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Hello MLB65, You have described my symptoms to a tee!! It has been over a year now with this going on and off for me. Last year this time, the mucus and tight chest started for me. I thought I was getting asthma. It really scared me. I took a puff of a family members inhaler, but it didn't do much for me. I was put on Prilosec and took it faithfully for 6 weeks. It took care of my problem but then I gradually went off of it and just did Tums. But by fall I was back in trouble. Then at Christmas things got bad again. I went in for an Endoscopy in Jan. this year. The doctor found nothing wrong. Somehow I made it to spring....and now it's June and the mucus is BAD!! I have bad allergies anyhow so you have to know some of it is from that. But this is definately acid reflux.

I have tons of mucus that I can't clear. It makes it hard to breath and I am sure this is how asthma must feel. Then I panic and my chest gets tight. Sometimes I have burning in my sternum area where the acid reflux comes up. Sometimes my chest muscles hurt from a little nagging cough and clearing all day long. Tonight is hot and humid and I felt my chest closing in. I had to get inside into the air conditioning just so I could breath. This kind of wether is hard on people with acid reflux, allergies and asthma. It makes it really hard to breathe because the air is so thick.

I am like you....I wake up and feel best in the morning when it comes to the mucus thing. But as the days goes on it gets worse and worse. I clear my throat over and over...my chest muscles feel so over used. By evening and can be pretty bad off. I have to sit still and put a movie in and try to relax other wise I will have a panic attack. I have been to the ER plenty of times for this. This is no way to live!!!

So to this day no one has diagnosed me with anything. Not even asthma. My guess is I have bad allergies and silent reflux. That is when you don't always feel the burn, but I watch everything I eat and the mucus comes up into my throat and you drives me nuts.

I am Prevacid now for almost a week. It is working a bit. I have seen a homeopathic type nurse. She is going to test me for a bunch of things and I am going on a product that will help my digestive track all the way through. Hopefully when I get my stress reduced too I am not have to take Prevacid forever.

I do hope you are feeling better. Hang in there! I know sometimes it doesn't matter what I eat. It flares up when it wants to. It baffles me.

And Rockford2, I hope you are feeling better also. At my worst I had a searing pain go through my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack. I was just having terriable reflux. I ate so bland for days. I have been just drinking water and gatorade for weeks. I do have my days of cheating. Don't get me wrong. lol I hope you are finding something that works for you too.

Always here to talk!:wave:
Thanks for your replies. I hope everyone is having a good day today. I agree the mucous has to be related to the heartburn issue. Mine just seem to all come on so fast it is scary. Never had heartburn in my life until now....at least that I know of. I'm an anxious / nervous person and I'm laid off from my job right now and dealing with a lot of stress. I think this is all contributing.

My doctor also recently put me on a medication for slight hypothyroidism...so I have no clue if the mucous thing has anything to do with my thyroid either. All my other blood work came back good. I do have Discoid Lupus (which affects skin only) and have taken a prescription anti- inflamatory for several years.

Thanks for all your advice and experience. I will let you know if I find anything else out.
[QUOTE=TEdds83;4015137]Hello MLB65, You have described my symptoms to a tee!! It has been over a year now with this going on and off for me. Last year this time, the mucus and tight chest started for me. I thought I was getting asthma. It really scared me. I took a puff of a family members inhaler, but it didn't do much for me. I was put on Prilosec and took it faithfully for 6 weeks. It took care of my problem but then I gradually went off of it and just did Tums. But by fall I was back in trouble. Then at Christmas things got bad again. I went in for an Endoscopy in Jan. this year. The doctor found nothing wrong. Somehow I made it to spring....and now it's June and the mucus is BAD!! I have bad allergies anyhow so you have to know some of it is from that. But this is definately acid reflux.

I have tons of mucus that I can't clear. It makes it hard to breath and I am sure this is how asthma must feel. Then I panic and my chest gets tight. Sometimes I have burning in my sternum area where the acid reflux comes up. Sometimes my chest muscles hurt from a little nagging cough and clearing all day long. Tonight is hot and humid and I felt my chest closing in. I had to get inside into the air conditioning just so I could breath. This kind of wether is hard on people with acid reflux, allergies and asthma. It makes it really hard to breathe because the air is so thick.

I am like you....I wake up and feel best in the morning when it comes to the mucus thing. But as the days goes on it gets worse and worse. I clear my throat over and over...my chest muscles feel so over used. By evening and can be pretty bad off. I have to sit still and put a movie in and try to relax other wise I will have a panic attack. I have been to the ER plenty of times for this. This is no way to live!!!

So to this day no one has diagnosed me with anything. Not even asthma. My guess is I have bad allergies and silent reflux. That is when you don't always feel the burn, but I watch everything I eat and the mucus comes up into my throat and you drives me nuts.

I am Prevacid now for almost a week. It is working a bit. I have seen a homeopathic type nurse. She is going to test me for a bunch of things and I am going on a product that will help my digestive track all the way through. Hopefully when I get my stress reduced too I am not have to take Prevacid forever.

I do hope you are feeling better. Hang in there! I know sometimes it doesn't matter what I eat. It flares up when it wants to. It baffles me.

And Rockford2, I hope you are feeling better also. At my worst I had a searing pain go through my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack. I was just having terriable reflux. I ate so bland for days. I have been just drinking water and gatorade for weeks. I do have my days of cheating. Don't get me wrong. lol I hope you are finding something that works for you too.

Always here to talk!:wave:[/QUOTE]

I had never had pain like that in my life! I also had indigestion and I'd pop a tum and it would go away. I was never so scared when that pain first hit me. Thanks, and I hope everyone has a good day today too!!
It's been a while, though I have continued reading and looking for answers. A lot has happened since I first posted.

