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What is wrong with me. I am having chest tightness (the muscles in my chest at my breast bone are tight) numbness down my left arm and I get short of breath really fast, even walking to the bathroom. I have been to the ER and all my heart tests have come back normal but I still have these feelings. Please help guide me as to what can be wrong.

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Hello and thankyou for approaching DoctorSpring with your query.
I have gone through your case and understand your concern.
Since you have got yourself tested for any heart problem and all your tests have come out fine , you have nothing to worry.
If you have done the following tests 1) ECG 2) Cardiac Biomarkers 3) ECHO and they have come normal, it rules out any heart cause of your pain.

In that case your symptoms of pain, numbness and breathing fast are most likely due to stress or anxiety related.
Have you been anxious and low lately or stressed lately?
Do you feel dull or feeling of no energy as you go through your day?
Do you feel irritated or angry easily?
If you do have the above symptoms, it is likely your stress is anxiety related and will subside. You will have to find ways to deal with your stress like yoga, exercise, or outdoor activities. If the have been feeling low, stressed anxious or depressed for a prolonged period of time, say around 3-6 months or longer, I would advise you to visit a psychiatrist and have a counselling session.

Since your cardiac(heart) tests have come normal you have nothing to worry.

I hope this has helped. Feel free to follow up.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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