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Doctor insights on: Anxious Feeling In Chest And Stomach

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 cant seem to stop stressing. I got almost all the time anxious feeling and a certain stressful feeling in my stomach and chest area. Any help?

I cant seem to stop stressing. I got almost all the time anxious feeling and a certain stressful feeling in my stomach and chest area. Any help?

To address stress:: Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing mood swings, constipation, stomach cramps (quality: cramping in lower abdomen) , breast pain, feeling anxious, feeling depressed...

I am experiencing  mood swings, constipation, stomach cramps (quality: cramping in lower abdomen) , breast pain, feeling anxious, feeling depressed...

Feeling depressed: I know how difficult being depressed makes you feel. Please think about what is bothering you most and then ask a question that we can answer. If you feel like you may harm yourself please call 911 and ask for the suicide hot line. ...Read more

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2nd day physical feeling of anxiety in chest & stomach.Startled by security alarm going off.false alarm. Clear mind, still feeling in chest & stomach?

2nd day physical feeling of anxiety in chest & stomach.Startled by security alarm going off.false alarm. Clear mind, still feeling in  chest & stomach?

Where did the: security alarm go off? At home, school? Did you talk to your parents or a teacher about the event? Have there been incidents of violence in your home or school in the past? Speak to your parents about your anxiety and ask to talk to a psychologist or speak with a guidance counselor at school, they will be able to refer you for help. ...Read more

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Hi, I have anxiety, wen i exercise and heart rte go up i get a vibrtion feeling in stomach/lower chest , when breatng, it thn goes, no pain, will see dr?

Hi, I have anxiety, wen i exercise and heart rte go up i get a vibrtion feeling in stomach/lower chest , when breatng, it thn goes, no pain, will see dr?

YES: See your doctor, because anxiety has multiple presentations, and people can have different physical triggers for their panic. The good news is anxiety is treatable and regulatable, see your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What can cause the feeling of rapid heart rate (not going over 100) and a adrenaline (nervous/excited) feeling in chest and abdomen? Not anxious!

What can cause the feeling of rapid heart rate (not going over 100) and a adrenaline (nervous/excited) feeling in chest and abdomen? Not anxious!

Nervous/anxious: You can't have it both ways. You cannot be "nervous/excited" and not be anxious. Two options: Contact your doctor. Consult a Psychologist - they are experts on anxiety. ...Read more

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Hot and cold sensations around stomach/under left breast, accompanied with a bubbly feeling. I take a beta blocker for anxiety?

Hot and cold sensations around stomach/under left breast, accompanied with a bubbly feeling. I take a beta blocker for anxiety?

Anxiety or Physical?: Helena, sensations such as you describe can be due to high levels of anxiety. Have you noticed any pattern to these sensations? Do they occur after eating or drinking? Do they awaken you from sleep? How long has this been happening? Have you tried any other anti-anxiety meds? If these sensations persist, get a checkup from your MD to rule out physical disorders. If all OK, talk to psychologist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what would cause tightness and warm clammy feeling in chest and stomach area?

I was wondering what would cause tightness and warm clammy feeling in chest and stomach area?

Go to the ER!: Although there could be many possible causes of these symptoms, at age 44 the one that worries us the most is heart disease. Because that is so important, you need to go to the emergency room now to be evaluated. If it turns out not to be heart- disease related, the doctors there can point you in the right direction. Go now. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can autonomic nervous system problems/damage cause butterfly/nervous/exciting feeling in chest and stomach with nausea?

Can autonomic nervous system problems/damage cause butterfly/nervous/exciting feeling in chest and stomach with nausea?

Yes: The autonomic nervous system (ANS) controls involuntary movements in the body. It affects the beating of your heart and the continuous movement of the intestines; as well as multiple other vital functions. Dysfunction of the ANS commonly causes changes in heart beat and blood pressure. It can definitely cause the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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On and off butterfly feeling in upper Abdomen and chest for days but have just been relaxing at home. Would that be anything serious?

On and off butterfly feeling in upper Abdomen and chest for days but have just been relaxing at home. Would that be anything serious?

Could be: Theres a chance it could be an arrhythmia- abnormally rapid heart rate. Sometimes these are benign, especially if there's no other symptoms or they don't get worse with exercise. Anxiety can be another cause.But you should get it checked out by a primary care provider or cardiologist ...Read more

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Since last night, ive been feeling like someone's been squeezing my stomach and chest then followed by an acidic feeling in my stomach?

Since last night, ive been feeling like someone's been squeezing my stomach and chest then followed by an acidic feeling in my stomach?

Get checked out: Your symptoms are too vague to be certain of a diagnosis however they could represent cardiac or significant gastro issues. Anytime symptoms like this last this long it is best to consider getting checked out rather than waiting to see what might happen next. Go see a health care professional and get an evaluation as soon as possible. ...Read more

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While eating food i feeling pain in upper abdomen below chest. No other problems. Why?

While eating food i feeling pain in upper abdomen below chest. No other problems. Why?

Consider these...: If you're indicating your epigastrium (just below the ribs in the midline), then you may have peptic disease (e.g. ulcer, gerd, reflux) or contractions or delayed emptying of the gut in that location (stomach, mid-colon). Less likely (& appropriate to symptom duration, intensity, timing, risks) your gallbladder or pancreas may be sick. Best to get checked. ...Read more

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My sister has being feeling a burning feelibg in her chest and stomach has being feeling bigger what symtoms would that be?

My sister has being feeling a burning feelibg in her chest and stomach has being feeling bigger what symtoms would that be?

GERD/gastritis?: Assuming your sister is also young but older than 18, have her try over-the-counter Prilosec (omeprazole) or similar PPI's. If after several days no improvement, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Within the last month I've been feeling constant pain in my chest and stomach. Is there anything I can do or try that isn't medication related?

Perhaps relax?: I realize the avatar probably isn't you, but at 24 you are probably pretty healthy generally. A constant pain that was something serious would probably have gotten you to consider medication by now. Try resting, taking deep breaths and using your stomach to do the breathing. Get in a warm bath or use heating pad to what hurts. Try to figure out what situations might bring on the pain and avoid ...Read more

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Just found out that am having Herpes Type 1 and started medication.but why is my body feeling hot within the chest,stomach and back?Please reply

Just found out that am having Herpes Type 1 and started medication.but why is my body feeling hot within the chest,stomach and back?Please reply

Details are everythi: Herpes type 1. First time? Where? Name and dosing schedule of "medication"? These often are triggered by fevers. Perhaps the herpes is caused by the fever. Your DR may be able to sort it out. There is probably some underlying illness. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more