im 20 and have always been pretty healthy no real problems. Just last saturday, I started having heart palpatations, and my left arm/hand felt numb. I really thought i was having a heart attack. After dealing with this for hours, and not able to get to sleep, i finally had my friend take me to the er. I got a clean ekg and the only thing they found wrong with me was slightly low potassium levels in my bloodwork. Since that I've been a little calmer, but have still been getting these attacks. I was good for about 2 days but it just hit me again right now, my arm feels really weak, and my heartrate is up. Its really freaking me out, and I don't know what to do anymore.
Low potassium levels can really throw your body's system off balance. Did the doctor suggest for you to take potassium pills? You might want to start. I had low potassium levels the last time I was in the hospital and they gave me a banana.
At the end of may I was picking up my daughter from kindergarten and my left arm started to go numb,pain in my left shoulder and my heart raate went way up--I felt really weird-the rpinciple said my speech was all messed up too-all the right words but wrong order...I went to ER-clean ECG,head CT,blood wrok--was released-still feeling these symptoms and it's now Sept! I was sent to a neurologist who said I was just too stressed and busy....I know that is not just the case-something is wrong with me.Since then I have major fatigue that has actually gotten better over the last few weeks-my left eye is blurry and the anxiety is still there.My numbness comes and goes-he wants tot reat it like depression (my GP) does--but says perhaps it could also be MS--I am going for an MRI.
these posts make me feel like im not alone. im a 19 year old girl and experienced my first attack about a month ago after a night of bindge drinking and from my depression. ever since then ive been having them frequently. all of the sudden out of no where i start freaking out, i cant breath, cant swallow, i feel light headed and i feel like im about to die at any second. i start running around like a maniac and my hands n feet both start tingling. my whole body shakes n my heart goes crazy and my vision gets hazy. i got rushed to the hospital cuz my mother n i thought i was having a stroke. they hooked me up to the EKG and everything was fine. im hoping anxiety is causing this also.
Anxiety is a little bit like a test. It springs up in weird places and capitalizes on your fears. Left arm pain is pretty standard stuff from what I've seen and felt in my own personal experiences. It usually comes with numbness, although the important thing to realize is that everybody's different. Remember that anxiety is not your enemy; it is your body's natural reaction to the elevated stress in your consciousness and sub consciousness.
I fear heart problems, for instance, so my anxiety plays on those fears the most and hops around quite a bit. I'll get pain on my left side, nothing earth-shattering, then a slight sensation in my chest as though somebody's nudging me for my attention. It then carries through other parts of my body, as though somebody's wandering around poking me. When I don't give it attention, it disappears. It's almost like having a little ghost or goblin inside that thrives on attention. Anxiety needs our attention to survive and it needs our fear to feed.
When we stop fearing it, when we start realizing that it is our body's intention to help us out of trouble, we can start healing. Left arm pain is one of MANY (there are seriously hundreds) of possible anxiety symptoms. If you can practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and meditation, and the left arm pain goes away after some time, it's part of the anxiety. If it is invasive, you may need to consult a doctor. I wouldn't rush off to any conclusions, however, as I know how that can play on anxiety and make things a lot worse.
Stay calm, relax and don't be afraid. Welcome anxiety; your body is on your side.
to sept 24 2009 anon, thats a VERY great explanation of panic attacks. Iv Had them for about 3 years now and I have learned not to fear them to much and not to give them much attention and the symptoms simply go away. Its a very odd thing to have All the time every day and random times. I am almost positive that it has something to do with fear and a event. If u can figure out what is making you have SO MUCH FEAR then u can find the root of them problems and just simply deal with it. MY fear was and still is my heart failing or something. It all started when my best friend died of heart attack at age 32 i think. It was the same time i started worring about my heart and started having panic attacks. Funny I still have problems with panic and anxiety because I have been searching online for blood pressure being kinda high and if I REALLY think about it, it was pretty normal lol. I was walking and in a hurry at walmart and did a test and had 140/90 which i think IS great for being active and 235 pounds and 5'6 hahaha yea you would think I would be a rolly polly but im not its weird. anyways I still battle with this problem all the time and for the people who have these problems just ride them out like a roller coaster, you go up down left right swist this way and that way pain here there scary thoughts, racing heart , FEAR and SOOOOO much more. Just try not to worry much about them. Also I had an ekg once in er when These problems started and said i dont remember exactly but abnormal. I was not satisfied with the hospital so I went to another. LOL funny thing Had ekg again and says NOTHING wrong. What a country lol....
