On One Hand

May 3, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 1:39 pm

Does anyone else get bad chest/back pains when you’re upset/depressed/hung over? It doesn’t seem to get any worse when I exert myself, leading me to beleive it is not a heart problem, but I’m still not sure. I have been physically exhausted and do get really short of breath when I’m climbing a steep hill or smoking, but the chest pains don’t seem to get worse during those times. Every muscle in my body is aching. I want to know if I should see a doctor or if a psychologist would be enough. This has been going on for about 5 days.



  1. Yeah, that used to happen to me a fair amount, almost entirely in stressful situations … my physician said it’s an extremely common symptom of stress. (I’d get stressed out, get the chest pains, and then get myself even more stressed out because of the chest pains — a vicious cycle!) At your age, I think the odds of it being something cardiac are pretty close to zero … but if it keeps up, it’s definitely worth mentioning to a medical professional regardless.

    Comment by kishenehn — May 3, 2006 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  2. Sounds like an anxiety attack

    They are occasionally misdiagnosed as angina, but an EKG would rule out anything cardio-vascular.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 3, 2006 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  3. I always get bad stomach pain and nausea when I get stressed out … seeing a psychologist has helped alot though.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 3, 2006 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  4. Yeah, at one point in my life I got so stressed that I threw up and couldn’t breath. At the same time. It sucked.

    Maybe part of it is posture. Do you slump or look at the ground when you’re upset/depressed/hung over? I don’t really know anything about this. Just a guess.

    Comment by the13monks — May 4, 2006 @ 6:34 am | Reply

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