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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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Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 4 Days.

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. Deepu Sebin Sebastian
Category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases(STD)Specialist
MD, Internal Medicine - Stanley Medical School
Medical School - MBBS - Govt. Medical College, Kottyaam

Diagnostic Prediction - Stanford School of Medicine
Received Specialty training in Critical Care, Cardiology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology from Stanley Medical College and in Endocrinology, Rheumatology.

Hematology and Geriatrics from Madras Medical College.
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