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A 21-year-old male asked:

Feelings of breathlessness and sometimes chest pain. 21 years old, 2 doctors have both said anxiety, but it is pretty constant. tests negative. ?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
ANXIETY NEUROSIS: If any other medical problems were ruled out then it is a nervous condition. Next step is finding out the causes of the nerve problem.
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
Most likely anxiety.: Sometimes anxiety and panic attacks present as chest pains including symptoms of dizziness, sweating, a faint feeling and inability to get your breath cardiac enzymes are negative and the ekg looks normal, and stress are normal. A good test would be to take an anti-anxiety medication during the spell and see if the pain goes away. At your age, it is unlikely to have a heart attack.
Dr. Jane Steiner
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Angina unusual...: In a 21 year old, although nothing is impossible. But your stress test was negative, you say... Alopecia can be stress-related too. Please see a therapist and explore what might be stressing you out so much, talk to your dr about whether medication might help you feel better--you don't need to continue to feel so bad. Get some help! good luck!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
What are you doing : For your anxiety? Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. Take care.

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