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Pulled muscle, panic attack or heart attack

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nenevomito Mon 08-Apr-13 11:06:54

I've either pulled a muscle in the left hand side of my chest thats causing pain there and down my arm. This is perfectly possible as I was doing repetitive work on the weekend which could have caused this. Not lifting heavy stuff, just bending and stretching.

I could be having a panic attack. This is also possible. I'm at work, have a project that I estimated would cost around £150k, but they've moved the goalposts and now will cost closer to £250k and there's no money and I need to sort it out (hence my procrastination on Mumsnet this morning - I will deal with it later).

Or the pain in my chest and down my arm could be a heart attack. Kind of possible being an overweight smoker, but I'm not grey faced and can breath, and as I have no other symptoms and can come here and type without keeling over, I suspect not.

Its possibly combination of 1 &2. i.e. I've pulled a muscle in my chest, but with the stress at work and getting the idea into my head that I could be having a heart attack, I'm having a small panic attack.

So, the question is, do I

1. Take ibuprophen as I've pulled a muscle.
2. Take diazepam as I'm having a panic attack
3. Go to A&E where they will tell me that I've pulled a muscle and am having a panic attack and recommend that I take some ibuprophen and diazepam, OR
4. Call my CPN and make it her problem?

stripeyjimjams Mon 08-Apr-13 11:23:31

I know it's a PITA, but how about NHS 24, as it could well be purely physical? Either that or your CPN. And try not to think of it as a heart attack - a friend of mine presented at A+E with your exact symptoms. It was a combination of panic attack and a repetitive strain injury which had just surfaced. Hope you're OK, don't worry.

nenevomito Mon 08-Apr-13 11:32:29

That sounds like a reasonable plan. I've done A&E before with this kind of thing as last time I couldn't breathe but this time s can.

15660 Sat 20-Apr-13 01:30:07

Panic attacks disorder are most commonly caused by hereditary factors, or stress. One of every ten people suffer from panic attacks, and left untreated panic attacks can turn into phobias, heightened anxiety, and higher stress levels.
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