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Chest pain. Panic and stress related. What should I worry about?

I am feeling chest pain and was admitted to the hospital yesterday in the emergency, recently my husband got laid off work due to some problems with his boss and also my sister got divorced after 2 months of marriage I don t know whether it has anything to do with how I feel right, I thought it was a heart problem but after doing tests it was discovered that the pain is due to panic and stress . The doctor prescribed some pills but it got worst since I began taking the pills yesterday.
Asked On : Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

You have mentioned that all relevant tests were normal, and a heart problem was ruled out. In such a case, and taking into consideration the acute stressors which you have been facing recently, it is very likely that your symptoms are due to an anxiety disorder.

It is important to understand that anxiety can manifest with a variety of physical symptoms, including chest tightness / pain, palpitations, difficulty in breathing, etc.

I would also like to let you know that certain anti-anxiety medication (like SSRIs) can casue an initial and treansient worsening of anxiety symptoms, before befoming fully effective in controlling the anxiety. So, I would advise you not to worry about this and continue the medication. Also, practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga, etc. can also be of good help.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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