My chest pain is freaking me out
September 3, 2014 1:24 PM Subscribe
I had pneumonia about four years ago in my left lung. Now it's bothering me again in the same spot, but I really don't think it's pneumonia this time. Help me relax until I can get in to see my doctor.
posted by sockermom to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I actually think this chest pain is one of three things: anxiety, GERD, or lung cancer (I take medication that greatly increases my cancer risk). It is located just to the left of where my ribs meet, near my sternum, but is definitely on the left side of my body. But, I have no idea what it is, and I also would like some recommendations about how to talk about the pain with my doctor so that I can receive the best care.
How can I stop thinking about my chest pain and go about my days while I wait? I know that if it is anxiety that thinking about it is not going to help. I am going to ask my doctor about anti-anxiety medications when I see her as well, as I've been trying to get a grip on that for awhile (I had no idea that my life was basically a pit of anxiety until I had a medical procedure where I prescribed some Xanax and it was like... something inside of me just... unlocked, and I felt normal.)
I am under an extreme amount of stress (I'm writing a dissertation) and also struggle with anorexia so food can be an issue. The pain seems worse after I eat or when I drink coffee, but it doesn't always seem related. Are there foods that I should be eating that might help? Breathing exercises I can do? The Anxiety and Phobia workbook is something I've been working through and it's helpful, but it's not making my very real chest pain go away.
Every time I sit down to write I feel a lot of pain. When I am distracted, like when I get into writing or when I am doing something engaging (especially when I'm not wearing a bra, actually, come to think of it) it doesn't bother me as much. This has been an issue for awhile. I went to the emergency room with similar pains last November and they basically told me that there was nothing wrong with me based on the lung x-ray that they did, and that I was probably just stressed out. They did not give me any medication or tips about how to handle it. It went away until about May, and now it is back.
How can I cope with this until I see the doc, and how can I talk about this with my doctor so that I am taken seriously and actually treated instead of just living with pain?
Thanks for your help.