I'm 47... I have had panic attacks before... Ambulance... you name it. Well, one of my employees died of a sudden unexpected heart attack this week. He had a heart attack on Monday... bypass on Wednesday... and died on Saturday. So all week, I've been having chest pains, left arm numbness, tingling all over my upper extremities, Feeling a little light headed... feels like "prickling" on my chest every once in a while... it's crazy. My hands feel like pins and needles as I type... can this be anxiety?
I have been suffering from heart palpitations, chest pain, left arm numbness, now pressure in my ears for over a year and half. I'm now 28 years old and I constantly worry that something is wrong with my heart. I've been to the cardiologist, ER, Doctor, and they all say it's anxiety. Hard for me to believe because I'm a very laid back person. I do feel that most of the time when I'm occupied and busy I do not notice the symptoms. I guess if it was my heard, that wouldn't happen. This has become constant stress in my life. I know how stress can effect your body and now I worry about. Endless cycle isn't it. I refuse to take antianxiety meds or antidepressants because I'm a nurse and know too much about those nasty side effects. I hope you figure it out! I know it's very exhausting and frustrating when you feel like something is wrong and no one will listen! Just remember you are the patient and you know your body better than anyone. If you want something done and checked out, keep on top of them. Squeaky wheel always gets the grease!
I know it can't just be panic attacks, they are dismissing me. I know something is wrong, but they make me doubt myself. I too just went to the ER and was let go for indigestion that may be causing a muscle close to my heart to spasm? They did a variety of test including ekg, blood, catscan. Said everything looked ok. This doesn't make any sense to me. Symptoms: left arm weak or goes weak, one morning i couldn't lift it; the vein in my neck feels like so much pressure it's going to burst; headaches; tired all the time; when i sleep it's almost like i pass out rather than go to sleep; heart area hurts or feel sudden pricks; anytime after my so called "panic attack" my heart is sore for days from the middle of my chest to under my left arm pit (dr says i heart muscle shouldn't feel pain); my left eye feels pressured/red and can't focus as well and looks dilated; feel dizzy and fainty and feel like my heart will give out. I am 35 female, 110lbs, been on adderall 20mg/day for last two years which has helped alot w/ anxiety from constant frazzled mind (mind works too quickly for it's own good (score high in any dept) but cant live life) , but have had most of these symptoms since ten years ago. Was able to finally quit drinking (which i did to slow my thoughts) two years ago. Couldn't ever fathom quitting (drank heavily since late teens), nothing could get me to quit, been in the ER for alcohol poising maybe ten times, jail ten or more, dwi 3. Since adderall haven't ever ever had the urge, not like any other alcoholics story? So weird, don't even remember why i wanted to or basically had to, at the time stopping was humanly absolutly impossible. Now it makes no sense to me, or why anyone didn't put me into an insane assylum, i've broken into peoples houses to sleep! I'm amazed i'm alive and not doing life in prison for something or other, ridiculous existance. But anyway, because of my past drinking i am also now hypoglycemic. Once in jail i was let go because my sugar level went from 245 to 37 and then shot up to 174, said i might go into a coma and was released to ER. I can't get off adderall, i would go back to this life. Drinking was how i kept my mind from killing me, now adderall keeps me calm and slow. Haven't ever ever had an urge or thought how good it felt to drink, stopped going to AA meetings because i annoy the so called 'real alcoholics' but wouldn't you say i was one? My blood pressure low, cholesterol good, dr says my test show im healthy? Oh, instead of diagnosing me with adhd a long time ago (which i believe they were hesitant to since drinking and medications for adhd are a no no) i was put on many many strong depression medications that wreaked havoc on me. Ended up in ER from overdose of some of those, but my dr couldn't and didn't believe that an accidental doubling of an already low dose could do that to me. Well, my post is already way way too long, but i'm wondering if i may be crazy. I know and always have that i wouldn't live very long, im not depressed by the way, it sounds crazy. Don't know what to believe but can't live in peace not knowing if my body is lying to me or if it could very well be telling me the truth.
