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

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

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! ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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I worry about things all the time at the moment its causing back, chest and arm 'pain' and tingly feelings in hands is it anxiety?

Anxiety & The Body: Anxiety can affect us in many ways. Not only are there psychological symptoms, but there are physical symptoms as well. Anxiety can appear as muscle stiffness/aches/pains, joint swelling and pain, gastrointestinal problems and strange neurological manifestations. Only your primary care physician can determine what if any symptoms are due to anxiety, so always check with her/him first. ...Read more

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Are there any non-drowsy meds for anxiety? I have anxious, racing heart feelings in my chest all the time. Not sure why. Besides exercise & therapy.

Are there any non-drowsy meds for anxiety? I have anxious, racing heart feelings in my chest all the time. Not sure why. Besides exercise & therapy.

Yes: There are many nondrowsy medications for anxiety. Before you start a medication, make sure you check with your dr for bloodwork to r/o several other conditions that can cause anxiety/tachycardia/palpitations. Ex over active thyroid or anemia...Once that has been ruled out as negative, work with your doctor to determine if you need an 'as needed' med to control your anxiety vs a long term med. ...Read more

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Anxiety attack Wednesday, chest pain followed. Went away, Hard dusty feeling in lungs when inhale. Anxious feeling, jittery feelings in muscles.. ?


Anxiety attack Wednesday, chest pain followed.
Went away, 
Hard dusty feeling in lungs when inhale. Anxious feeling, jittery feelings in muscles.. ?

Sounds like a: hangover from the anxiety attack. This is common because anxiety attacks symptoms are caused by a surge of adrenaline and stress hormones, which have a longer half-life; meaning, they take longer to leave your system. While they are around, they still create havoc, just less as they break down and are eliminated. All your symptoms are classic panic attack symptoms. ...Read more

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Doc says my anxiety is causing my sore arm, back, chest and light feelings in arms. Any tips on how to fix these feelings?

Doc says my anxiety is causing my sore arm, back, chest and light feelings in arms. Any tips on how to fix these feelings?

CBT/RET: speak to a trained certified psychologist for evaluation and treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy or rational emotive therapy. Counseling works quite well for anxiety. ...Read more

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Normal EKG,ECHO,holter,thyroid&cbc checked last year for heart palps/chest pains.Still have fluttering feelings in chest is it my heart or anxiety?

Heart or anxiety: I may be wrong but I strongly recommend that you set up an appointment with a Psychologist!
Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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Why does anxiety give you a funny feeling in your chest?

Why does anxiety give you a funny feeling in your chest?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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What causes a sick feeling inside of chest? Is it anxiety?

What causes a sick feeling inside of chest? Is it anxiety?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. See your doc first to rule out medical. ...Read more

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Can anxiety be causing this heavy feeling on the left side of my chest!!??

Can anxiety be causing this heavy feeling on the left side of my chest!!??

Yes: But normally medical reasons are ruled out before definitively blaming anxiety for the symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a pressure feeling in my chest eveeyday is it anxiety ?

I have a pressure feeling in my chest eveeyday is it anxiety ?

It would be wise to : Consult a physician in order to determine if this is anxiety or something else that causes your discomfort and pain. ...Read more

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I have a heavy feeling like i can't move my body with chest and back pains i feel like i can't breath my family does have a history of anxiety?

I have a heavy feeling like i can't move my body with chest and back pains i feel like i can't breath  my family does have a history of anxiety?

Anxiety: This may certainly be caused by anxiety but make sure you see your doctor to rule out possible medical issues. Try using the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz.Org web site. Read the recommended articles and do the daily exercises to lessen anxiety. Best. ...Read more

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Hot chest like feeling what could it be I have a hital hernia and I do have gord can anxiety be a cause?

Hot chest like feeling what could it be I have a hital hernia and I do have gord can anxiety be a cause?

Most likely yes: How big is your hiatus hernia. Most of the time hiatus hernia is silent , inother words , has no symptoms. Tension is the most likely is your problem, but you should see a GI doctor. ...Read more

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I've been having a nervous feeling in my chest, kind of like when you get really frightened. Also shallow breathing...is this anxiety?

I've been having a nervous feeling in my chest, kind of like when you get really frightened. Also shallow breathing...is this anxiety?

This sounds a lot: like anxiety. If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. ...Read more

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I get hollow feeling in my chest I have suffered anxiety and doc said it was that but even when not anxious or any other symptom it still feels hollow?

Breathing: You may not be breathing correctly. When your this anxious, you might be feeling hollow. Remind yourself why you are worth everything and how many people love/care for you. Affirm loving positive qualities and write it down. You may not be eating enough, make sure you are taking enough food and exercising daily to relieve stress. ...Read more

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I have a anxiety feeling in my chest between my breast?

I have a anxiety feeling in my chest between my breast?

See your doctor: Anxiety can cause a heaviness or pressure in the chest or a fluttering heart beat. Benzodiazepines such as xanax (alprazolam) or Ativan usually alleviate anxiety. However, if you suffer from hypertension, you should get evaluated to see if you have a new onset or worsening heart condition that could also be causing the feeling in your chest. ...Read more

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Feeling lightheaded , had chest pain which is gone now is this anxiety ?

Feeling lightheaded , had chest pain which is gone now is this anxiety ?

