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The same broken record over and over with health anxiety

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So to make a long story short, I have developed some intense health anxiety. However over the past month or two it has gotten A LOT better! The thing is though the heart related symptoms still bother me at times. If you didn't know I have had ekg's, blood work done numerous times, stress echo test, troponin tests, seen a cardiologist, and everything checks out fine and dandy. However I am nervous for whatever reason to start exercising again, and I hate that feeling! I work in retail and I am on my feet a lot, I load and unload furniture throughout the day. Some days I am fine then other days I start feeling my accelerated heart rate (which I know is normal) due to my physical activity. However sometimes it gets the best of me and I do not relate it with physical activity and I think there is something wrong. That is the ONLY symptom, I just notice the increase of my heart rate in my chest and it throws me off sometimes. I use to be extremely active worked out 4-5 days a week, up until my set back I experienced on October 31 2016. Sorry for the long winded post, but I was curious if anyone else experiences these thoughts and feelings that make them somewhat afraid to work out again. Also if you do or did how did you get past them?! I have gained roughly 35 pounds over the past year, and I know I am not as healthy as I need and should be. I WANT to start working out again, however this irrational fear is always in the back of my mind.

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I completely understand what you mean. I always worry about my heart. When I'm at the gym playing basketball I'm always feeling my heart. If you wana work out again. Make sure you start easy. And then progress. And don't worry am out your heart. Your healthy, if it helps listen to music!

Exercise is the best thing you can do! You know your body. If you haven’t in a while start slow. I have problems with my legs and hip so I enjoy swimming. Sometimes just floating or standing and moving my legs against the water. No weight on my joints. You can and should exercise! It’s the very best medicine for all mental and physical health problems. I got off track and out of shape. I’m slowly trying to get back on track. It takes time but you can do it. You know your limitations. Just remember no pain no gain. You have to push some. It’s sounds like you are in much better shape than I am so your already a step ahead of the game. Go for it! If all those tests were normal you’re good to go! You’ll feel better in every way if you do!

I also have a fear of working out but for different reasons the muscle pain after a workout really gets to me even though I know it's from working out it plays with my health anxiety. I have just decided that since I don't want to be on meds I have to work out because it's going to make me better eventually.

Maybe start with really light exercise such as a walk or something and work your way up?

Thats me...i was super super commited in the gym..working out 5-6 days a week..1-2 hours a day..heavy lifting, super active..then axiety hit hard..havent worked out for about 2 months..i get diziness, fuzzy head feeling, derealization, feeling faint or feeling like i want to pass out..so all this stopped me from going to gym and now i fear of going to gym thinking these symptoms hit or my heart rate races when i lift heavy..still teying to overcome these symptoms to get back at the gym..i feel that when i start lifting my symptoms start becasue my adrenaline starts rising.,

Hi, start with small steps, and little by little you will become more confident. But for weight loss diet is more important than exercise. Eliminate junk food from your diet.

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