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Am I a hypochondriac ?

I feel bad all the time. After I eat, my heart beats fast. I have heart pains daily. The pains are like a "pulling" feeling in my heart, or an "ache", it's hard to explain. Sometimes my heart flutters, or skips a beat. One time in particular, my heart would beat normal a beat, the flutter a beat or "echo" beat, over and over for an hour. Also when I first wake up I can't breathe very well, kinda like an asthma attack, every morning. This is accompanied by a tightness, or sometimes a fullness in my chest. As I said, I feel all, or part of these symptoms everyday of my life, and have for about a year now. I never have a day without some sort of chest pain, or breathing issue. I am 33 years old. I was diagnosed years ago with anxiety/panic disorder, which I have battled for 10 years now. But these symptoms I have described above, have only begun in the last year. Could these symptoms result from years of panic attacks? Or am I a hypochondriac? I worry all the time what is wrong. I have no money to go to the doctor, and no insurance. How do you see a doctor, when they want to be pre-paid around here?
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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You are still having panic/anxiety attacks - the heart doesn't have pain receptors (which is why it's always referred). If you have trouble after you eat - it's gastric acid or heartburn or both. Worry about what's worrying you - not about what is being used as an excuse not to think about what's really worrying you. Do something extremely daft, goofy but fun and put a bit of zip back in to life - it's all too short. Whether nature or nurture, theology or biology something went to a great deal of trouble to give you life - make it a fun one. Good luck and keep smiling(that age old panacea). best regards Gray
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