Anxiety symptoms ?
Many of us with anxiety or panic issues feel these symptoms frequently, and there are undoubtably some who feel them every single day. All three are very classic for anxiety and all three can be caused by hyperventalation which is something we do without even being aware of.
You did the right and the smart thing by seeing your doctor for a thorough check up and it looks like all your tests were negative for an underlying organic cause. In my humble and non-medical opinion, I think your doctor was right when he said it could be anxiety.
I don't know if the answer is that you, or any of us, could have these symptoms due to a "sensitised nervous system," but I know for me, personally, I am extremely hyper-vigilant. That means any time I feel the slightest bit of pain or a twinge or tweak anywhere in my bdoy, but most especially in my chest, my anxiety goes into overdrive. Most people would just ignore it, but I continue to think about it, to worry that it means something horrible, that I'm having a heart attack or a stroke........and I'm sure that while I'm busy doing THAT, I have begun to hyperventalate............and then I feel lightheaded and like I'm not breathing right, (which I'm NOT) and if I don't "get a grip" on myself, I know I will talk myself into a panic attack.
Your question was "is it possible to feel these symptoms even when we are not conciously feeling anxious," and I have to say that for those of us with anxiety disorders, it is absolutely possible. I believe, and this is totally my opinion, that my anxiety is so close to the surface, it takes almost nothing to make it flare up.
I'm a little surprised that after ruling out so many physical reasons and telling you that it was probably just anxiety, that your doctor didn't didn't pursue that further. There is no specific test for anxiety, but when it's the only card left on the table, then it need to be addressed.
I would suggest if you continue to have these symptoms, to get back with your doctor and discuss the anxiety angle in greater detail.
There are options to help you with this, medications and therapy are my recommendation.............but some folks do really well with just some therapy.
There is help so don't think you need to keep suffering with these symptoms.
I wish you the very best
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