hi! i’m a 24 year old female currently suffering from chest pains for the past three months. i have had a bunch of tests done and they believe it is costochondritis, which is not a super serious condition, just something that can be very uncomfortable and annoying. even though my doctor has told me this must be what is causing my pain, and nothing bad showed up in my x-rays or MRI, i’m still constantly afraid that i have some hidden heart virus and i’m going to suddenly die. i know it’s not realistic because if it was serious it probably would’ve killed me by now, but the fact that the pain is in my chest scares the crap out of me and makes me think i’m on the brink of a heart attack.
i’ve had anxiety all my life and i’m already taking anti anxiety medication and an anti depressant but i was wondering if anyone had any advice on dealing with chronic pain and anxiety. how can i help myself get through the day and convince myself that this won’t last forever?