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Bubbles/numbness/cold

Hello all. First time here. For the past 2 months I've been having strange symptoms. It feels like there's a bubble, moving in my chest, over my heart and into my throat. when this happens my left arm and leg get numb and cold (usually starting right at the joints) It very painful. There are times when taking a deep breath makes it feel like my heart is being Squeezed following this is getting dizzy. It also tends to feel like there's trapped air but when I do manage to burp there's no relief just the same feeling of something being lodged in my chest or throat. Oddly enough it feels more like they're something trapped on the right side of my throat . For years I've been very aware that I suffer my anxiety but this isn't it. I was in the ERA couple of days ago had all the tests to rule out all the "scary things" and they found nothing. Please someone tell me I'm not alone in this.

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You are definitely not alone. I would initially begin by advising someone who knows but as you've recently been there and nothing obvious showing then I can't add to that. What I can add to is that mine would start with palpitations and then the pain in my arm and into my jaw. It didn't help when I looked into female heart attacks that can(not always) differ than those in a male. That was it!! My time had come and the more I thought about my 13 year old daughter who has 2 syndromes and special needs...i panicked more. When I got to a+e the receptionist annoyed me to the point of me saying "I can't get my breath"...they were amazing actually but I physically felt my heart being squeezed(or that's what it felt like). Like yourself...2 sets of bloods to rule out anything serious and the ECG fine. The local hospital doesn't have a great rep and the horror stories of ppl being discharged and then dying was going round and round in my head. I was almost offended when the doc asked if I'd ever had a panic attack. Me? Panic attack? Nooo never!!! "Well I think this is what you have had" what for 8 hours and it wasn't the first time. She could hear my palpitations, she reassured me it was fine and unless my heart was racing and I was being sick then I was to try and calm and realise it wasn't dangerous and neither was I going to meet my maker anytime soon. What I didn't tell her (in hindsight I should have) is that the fear of death was very real to me and I would think about it daily....zillions of time a day. Adding all this up when I got home...i wrote it all down and also wrote what I was doing just before these fluttering things started. Bit by bit and a total change of lifestyle, the fluttering eventually stopped altogether. I know the cold feeling....it felt like my entire chest was encased in ice!. This was over a decade ago now and I have survived some pretty dark days and no you are not alone. Anxiety and depression IS a lonely place to be. Esp when those around us don't understand. The hidden nasties that accompany it are also hard to explain and fortunately the experienced staff at the emergency rooms have seen it all before and generally are great. Please for reassurance ask to be sent to a cardiologist. If your own doctor can help you prior to doing so then you may not need to but if you truly can't shake this...really be reassured by someone who deals with that little beating organ that keeps us here...that way you will know. If you have a hunch it is anxiety related, then there's also a light at the end of that very dark and lonely tunnel. I wish you well and once again...you are most definitely not alone. I hope you get some comfort from this site..its amazing how supportive everyone is. Take care. Janie

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Thank you...Thank you so much. I feel like I actually might get through this. I do have an appointment set up with a cardiologist and a Neurologist. To rule out anything else that may be going on. Its been difficult, i don't have anyone here who understands. My family would rather not hear anything about it and my Significant other is working long hard hours so I'd rather not bother him with it. I can already tell that this website can really help me. I'm so desperate to feel like myself again. This heavy feeling in my chest, lungs and head are driving me crazy along with everything else.

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I hear you....i sooo hear you and I know it very well. What I can tell you is this...if it's not medical and it's ruled out, you will get there. Use this site for support if you don't want to bother others. That is unfortunately also common, not because they want you to 'snap out of it' but generally due to not understanding. No-one can see it can they? No broken leg or rashes...its encased in our brains and isn't necessarily ignored by others but 'there there it will be ok' type thing. You ever need to chat...im usually around somewhere lol. Pls let me know how you get on at the cardiologists etc. I'm rooting for you. J

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