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Anxiety, chest discomfort, air hunger, pounding heartbeat, smoker. Reason, treatment?

Hello, I m an active 31 year old male. I am a smoker. Less then a pack a day. Over the last year I have been working out and eating healthy. I run at least 2 miles almost everyday and lift weights. I have lost around 30 pounds and am now 6 and 186 lbs. The last month I have been having discomfort in my chest . I can feel my heartbeat even when resting. For awhile I was having issues with air hunger . Not short of breath but feeling like I wanted more and yawned a lot to get it. I think my issues started initially with anxiety . I was having a really stressfull week that started my issues. The discomfort I feel now is the whole feeling my heartbeat, light dull pain once in a great while and the air hunger (which has kind of subsided). Also as a side note I am in the army and currently deployed. Any advice you can give would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
Wed, 30 Oct 2013
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Anxiety is common with a stressful life and hence commonly causes aerophagia i.e. increased air hunger. Because of that a lot of times you will feel lethargic and yawning. Also if you drink a lot of tea or alcohol then cut down on it.
Its nothing very serious but its a common thing seen in army people once they get deployed or retired. A serious condition is called a dacosta's syndrome. But it doesn't look like that so just relax and start some recreational exercises or see a psychiatrist for counselling
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