Hi I'm 23 years old female
Ive been suffering from anxiety from last past year
My main concern is my heart...n since last 3 days I m suffering from left arm pain n OFTen not all d time goes in to top of my left breast
I ve been to ER so many times had ECG done n one ECG with cardiologist and had echocardiogram but vent had d result yet, the doc
Gave me some date in july to show me the result n check up?
I'm getting so scare of this pain
Its constant n very sharp... I'm not sure if it's anxiety or not
My mum said if my echocardiogram had some issues the doc wud ve called me already and as they gave me a date in July there is nothing to
But I'm stuck :( plz help
It sounds stupid, but it might be gas. That can be very painful, painful enough to wind up in the ER. To eliminate it as a cause, get over-the=counter Gas-X (simethicone). Chew one table and then drink a full glass of water. Within the hour you will know if gas was the problem.
By the way, being elderly, one evening when my daughter was visiting I developed a nasty pain in my left arm. She became upset thinking I was having a heart attack. I said it was gas. And it was.
If your not satisfied with your cardiologist then you can get a second opinion or as many as you want.. have your primary suggest one in case ur insurance needs a referral. I went through 3 before I got to one that put a 30 day monitor on me to get to the source
BTW I'm 22.. I know how scary it is thinking there's something wrong with your heart.. with the 30 monitor when your having any symptoms you push the button. And record your heart. then they can determine if its your heart causing the pain, if your beats are irefular or fast with the pain or something else like a panic attack or anxiety
They just saw that my heart was racing but my heart beat was regular which was good.. they came to the conclussion that I had a "cold" of some sort in one of my arteries that was causing my heart to race.. I didn't have the arm pain but when my heart would race I would have these episodes.. my chest would hurt with Sharpe pains, blurry vission, nausea, head ache, dizzy, trouble breathing.. if I was standing when it hit I'd hit the ground the whole 9 it was like my world was falling apart.. the put me on topal to slow my heart rate down while they figured it out.. I'm still on it now but they want me to wean off it. I'm just afraid they're wrong and as soon as I get off it these episodes will come back
I believe your experience with health anxiety mirrors many of our experiences here in this community (to include mine). My original source of my anxiety and panic came with concerns over heart health. I was in the ER over and over and despite reasurrances from the docs and cardiologist that I was ok, I chose not to believe them for months because of what I was feeling. I had chest pains, arm pain, heart palpatations...you name it, I was experiencing it.
Anxiety and panic are very confusing in the beginning. It is very powerful and yes, anxiety can cause pretty much everything you are expereincing in my opinon. For example, as I spiraled down into this cycle of worry, panic, worry, I tended to become oversensitized to any feeling that I had that I believed was related to my heart. If I felt a 'twinge' in my chest or pain in my arm, I immediately thought it was due to the fact I was having heart problems, which comes to another thing I was doing. I was misinterpreting my 'symptoms' as something catastrophic when in reality we all have aches and pains. For example, now when I have arm pain or my chest feels funny I usually just shrug it off or really don't think about it (or stretch my arm a little bit) but when I first started experiencing anxiety about my health alarm bells would ring in my mind and it would cause me to panic.
Are you confronting your anxiety? I believe that is the most important step you can take in dealing with this. As much as I had originally fought going to see a therapist about it, the knowledge gained shed some light on a dark subject for me. I believe we tend to fear what we don't understand, and I really did not understand panic at all, but what counseling did for me was to one, give me a path to deal with it and two, it made me realize how many people actually experience exactly what I was going through (and you) at some point in their lives.
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