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been having breathing problems and chest pain wnt and got chest xrays ecg scans ect blood test all fine so the docto old me it is anxietey whats the best way to deal with this and does alachol make it worse

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replied December 10th, 2009
Anxiety and Stress Answer A8411

It is good to know that all your tests came back negative. It does hint towards anxiety as the cause behind your symptoms.

There is no one single best way to deal with anxiety. You will have to figure out what works for you best. You could start with some relaxation exercises which you can do whenever you are tensed up or anxious. One of such exercises is called Jacobson's Progressive Muscle Relaxation technique. Here's the link for you to read more about this technique - htm

Alcohol is known to aggravate the problem. Even though small amounts of alcohol may seem to reduce the anxiety a bit "at that moment", the long term effects are not favorable.

I hope this information helps a bit.


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