I have been tentatively diagnosed with anxiety/panic attacks by my doctor, and have come here looking for some reassurance and help. So far so good!
My experience with this started about 3 weeks ago when I started having chest pains. At first, I thought it was indigestion but it continued to worsen until I decided to go the ER. Six hour later I was told that I appear to be in great health and my heart seems fine. The pains continued, so I've been pursuing it with my regular doctor as well and still nothing seems physically wrong - I am 24, pretty active (I was running 15-20 miles a week before this started), have clean x-rays, EKGs and bloodwork. I do have a bicuspid aortic valve, so I'm following up with a cardiologist, but so far everything seems good there as well. Thus, my doctor suspects I am most likely plagued by panic attacks.
I am so frustrated because these attacks come out of nowhere and seem to have no cause. They usually come as heart attack symptoms (chest pain, shoulder/arm pain, nausea) and lately I get dizzy and even blacked out briefly. Plus, in between attacks, I still have regular chest/back pains. I need to be able to function, so I'm trying medication until life is a little less stressful, but it's still not built up in my system and I'm having a tough time managing in the meantime. My husband is in the military and is gone fairly often, so it's even harder trying to control it alone. Reading the experiences of other people has really helped though - I just wish I could get my subconscious to understand that this is just panic! Thanks to all of you on here for being so supportive and willing to share experiences!