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I have had these symptoms for about 5 months, however the past couple of weeks they have greatly worsened, to the point of disrupting sleep and making my day miserable. It used to just happen at nightfall, but the past 3 days it has been 24-7. Symptoms are:

Difficulty breathing- feels like chest won't expand enough, throat feels swollen, can't seem to get a decent breath.

Sore and irritated feeling in throat which makes me want to cough. Lots of excess watery throat mucus that needs to be spit out regularly, often burping up burning mucus, can burp at will.

Racing heart and palpations. This is what bothers me the most. Sometimes it feels like it's beating really hard and I can feel the pulsing in my whole chest, I have been to various docs and even ER for heart tests and they all said my heart is okay, however this was when it wasn't racing. It gets worse when lying down.

Bloated stomach, sour, slightly burning and heavy feeling in upper stomach/ under ribs.

Thanks so much for your opinion on what this might be. I do plan to talk to my doctor about it, but I can't get an appointment until a few months, so i'd like some ideas from here.
[QUOTE=b dog;2821611]I have had these symptoms for about 5 months, however the past couple of weeks they have greatly worsened, to the point of disrupting sleep and making my day miserable. It used to just happen at nightfall, but the past 3 days it has been 24-7. Symptoms are:

Difficulty breathing- feels like chest won't expand enough, throat feels swollen, can't seem to get a decent breath.

Sore and irritated feeling in throat which makes me want to cough. Lots of excess watery throat mucus that needs to be spit out regularly, often burping up burning mucus, can burp at will.

Racing heart and palpations. This is what bothers me the most. Sometimes it feels like it's beating really hard and I can feel the pulsing in my whole chest, I have been to various docs and even ER for heart tests and they all said my heart is okay, however this was when it wasn't racing. It gets worse when lying down.

Bloated stomach, sour, slightly burning and heavy feeling in upper stomach/ under ribs.

Thanks so much for your opinion on what this might be. I do plan to talk to my doctor about it, but I can't get an appointment until a few months, so i'd like some ideas from here.[/QUOTE]



Sounds like Acid Reflux. Definitely try not eating for 3-4 hours before bed (including drinking-even water). Try elevating your head on a wedge or with blocks under the bed. Also OTC Prilosec is better than nothing until you get to a doctor. Hopefully your doctor will agree and put you on Nexium or Prevacid. You may need double dosing to get under control initially.

Don't give up hope, I was like this a year ago and it took about 9 months on Nexium to completely heal but I felt better after about a month on the double dose. I know it's very scary with the breathing. Try to eat really bland foods and no alcohol or caffiene for a time.

Racing heart happened to me too. Turned out in my case, the reflux had irritated the thyroid to the point it was responding by kind of a hyper thyroid state which causes racing heart. Also, when you can't breathe right it tends to cause panic, which can also cause a racing heart.

Anyway, try to think clearly and know that it will get better.





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