Chest Pain: These could be symptoms of anxiety, however, they are the same symptoms that could be associated with a heart attack. You should see a doctor to help sort out which it was. There are many variables that would make it more likely to be anxiety, but to be safe, heart attack must be ruled out by a physician. ...Read more

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Can you have anxiety tight chest feeling without being anxious?

Can you have anxiety tight chest feeling without being anxious?

Diagnosis of exclusn: Anxiety as a cause of chest tightness is a diagnosis of exclusion. That is, after all other causes have been ruled out, it can be considered. If you're not feeling anxious, I would look for a different cause. Asthma is very common in your age range and I'd be suspicious that's a contributing factor. Muscle strain would be next on my list, depending on your physical activities. ...Read more

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If tight feeling in chest is due to anxiety would it go if drunk?

Maybe. Alcohol: does lower anxiety for many, but paradoxically, sets off anxiety for others. Check out the chest tightness with a medical doctor first, and then look into treatment for anxiety. If you are medically OK, look at:

http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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Could the feeling of your heart feeling like its beating out your chest be caused by anxiety?

Could the feeling of your heart feeling like its beating out your chest be caused by anxiety?

Absolutely: In fact that would probably be a pretty common cause of that feeling. Talk to your doctor, and get some help and an assessment of what is going on. ...Read more

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From my anxiety, for the past couple days I've been getting this feeling of my heart dropping in my chest a lot. Is this dangerous for my heart?

From my anxiety, for the past couple days I've been getting this feeling of my heart dropping in my chest a lot. Is this dangerous for my heart?

Palpitations?: This type of sensation in the chest is called a palpitation. It is often caused by an extra heart beat(also called ectopic heart beat).
It is best to get an EKG done to find out the true nature of this ectopic as there are two distinct type of ectopics, one considered entirely benign, the other not always benign.
You should also cut down on caffeine in your drinks(soda and coffee both have caffein ...Read more

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Are these anxiety symptoms, at night can't sleep i get this feeling goes from chest deep to my back like im on rollercoaster up hi going down, feelscary?

Are these anxiety symptoms, at night can't sleep i get this feeling  goes from chest deep to my back like im on rollercoaster up hi going down, feelscary?

Anxiety at night: You could be experiencing anxiety. Or, there may be a health problem that is being aggravated at night. I would recommend a visit with your primary care doctor to rule out any physical causes. ...Read more

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I started mestinon (pyridostigmine) 5 days ago. 30mg tid. An hour after taking it, i get nervous, almost an anxiety feeling in my chest. Could this be a side effect?

I started mestinon (pyridostigmine) 5 days ago. 30mg tid. An hour after taking it, i get nervous, almost an anxiety feeling in my chest. Could this be a side effect?

Mestinon (pyridostigmine): Mestinon (pyridostigmine) stimulates cholinergic nerve receptors, which can affect your GI system, heart rhythm, breathing, sweating, and vision. Nervousness and anxiety are not usual side effects of this medication. ...Read more

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I have a tickling feeling in my chest and I sometimes struggle to breathe. Is it asthma or anxiety.

I have a tickling feeling in my chest and I sometimes struggle to breathe. Is it asthma or anxiety.

GET IT CHECKED: It is very hard ti tell you based on your tickling feeling .It needs to be checked with a detailed history and comprehensive physical exam and if indicated some blood and other tests to make a correct diagnosis
So make an appointment with your Primary Care Doctor or Clinic and find the cause and treatment if any needed ...Read more

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For years, Iv been feeling a tense, tight and tingly sensation from left side neck to left side of chest. Is it anxiety?

It could be anxiety: I am a licensed psychologist. Anxiety can cause physical, somatic symptoms such as muscle tension, and tingly sensations. But, what you described also could be due to a medical condition. First see your MD, and have any organic/medical condition get ruled out. And, if there is nothing medical, then yes, it could be anxiety. ...Read more

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I keep having this constant "drop" feeling in my heart/chest. It's worse when I lie on my back and when I'm standing and or walking. No anxiety?

I keep having this constant "drop" feeling in my heart/chest. It's worse when I lie on my back and when I'm standing and or walking. No anxiety?

Wish I knew what: "drop" feeling means. Could you be a little more specific? Hard to corner this one, especially since you have ruled out anxiety (my first guess...) Been to a MD to r/o medical causes? Have any injuries to this area? Any congenital malformations? Too many possibilities... ...Read more

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Can anxiety causing my tight chest, neck, head, back and shoulders along with off balance feeling and feeling hot?

Can anxiety causing my tight chest, neck, head, back and shoulders along with off balance feeling and feeling hot?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. See doc first to rule out medical issues. ...Read more

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I do have anxiety but my chest been hurting for a week now Is that a heart attack.. It's not squeezing or heavy feeling, just a funny feeling..

Anxiety: I do recommend that you have a physical exam right away. But if no organic issue comes up please see a Psychologist expert in treating anxiety disorders. Consider EMDR Therapist as most effective for long term resolution of anxiety ...Read more

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Hi, I have anxiety, wen i exercise i sumtimes feel vibration type feeling in chest as heart rate gos up but goes away wen i start running? Dangerous?

Hard to tell: Well, no individual advice can be given here, but if one is concerned about the dangerousness of a cardiac symptom it would appear prudent to actually have a physician listen to your heart or do other examinations. Increased heart rate and even chest pain are common with anxiety, but before concluding it is anxiety, an examination is always wise. ...Read more