First, I did go back to my GP but not until after I had to have oral (dental) suregery. After this surgery I was given of course pain medication (narcotics) that I had to take for about a week. At first, I felt great. Everyone kept asking if my heartburn/chest pain were better because they could tell I felt so good, and it was! But.....I kept thinking...but I'm on pain medication....so not sure if that is why. I was also taking anti-biotics at the time as well and I wondered if that was why I felt so much better. Anyway, toward the end of that week on pain meds, my symptoms became way worse than ever before. My chest seemed to hurt everywhere. My back burned so bad I couldn't stand for very long and I would be constantly rubbing my back and shoulders. I made a trip to Ohio to see my only granddaughter who was turning one and I was literally miserable the entire time, trying to just put on a happy face, but with the pain constantly there and the anxiety increasing.

As soon as I got back from my trip, I made appt. with my GP. I told her things were not better but worse. I told her about the horrible pain in my back between my shoulder blades. I told her the chest thing was now way more pain than burning and indegestion was strong even after sipping water. The mucouls (she called globulus) or feeling of lump in throat was worse and driving me crazy. I still could not and can not contribute the pain to a particular food other than I know I can't drink coffee and raw veggies are pretty much out. Other than that I can't determine the effects of different foods.

So, I've had an abdominal ultra sound (checking gallbladder) which doctor said is fine, but....might need another test hideascan (something like that) if no answers and symptoms don't improve.

I've been to GI and had endoscopy last Wednesday...he also started me on Kapadex which I have been taking for 20 days now. After the endoscopy, he came in and said I had some acid reflux and gastritis, and gave me some information on GERD. He said that I had a small amount of bile in my stomache that we "might" have to invesitgate further...and I don't know what that means or what bile in your stomach might mean. He also scheduled me for an Esophageal Manometry which I was supposed to have this Thursday, but has to be rescheduled. Oh....btw, they did do biopsy or biopsies...but I have not heard anything back on those yet. What he wrote on the initial findings was "reflux esophagitis" and "gastritis". Anyone know how long it takes to hear back on biopsy?

He said he wanted to do the Manometry because I am still having symptoms. I'm assuming too because I told him that I have pain in my chest when swallowing (not my food or drink) but my normal swallowing...like muscles are tugging. I'm not thrilled about having to have this test done. I'm hoping it is not unneccesary. I'm just weary from feeling like this and not responding to the medications they have tried. Anyone else have this test done? Get any answers? I was told it is uncomfortable but not as bad as you think? I'm having some anxiety over the test as well.

On top of all that, my GP wants to run a full round of blood work even though it was all done 3 months ago when all of this started. Thank goodness for my insurance, but the copays/dectables are starting to hurt. I feel like all I do is go to doctors appointments or have tests and still keep feeling worse and worse. Makes me feel like they are missing something completely...sigh.

Sorry for the book, but I felt I should come in and update, rather than just post and then not let anyone know what has been going on.
[QUOTE=TEdds83;4015137]Hello MLB65, You have described my symptoms to a tee!! It has been over a year now with this going on and off for me. Last year this time, the mucus and tight chest started for me. I thought I was getting asthma. It really scared me. I took a puff of a family members inhaler, but it didn't do much for me. I was put on Prilosec and took it faithfully for 6 weeks. It took care of my problem but then I gradually went off of it and just did Tums. But by fall I was back in trouble. Then at Christmas things got bad again. I went in for an Endoscopy in Jan. this year. The doctor found nothing wrong. Somehow I made it to spring....and now it's June and the mucus is BAD!! I have bad allergies anyhow so you have to know some of it is from that. But this is definately acid reflux.

I have tons of mucus that I can't clear. It makes it hard to breath and I am sure this is how asthma must feel. Then I panic and my chest gets tight. Sometimes I have burning in my sternum area where the acid reflux comes up. Sometimes my chest muscles hurt from a little nagging cough and clearing all day long. Tonight is hot and humid and I felt my chest closing in. I had to get inside into the air conditioning just so I could breath. This kind of wether is hard on people with acid reflux, allergies and asthma. It makes it really hard to breathe because the air is so thick.

I am like you....I wake up and feel best in the morning when it comes to the mucus thing. But as the days goes on it gets worse and worse. I clear my throat over and over...my chest muscles feel so over used. By evening and can be pretty bad off. I have to sit still and put a movie in and try to relax other wise I will have a panic attack. I have been to the ER plenty of times for this. This is no way to live!!!

So to this day no one has diagnosed me with anything. Not even asthma. My guess is I have bad allergies and silent reflux. That is when you don't always feel the burn, but I watch everything I eat and the mucus comes up into my throat and you drives me nuts.

I am Prevacid now for almost a week. It is working a bit. I have seen a homeopathic type nurse. She is going to test me for a bunch of things and I am going on a product that will help my digestive track all the way through. Hopefully when I get my stress reduced too I am not have to take Prevacid forever.

I do hope you are feeling better. Hang in there! I know sometimes it doesn't matter what I eat. It flares up when it wants to. It baffles me.

And Rockford2, I hope you are feeling better also. At my worst I had a searing pain go through my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack. I was just having terriable reflux. I ate so bland for days. I have been just drinking water and gatorade for weeks. I do have my days of cheating. Don't get me wrong. lol I hope you are finding something that works for you too.

Always here to talk!:wave:[/QUOTE]

Hello. I have been suffering this for almost 2months now. Will this end? How long? What did you do to stop this. Really painful in the chest forever due to reflux. Thank you for your reply





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