I am 64 and live with a fear of heart attack. I read the symptoms for women and I have them all ... a lot. I finally went to my physician and told her it was something that I was afraid of (that was some years back.) She said "Lets just get rid of that right now" and sent me for an EKG and stress test. Everything came back fine. My ongoing problem is that I have pain in my chest a lot. I get pain in the middle of my back, my neck ... you get the picture. All the symptoms of a woman having a heart attack. I become so filled with anxiety. My breasts hurt, my breast bone hurts ... I try to calm down. Even when I seem to get past the anxiety the pain is still there and the anxiety takes off again. I feel like I am being held hostage by fear. I almost always seem to have gas and burping seems to help a little bit. Anyone else out there having the same problems? I feel like I need to go to the ER to have it checked out but if I went every time I felt like this I might as well live there. I actually did go once - the pain I was having was very severe. They found nothing and were unable to tell me anything. They sent me home and told me to take Tylenol. I feel like such a fool. I so wish I could beat all this fear and pain. The anxiety is something I try to live with, as is the pain. Right now I am not doing a very good job.
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