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Psychological or Physical? - December 14th 2014, 07:25 PM

Sometimes I get these pains in my chest and stomach, and I don't know if it's psychological or physical. When my chest hurts, I feel my heartbeat and there's no other symptoms that is present, as if I might be having a heart attack or overexerting myself. I am 99% of the time stationary when my chest hurts. As for my stomach, when it's totally empty or nearly empty, I get this pain where I had the feeding tube as a baby. I don't know how to explain it, but I feel something like a yanking in my stomach, right around the scar. My stomach feels as if it's contracting really badly, and that also causes my stomach to hurt.

But my mum tells me, and I know she's right, that I can't possibly be starved as to feel such stomach pains just a few hours after eating and especially if it was a big meal! A few weeks ago, I had an endoscopy done, because I told my GP about the stomach pains, but they found nothing. That also leads me to think it's psychological and not physical.

Can anyone relate? I don't want to bring it up to the doctor again. Especially the bit about my chest hurting.
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Re: Psychological or Physical? - December 15th 2014, 05:19 AM

Hey Bex!

I can relate to having these feelings when I am stressed or anxious or depressed.
Maybe you can try figuring out what could be causing you such stress?
It also could be related to food you may be eating. Maybe your stomach cannot handle certain foods and so your body is reacting with chest pain and other feelings after you eat.
I think you should talk to your doctor and see what they say about this. Being honest with them will only help get you the best treatment possible. If you believe this is psychological instead of physical, which it very well could be, than talking to a psychologist, therapist or other mental health professional could help.
Doing activities that are calming could help if this is psychological.
If you believe that you are thinking you are experiencing theses symptoms but know you are not, than they can help with this though I am not sure what that would involve. I'm thinking examining the psychological thinking behind the physical feelings you experiencing.
Hope this helps and you sort this out.
Take care and you can PM me if you ever would like someone to talk to.

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Re: Psychological or Physical? - December 16th 2014, 06:00 PM

Thanks. I will PM you at some point if you don't mind.

I have therapy on Wednesday, I think I will bring it up to her then.
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