Greetings MedHelp Community,
I'm new here. I've been a lurker for some time. I wanted to get your opinions and input on the best way to overcome/manage/cure/deal with cardiophobia or health anxiety of the heart.
I'm cleared of heart issues by my general practitioner doc, a cardiologist and a family physician. I've seen the results myself and they're fine and I'm 31 and in relatively good shape with excellent tests. However, I can't seem to get out of my head that there is still something wrong. If I go running, I experience "pains" after it. Not typical cardiac pains, but more like fleeting aches in the general vicinity of where there would be cardiac pains. Quick aches in the breast bone, or small aches in the left wrist, etc. It makes me want to get an angiogram or a calcium score test, however, deep down I know that would only be feeding my cardiophobia. A temporary relief, but a few days later, I'm sure something they missed would've come up. After I go biking, same thing. No other symptoms though, and these pains make me distressed which increases my anxiety. I look up the symptoms and it makes it worse. Throughout random times of they day I'll get chest pains near my breast bone. I think its possible that it's costochondritis, BUT, how much of these pains are in my head? If they are all/any in my head, how do they go away?
PS: This all started about 9 months ago. Before that, I just had some anxiety problems.