What chest sensation am I having?

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gabagool

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Im a 25 y/o male from Australia.
I suffer from GAD which has gotten progressively worse im the last year.
My problem is that I have a sensation in my chest which happens hundreds of times per day.
The feeling has progressively become more frequent in this time.
The feeling is of my heart "dropping". The feeling one would normally get when they receive a shock, are scared or worrisome.
Some describe it as have butterflies in your stomach, but in the chest. I dont feel any pain with this sensation.
Ive read online about what i think to be the sensation. Most say that its the fight or flight reaction where adrenaline is being released and the subsequent increase in blood output is the sensation that one feels in the chest.
I get this chest feeling HUNDREDS of times a day. I over react to everything and its gotten to the point of outright lunacy and abject irrationality.
Everything i touch, click on my mouse,take a deep breath triggers this response. Its a hyper-overreaction to everything.
I know its anxiety. This im sure of. What i really want to understand is the mechanism of what is going on.
The problem i feel is that this "fight or flight response" might not be the case because I had a catecholamine blood test to see if my epinephrine and norepinephrine levels were unusually high, but they werent. I had a cortisol blood test and the results came back normal as well.I had a 24 hour holter monitor where i had the sensation many many times and the results didnt show anything.
When i get this sensation i dont have any noticeable physiological changes. No increase heart rate, hyperventilation, dilated pupils or any tell tale signs of being in fight or flight. With the sensation, I dont jump like the shock from a loud noise.(Although is already am very sensitive to noise and jump easily)
Ive been on an ssri for some time now (which hasnt helped)and my doctor is changing me to something else soon.
I do not suffer from PTSD, depression, ruminating thoughts, OCD or any other psychological disorders.
I have no experience with psychotherapy.
What id love is if someone could shed some insight on is : Am i having this flight or fight response?
If i am then why are my blood tests clean for the stress hormones?
Would the heart sensation associated with fight or flight show up on a holter monitor?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.Im very desperate to find out what the hell is wrong with me and what i can do to stop it.
 
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to add -
I have no history with abuse of and am not taking any alcohol, caffeine, energy drinks or illicit drugs.
Im not overweight, eat healthy with minimal sugar intake.
I take a few supplements.( None of which contraindicate with each other)
 
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anxiety, worry, negative stress, getting wound up, and high blood pressure in stressfull situations. weigh your stress, yes it causes this without a label had these bouts over 20 year regardless of mh labels. Never underestimate the health hazards of high pressure and negative stress. It wreaks havok on your entire physical health. Have your doctors check for vitamin/mineral and trace element deficiencies as well and do an iron count. Just my own unprofessional opinion but I do have this happen and have to do a lot to keep it under control. Your health is of upmost importance alway rule out the physical before jumping the the mh causes.
 
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Hi Gajolene,good to see you back!How are your eyes had the op yet?I hope you and the boys are well and keeping strong.I have had a mini crisis,my ex sister narc used my spare keys kept at my mums to enter my house without permission and gaslight me.I have reported her to the police and they are sending someone round tomorrow morning to talk to me.The policewoman I spoke to on the phone was very understanding.
Catch up with you later on one of your threads.Nikitax
 
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Well i would ask you you are happy in yor life ? In majority of cases anxiety its caused by negativity bad thoughts ,stress sadness ,loneliness anger etc .You must find a way to feed you with only haping thoughts feelings etc .Its important to work on yur mind when you deal with your anxiety ,i also find meditation and hypnosis very useful for me as it calm my mind and body also