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What causes the chest pain I have in anxious or worried situations?

I have been getting chest pains for months now. I have been to the emergency room because of it and they said that everything was fine and that my heart was healthy. This doesn't explain what causes the chest pain during anxious or stressful situations. 98% of the pain is on the left side and it seems to be all around that general area. I have suffered from anxiety for years and only started experiencing chest pain about 6 months ago. It would be a huge relief if someone could relate to this or give more information.
Category: Symptoms 6 years ago
Bradstraat
Asked 6 years ago

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Hey, I don't know what causes it to be honest but I just wanted to say, I can relate to it. Mines always on one side too. Often feel like I can't move because when I sit up, it feels worse. When I manage to calm down, the chest pain begins to fades too.
Memory91
Answered 6 years ago
Memory91

So please trust me on this. Anxiety causes over 200 physiological systems and yes chess pain. I also have gastroparesis and gerd which can lead to chest pain as well. But I went to the hospital multiple times over the last 4 years. All thinking I was having a heart attack. I had sharp pains in my left side. Pain throughout my whole chest. I thought for sure I was dying of a heart attack. Tested the heart nothing. Then I would go months even close to a year without anything. Then this last fall same thing. Also my pulse started to race, which had never happened before to me during an anxiety attack. So I thought for sure it was a heart attack. I went to a cardiologist. Got all the tests and my heart is healthy. My last attack was two weeks ago. I felt tingly in my left arm. And bam my heart was racing, blood pressure goes through the roof. I thought for sure heart attack. But I knew my heart was fine. Called my fiancée and talked myself down. Trust me if they have tested your heart and your fine. Its anxiety. And yes it can cause pain because your BRAIN signals to you about pain. That's why you feel it. And anxiety is an issue of the mind. So trust me from experience its anxiety. Multiple times, I have ER bills to prove it. Usually some new experience or feeling will spike it. Because I think well this is different and for sure its a heart attack this time. Trust me you will be fine. A good diet and exercise cant hurt for the long run tho.
tmccarthy52
Answered 6 years ago
tmccarthy52

I am sure alot of use who experience severe stress and anxiety can relate to this. I have a heart condition that is a bi-product of my many years suffering from panic attacks and severe anxiety. Basically when you are in a stressful situation, your heart begins to beat rapidly from the signals it is receiving from your brain that you are in a stressful situation, this can be compared to an adrenaline rush. However, panic attacks and anxiety last longer than this rush which in turn causes you to experience chest pains, maybe even shortness of breath. It is the reason why stress and anxiety is a huge risk factor for heart disease.
judgementday
Answered 6 years ago
judgementday

Unfortunately Chest Pain is one of the more common symptoms of stress/anxiety. I don't know the logic behind it, as the science of the brain and body is beyond me. I've been where you are, including the ER and Cardiologist visits. The trick is to accept the ER and doctors are correct, and that there is nothing wrong... because if there was, they would have never released you. I started to use that as an affirmation - telling myself "I am ok. The doctors and hospital have proven that". Also, do things that start testing yourself - push yourself during exercise... force physical stress to your heart. Your body will start to learn that it can handle the stress and that nothing is wrong. Also, become aware of other heart attack symptoms, and start giving yourself the check over every time you feel the pain in your chest. Odds are you won't be experiencing anything else. Remember that a heart attack is incapacitating.. from what I gather, you won't have time to think "maybe I am having..." - you'll know right away. My biggest things were if I had the time to think, and my breathing was still normal (which, during a heart attack, even walking a couple steps is near impossible), then it was just stress, and I treated it with the disdain that stress and anxiety deserve.. It will take time to convince yourself that it is stress and you aren't in danger, but it can be done if you work at it. Best of luck!
Ryche2
Answered 6 years ago
Ryche2

You are not alone, I suffer from it constantly, I can feel it from time to time and it actually makes me cry... I hate it, just the very twinge of it is depressing in itself. In the movies, romantic "chick-flicks" they pull on your heart strings - is basically a myth and kinda similar but with actuall pain. (my doc told me, that) Its caused by stress / panic / worry etc, and your chest wall tightening - (the twinge as I call it) chest / heart pain. Best thing, and boring, cause you hear it all the time - take deep breaths and slow out.
Answered 5 years ago

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