Your heart has been checked out a number of times and has passed with flying colors. You are young and female, which means your heart attack risk is already low. Your weight is a concern, but you are working on that. I think you can rationally rule out a heart problem here.
On the other hand, you have been told you have a problem with anxiety, which can cause a hyper-awareness of one's heart, even though the heart itself is perfectly healthy. You should know that the feeling of impending doom you describe is a classic hallmark of panic attacks, as described here (along with other accompanying symptoms):
I think it might be time to see the proper doctor for treatment of this condition, which would be a specialist in anxiety disorders. It can't hurt, and there's a good chance it will restore your pleasure in life.
For the record, I suffer from panic attacks sometimes, and have found Lexapro to be one of the SSRIs that somewhat increases my sense of agitation during these times, whereas Zoloft does not. You might want to try a different med in this class.
Thank you very much for your advice. I am going to try Zoloft, you are not the first person to say they have had good results from it. Its amazing that I can tell myself it is anxiety yet, I STILL feel like I have a arterial blockage in my heart and I am pending a heart attack. It is like I am just waiting for it to happen. Hopefully I will get back to being myself soon.
Well I went to the doctor about 11 days ago because my joints hurt so much and they found strep in my blood stream. I was on amoxicillin for 10 days 875mg twice a day and the symptoms started going away but yesterday and today they seem to be getting worse again. I got tested for lymes disease and it came back negative. I am not sure what else to do.
Hmmm, joints hurting and anoxicillin do not sound heart-related. Obviously something else is going on.
Which joints were/are involved, if I may ask?
My back hurts when I bend, my chest is a little tender to touch like my collar bone area the doctor said I have costochondritis but this has been going on for months on and off. My shoulder joints bother me the most on both sides it feels like someone is pouring acid on the joint but I also have pain in my knees, ankels, hip randomly. The pain isn't constant but it just happens out of nowhere. Also, my menstruation has been VERY off the last 6 months, ive missed periods and they are always very late which isn't common for me at all. I went to the OBGYN and he said everything was fine and he doesn't understand why I am not ovulating every month.
I was also tested for Lyme's Disease twice, came back negative. They ran all sorts of blood work to rule out immunity issues and everything came back normal they said.
If you have symmetrical joint pain, for example, both shoulders, or both knees, or both wrists, it is time to see a rheumatologist.
If you have asymmetrical pain, a knee for a while, then say, an ankle on the opposite side, then one hip, and the pain wanders around, it's still time to see a rheumatologist. Ask me how I know.
It is perfectly possible to have autoimmune-type arthritis with negative blood work; it is called 'seronegative spondyloarthropathy.' Some of these conditions appear to be triggered by infection, as is the case with Lyme, but there are other types.
Anyhow, in your shoes, I'd take myself to a rheumatologist for a consult about now. Wouldn't worry too much about anovulatory cycles at this time.
okay I will schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist tomorrow. Also, do you know what heart related back pain would feel like? I don't know why I'm so scared of this being my heart. I guess because I have arm chest back and neck pain. my back hurts when I bend and move certain ways and also when I sit for a while. My grandmother had back pain the night before she passed away from the heart attack
You say you don't know why you are scared of the idea that this might be heart pain. The reason is simple, given the tests you have undergone: You are most likely suffering from an ideé fixe, a kind of obsession. It is not rational, and will respond only to psychotherapy and possibly a tad of medication. I am not making a moral statement or a value judgment here; this is simply a matter of your biology. It is the way you were born.
Try to take comfort from this fact: True heart pain does NOT correspond to changes in body position or tightness of various skeletal muscles. There is an enormous difference between somatic and visceral pain (you can google this).
A good therapist will help you understand why you are a slave to your fixation on heart disease--and will give you some techniques to defuse this situation.
I am a 25 male also. I feel the same way as you. I have mild chest discomfort. But same symptoms as you. You are not alone.
I have been seeing a therapist once a week for the anxiety and it is helping I guess but I feel worse than ever. I got my blood results, everything was considered normal but the following:
antistreptolysin was 433 (normal is <200)
RBC 5.40 (normal is 3.80-5.20)
MCH was 22.6 (normal is 26.0-33.0)
MCHC 30.3 (normal is 32.0-35.0)
RDW 16.0(normal is 11.2-14.8)
so basically I had step and I am anemic. I think my red blood cell count was high because I was taking vitamin B12 everyday for a few weeks at the time my blood was taken and I know B12 helps with red blood cell development at least I hope that is why. I have an appointment next Wednesday (1/29/2014) at 12pm with a Rheumatologist so hopefully I will have answers soon and when I do I will let you know what happens. I have developed some different symptoms now which are extreme fatigue, tingling in both hands, left wrist pain, headache around my eyes and muscle weakness but I still have the joint pains. I am getting very concerned but I am just crossing my fingers for answers soon.
So, I went to the rheumatologist today. Basically he took more blood for more specific tests and I go back on the 12th, my blood pressure was a little high but that's because I was feeling anxious. I took my blood work results with me for him to see. He is checking for more viral infections and checking my rheumatoid factors. I will update when I go to the doctor again.