Below is a great article for you:
One of the tables lists the most common causes of chest pain
in the US vs UK and in the ER. There is no doubt that musculoskeletal pain
is the most likely cause in your age group, only 26, gets better with activity, etc..
However, the key point in your history is the fact that you have panic attacks. This is classic for patients often feeling like they have a heart condition, when in fact, they have anxiety
. The fact that you have panic attacks confirms that your chest pain is most likely psychosocial/psyciatric in nature. Also, your recent smoking cessation
may also be contributing to your anxiety. There are medical options to help you with this, such benzodiazepines or other anti-anxiety meds.
Either way, most docs will rule out a heart condition with the complaint of chest pain so they don't get sued, it's ridiculous, you're only 26. Not to say it can't happen, but a thorough history and physical exam would have been enough in your case, but we're in America where people love to sue, so hence all the tests.... What a waste of money. Anyways, hope you feel better.