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constant chest feeling

hello, i posted a similar question a while back about this terrible feeling in my chest which i have been experiencing all day long, every day for the past three months, it makes me feel really uncomfortable and nervous, it doesnt matter where i am, outside with friends or at home with family, it just continuously there and makes it impossible for me to relax or do anything that i used to enjoy, i wore a heart monitor and had an ecg done which didnt show any problems, but am now considering asking to get an echo done, as some days i feel like there is something stuck in my chest and begin to think its like a tumour or something, but even if it is a minor condition like mvp or not even, maybe anxiety, can this cause a constant tight feeling? as most of what i read and hear is people with anxiety only get a tight feeling in their chest for a few minutes during the day or only in certain situations which makes them feel anxious? would reallly like feedback because of frustration................ thanks  
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Anxiety can cause all sorts of symptoms, especially tightness in the chest in my opinion.  You got checked out, which is great, but now you have to believe the results.  When you are worried about your heart, then naturally you are going to focus on anything and everything to do with that area of your body, in my experience.  My original anxiety had come from my concerns with heart health and despite getting checked out, I always had that 'what if?' mentality. Throughout all of this, have you ever thought of talking to a therapist about these issues?  Gaining knowledge about this can only help the situation...keep us posted!
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hey cj thanks for response, ye ive done therapy but didnt find it particularly helpful, not too sure whether it was due to it not being effective on me or indeed just the therapist in question.... but if echo shows ok i may consider small amount of medication sometime down the line, but anyhow, anyone else have the constant tight feeling that i was talking of?.............
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Hello,
   Yes, I have had this same symptom as you have explained. It is very upsetting and yes, you do worry about whether or not it's your heart. Having anxiety too, having anything happen out of the norm sends me up the wall. I am very sensitive to what is going on with my body and epecially my heart. My anxiety causes me to get palpitations and in the last few months have been to the ER 5 times. Each time, I get hooked up to a monitor, have an EKG done, blood drawn and blood pressure checked every 15 mins. only to be told after about 3 hours that I am having PVC's and they're nothing to worry about. I am given some medication to lower my blood pressure as I also have problems with that and the anxiety makes it worse. Anyway, I do believe that if all the tests you've had done have shown that you're heart is ok, then try to truly believe it is. I know that is hard to do as I still can't accept that having PVC's is ok. I too have had therapy with Social Workers and now a psychologist but none of it has helped. I take medication for the anxiety and have taken 3 different drugs for it. I started out taking xanax, then valium and now klonopin. I was taking 10mg. of valium 3 times a day and it wasn't helping other than I was beginning to think of killing myself. I even tried one night by taking 100 mg. of my valium and all it did was make me dizzy. The klonopin doesn't seem to be helping much now either so I am sure I've become used to the dosage I've been taking.
      How I wish I had an answer for you. Living with anxiety has to be the worst thing. I am even afraid to leave the house somedays. I really have no life and I had to give up my career as a nurse because of it. I had an anxiety attack coming home one evening and after that I would start to panic as soon as I got into my car. It's going on 11 years now and with time, things seem to get worse.
        Good luck with your health. I sincerely hope you can find some peace and get your life back. Has your life been one of stress and did you have a parent that had anxiety issues? I've read that those can be triggers for some people. My mother was always a neurotic woman and even as a small child I sucked my thumb and later began biting my nails. I am 56 years old and still bite my nails. Let me know how you're doing. Take care, ok?
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hello, thanks for advice i too get pvcs and chest feelings which started 3 months ago, my life was normal before and although i could get nervous/stressed in the past i was never felt anxious or had any of these physical symptoms, then something happened to me one morning(i think it was a panic attack) and it kind of changed me in a way, even though i haven't had a panic attack since. and yes my father suffers from depression and my mother is a diagnosed schizophrenic,. i just wont my life back prior to 3 months ago... before that i havent cried snce i was about 8 years old and now i cry on a weekly basis, i feel weak in every sense of the word and scared of not returning to normality. im just starting out in life(20) and now this has happened, its also especially hard when you are a male and you lose that tough edge and inner confidence i once had that made me feel that i had control over my life and other things, my family are helpful at times, but sometimes they think that its all in my head and a good vactaion would get rid of it , if only........  
