Anxiety with chest pain and gastrointestinal issues
hi my names hassan im 16. lately for the last 2 months I've been having chest pain and anxiety. It started in late july i was out with my family and i had a sudden feeling of my heart getting squeezed and so later that day i went to the hospital they did an ECG and X ray and i was fine. From then on I've had anxiety especially since I've been perfectly fine besides a decently unhealthy life style. A few days later had chest pain ever since it happened went to the doctors and told me it could be bacause growing pain in my chest and acid reflux and found out that im most likely lactose intolerant. From then i took tums for 2 weeks and omeprazole to help. Prior to the event that i happened a few months before that i was having ear pain that my ENT cant find the cause of and so i took ibuprofen for a week or 2. The doctor thought that might be the reason. Fast foward a month later still chest pain anxiety slightly better i went out to get a desk and i had worrisome thoughts because i tend to worry and i was carrying as well so i had what i assume a panic attack that was very short. I had an extremely fast heartrate and felt weak. A week later i think i had another panic attack i was very worried had a bad feeling so i went to the hospital and they did another ECG took a urine sample and did a chem 8 blood test and i was perfectly healthy. After that my anxiety was starting to calm down a lot more lately with what happened they told me to breath if i feel anxious. A day later i went to the doctors about my ongoing chest pain and anxiety and he told me that my chest pain is probably because of anxiety and possible gastrointestinal problems and growing pain. He sent a referral and i got an appointment to go to a gastrointestinal office and get it checked tomorrow and i am waiting on a therapy office to look at my application. I have a sleep study scheduled for October 4th for possible sleep apnea to see about my ear pain that happened before. Also i have a physical coming up in a month. Right now i still have some anxiety that sometimes flares up when i feel some chest pain or a heart palpation i usually calm my self and tell myself its just my brain but i cant help but worry sometimes im wondering what the exact problem is? If i should get further evaluation about my heart and how has my chest pain started ever since that event took place to me it would make sense if i had gradual chest pain but not from an event 2 months ago and ever since I've been dealing with chest pain. I came here to sort of get some things off my mind to help with my anxiety and to maybe get some others opinions on what i should do.
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@hassana I changed the title of this discussion to "Anxiety with chest pain and gastrointestinal issues," in order to make it easier for other members to know what it is about and to support you. It sounds like the last few months have been extremely difficult, uncomfortable, and uncertain. How are your parent(s) or guardians guiding you through this experience?
I think it would be worthwhile to discuss utilizing mental health counseling alongside the physicians. It's always important to rule out any kind of physical illness and it sounds like you and your providers are doing this. I cannot give you medical advice but I think it is important to consider that your symptoms could be extreme anxiety. Panic attacks can cause people to feel as if they are having a heart attack and anxiety can cause real pain and symptoms that mimic physical ailments.
This does not mean that it isn't real. What you are experiencing is very real regardless of the source.
If it is indeed anxiety then that would explain the "healthy" test results. If it is anxiety there are treatments to help you.
You are not alone in this and despite how uncertain and confusing your symptoms are, you are taking the necessary steps by seeing physicians and reaching out for support.
As mentioned above, anxiety can mimic physical ailments. It is also true that physical ailments can cause uncertainty and anxiety. A therapist would be able to assess your mental health and coordinate accordingly with your medical providers. Would counseling be something you and your family would consider as an option?
Thanks for replying so yes to answer your question. I got an appointment for next wednesday for counseling so i hope it goes well
@hassana725 That is wonderful news. Let me know how the meeting goes.
Hi, so i just experienced a very sharp instense pain for a split second in my chest i was wondering if that can happen with anxiety
@hassana725 It must be alarming to experience these types of pains in your chest. Yes, anxiety can cause many physical symptoms such as chest pains. However, your medical provider(s) and therapist will need to determine your diagnoses. You and your family are doing exactly what needs to be done by seeking medical and mental health providers to help diagnose and treat your symptoms. When are your next appointments with your provider and therapist?
So far i have a therapy appointment on wednesday and a physical later this month as well as a sleep study next Sunday
@hassana725 Perfect! Have you thought about having your parents ask the therapist for a release of information so they are able to speak to your medical providers if need be?
I'd also like to invite @jimhd @jh1 @210030sa and @mwsa1945 to the discussion as they may have some thoughts and suggestions too.
Hassan, May I ask how your parents or guardians are supporting you? What is their role in supporting you?
I have had issues like that, but I haven't had anything serious from it. So I would assume it is fine. In my case it is probably due to stress and how it can affect physical health such as eating unhealthy or lack of excersize it nutrients.
Im pretty sure i do remember doing a form for release of information. My parents usually tell me to not worry about it