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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my chest hurts right in the middle my ekgs have been fine not blood clots according to blood tests, it feels like someone sitting on my chest on a daily basis i was having panic attacks but not having them anymore what can it be and how can i get it to go away i have kids to take care of and can not do it this way please help a mother in need.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   hello
User :   ok
Doctor :   Your age?
User :   31
Doctor :   Are a diagnosed Hypertensive?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok then probably what your facing is papitation of fullness of chest
Doctor :   Which are mostly stress related
Doctor :   As your EKG turned normal and no clotting issues too
Doctor :   And not a hypertensive too
Doctor :   So need not be concerned
User :   ok, honestly i have been in and out of the hospital because it scares me so bad that i think im having a heart attack
Doctor :   Just start incresing your workups make it atleast moderate outdoor activity with some meditation
User :   what can i do to help it go away?
Doctor :   Yes i can understand when you tend to get anxious and more worried the symptoms will flare up which is purely pshychological
Doctor :   So will advise to be confident
User :   the problem is when i exercise it feels like the palpitations get worse should i just try and ignore them?
Doctor :   Fullness or tighness of chest is troublesome when assocuted with difficulty breathing
Doctor :   Palpitaion is a normal phenomenon
Doctor :   Unless accompanied with pain
Doctor :   Do you have associated pain
User :   yes sometimes..
User :   thats when i get more worried...and still they tell me i am fine
Doctor :   Are you taking any anti anxiety meds
User :   yes, wellbutrin and xanax
Doctor :   These drugs should help you overcome the fear
Doctor :   As in your case and your age you have very minimal chances for an heart attcak
Doctor :   And other cardiac problems with your medical history being good
Doctor :   And even tests are normal
Doctor :   I would strongly suggest you to start on meditation which is an best stress buster
Doctor :   Let me explain the signs in heart attacks
User :   ok
Doctor :   Firstly will pain in chest
Doctor :   then will have difficulty in breathing
Doctor :   Excessive sweat at rest
Doctor :   Then uneasiness felling of tighness with severe pain ( in tolerable)
Doctor :   And EKG will show abnormal results atleast before 6 months of attack
Doctor :   There should be some underlying pathology without which attackjs are not possible
Doctor :   And are your cholesterol levels under limit?
User :   i am waiting on those results ....
Doctor :   Plz dont worry
Doctor :   As in your case you seem to be fine the thing troubling you is anxiety and stress
User :   i am sure they are not good i have gained 20 pounds in the last three months from this because i am scared to get out
User :   and have something happen and hurt someone while driving or hurt my kids like getting in a wreck...
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   See weight gain is more common in women after 30
Doctor :   Its a natural procees
Doctor :   Which you should not consider a risk factor
Doctor :   Rather make lifestyle perfect with healthy diet ( fat free) and regular exercise you can overcome this issue
Doctor :   And there are alos studies suggesting wellbuttrin producing such untoward effects in some people
Doctor :   I would suggest you to try medicine free for some days
Doctor :   Might be your symptoms reduce
User :   wellbutrin does what?
Doctor :   Uneasinesss, tightness chest, palitations
Doctor :   And even associted heavy giddiness
User :   i thought that too but my primary dr told me it can't do that...
User :   i was wandering about that...i will try with out it and see how it works
Doctor :   Just give it a try
Doctor :   You can feel better
User :   i certianly will im tired of being on all these meds i hate it..even the xanax...
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Plz try relaxing a while and start meditation
Doctor :   You will overcome anxiety
User :   i will look into how to meditate...
User :   thank you
User :   never done it before
Doctor :   Wishing you speedy recovery
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   again thank you. bye.
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