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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

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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!!!

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