Hi Dr Junig,
Thanks for the answer on the chest MRI. I have now been on 60 mg of Cymbalta for 2 weeks and 1 mg per day of clonazepam, the latter of which which have helped calm my panic attacks somewhat.
I worry so much about the mid chest and back pain and tight breathing sensations being something awful like cancer that it consumes me. It's an awful way to not live life and be miserable and constantly scared.
I am hoping that the Cymbalta kicks in in a couple more weeks and also helps reduce the pain, as it is one of the snri meds that can help with pain. Do you have any other suggestions??
I live life in fear of cancer and associate lasting pains with it so it becomes a vicious cycle. I have had so many tests and my dr wont do anymore in any event and says there is no way my chest pain is cancer based on all of the negative tests.
My psychiatrist who I just started seeing 2 weeks ago says its hypochondria and pysco somatic type pain made much worse by my phobia of cancer and the severe depression anxiety and panic attacks I suffer from. I have had relatives die of cancer, which doesn't help the situation and in 2001 saw for 6 months lung cancer eat my father in law down to the bone and I was there when he died and I have been petrified of Cancer ever since.
Any suggestions you have would be most welcome as I want to try and start enjoying life again and have the mid chest and back pain/tight breathing sensations eventually fade away.