The old anxiety favourite. Why is it always biased to the left side? When I first went to Dr with these anxiety pains, at a time when I was convinced I was dying he asked if they felt surface/muscular or a deeper pain. Sometimes I must admit I find it hard to tell. Past few days getting left side pain. Feels somewhat new, after 4 years of daily pains it's hard to tell what is new but this feels scary. Around left nipple area, pain feels kinda deep. left arm pains too. Hard to rationalize that it's not heart related. But obviously a heart attack 9 times out of 10 is going to be so pronounced there'd be no doubt. Can't really relax, i'm at work but already taken two time outs to try and calm down, wasting 25 mins of office time in trying to calm myself down and only been here 2 hours. It's hard to remind yourself you'll be ok when you get pains every hour of every day anywhere in the upper body. I keep trying to rationalize things but when something that feels new comes along I get scared and feel like i'm slipping into bad habits which just makes everything worse.
I know what he was getting at - was the pain heart related. So I'm 27 and had multiple ecg's. Had the Dr listen through a stethoscope whilst I deep breath five or six times, chest xrays etc. Always coming back fine and always told it's anxiety.
My first panic attack was sensation based, pins and needles, surge of adrenaline, racing heart and struggling to breathe with severe disorientation. Second panic attackers identical in symptoms but with one addition - chest pain. My dad is a heart attack survivor and so I Wentnor them when I had this attack. Unlike the first it lasted over an hour. Since then anxiety took hold. Didn't feel safe in my own body, worrying and fretting and hourly pains.
I wonder if the stress and trauma of that attack has caused the majority of my chest pains to be focused on the left side. Along with left arm pains etc. My body got so amped up in convincing myself that second panic attack was heart related that since then my mind and body are irrationally convincing myself that my heart is messed up.