I feel your pain, as I went through this for about 10 years. After 5 ER visits, an EKG, stress test and the works, my heart is fine. I too have acid reflux and it can mess with you a lot causing chest pain, which triggers other symptoms linked to a panic attack. I am on Effexor now, which from what I read will be hard to get off, but it has done the trick. No more panicking. The mind is complex and plays games with you when you least expect it. Talk to your doctor about seeing a psychiatrist. Anxiety is no joke, but it can be handled so you can get on with your life.View Thread
Speck: I am an older female and have suffered from anxiety for about 15 years. A lot of the symptoms you describe...heart racing, tingling, pain, fear of dying, etc. Even though having prior attacks, they seem to vary enough that I have been in the ER 5 times. They even kept me over and did an EKG, a stress test and injected dye into my veins. I passed with flying colors. It's been a while since my last 'attack'. I went on Effexor and it helps, but reading some of the terrible stories about getting off the drug, I am not sure that was the best route. I also take Ativan when needed. It is a terrible experience but after checking out fine heart wise, a little less so. I can sometimes talk myself out of a problem by just repeating you are ok...you are not dying...stuff like that. The mind is so complex and I have never really ascertained what triggers these attacks. They did think a lot of the pain in the chest is from acid reflux. I just take it one day at a time now. I hope you get better.View Thread
I would get a check-up to rule out heart problems, just to be safe; but I have been to the ER 5 times with chest pain and it is always ruled as an anxiety attack and I go home in an hour or so feeling better. At the time, it feels like you may die at any moment. The mind is so complex. Maybe if you got a check-up, you would feel better just knowing you are not having a heart problem. A mild anti-anxiety med might be of help like AtivanView Thread
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