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hi i have suffered with heart/health anxiety for a long time, you have been checked out and as cj said you now need to believe the results. i honestly dont think having an echo will help you out...i paid private for one a few months ago and even though it came out totally normal it didnt cure my anxiety cause you still have the what if questions?
you can end up getting addicted to tests and they never actually forfill what your looking for.
i have had a lot of stress recently and my chest pains, tightness, palpatations have been even worse but someone on here (sorry cant remember who!!) gave me some excellent advice....now you know your heart is healthy, when you get the symptoms do something active like go for a walk, gardening etc and it will prove to you that the feelings are actually anxiety and not the heart. i have had to cope alone for the past 6 weeks as me and my hubby split, i never thought i would survive but now i HAVE to walk the dog, i HAVE to do the housework, go the shop on my own, etc, things i would never ever have imagined doing 2 months ago.
dont let this beat you, the heart is a strong muscle and needs exercising to keep it healthy.
good luck to you
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sorry i forgot to add YES i too get the tightness all day and pains even when im in happy situations or not even thinking about my heart, its just because you are so tuned into your bodily changes you magnify them. most people wouldnt even notice the feelings but once the heart obsession takes hold we feel everything.
hope i have been of help to you
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Please accept my sincerest sympathy for all you're going through. For someone who's got the whole world waiting for them and now you have to deal with anxiety, my heart goes out to you. Having suffered for 11 years with my anxiety issues, it is so easy to relate. When you find out you have no control over your own body and these feelings sometimes come out of nowhere, it is unsettling. For me, I got so I couldn't even drive and sometimes afraid to leave the house.
Do seek help though, if possible, to talk to a therapist. Having both parents with mental illness makes you twice as likely to have them too. My own mother had clinical depression for many years after the death of my father. She gave up on life after he died and no one could convince her of anything. She finally got so bad, she wouldn't get dressed or bathe nor leave the house. She became anorexic and would count out just how many food items she would eat at any meal. She lost so much weight and became this frail and sickly woman. She ended up in a Psych. Facility three times due to her depression and just when she would be showing signs of getting better, my oldest brother would pull her out of the facility saying, "they're not helping her". I would get so angry with my brother but I was helpless to do anything as he had my mother's Power of Attorney. It still makes me angry even now when I get thinking about it.
      Please know that I care as do many here. You are not alone. Don't let anyone make you feel this is all in your head so just get a grip and get over it! I've had my only living brother tell me that. My oldest brother has since passed away from a massive stroke. He was the one with my mother's Power of Attorney. He was a real A**. In a way, he got what he deserved as he was a hateful person, abused my mother and the Lord only knows what else. After his death and I got the fun job of cleaning out the house, I found some very disturbing items.
        Do try and take deep breaths and go for walks or try and do something that gets your mind of your troubles. I do find that when I am busy, I am less anxious. Are you going to school or working? Just doing a kindness for a friend or neighbor sure can make one feel good. Maybe doing some kind of volunteer work would be good. Just some ideas.
          If you'd ever like to email me you can at ***@**** I am home all the time just me and my dog Freckles and my 18 year old grand daughter, Alesia. She knows just how bad emotional problems can be. She tried to kill herself when she was 16 due to the abuse she was under from her step-mother and even her father, my son. She spent 6 months at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and then after she was discharged, my son decided he didn't want to deal with her and gave her over to the county and into Foster Care. She is now with me after I learned what my son had done and I hired an attorney and won custody. I have to give her credit for all she has endured for someone so young but even she does have her insecurities and I know it will take a long time before she can overcome her feelings of rejection. She's been left alone since she was small and so she doesn't make friends very well and can at some times go into her shell into her own little world, which truly makes me sad.  
      Keep trying, don't give up. Seek help from somewhere. Do you attend any church? Maybe a Pastor or Priest, someone. If not, then do come here and never keep things to yourself. Good luck and may your life turn around for you soon.
Valerie
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You would not be feeling this tightness if there was anything wrong with your heart, in my opinion. I say my opinion because my doc explained it all to me, but I can't give medical advice here.

A heart attack feels like a big weight pressed very hard against your chest, so this minor kind of clogged feeling you have is not that kind of thing, and is just nerves tensing your muscles.
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I read all the responses.  And i have had headaches ( at base of neck) for over a month daily now.  Last night i got up from the couch and felt like i pulled a muscle in the middle of my chest as thk my breast bone is broken or bruised.  I suffr from anxiety and this is NOT like the normal chest discomfort i associate my anxiety with.  Does anyone else feel this type of "pain" in chest? Please be specific abt what your discomfort or pain feels like.  I also belch. And have sweats like hot flashes as i never did before. Im F 40 and i see my cardiologist every April- all normal
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The pain sounds like normal anxiety tricks being played on your chest. The hot flashes are likely also caused by your anxiety playing tricks with you. I had all that kind of thing a year ago but the ER said there was nothing wrong so I relaxed and it all disappeared.
The headaches are not related to your heart either. Belching is an unrelated issue too. You didn't simultaneously catch 3 unrelated diseases right now, so there is likely nothing to worry about. You could always go to emergency for a doctor's diagnosis, however the pains you have are classic anxiety chest pains so likely there is nothing physically wrong with you. We can't diagnose you so it is up to you to figure if you want to see a doc.
BTW, this thread is 3 years old, so I suggest you start a new one if you have further questions.
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