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Hi. I'm new in town..*nudge, nudge*...anyway!

I've been suffering from GERD/Acid reflux (aren't they both the same?) for as long as I can remember now. The past year or so, it's gotten worse, and by worse - I mean absolutely debilitating.

I wanted to know if this could be GERD causing all of this mayhem, so I want to provide you all a list of my symptoms :

-Breathlessness
-Chest pain/discomfort
-A fullness/pressure at the base of the throat
-Crackling noises/sensations when I breathe in deeply
-Racing heart when reflux feeling reaches upper stomach/chest area
-Waking up every hour or so through the night with a tight chest
-Choking sensation when eating/after eating
-Severely swollen throat (to the point where my windpipe is being pushed on - I can see my adam's apple is not on it's correct position in the middle, it veers off more to the left and is lower in my throat than it was years ago)
-Anxiety spikes
-Hoarseness of voice (my voice is very scratchy/raspy lately)
-Stabbing pains or pulling sensations in throat muscles at random
-Mucus build up in nasal passages/back of throat
-Suffocating sensation after heavy meals (which I've abstained from the past few weeks as I don't eat much anymore for fear that it'll worsen the GERD)
-Stiff neck/shoulders

Overall, I am VERY physically drained and weak from enduring these symptoms (all of them, mind you) on a daily basis. I've had blood tests done before (if that makes a bit of difference in my diagnosis?) and it's always come come clean. My most recent was two weeks ago and the same deal - it came back normal.
I just don't know what to do anymore. I'm at my wits end. I'm losing sleep, losing my appetite, losing my mind trying to figure this thing out. I'm so far beyond depressed. I mean, this is like a terminal affliction to me because I've been laid up in bed for three days straight now because I've just had enough and can't find the will power within me to carry on anymore...not when each day is a losing battle in a never-ending war. These symptoms only seem to get worse as time progresses, as well. I've thrown in the towel. I'm so psychologically and emotionally broken by this. This disease has literally taken my Life away from me. I used to be more active, energetic, and full of hope and happiness - ALWAYS on the go and laughing/smiling with friends. Now? I'm just a hollowed out shell of my former self..slowly wasting away in this bed. Missing out on all the joys that this Life had once afforded me with..all because of this.
My sleeping schedule is off, too. I wake up anywhere from 10pm-12AM and end up staying wide awake all night long, then sleep the entire day away. That doesn't help my anxiety either (I also have GAD which is Generalized Anxiety Disorder) it makes it 10x worse, so that's even MORE to cope with.
I can't tell you how many times I've woken up in the middle of the night scared out of my mind and fed up with it all. I don't want to just roll over and die, but as of late that's seeming more and more like an appealing alternative :/
I've lost myself because of this. No energy, no happiness, no friends, no hopes, no dreams, NOTHING.
Can anybody out there relate...? At all...?
Any similar stories/experiences? And can someone confirm whether or not this is entirely GERD or perhaps something else, maybe (hopefully not) something more sinister?
Thank you all in advance......and be well.
[QUOTE=WinterTears;5311099]Hi. I'm new in town..*nudge, nudge*...anyway!

I've been suffering from GERD/Acid reflux (aren't they both the same?) for as long as I can remember now. The past year or so, it's gotten worse, and by worse - I mean absolutely debilitating.

I wanted to know if this could be GERD causing all of this mayhem, so I want to provide you all a list of my symptoms :

-Breathlessness
-Chest pain/discomfort
-A fullness/pressure at the base of the throat
-Crackling noises/sensations when I breathe in deeply
-Racing heart when reflux feeling reaches upper stomach/chest area
-Waking up every hour or so through the night with a tight chest
-Choking sensation when eating/after eating
-Severely swollen throat (to the point where my windpipe is being pushed on - I can see my adam's apple is not on it's correct position in the middle, it veers off more to the left and is lower in my throat than it was years ago)
-Anxiety spikes
-Hoarseness of voice (my voice is very scratchy/raspy lately)
-Stabbing pains or pulling sensations in throat muscles at random
-Mucus build up in nasal passages/back of throat
-Suffocating sensation after heavy meals (which I've abstained from the past few weeks as I don't eat much anymore for fear that it'll worsen the GERD)
-Stiff neck/shoulders

