Goergeanxious
Does anyone else get chest ache in the left side like up the breast that comes and goes ? It’s not terrible pain but it’s annoying and my mind starts to think about what if’s ie heart issue etc even though I’ve been checked out 2 years ago about  my heart and they told me all is normal 
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miki
I experience this regularly. Heat tends to soothe it. There is a name for it but I can't remember what it is. Laying down can make it worse but certain positions will ease it for me. But it's very common 🙂
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Goergeanxious

Miki,

I always tend to lay on my left side on the couch and as soon as I get up I feel a sore sensation which I right away believe it has to do with heart problems. 


im not sure if its costochondritis? 

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miki
It sounds like it's very likely to be muscular. I always sit and lay leaning towards the left too. Maybe that's the problem lol. Possibly purely down to the pressure of our weight on those particular muscles, lack of oxygen to them maybe. 
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Goergeanxious
Yeah and I get these sharp pains every time I stay on the same position for a long time and I definitely feel like my pec muscle is getting too engage which may be causing my muscle to spasm but I mean if it were a chest pain due to a heart issue I’ll be dead by now and not posting this. I just tend to get worried about why this is happening and start to panic which causes everything to fall apart 
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miki
A true heart issue would have a number of distinct symptoms too. Heart pain radiates up to the jaw and through to the back during heart attacks. If you have no other complaints except the sharp pains, as painful and as uncomfortable as they are, I wouldn't be too preoccupied with them. If it only happens when you sit or lie in a certain position, it's very likely it's only muscular. 
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Goergeanxious
i mean it happens when i move around and reach for things too. but i did a few sets of dumbells not long ago and was fine doing them.
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miki
Do you stretch your muscles through the day? Feeling anxious can add more tension than we notice. 
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Goergeanxious
i rarely stretch out. I tend to sit on my left side on the couch which i can feel  creating tension in my neck and shoulder and chest so when i get up to walk around i start to feel sore and then question why this is happening. so in a way i believe i may be the cause of this discomfort without realizing it.
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miki
Exactly the same situation as me. Stretching really helps - when I remember to do it. Switching sides might ease it as well, give those other muscles a rest. Some of the best stretches I've tried are from an old Callanetics book. But you can find reference to them online. They're really gentle but they get your muscles working, plus they were developed to put very little strain on your back. 
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Goergeanxious
Yeah I haven’t stretch in awhile and I really don’t stretch when I lift weights either which I should start doing . I think because I’m so sensitive to my body it causes discomfort and distress whenever I feel something isn’t right with me.
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miki
Yeah I can understand that. I fixate on my breathing and then I forget how to do it lol. Then I panic because I'm hyperventilating because I'm trying to control my breathing. Exercise is a nightmare! 

But definitely try to stretch out more. That should ease it significantly. 
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Goergeanxious
yeah i also get the breathing going at times and then i feel lightheaded because i cant stop focusing on it which causes the problem to get worse.

i even tried to squat and can feel my chest aching a bit which im already telling myself now oh crap something feels off.. and do need to call 911 because my chest aches and im googling to see if pain on one side of chest is heart related but is unclear which is causing me to worry
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miki
When I first started experiencing panic attacks, my main obsession used to be that I was going to have a stroke because my arm would feel numb and tingly, other parts of my face and body would feel numb. I would test myself to see if it was a stroke. I never had any other symptoms of one, but I was convinced! 

This went on for months. Until I got to a point of "I'll worry about it when it happens / I'm on the floor". And it stopped soon after that. I'd have lesser symptoms but I didn't mind them too much.

That being said, I noticed a pattern that one worry will replace another while you're very sensitive to it. The sensations would move around my body once I got over one. So I'd have to start that "I'll worry about it when I'm on the floor" all over again. But it works until the fear and worry dissipate altogether.
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Goergeanxious
yeah its all dumb pattern that we teach our mind to react every time something happens but when they do its like all my knowledge goes blank and start to worry. I am over-weight like 70s pounds heavy from my actual weight and im scare that my heart might give up because im so out of shape and i have trouble working out because i get afraid that something may go wrong every time. i just did a few stretches and jumping jacks and felt pretty good heart rate up in the 150s but came down pretty quickly  but when i do a long 20-30 min workout i feel panicky which makes me think something is wrong.
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