A slipped disc can cause pain.That's because it's pushing on nerves. And chest pain is one of most common symptoms of anxiety. When the pain happens does it feel like your muscles in your chest, or it is much deeper?
It feels deep, like its really in there.... So frustrating....
Well, you've had so many thorough cardiac work-ups that is only makes sense to completely rule out a cardiac concern.
Some people get what is called "atypical angina", which is basically just benign chest pain for no obviously identifiable reason. That may be a possibility in your case. It's probably a combination of the anxiety, the disc, and perhaps some atypical chest pain.
What you have to focus on, is that you have had every test under the sun, and everything has turned out ok! That's a GOOD thing! It's hard to imagine that chest pain isn't something worth worrying about...especially with all of the warnings out there, but remember, you explored it thoroughly with a doctor. You did the right thing, and got a clean bill of health. Also, when you treated the anxiety, you also felt better, which is a big indication that at least some portion of the chest pain is anxiety related.
My advice to you is to continue addressing the anxiety. Are you in therapy? If not, I would recommend that. A therapist can teach you ways to stop the cycle of worrying about your heart every time you feel that sensation.
My original experience with anxiety and panic came from concerns about my heart health. I also had many tests that kept on confirming that medically I was okay and had nothing to worry about concerning my health. Of course, I spent months convincing myself otherwise because I could feel every little pain, palpataion, twinge, etc...you name it I would feel it.
I believe two things happened to me while I was going through this. One, I became so 'hyper-aware' of every little 'symptom' that I associated with heart health. If I felt a pain (or even if it felt just weird) alarm bells would go off and I just knew the doctors had to be missing something--which of course they were not. Second, I would misinterpret those feelings as something catastrophically wrong with me. If I felt a weird pain, palpatation, etc, I would diagnose myself with a problem.
As nursegirl advises, I also believe that counseling is the most important step you can take. One, it will shed some light on a dark subject...in my opinion, we tend to fear what we don't understand so as you learn about it, the anxiety won't seem so insurmountable anymore and two, it will give you the tools necessary to confront it.
The good thing in my mind is that what you are describing pretty much mirrors what I went through years ago (along with many others in this forum), so you are not alone in experiencing this. You are going to get through this, so keep your head up!
Thank you very much for listening to and taking the time to answer my post. I do think it is a lot to do with anxiety and a bit of Health Anxiety and at times it gets me very frustrated. I know I need to learn to trust the doctors and not second guess them.
I know I need to learn to trust the doctors and not second guess them.
Not an easy thing to do when you've got a lot of anxiety on board. Keep working with a professional to keep ther anxiety down to a manageable level.
Glad to see you around and posting again, just wish for you, it was on better terms!