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Ok, this might be a little long, but I want to get it all out there. I have been experiencing chest pain for more than a year now. I am 28 and used to party pretty regularly, including heavy drinking and some things I shouldn't do (let's just leave it at that), and for a long time thought that it was that.

Anyway, about ten months ago, I was painting my apartment and the chest pain was so bad that I had my cousin take me to the ER. Complete work up and I was deemed ok. Then I went to a doctor and had an EKG and an echocardiogram and was clear on both. So I went on with my life.

Over the past four months, the pain got worse and I realized that it was much worse after a night of heavy drinking. I also noticed that when I drank I would get VERY rapid heart beats (don't know the exact BPM). Soon, I was dazy and lightheaded most days and get short of breath and sweat during not so heavy exertion (however, I have no problem running on the treadmill, etc.). Therefore, worrying that this was my heart (I was convinced I had cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure), I saw three cardiologists and had another echo, numerous EKGs, exercise stress test, 24 hour holter monitor, and recently a cardiac CT. My girlfriend thinks I am crazy to get all these tests, but the pain and weird symptoms I feel are scary as hell. I have stopped drinking, as the throbbing pulse in my neck is too scary to be worth it.

Although I am still not convinced that the heart is not involved, from reading on this site, I think I may have some sort of GERD, especially since the CT showed a hiatal hernia and the pain and heavy breathing is MUCH worse at night. Also, I feel like I always have phlegm in my throat and lower nasal area and can never get rid of it. The pain is just on the left side of my sternum and sometimes in my lower left back side (at bottom of ribs). I also feel like my chest is much fuller on the left side than the right side.

I have been on protonix for about a week but it hasn't done anything.

Can this be GERD???? Thanks in advance to anyone that answers, as I am a newcomer who is really concerned!!!
I cant beleive I have found this thread!

I have been worrying like hell for weeks about my heart and my symtoms are EXACTLY the same as yours! I am 28 and have partied really hard for the past ten years. When I was in my early 20's I had to go and have a load of tests done because it felt like I had a ball in my pipe when I swallowed, to cut a long story short it turned out to be Hiatal Hernia. Since then I have been taking Lanzaprasanol 30mg, only when I party at the weekend though because that was when I got the heartburn.

Recently I have been having awful chest pains, so much so I have posted in the Heart section of this very forum! I to have experienced a pain in the bottom of my left side, just below the rib cage, it lasted for about a week and my pharmacist friend told me it could of been a chest infection due to me smoking.

I would be very interested to have an update from you as to how you are getting on. I have been thinking about making a doctors appointement but I was worried he would just fob me off. If I could gather some info off you to relay to him that would be great! What EXACTLY is this GERD?

OMFG! Im so so soooooo glad i found this thread. Im going to give you the long spill of what im dealing with and i'll be damned if its not like the orginal post.

So, many months ago I was diagnosed with hypertension, because of head aches behind my eyes due to the blood pressure they found out that i have
HPB. So i take toprol for it (works great pulse stays right at 74 at almost all times) I work construction and even with heavy lifting it never stays high. Problem one solved.

Now around the same time my doctor reccomended i have a scope done b/c of my severe and i mean SEVERE!!! heartburn. Scope was done and i had a lot of damage to my esophageus (sp?) So they put me on nexeum. Problem 2 solved.

Now here i was thinking i was all better and ready to start rocking out again...wrong. Like the OP Im 25 and have drank a good amnt since about 20. One reason for the reflux being bad. As well as the BP. Now I have very high anxiety so the symptoms im going to describe are driving me C R A Z Y!

First is the pain in the left side of the chest. That artery or whatever it is that runs along the left side of the chest wall close to the arm pit is what i normally feel thumping. However my heart rate is always good 74 and sometimes in the high 60's. Second is the fact i am aware of my heartbeat when im not busy. IE sitting on the couch i can feel it thumping in my chest. The pain in the chest is on both sides on days where my reflux gets bad and i get gassy :( then it seems the gas pressure makes the dull stabbing feeling worse on both sides.

So one day this caused me a full blown panic attack. So off to the ER i rush. During the full blown panic attack they do a EKG and everything looks 100% fine. You would think that knowing that during an anxiety attack that my heart was fine that would do it for me...nope. Another 3-4 trips to the ER followed in the next few weeks. After 5 EKG's, 4 chest x-rays, blood work, urine work, multiple doctors and even an echo that showed up fine, im still not any better.

I also get pain right in the middle of my chest (sturnem??) I cant even sit still anymore b/c the more i shake my foot the less i feel the heart beat. None of the symtpoms seem to match heart disese b/c of the normal bp and heart rate. Unlike the other posters the alcohol seems to make me feel better. I suppose it calms my anxiety. I find myself waking up in the middle of the night panicky and worried im going to have a heart attack b/c of this constant left side of the chest pain and the feeling of my heart beat thumping in my chest. I hope any of this helps. Sorry its so long but damn if i didnt think i was going loco.

Oh and i do know from my doctor that gerd will cause you to have a cough and the gunk that comes with it. Sometimes it seems when i cough hard for a minute or so i get very light headed. Dont know if that makes sense. I also get short of breath but i think thats my anxiety. Thanks for listning.

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