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Anxiety or heart problems?!?!?!

I am a 26 year old woman with a bmi of 48 I have been prescribed xanax and Paxil for my anxiety I know I am overweight but I have recently lost 30 pounds and am changing my diet and exercising ... I am experiencing neck shoulder and arm pain ... I have health anxiety so I've been focusing on my heart specifically lately because I have been having chest pains... I have had 4 ekgs a chest x ray blood tests and a stress test in which all came back normal... How much of a chance would it be that I have an underlying heart condition or I am going to have a heart attack? This arm neck and shoulder pain is really scaring me I google these symptoms and the websites all say heart attack or heart disease ! Am I crazy or do I really have a heart problem??? What are the chances???

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You gonna be alright. Neck and shoulder pain could be the sleeping position affected as it sounds like physical problem more than heart disease symptom to me. How long does you neck and shoulder pain are? What position will get you more pain?


It wouldn't be worth the doctors jobs if they sent you away and you did have something wrong with your heart.

If they say you're fine then I'm sure you are fine.

I have HA too and know how our minds work picking up on any pain and then doing the dreaded Googling.


Hello there, from your name & age I am assuming you are a young mother - this alone means that your body has been through many changes & stresses as has your life in general (including your mental health) - so be kinder to yourself. Are you making too many demands on yourself, you want to lose weight, that's understandable, but are you doing it sensibly? Is anyone putting pressure on you to lose it (& that includes you)? AND, I believe this is most important, how do you feel about yourself? I wouldn't be surprised to find that your self-esteem is at an all-time low. I believe this from experience, because I'm convinced that much of my anxiety relates to self-hate & feelings of worthlessness. If this sounds at all familiar you must deal with it and not waste your life coping with irrational anxiety (even though it seems rational at the time), as I have done for decades. Ask your doctor about talking therapies and try to understand yourself & love yourself. I'm in England, I'm guessing that you are not, but there are many books out there that can guide you through these bad times. Please remember one thing which I find comforting - look at this site & KNOW you are not alone, there are thousands of us who experience what you are experiencing. It's hideous, it's unfair, it can ruin your life if you let it, so challenge it, make a huge effort to understand it, grab all the help you can and LIVE and be happy sweetheart.


Hi there hun. Im a 26 yr old male whos been experiencing the EXACT same things you are. Ive been to the hospital 3 times in 2 months and had all the same tests done and they all come back saying my hearts fine but I continue to have really bad chest pain (mines less arm neck and shoulder more just chest) but your anxiety can cause all of this. If they tell you it isn't your heart then 99.9/100 times they are right. I feel your pain though im constantly thinking "they have to be wrong otherwise why would I keep feeling this way" but the answer is your MIND can make all your worst thoughts even subconscious thoughts be real and felt. Hang in there and if you need someone to talk too im here.

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My EKG's, cardio echo and stress test were all normal when I was hospitalised with a panic attack just before New Year (although I didn't know that's what it was at the time - I thought I was dying!). My cholesterol was very slightly raised, so they booked me in for a CT angiogram on New Year's eve because everything else was normal. They found a 40% blockage in one of my coronary arteries, HOWEVER. that didn't put me in the hospital, a panic attack did. The cardiologists were/aren't interested in my panic attack symptoms because that's not their speciality.


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