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Depression, anxiety, pain in left arm, chest, goes away on farting, belching. Advice?

Hi I m 16 and I have no past heart conditions in my family or anything I used to be very active but now I ve been inactive for quite some time due to depression I ve been eating twice as much and now I think I ve developed a condition of some sort note that I also have really bad anxiety so every time I m done eating I have these pains on my left arm and in the center of my chest I m worried that I might be having a heart attack but at the same time my mum tells me it s just my anxiety so it s a bit confusing I try and relax and it works over some time but I also thinks is indigestion because before I fart or belch the pain goes to my left arm then when the fart is released the pain goes away same goes for belching when I m about to burp my chest hurts then the pain goes away please help. Thank you.
Asked On : Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It appears that you may be going through a depressive episode. Anxiety symptoms can often co-exist with depressive symptoms. Your symptoms seem to be causing you significant distress and dysfunction So, I would advise you to consult a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation and further treatment advise. Good treatment options are available in the form of medication or psychotherapy, to help you overcome your problems. Your gastric symptoms could be a manifestation of anxiety or an acid peptic disease. You need a proper physical examination to ascertain this. So, please have a consultation in person.

Wish you all the best.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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