I am so glad I found this thread. I am 28 and believe I have been suffering from my first bouts of anxiety for the past week or so. Not knowing what was going on was terrifying. I am embarrassed to say that I went to two doctors and an ER all within 3 days.
It started with feeling lightheaded and faint and just like my head wasn't part of my body. Next thing I knew, I felt like I wasn't getting air when I was breathing. Then I started getting tightness in my chest and tingling in my hands. They ran every test in the book on me; chest x-ray, blood work, EKG, tested for a pulmonary embolism. All negative and I was told I am in perfect health. The next day I had the feeling my heart was fluttering and that I couldn't breath again. Then came the arm numbness - it felt like i had a tight elastic band on my left upper arm that was completely cutting off circulation to my arm and hand. I was freaked out and hysterical. Keep in mind, this was the day after I had a NORMAL chest xray and EKG.
Then I found this site. I am SURE now that what I was experiencing was my first bout with anxiety. In fact, I feel SO MUCH BETTER physically just after reading your stories. Because now I know my symptoms are anxiety and not all the medical conditions I believed I had (and the list was long... blood clots, aneurysm, etc etc, I really thought I had everything in the book. I was convinced I was going to be dead by Thanksgiving).
Anyway sorry this got long... just wanted to say thanks to everyone for sharing, b/c this thread is SO incredibly helpful and comforting to me.
hey I have been suffering from anxiety now for abt 4 months, well I hv been to the docs twiice nw nd they have sed that I am fine he even used his stethoscope n sed I'm healthy and my lungs r fyne. but wenever I get sharp pains in my chest ( left side I assume thr they r heart problems n tht I will die soon .) I also have back pain n jus recently I have started to get heavy arms well numbness even n I keep thinking it's heart related nd I will die in a matter of days. plz help if u hv had similar or the same symptoms as me. I also get headaches.
I feel like I should chime in as well. I'm a 22 year old female and I've recently been experiencing right arm tingling/loss of coordination. I suffer from anxiety although up until recently have been managing it with Citalopram, which has worked for me during a past anxiety/panic period.
About a week ago I experienced a panic attack for the first time in a while and it has been on my mind. I've been very lightheaded lately, and I try to consol myself with something I read online that people with anxiety are actually LESS likely to pass out, since fainting usually occurs with low blood pressure and anxiety tends to make it rise. I'm also getting palpatations and difficulty breathing.
I try to do my deep breathing, but sometimes all I can do is lay in bed and try my hardest to ignore my body's signals. I know this is all related to my anxiety, but there is always that 'what if?'. My current concern, since I've gained so much weight, is that I'm developing diabetes. I plan on joining a gym for the new year, but the thought of taking the tour and eventually working out there makes me nervous - what if I pass out there? What if I have a heart attack?
I've had two EKGs done, two years apart, during panic attacks and I've been told that I'm fine. I had my blood drawn to check if I had a blood clot during one week-long anxiety/panic bout where I had convinced myself that a constant twitch (probably a slightly strained muscle) in my left calf was actually going to cause me a pulmonary ebolism. I know I'm not a hypochondriac because I'm not imagining that I have cancer or hiv, I'm just reacting to the physical symptoms of my anxiety.
