Can your heart literally ache?

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06 Nov 2007, 10:09 am

I've never known if this is supposed to be a metaphorical expression or what but mine's aching and it literally hurts... 8O I mean physically hurts and that.


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06 Nov 2007, 10:11 am

Well ok of course it can if you get like heart attacks and all that but I mean in the case of emotional pain...

And is this serious or just a damn nuisance? :P lol should I consult a doctor if I keep getting heart aches or what? At least I think this is more physically painful than usual...


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06 Nov 2007, 10:21 am

id say so


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06 Nov 2007, 11:01 am

samtoo wrote:
I've never known if this is supposed to be a metaphorical expression or what but mine's aching and it literally hurts... 8O I mean physically hurts and that.
Yes, it can certainly happen and is a sign of grief.


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06 Nov 2007, 11:04 am

samtoo wrote:
I've never known if this is supposed to be a metaphorical expression or what but mine's aching and it literally hurts... 8O I mean physically hurts and that.


I experience most strong emotions as physical pain. I've felt grief so bad in the past that I was literally ill and could not eat.



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06 Nov 2007, 11:10 am

Aridarr wrote:
samtoo wrote:
I've never known if this is supposed to be a metaphorical expression or what but mine's aching and it literally hurts... 8O I mean physically hurts and that.


I experience most strong emotions as physical pain. I've felt grief so bad in the past that I was literally ill and could not eat.
Yes, me too. When I first left home to study, some bad things happened and within the space of a month, I went from 52 kg to 43 kg and the ribs were sticking out and some people thought I had anorexia but it wasn't because I didn't think I was too fat. The same kind of thing happened when I started work and got bullied.


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06 Nov 2007, 11:25 am

I'm one of them aspie freaks who obviously absolutely hates emotional pain but finds some physical pain rather intriguing... maybe in this case it's a break from the full on out emotional pain... a rather cheap and low temporary thrill. :roll:


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06 Nov 2007, 11:41 am

It ain't broken though... at least I don't think it is... even if it is I'd never admit it because I'm an awkward arrogant sod. :P My fault >< lol :lol:


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06 Nov 2007, 11:49 am

samtoo wrote:
I'm one of them aspie freaks who obviously absolutely hates emotional pain but finds some physical pain rather intriguing... maybe in this case it's a break from the full on out emotional pain... a rather cheap and low temporary thrill. :roll:


I'll trade you my toothache for your heartache. How can a man spend $1,600 on one tooth, and STILL have it hurt? Geez, it was better before the dentist even touched it. :? Oh, to have my fairly painless cavity back! :(

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06 Nov 2007, 11:51 am

That sucks Ragtime... :? must've really p*ssed you off...
Sorry buddy...
Keep your hands off my heartache. :lol: It's mine. :P
lol :)


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06 Nov 2007, 11:54 am

I wouldn't mind, except now I'm totally out of money -- so if this pain gets extreme, he'd better do whatever's necessary for free! :x Either that, or my fist can give him a toothache! :P


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06 Nov 2007, 12:14 pm

Yes, your heart can literally hurt physically. It is called "Angina" brought on by physical exertion when your heart fails to get
enough oxygen that it needs to pump effectively.

But, if your heart aches due to an emotional relationship and "love," well that is an entirely different story.



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06 Nov 2007, 12:21 pm

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I've never known if this is supposed to be a metaphorical expression or what but mine's aching and it literally hurts... I mean physically hurts and that.



The heart can accelerate its pumprate in response to adrenaline, which is released as part of the fight-or-flight response. But sadness has to do with serotonin levels in the limbic system. So if you heart physically aches, you might very well have heartburn. But if it persists you should se a doctor. Ive always wondered where people got the weird and erroneous idea that the heart was the center of emotion.



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06 Nov 2007, 1:32 pm

Ziyaret wrote:
Ive always wondered where people got the weird and erroneous idea that the heart was the center of emotion.

http://www.slate.com/id/2159800/?GT1=9129 wrote:
Nobody's quite sure, but it might have to do with a North African plant. During the seventh century B.C., the city-state of Cyrene* had a lucrative trade in a rare, now-extinct plant: silphium. Although it was mostly used for seasoning, silphium was reputed to have an off-label use as a form of birth control. The silphium was so important to Cyrene's economy that coins were minted that depicted the plant's seedpod, which looks like the heart shape we know today. The theory goes that the heart shape first became associated with sex, and eventually, with love.

There's but one possible explanation. I'm sure Google has plenty more where that came from.



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06 Nov 2007, 1:47 pm

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I've never known if this is supposed to be a metaphorical expression or what but mine's aching and it literally hurts... I mean physically hurts and that.



The heart can accelerate its pumprate in response to adrenaline, which is released as part of the fight-or-flight response. But sadness has to do with serotonin levels in the limbic system. So if you heart physically aches, you might very well have heartburn. But if it persists you should se a doctor. Ive always wondered where people got the weird and erroneous idea that the heart was the center of emotion.


A lot of heartache can be related to the incredible fear of losing someone you love; the fear of being alone. It can make you quite fearful. I suppose the anxiety it causes could cause heart pain, although I think a lot of it is psychosomatic. I definitely have felt pain in my chest at such times. Then again, it could be heartburn...excess stomach acid caused by stress.

Although, to call it heart-pain would be only half of the story...in the past I have felt as though my entire torso had been torn open, exposing all of my organs; then as if I had battery acid poured into the wound.


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