Hello first time poster looking for support on this issue I have been having for a whole week.
I am an 18 years old, +50 lbs overweight, no diabetes, no family history of heart disease, normal blood pressure, and normal pulse.
Towards the beginning of this week I have been constantly worried about the condition of my heart. I had chest pain that felt like burning, and a slight pressure in my chest. My father who is a doctor and studied medicine for +20 years told me its just heartburn and to drink some Maelox and take some Ranitadin.
When my heartburn didn't go away I 'googled' [<- I should have never done this!!!] what else it could be. I was treated to symptoms of heart attack and then I became really frightened.
I insisted that something was wrong as I had chest pain and other sensations in my chest but my parents told me nothing was wrong, it was just heartburn, and I would be fine.
My father would check my pulse when he got back from worked, constantly insisted my heart is fine, even came home with a stethoscope to listen for abnormalities.
Finally I begged for a doctors appointment and I got one 5 days later, keep in mind I was still having chest pressure, pain, burning, ect.
The night before my appointment I went on a website about my symptoms. Then the ominous 'If you have chest pain/pressure seek emergency medical attention!!!'.
I then thought and then began to panic as I noticed my chest pain, and then more panic after I felt it get harder to breathe.
My mom begged to me that I was not having a heart attack and it was only a panic attack. Regardless I asked her to drive me to an ER or walk-in clinic.
At that point I was hyper-ventilating and felt my hands, arms, and teeth go numb.
When we arrived at a local urgent care clinic the nurse rushed me in and took my pulse-ox and blood pressure.
Both vitals came out normal [My pulse-ox was at 100%] and the nurse told me to wait back in the lobby.
I asked why, the nurse told us that my vitals are normal so there was no medical emergency even occurring so I will be treated as a normal patient.
Seeing that I was alright and my mom rubbed in my face that it was a panic attack the whole time I proceeded into tomorrow for my doctor appointment.
I went to the doctors office and I was assigned another GP since my normal GP was on vacation.
They listened to my heart and lungs, took my blood pressure, looked at a blood test I took a week ago, saw I was admitted to the ER, ran an EKG.
The doctor told me that my chest burning was just a constant heartburn and prescribed me Nexcium, when I asked about all my heart symptoms they said that "Its highly 'possible' it was a panic attack". I told the doctor that I wouldn't be surprised because I have no family history of heart problems, but a full family history of anxiety.
They went over my blood test and everything came out normal.
EKG was so normal the nurse came out into the waiting room 15 seconds after they ran the EKG and told me the doctor said it was "Perfect" and that "I can keep it".
That gave me great relief but for only a day, as the next day I started worrying and google storming about chest sensations again.
I had a headache and the first thing I worried about was if it was heart related.
I had another episode while I was in college class and I noticed my breathing get shorter and started having chest pain.
The professor pulled me aside and asked if I need an ambulance.
I said I was not sure but I would call my folks. I began talking about my whole situation and my professor re-assured me I will be fine because as I was talking to her my breathing slowed and began to calm down.
She told me I had just had a panic attack and not a heart attack and to get some help from a therapist.
Today I had another panic episode and I went to a neighbor that let me used their blood pressure machine.
My pressure came out fine again and I began talking about my problems. I started to become calm again.
Now I feel less anxiety and by typing this I am starting to feel like I really have nothing at all to fear, which means that talking about my problems when I think I am having a heart attack calms me down.
I still have short but quick chest pain, my heart burn is gone, but I cant help and worry that maybe there is something wrong and the doctors just haven't noticed it yet.
I have a therapist appointment coming up and I want to ask her if it would be a good idea to order more tests.
It feels like the anxiety has taken control of me. I am even afraid to exercise because I'm worried my heart would give out [This in itself is a contradiction as walking 30mins everyday is a treatment for certain types of heart disease]
What do all of you folks think? I don't want the anxiety of a heart attack to control my life.