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Anxiety and Lungs!

i went to the doctor yesterday she listened to my heart checked my pulse and blood pressure and also listened to my lungs she said my heart was in perfect condition and my lungs sounded good/great or watevr but since last night i have been having very bad breast pain its kinda like a burning sensation, i feel like im having more trouble breathing but i am getting enough oxygen now i think im gnna get a collapsed lung or something any minute
wat do i do now? i know i sound ridiculous ive never worried bout this stuff b4 but now EVERYTHING scares me and now im stuck on lung collapse
do you think its gnna happen to me
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NO! Lungs do not just collapse like wayward balloons. If your lungs were on the verge of collaspe, your doctor would have heard all sorts of awful sounds when she listened to them.

Did this worry begin just last night after you saw your doc and she said you were the picture of health? When you say you have been having very bad breast pain, did you not talk to your doctor about it?
Why do you think you've become an instant hypochondriac? Is it just the breast pain or is there something else going on?

If you are still concerned tomorrow about your breast or your lungs, make another appt. with your doctor and discuss all this. She may recommend therapy if you have an irrational fear about your health. Many of us have health anxiety and if yours just started, now would be the time to nip it in the bud.

Let us know how you're doing, OK?
You'll be fine
Peace
Greenlydia
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Ok, im a high school senior and i just took an anatomy class.  In order to have a collapsed lung, you need an open wound that allows air to go into a certain cavity that surrounds your lungs.  So unless you have some cracked ribs sticking out of your chest or an open wound as deep as your lungs, dont worry about it! Im absolutly sure thats the only way your lungs can collapse.  
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remind yourself that just because a scary thought takes hold you cannot think it into becoming so. I've seen several of your posts and it sounds like your doctor has checked you out. So much focus on one area of your body can give you sensation. Try putting all your focus on one finger and see what happens. you begin to feel sensation of some sort. These circle thoughts can be sooooo scary. I have issues with that myself. Maybe look up some relaxation techniques on the internet and see if that might help. good luck to you
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I did talk to my doctor about it she listened to my heart n said it was in perfect condition and apparently the pain is from the anxiety which i find hard to believe i have the same sharp pain in all of my upper body at different times whether its in my back, chest, stomach, hips etc
She said my lungs n heart sounded great but idk y ive been freaking out over spontaneous lung collapse, i read that spontaneous lung collapse just happens out of no where to teens and young adults, i hvnt gone to skool all week n im going back to the doctor tomorrow, im scared to even walk outta the house cuz now every moment i feel like my lungs will collapse im soooo sooo sooo scared, im scared enough that i FEEL like i cant breathe i cant even imagine how scared i wud b if my breathing actually stopped n i fainted
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Lungs can't and don't just collapse, this only happens after an injury or illness where  fluid is building up in the chest cavity and collapses the lung.  Even in a case like this, you would not faint and could still breathe.  You would have serious pain, but not pass out.  Your worry is unfounded since you just saw your doctor and she said everything is fine.  Now you have to trust that you are fine.  If unable to do this, get into therapy to learn how to not obcess about your health, you're worrying your life away when you should be living it. Anxiety can present with soooo many physical symptoms, you did the right thing by seeing your doctor and ruling out other causes, now address your anxiety so you can move on. Best wishes and take care!
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So it cant happen even if u had flu??
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no, your doctor already listened, they would hear the fluid build up. This does really sound like you have an obsessive thought more so than a physical condition. Google obsessive thoughts, there are techniques to use and please see if your doc can recommend some help for you, like mammo said, you need to start living your life and it is so scary and hard to do when fear is ruling it. I am trying to learn the same thing with different obsessive thoughts, its not easy but can i am seeing that it can be done!
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So if there was ANYTHING at all going on wit my lungs wud the doc have heard it???
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yes, really this is a symptom of panic, obsessive thoughts. try this, answer these questions, what is so? so what? so what? what now? panic sufferers usually find their fears have no true basis and our fears usually have a base fear of abandonment, death or suffering. Many of us have what is called health anxiety, like somehow if a thought sticks about a pain or feeling we are really at risk of what we think. understand you DO NOT have a sixth sense, you cannot think yourself into a disease, fearing DOES NOT make it so.
I am choosing to believe in cognitive therapy, i don't understand how the brain operates but am deciding to trust the process, that is what i am trying to say to you, at some point you have to trust that the doctor knows what they are saying and doing. There would be nothing wrong with getting a second opinion but at some point you will have to accept if they tell you you are well and then treat for the obsessive thinking issues.
I hope you get that second opinion and then are able to let it go,
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The place i went to my mom said they have really good doctors bcuz thats where they diagnosed her with breast cancer n they set her up wit one of the best doctors on the west coast, natalie johnson, idk y im so scared i do have a bad case of anxiety n i just got my blood taken a few hours ago soo in three days ill get the results
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