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Hollow feeling in chest

Does anyone else get a hollow feeling in their chest? I mostly get this at night when I'm trying to sleep, or I wake in the night with it. Its like theres nothing there and my chest feels light and airy - its a very odd feeling!

Is this anxiety or something else? This is a new "symptom" for me.

My Dr has recently put me on Omeprazole for GERD so I'm wondering if it's linked?

The only thing going round my head is that I have a heart issue! (Recent bloods and chest X ray were all clear)

Just seems like no one else has had this empty feeling?

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Omg yes!!

I describe it as butterflies in my chest.

It’s horrible and feels like panic.ive been told it’s anxiety.totally painless but so horrible xx

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Its like theres nothing in there? I get palpitations which are a bit like fluttering aswell but this is an empty, airy feeling.

I am going through some serious family stuff at the minute so maybe its that? Annoying its mostly when im trying to sleep.

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Yes!i have flutters too.and skips and thuds.and racing sometimes.i also have bad heart awareness(I think about my heart every minute of the day) I think it’s over sensitisation and anxiety and stress.i have it in bed and in the day time.but when you are trying to sleep it’s horrible x

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Same! i got over my heart anxiety for ages, after having ECGs, an echo, halter monitor etc; and all being fine, but recently its reared its ugly head again for some strange reason!

I wear a Fitbit aswell and seeing my resting heart rate drop to 67bpm this week when im not even fit has scared me even more!

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Okay so I chucked away my heart rate monitor and don’t use a Fitbit at all.my doctor told me that because I’m so obsessed with my heart I shouldn’t have any devices that can measure heart rate etc.it ends up making you ten times worse.

I’ve had heart anxiety for 6 years and it’s horrible.wouldnt wish it on anyone x

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I like it for step tracking but I might turn the HR function off which i've done before. So glad I'm not alone tho. would not wish this on anyone x

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Yes!thats a great idea!then you can just use it for steps.

Oh trust me hun,you aren’t alone.im currently housebound with other anxiety symptoms and it’s hell.anxiety of any kind is so cruel and debilitating x

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Omg yes I have just left the doctors, as end Nov I was told have hiatus hernia and inflamed stomach lining (these all similar to GERD).

I have been taking Omeprazole too (2x20 mg) but been having bowel cramps so doc today gave me different tabs for my Hiatus hernia. I had recent blood tests which fine so maybe GERD and/or Omeprazole are causing the chest symptom ? Also mine is worse maybe an hour before bed for some reason. Hope this helps.

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I am starting to suspect the Omeprazole. I have been on it before and didnt have this that i remember but some meds are never the same every time I guess! I do hope it is just that and easily resolved and not some heart rhythm issue!

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It could be hun.but a hollow fluttery feeling is very common in anxiety.

Check out anxietycentre.com and look at symptoms of anxiety to do with the heart.there are so so many.and also check out vagus nerve.that plays a huge part in anxiety x

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Thanks hun x

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If you ever want a chat I’m here! X

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