Anxiety or heart problems ?
- 23 Jul 2017 by Wluwrestling
- 16 February 2018
- celexa, anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, weight, anxiety and stress, heart
23 years old, wrestled in college, lift weights 5 and run, and eat very healthy. I ate an edible and had a severe anxiety/ panic attack in march. I have been on few meds (currently celexa) and ever since then I have had chest pressure / very very little pains but it bothers me. Every time I get it... i notice it and worry a ton. Then I start to think something is wrong with heart and then had obsessive thoughts about it causes chest tightness to stay a while.
Now when I'm busy or doing something fun I don't notice it but as soon as I think hey haven't thought about it lately boom... chest tightness. It has really been bothering me and I think it's the only thing holding me back from getting better
When I went to ER back in march they found nothing. EKG was good all tests were good.
My question: Does this situation sound like anxiety induced ?
Hi, Wlu! Celexa is an SSRI and can rarely cause chest pain, palpitations, and a rapid heart rate but since you had a cardiac work-up recently I'm inclined to think that anxiety/panic may be the major contributor in your situation.
What dosage of Celexa are you taking? If you're below the maximum therapeutic dose your doctor could increase your dosage or suggest an anxiolytic like buspirone.
You sound like a young, otherwise healthy person. Talk to your doctor soon ~ you don't need this in your life.
Best regards, Wildcat
Wluwrestling; Yes I agree with my friend Wildcat and as you said when your mind is busy doing or playing you don't have it and that why you are having it you are overthinking about it or dwelling on it and being that you had the test on the heart it really just sounds like the Anxiety etc and you have to work or trying not to focus on the chest problems that are rare to zip with this medication. The more you think about it the more you will notice them and talk with your doctor when you see him or her again.
My guess is anxiety. I know if I have a tooth that has an imperfection in it my tongue goes to it again and again and I get quite anxious. And then I get anxious about being anxious. It's best if I can think about something else. Another way to deal with it is to confront it and say yeah I know I am anxious and dare to bring it on. Say to yourself, I can handle it Anxiety gets worse when you try to push it away. If you let go and tolerate and embrace the anxiety let it flow through you. I know it's easy to say but difficult to do but it works with me. It will. Takes time, but eventually is something you can live with.
Many years back when I started Celexa @ 40 mg, I noticed being winded and tired just walking up three flights of stairs, which normally barely increases my heart rate. I cut the dose to 20 mg and all that went away. Now, I maintain on 10 mg. However, that's just my experience.
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