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Weird feelings.

I'm a 17 year old male.
About a month ago, at about 2 AM, while I was sitting in front of the computer, my heart pounded once, after which I felt this hot feeling bursting out of my chest toward my arms and head, then I got very dizzy. At the moment I though I had had a heart attack. The weird feeling went away, but later on, I felt the heat sensation again, with no dizzyness or palpitations this time. I felt rather strange and anxious for a few days( shortness of breath and a few other mild attacks ). Then I went to see a doctor. I went straight to the ER and a doctor told me that it was a vegetative response to stress and tiredness. I agreed because i used to go to bed at 2-4 AM. They also took my blood pressure, I had an ECG test and they didn't find anything strange. I took some vitamins, magnesium and other things for a while and for a month or so i've felt anxious and i've had mild panic attacks.

What concerns me is that I have a weird heavy feeling in my chest sometimes, usually in the evening. I also have a wierd, tingling sensasion of some sort, near the heart, as if it's constantly pumping blood, with no pulsation. I know there is one type of tingling sensation, which is normal to anxiety, the one that makes me want to cough, it's not that one, and i don't feel it in my throat. Also, I sometimes, almost involuntarily think that i'm having a stroke, usually because of sensasions I have on my scalp, like itches, which is stupid, I know. But when this happens, I usually control it before developing into a panick attack. But the weird thing is that, probably because I know that limbs can go numb during strokes, I almost feel them go numb, but after I move around a little the feelings go away. I also have mild, almost unnoticeable chest pains sometimes, for a little while, usually accompanied by the heavy feeling. And, although rarely, when i exercise sometimes, I have another chest pain, this time in the right side of my chest which seems to go away sometimes if I exercise harder, or if I rest.

About 1 or 2 years ago, a cardiologist said i have Tachycardia. But my pulse is usually around 60-70, although I can only catch a few beats at that rate as i get a bit anxious when i measure my pulse, and it rises up to 80 - 90. When he consulted me, he said everything else is perfectly in shape, and that i have a perfectly healthy heart, beside that problem.

When I exercise, I feel my heart, the carotid arteries and the back of my head pounding, and my pulse reaches a peak of about 18 beats during more intensive exercise, which i think is a bit high.
Sometimes when I get up i get dizzy and a feeling of lightheadedness. It doesn't happen while I'm anxious though, in other words, while my heart rate is higher.

Although i've been consulted by a doctor and i've asked the opinions of one other doctor and another healthcare specialist which said I'm perfectly ok, i'm still very paranoic and I sometimes have panick attacks, and anxiety almost all day long.
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Also, I want to mention that there is anxiety history in my family. As far as I know, my mom and my grandma have had severe anxiety problems.
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I'm sorry I keep making all these posts, but can anyone please reply ? I feel that my topic is going straight to the bottom of the list ! :(
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Sorry you aren't getting any responses to your post.  I'll answer with something, although it may not be what you're looking for! : )
It does sound like you are having panic attacks and anxiety issues.  Panic attacks can come ouf of nowhere, anxiety can be a lingering all-day thing.  I know, because I have suffered from both my entire life.  
One thing that caught my attention about your post is the symptoms you have when you are having these problems, and that you seem to really keep track of your heart rate.  I have the same problems you have when I am anxious or having (or about to have) a panic attack as well, which is what is leading me to think it is anxiety related for you as well.
I'm not one to tell you what to do for it at the moment, because I still have not been able to get mine under control.  I do know that sometimes trying to relax and breathe evenly helps me fight off some of it.  I take an anti-anxiety medication for "emergencies" that I take when I feel like I'm not going to be able to fight it off.  I also take b-complex, omega 3, and a good multivitamin, which I really do think have helped a little bit.  
I wish you the best of luck, and I would see a doctor about the panic attacks and anxiety rather than trying to focus on physical ailments.  They might be able to help you get these under control.    
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Thank you for the reply. The main thing i wanted to know is wether there is something wrong with my body or if this is pure anxiety. I got worried because of that feeling that the blood is flowing from my heart as a continuous stream, to explain it better. But if these are all anxiety symptoms, and if those are panick attacks, even though I've absolutely no reason to feel better about it, at least I'll know there's nothing wrong with my body. That'll help with the anxiety as well, i think.
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Hello DremoraLord,

I also suffer with anxiety and panic attacks from time to time and have recently been searching on the various forums under the anxiety section and found the following post. Take a read of it and see what you think!!! (It is pretty long though!!)

Cheers!
Sunset.

Maybe this post can help :)

This is for everyone who is uncertain as to whether or not they have anxiety. As someone who was once convinced they were going crazy, had a brain tumor, going to have a stroke, etc., this list should help comfort some of your concerns about what you are feeling. Courtesy of anxietycentre.com:

Body:
Burning Sensations throughout the body
Chronic Fatigue
Electric shock feeling
Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax
Feel like you are going to pass out or faint
Feeling cold or chilled
Hyperactivity, excess energy
Increased or decreased sex drive
Muscle twitching
Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
No energy, feeling lethargic, tired
Numbness or tingling in hands, feet, face, head, or any other places on the body
Persistent muscle tension, stiffness
Sore or tight scalp or back of the neck
Startle easily
Sweating, uncontrollable profuse sweating
The floor feels like it is moving either down or up for no reason
Trembling or shaking
Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom
Warm spells
Weak legs, arms, or muscles

Chest:
Chest pain or discomfort
Concern about the heart
Feel like you have to force yourself to breath
Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered, shortness of breath
Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath
Heart – beating hard or too fast, rapid heartbeat, palpitations
Heart - Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or ‘skipped’ beats, tickle in the chest that makes you cough

