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Tingling in hands and legs, chest pressure when arguing. Is it normal to feel that way?

I am a 31 yr old female, with a history of reproductive and hormonal issues. I have also recently acquired some anxiety due to an accident I had a year ago where I may have herniated my esophagus from throwing up too much after getting food poisoning . When that happened I quit smoking cold turkey because I was scared of the spasms in my esophagus that I had all the time then. I was treated with Prilosec and other meds but all of them gave me really horrid side effects so my doctor and I discussed an apple cider vinegar regimen that has been working rather well for me. I also have a history of carpal tunnel , and joint problems run in my family. It is now a year later, an my anxiety is manageable, and I only have panic attacks when I m close or on my cycles or if I have had a really bad scare. But lately, I have been under a ton of stress and I am noticing it is taking a toll on me health wise. I have had 2 people close to me Pass away, and my mother in law has been diagnosed with COPD and there is a lot of family drama going on because she won t quit smoking. Over the last month, I have been working a lot with my hands, and it seems the tingling is getting worse, but I also have it in my legs too, but not as bad. Sometimes when I see a chiropractor it helps, sometimes not. In this case with me working so much it hasn t. My left arm seems to be the most affected. It s my weaker arm naturally, but I can now see a distinct difference in how long I can work before my left arm starts acting up vs. my right. The tingly also happens when I get upset, which right now, is a lot because of the family drama, unfortunately. Anyway, the other night my husband and I were talking about his mom and things got a little heated because everyone wants her to quit, but she won t accept help, and all the stress and everything just must have really got to me because I felt like for about 2 seconds, the wind was knocked out of me and there was intense pressure in my chest/lung area that radiated out to my limbs. It really scared me because i had never felt that before. I immediately told my husband that I needed help calming down and have since removed myself from the family issue because no one besides me and him are even speaking rationally. I guess what I m asking is- is feeling that way when you re really naturally upset normal? Because I have been a smoker for most of my adult life, and I ve only been quit for almost a year, I haven t put myself in a lot of situations like this because I didn t like the way I felt because it made me want to smoke. If you have any info that would be awesome. I do know that I had an EKG done a year ago when I had esophageal problems and major anxiety and it came out ok. thank you for your help
Asked On : Wed, 15 Aug 2012
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Welcome back to healthcare magic Physician's desk!
I f your mother in law is not quiting smoking then her COPD trouble would not subside for obvious cause, may be the old lady wants to quit but is not strong like you to take a firm decision to quit.
Do not get irritated, just be patient and support the lady with her usual treatments, if you get more frustrated then your levels of stress and anger would increase and will lead to a rift between you and your husband.
You shold mend the things rather than tearing them apart.
You seem to be having anxiety neurosis related tingling symptoms.
Review with your physician for a detailed examinations.
I wish the baby a great health.
Answered: Thu, 16 Aug 2012
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