I had it bad a few years ago, but on an intermittent basis. Once it was so strong that I went to my doc in a panic, wondering what a heart attack feels like. She explained there are different types of chest pain caused by ligaments and muscles playing games on you which can be frightening when they are on the left side, as mine were.
Seek medical help to confirm your situation, but my doc explained that a heart attack feels like a very heavy weight pushing hard against your chest. My pains were very sharp and nothing like a weight, and they eventually went away and have stayed away for a few years.
They could be caused by your muscles tightening up as you become anxious - part of a vicious circle giving you a reason to be anxious. So if you relax, they may just go away, because most likely they are just pain and not a symptom of something wrong with your body.
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