I am a survivor of sexual abuse plus others. When I was 8 I started to experience overall chest pain. At 9 I went throught a medical review to find out why and the only answer was You have something we don't know what. That was in 1972, I have asked every doctor, had medical evaluations on lungs & heart, no answer. Last week, I asked my Rumatologist and Whoa! He said general chest pain is a common complaint of survivors of abuse and since many survivors end up suffering from Fibromyalgia it has become "part of Fibo". It is caused by shallow breathing, breathing from the diaphram more that the chest. This causes problems with the ribcage. Changing breathing habits is a start to relief and there is a Special Physical Therapy that a PT has to be trained in, that will help relieve the condition. All Chest Pain should be checked out! If you find yourself without answers try this one. It's not in my head, Its real! Finally
I have lots of chest pain and my family doctor said that it's due to very strong anxiety and shallow breathing. It's nice to have those words from more than one doctor, isn't it?
I use a c-pap machine at night. I have to be very careful about pain meds. The last pain shot I got in an ER worked so well, I stopped breathing normally. They had to put oxygen on me until the initial effect of the shot went away.
Another word about the shallow breathing - we did that as kids when we hid from our abuser. Another way to stay in hiding as long as we could.
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[TRIGGER] I have almost constant chest pain when I'm at work (extremely stressful job), and whenever I am anxious, which is the majority of the time, unless I'm in my own bed. Yes I was abused by my father from a very young age, and it continued--physical, emotional and sexual abuse for many, many years. At 23, I woke up to find a man standing next to my bed at 2:00 am. (I lived by myself.) He held me hostage for over two hours, choking me and, telling me that he was going to kill me after he raped me. I don't know why, but he left after the rape was finally over, but I sure thought I was going to die that night. (He was convicted.) I have taken 10 mg. of Valium 3 times a day for many years, and it doesn't have any effect anymore, and I can't stand the pain in my chest all of the time at work...I have a job with a great deal of responsibility, and its getting harder to hide. Also, I still have a relationship with my father that is what my therapist calls "pretend normal." Fortunately we live far away from each other, but even he gives me chest pains over the phone! My sister, my best friend, committed suicide because of the things he did to her. I grieve every day, and wish I could be with her. Will this ever get better? Blessings to all of you.
Yes, it can get better. I'm glad you're already seeing a therapist. Keep working with her (and it IS work, to heal).
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