ABCSOUP - I'm a 25 year old female and I too have been experiencing the symptoms you describerd. Honestly? I think it's anxiety. I have tightness in the back of my neck, and pain going down throughout my shoulder blades. With that, I have dizziness accompanied by a headache...then I get short of breath, and my face gets flushed. I work at a clinic where I deal with patients on a daily basis, and it's frustrating to have these symptoms when I'm dealing with people because I feel like I could pass out at any moment! Not fun. It's got to be anxiety, because when I take just a HALF of a .25 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) I feel SO much better! I can breath so much easier. And when I leave work and come home, I feel just fine! I just don't want to become addicted to Xanax though. =(
I don't know if you have figured out what was wrong. If not have your thyroid checked. When i was hyperthyroid my arms ached. pain started in one area and seemed to travel to different areas then in the other arm. Went to physical therapy and that did'nt even help. When they treated me for the hyperthyroidism the pain went away.
I just read your post on your breathing problem. I am a 33 year old, healthy female with the same symptoms. I have seen the doctor for it and had some tests done. I do not have asthma or a low oxygen level. I am getting very frustrated because the doctor seems to think I am making up my symptoms. I liked your analogy of breathing through a straw with holes in it. I can't get a full breath and feel tightness between my shoulder blades and in my throat. I was just wondering if you ever found the source of your problem? My symptoms seem to get worse in the spring and then go away about mid summer. I thought it was anxiety, however, I don't know why it would only happen during certain months of the year. It has recently begun again and I am searching for answers!
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