it does it's not cardiac pain.
Cardiac pain will remain the same when you change position, breathe, apply pressure etc;

If it really concerns you go to the ER and have it checked out.

Good Luck.

Old 01-24-2013, 07:18 AM   #3
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Re: chest pain, just anxiety?

Its more like a dull achy, sometimes sharp pain. If I press on the spot it usually gets worse until I massage it away. Thank you so much for your reply!

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