Overall, I am VERY physically drained and weak from enduring these symptoms (all of them, mind you) on a daily basis. I've had blood tests done before (if that makes a bit of difference in my diagnosis?) and it's always come come clean. My most recent was two weeks ago and the same deal - it came back normal.
I just don't know what to do anymore. I'm at my wits end. I'm losing sleep, losing my appetite, losing my mind trying to figure this thing out. I'm so far beyond depressed. I mean, this is like a terminal affliction to me because I've been laid up in bed for three days straight now because I've just had enough and can't find the will power within me to carry on anymore...not when each day is a losing battle in a never-ending war. These symptoms only seem to get worse as time progresses, as well. I've thrown in the towel. I'm so psychologically and emotionally broken by this. This disease has literally taken my Life away from me. I used to be more active, energetic, and full of hope and happiness - ALWAYS on the go and laughing/smiling with friends. Now? I'm just a hollowed out shell of my former self..slowly wasting away in this bed. Missing out on all the joys that this Life had once afforded me with..all because of this.
My sleeping schedule is off, too. I wake up anywhere from 10pm-12AM and end up staying wide awake all night long, then sleep the entire day away. That doesn't help my anxiety either (I also have GAD which is Generalized Anxiety Disorder) it makes it 10x worse, so that's even MORE to cope with.
I can't tell you how many times I've woken up in the middle of the night scared out of my mind and fed up with it all. I don't want to just roll over and die, but as of late that's seeming more and more like an appealing alternative :/
I've lost myself because of this. No energy, no happiness, no friends, no hopes, no dreams, NOTHING.
Can anybody out there relate...? At all...?
Any similar stories/experiences? And can someone confirm whether or not this is entirely GERD or perhaps something else, maybe (hopefully not) something more sinister?
Thank you all in advance......and be well.[/QUOTE]



"Hi WinterTears",

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Best Wishes,

Solofelix.
[QUOTE=WinterTears;5311099]Hi. I'm new in town..*nudge, nudge*...anyway!

I've been suffering from GERD/Acid reflux (aren't they both the same?) for as long as I can remember now. The past year or so, it's gotten worse, and by worse - I mean absolutely debilitating.

I wanted to know if this could be GERD causing all of this mayhem, so I want to provide you all a list of my symptoms :

-Breathlessness
-Chest pain/discomfort
-A fullness/pressure at the base of the throat
-Crackling noises/sensations when I breathe in deeply
-Racing heart when reflux feeling reaches upper stomach/chest area
-Waking up every hour or so through the night with a tight chest
-Choking sensation when eating/after eating
-Severely swollen throat (to the point where my windpipe is being pushed on - I can see my adam's apple is not on it's correct position in the middle, it veers off more to the left and is lower in my throat than it was years ago)
-Anxiety spikes
-Hoarseness of voice (my voice is very scratchy/raspy lately)
-Stabbing pains or pulling sensations in throat muscles at random
-Mucus build up in nasal passages/back of throat
-Suffocating sensation after heavy meals (which I've abstained from the past few weeks as I don't eat much anymore for fear that it'll worsen the GERD)
-Stiff neck/shoulders

Overall, I am VERY physically drained and weak from enduring these symptoms (all of them, mind you) on a daily basis. I've had blood tests done before (if that makes a bit of difference in my diagnosis?) and it's always come come clean. My most recent was two weeks ago and the same deal - it came back normal.
I just don't know what to do anymore. I'm at my wits end. I'm losing sleep, losing my appetite, losing my mind trying to figure this thing out. I'm so far beyond depressed. I mean, this is like a terminal affliction to me because I've been laid up in bed for three days straight now because I've just had enough and can't find the will power within me to carry on anymore...not when each day is a losing battle in a never-ending war. These symptoms only seem to get worse as time progresses, as well. I've thrown in the towel. I'm so psychologically and emotionally broken by this. This disease has literally taken my Life away from me. I used to be more active, energetic, and full of hope and happiness - ALWAYS on the go and laughing/smiling with friends. Now? I'm just a hollowed out shell of my former self..slowly wasting away in this bed. Missing out on all the joys that this Life had once afforded me with..all because of this.
My sleeping schedule is off, too. I wake up anywhere from 10pm-12AM and end up staying wide awake all night long, then sleep the entire day away. That doesn't help my anxiety either (I also have GAD which is Generalized Anxiety Disorder) it makes it 10x worse, so that's even MORE to cope with.
I can't tell you how many times I've woken up in the middle of the night scared out of my mind and fed up with it all. I don't want to just roll over and die, but as of late that's seeming more and more like an appealing alternative :/
I've lost myself because of this. No energy, no happiness, no friends, no hopes, no dreams, NOTHING.
Can anybody out there relate...? At all...?
Any similar stories/experiences? And can someone confirm whether or not this is entirely GERD or perhaps something else, maybe (hopefully not) something more sinister?
Thank you all in advance......and be well.[/QUOTE]


I am so sorry that you are going through this mess. I am somewhat in the same boat as you are. I have always had a bad stomach (past 8 years), due ot a bad reaction to a vitamin but stomach got even worst and I got bad reflux with the burning in the throat and lots of other stuff. I would advise you to go to a Gastro doc and take the proper test and maybe an endoscopy. I am going to get my second endoscopy in 8 years (had one 6 years ago). I am going to see my doc and ask him a simple question...Do I have too much acid or LOW acid in my stomach/system. This makes a huge difference. Most of these drugs are for reducing acid in our stomachs and you need to be sure.

I am going to ask this and still want to get an endoscopy to see why i have sensations in the middle of my chest and sometimes in my upper throat (sensation..yes...but no burning).

Once you get some solid information then try to help yourself. This is a tough situation and yes I understand 100% how you feel....

Best of luck!





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