Fears:
A heightened fear of what people think of you
Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits
Constant feeling of being overwhelmed.
Fear of being in public
Fear of dying
Fear of losing control
Fear of impending doom
Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others
Fear of passing out
Fear that you are losing your mind
Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations
Fears of going crazy, of dying, of impending doom, of normal things, unusual feelings and emotions, unusually frightening thoughts or feelings
Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness
Need to find nearest washrooms before you can feel comfortable
Need to seat near exits

Head:
Burning, itchy, tight scalp
Dizziness or light-headedness
Frequent headaches, migraine headaches
Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness
Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
Giddiness
Shooting pains in the face
Shooting pains in the scalp or head
When you close your eyes you feel like are beginning to, or will, float upwards
Sore jaw that feels like a tooth ache
TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) - clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth

Hearing:
Frequent or intermittent reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears
Low rumbling sounds
Ringing in the ears, noises in the ears, noises in the head

Mind:
Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before
Desensitization, depersonalization
Fear of going crazy
Fear of losing control
Fear of impending doom
Feelings of unreality
Frequent feeling of being overwhelmed, or that there is just too much to handle or do
Having difficulty concentrating
Obsession about sensations or getting better
Repetitive thinking or incessant ‘mind chatter’
Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders

Mood / Emotions:
Always feeling angry and lack of patience
Depression
Dramatic mood swings (emotional flipping)
Emotionally blunted, flat, or numb
Emotional "flipping" (dramatic mood swings)
Emotions feel wrong
Everything is scary, frightening
Feeling down in the dumps
Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
Frequently being on edge or 'grouchy'
Frequently feel like crying for no apparent reason
Have no feelings about things you used to
Not feeling like yourself, detached from loved ones, emotionally numb
Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
You feel like you are under pressure all the time

Mouth/Stomach:
A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste
Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching)
Choking
Constant craving for sugar or sweets
Constipation
Diarrhea
Difficulty swallowing
Dry mouth
Feeling like you can’t swallow properly or that something will get caught in your throat
Feeling like your tongue is swollen
Frequent upset stomach, bloating, gaseous
IBS
Lack of appetite or taste
Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat
Mouth muscles twitching/jumping
Nausea or abdominal stress
The thought of eating makes you nauseous
Tight throat, lump in throat
Tongue twitching
Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom
Vomiting

Skin:
Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Skin problems, infections, rashes

Sleep:
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams
Hearing sounds in your head that jolt you awake
Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night
Jolting awake
Waking up in a panic attack
You feel worse in the mornings

Sight:
Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision
Dry, watery or itchy eyes
Eye tricks, seeing things our of the corner of your eye that isn’t there, stars, flashes
Eyes sensitive to light
Spots in the vision
Flashing lights when eyes are closed
Your depth perception feels wrong

Touch:
Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Feeling cold or chilled
Numbness
Pain
Tingling, pins and needles feelings

Other symptoms are described as:
Being like a hypochondriac, muscle twinges, worry all the time, tingles, gagging, tightness in the chest, tongue twitches, shaky, breath lump, heart beat problems, head tingles, itchy tingling in arms and legs, and so many more.

In addition to these symptoms, you may also find yourself worrying compulsively about:
• Having a heart attack
• Having a serious undetected illness
• Dying prematurely
• Going insane or losing your mind
• Harming yourself or someone you love uncontrollably
• Being embarrassed or making a fool out or yourself
• Losing control
• Fainting in public
• Not breathing properly
• Choking or suffocating
• Being alone

I hope it helps alittle :)

Sunset555

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Wow, the information Sunset gave is unbelievable! Thank you for sharing all this. I wanted to add that like you I was "checking things" before I had my first anxiety attack about 3 weeks ago. Finally the obsessing about things became real. I thought it was psychosamatic (maybe it was, don't know), but then the attacks seemed more like real panic attacks. I can set them off with the way I think. If I start thinking about my fears, my problems, I will have an attack or feel like one is coming on. Today, I felt a lot of anxiety this morning. It is a feeling in my chest that I can't calm down, I need to do something, running all over the house. I drank 2 cups of chamomile tea, and wow!  It has a sedative like effect on you. I felt fine and calm the whole rest of the day. I just wanted to say, that for me, the more I obsess, the worse the anxiety and the attacks are. I am trying to find natural remedies to overcome this condition, as I don't like to take medicine. I have read that attacks feed off of fear, so the more you fear it, the more attacks or the worse they will be.
-Karly
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Thank you very much for all the information sunset.
I feel a bit better now that I know my symptoms are normal anxiety ones.
I really though I was going mad as well, as I woke up from a dream in an intense panick attack, or because I sometimes saw flashes of horrifying things or heard things which triggered these attacks just before going to bed. I'll try to relax and hopefully I'll be able to calm them down.
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You are very welcome, I am just glad that it managed to calm you down a little. I am sure that you will be all right hun, and that it is nothing more serious than anxiety.

Next you got to try and work on controlling your anxiety and your panic, after that you won't feel as scared as you do now, which I hope will pass in time for you.

Take care
Sunset
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Hey I know it's been almost 5 years since this post, but I was wondering how you are doing now?  On New Years Eve, I had what felt like a heart attack, warm tingeling sensation throughout my body and it felt hard to breathe, my daughter called 911, but they found nothing.  It scared me to death!  After reading all of these posts, I am convinced now that it was indeed a panic attack.
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