It just sucks because I've been okay for the past 3 or 4 months, but now, seemingly out of nowhere like is the case with panic attacks, I'm getting the symptoms again. I'm going to have to see my doctor to increase my citalopram dosage, and probably to do some tests for diabetes and other bloodwork since I'm there. I just don't want to end up seeing him every other week like I was for a while. I'm hoping that I'm just going through some subconcious stress, since I know I just failed one of my major classes and having just gone through the holidays. Hopefully I'll get over this soon, before school starts again in a month. To everyone else: Good luck and thanks for reading a bit of my story.
I am 29 yrs old and have been suffering from anxiety for almost 5 yrs now i just recently had 3 coworkers die one of them from a heart attack, my case is rare i think because i suffer from Acute Hyperventilation Syndrome. I have never before had Numbness in my left arm till now it started with light pains and when i laid down to sleep my whole arm went numb. it goes away then comes right back, it has been doing so for almost an hour and after i found this site it has calmed down, well at least for now. Maybe it is my anxiety! Thank you for your posts they have been very helpful to know i am not alone.
I had the same symptoms while having a discussion over a lunch meeting. I left home without breakfast -which I am used to-, and I also ate red meat... so I thought it was the high demand of blood for my digestion.
I was given soda with lemon. I asked for a break to rest. Then felt better.
I was diagnosed with a heart murmur, but I am usually active doing sports.
Re: Numb And Weak In Left Arm/hand - Anxiety Related?
Hi I do have the same problem same symptoms. But Dont worry my left arm feel numb and sleepy some times; I been in the ER a million time bills are crazy I thought i was a having a heart attack but the say is anxiaty attacks ..
Odd feeling in my left arm and hand, kind of like pressure and it feels like it should be stiff, but it isn't. This has been a constant thing, I'm starting to think that I may have an anxiety disorder, as I am also experiencing thoughts of death and dying (not me personally, but of other family members), and of the worst happening. I have had few panic attacks here and there (3, to be specific) over the past 5 years.
Not really looking to go on any medication, though. I recently quit smoking and have even more recently revamped my entire diet, limiting my intake of sugar, fat and caffeine. Any advised natural approaches would be welcome.
heart pounding - anxiety, etc...
I developed anxiety and panic attacks right after the 911 attacks, though I was in los angeles, i was told on the phone that 'bombs were falling on the US'. What i discovered in the months to come was that the sense of war created the anxiety due to post traumatic stress - i grew up in the war in El Salvador, but hadn't really ever discussed my experiences there. I felt ashamed to or guilty for having seen or allowed the things I did - though I was only 13 years old when I left there, I had already seen and experience some pretty hard things no human should. I've also discovered since that anxiety will give you the pounding of the heart, fainting feeling, etc. You think the worse, so you feed it with the thoughts until it becomes a vicious cycle. Most of us grow up in circumstances that are tough in one way or another and many things, and it doesn't have to be an actual civil war, cause traumas inside of our innocent selves. We don't realize how much of that pain, guilt, fear, regret, resentment, etc we carry inside - until one day anxiety and panic attacks set in. I was taught by a doctor that anxiety is your body/mind trying to get rid of everything that is unnatural to us -- therefore, realizing that something has just surfaced is the first step to getting rid of it - then you take action by talking about it and in that search, finding the root. It will free you in ways you can never imagined. Although I still get anxiety once in a long while, I live free of it. I'm feeling it right now, for example, because my best friend just passed away on Monday - so it's a very stressful time - I'm feeling the heart beat thing, sweaty and sleepy arms and hands - etc. Meditation, exercise and talking to someone helps - crying is perhaps the best medicine for it. I love writing so I decided to start writing everything I could remember about my childhood and it was like opening up a water faucet. I began to cry and write and cry and write.
I pray for us all to live free of those fears we carry by realizing that we carry them.
much love to you all.