Anxiety or Heart Issues?

Posted by libby93 @libby93, Apr 19, 2019

Before I start I want to inform you that I do have severe anxiety and panic disorder. I'm also a 25 year old female. About 2 years ago I started experiencing these awful chest pains. It scared me so bad I went to the ER to get checked out. They did chest x rays, ekg, etc. All of those came back normal. So they sent me home and said to take asprin. The pains kept coming back. It was to the point where I couldn't leave the house. I quit my job and everything. Everyone told me it was just my anxiety. I finally set myself up with a PCP. Told him all the symptoms I was experiencing, convinced I was going to have a heart attack. He had me do another xray, a stress test, blood work, and wear a heart holter monitor for 72 hours. All of those once again where clear. So he put me on a low dose beta blocker and it's done wonders for me up until about 2 weeks ago. The chest pains, dizziness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, left arm pain and tingling, etc all came back. I missed 4 days of work cause I couldn't leave the house. Again went to the ER a few days ago over this…. nothing was found… is it all anxiety and in my head? Or is there something wrong with my heart? It's ruining my life… I had all these tests done to show my heart is healthy but I can't help but think my dr missed something… thanks for reading.


I called out of work yesterday and saw my doctor again. More chest xrays, another echocardiogram, etc. They are all clear. I see a new psychiatrist on Tuesday. My doctor believes it's all in my head but these physical symptoms are hell!

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Hello @libby93,

It has been several months since you last posted about your physical problems. Have you been helped by your new doctor?


@gingerw. Ive had my thyroid checked a couple of times. One time it was off and then next time was back to normal level. I asked my dr to have it checked again next month. So if its off again will ask for more testing. I go to drs often with cancer and copd. Plus i see a counselor once or so a month.

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@sakota– Hi Joan. Just checking in to see how things are going with you.

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