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[QUOTE=Looseball;4065973]Ok, I've taken a read through of all the threads in here relating to my symptoms and I can't find one that has ALL of the specifics I am going to be mentioning. ...

[COLOR="Red"][I]Well you found one, and i suspect there are many others too. I just have never listed everything like you did.[/I][/COLOR]

3 Years ago, I noticed that as days went on I was getting the sensation of a lump being stuck in my throat. ...
[COLOR="Red"][I]Typical LPR, all of your descriptions of where, when and how describe it well[/I][/COLOR]

After a few months of taking Pantoloc, the only sensation it helped was the lump in my throat. ...

- My throat literally felt like ...

- I still have the phlegm feeling in the back of my throat...

[COLOR="Red"][I]One drug may not be as effective as another for a given individual. Sometimes you have to try something else, and sometimes even that does not work for everything.[/I][/COLOR]

- When I was laying down to sleep, if I laid on my stomach and turned my head to the left side, I would get short of breath to the point where I couldn't breathe almost. I didn't get any quicker of a heart beat, no palpitations, nothing. And when I turned in any other position it went away immediately. ----- Since taking the Pantoloc I have noticed that this has gone away
[COLOR="Red"][I]I get the shortness of breath too. Sounds like a bronchial spasm, caused from acidic irritation could be experienced with our without some gas buildup, probably to the vegas nerve.[/I][/COLOR]

- Sometimes when I am doing nothing or my daily activities, I will have a squeezing sensation in the middle of my chest. ...
[COLOR="Red"][I]Esophogeal spasm, caused from the acid, probably due to irritation on the vegas nerve.[/I][/COLOR]

- Currently I am a very active person. I do cleaning activities daily (not simple ones) and I run daily for 30 minutes. I do not get any chest pain when I do this nor do I experience shortness of breath. However, after 20 minutes of running I honestly feel like someone has kicked me in the stomach, and this happens regardless of whether I eat before I run or do it on an empty stomach.
[I][COLOR="Red"]Happens when i bike, it could be a cramp, a hietal hernia or sliding hernia acting up, some acid bouncing up and burning in your esophogus. For me, i can sometimes burp out the pain. [/COLOR][/I]

- Sometimes I get a pain in my chest, however it's usually on the right side. A lot of the time it is in the middle area where I feel the squeezing and I can pinpoint a spot on the right side where it hurts (just barely touching where my right breast is from the middle). It's not really a pain actually, more like a dull ache. If I had to scale it I would put it at a 3 out of 10, mostly discomforting and shocking when it happens, but definitely not debilitating.
[COLOR="Red"][I]Where one feels pain may not actually be where it originates. Pain felt could be radiating from your esophagus. Pain felt on the right side near the sternum area can be associated with gall bladder.[/I][/COLOR]

- Other pains I get in my chest seem to feel like your regular gas pains.

- I constantly burp. CONSTANTLY. This is extremely disconcerting when I am in a gym running, burping while people stare. Or in a restaraunt, every little bite I take I burp. Perhaps once a week, after a few hours of burping I will still regurgitate a small piece of food and that's it.
[COLOR="Red"][I]A lot of burping complaints found in this forum. Clearly an indicator of gastro-issues going on. Burping seems to relieve my pain when i have it, other times i just burp without the pain going on.[/I][/COLOR]

- When I burp it feels as if the air travels halfway up my esophagus, to the area where I am experiencing all these symptoms, then stops and I literally have to push it the rest of the way. Sometimes it actually hurts while others it just feels a bit sore in the exact same area everything feels like it's happening, and right after the pain/soreness goes away and I don't feel it until I burp again.
[COLOR="Red"][I]Dont you just hate that, especially when it stops and feels like it is blowing up your esophagus, sometimes with a lot of pain going on, sometimes none.[/I][/COLOR]

- Very rarely, while eating or not eating I will swallow and it's as if the muscles right in this area do not function. Everything else moves as it should but right in this little spot the muscles stop contracting, or doing their job, and the food just sits there. This also has happened when I am not eating or drinking and just swallowing regular saliva. It does not happen often at all, and has not gotten worse over time. I actually haven't had it happen in a few weeks come to think of it.
[COLOR="Red"][I]I have found stress, and constantly thinking or worrying about my "gastro issues" seems to perpetuate and bring about more issues. When i finally defocused from these thoughts, many issues subsided.[/I][/COLOR]

After going back to doctors and telling them all my symptoms they finally referred me to another ENT, who did a scope up my nose. I do not know the purpose of that test but he said everything looked completely normal, but after telling him that medications weren't helping he referred me to a Stomach Specialist and refilled my prescription of Pantoloc (out of all the drugs this was the only one doing anything at all).
[COLOR="Red"][I]What i have learned is this. The doctors have heard everything you have described. Some doctors think they could be attributed to GERD, some dont. The ones that dont i believe are in error, but they just follow an ever revolving cookbook of knowledge to derive their answers. Take med help doctors online for instance, i have read them saying that a particular symptom is not caused by "GERD" only to read later admitting they dont fully understand all the inner workings and that that symptom could be caused by GERD. The scope up you nose was looking for inflammation and drainage, as the source for your throat phlegm and issues[/I][/COLOR]

Back in March of this year, I coughed up two chunks of blood. I passed out a few minutes later because of the shock of coughing up blood for the first time in my life, and I ended up taking myself to the hospital because of it. They performed a chest X-Ray and told me it looked perfectly normal and that it was most likely a burst blood vessel, or sometimes the heart can "Accidentally" push blood into the lungs somehow ( I cannot recall what exactly he said it was called). Anyways, they said it was normal and not to worry, and sent me home. Since then I only coughed up one tiny tiny tiny (I mean literally tiny) spec of blood (Which was mixed in with phlegm) and never since.
[COLOR="Red"][I]This happened to me once, but after thinking about it, i realized it was blood in my phlegm caused from blood in the drainage from my nose. Other sources could be acid burning through your protective layers in your stomach or esophagus.[/I][/COLOR]

I am currently scheduled to have a 24 HR Motility and Ph monitoring test done on October 7th to get some more results, but I was just posting this to see if there were any thoughts I could get from the community.

The reason I am posting this is because lately I have been experiencing more frequent heart palpitations/fluttering sensations and a very very slight shortness of breath. This does not get worse when I work out, but they are noticeable I won't deny.
[COLOR="Red"][I]This was what i was referring to regarding the Med help doctors. One doc stated there was no connection between GERD and palpitations, then i read in another post they dont know but now see a possible connection and are just beginning to explore this area. I say definitely yes. When my reflux is at its worst, and i am burping a lot, i feel palpitations, some mild, some scary. I have had a full cardio workup to eliminate heart. This leaves the vegas nerve connection to a known stomach issue.[/I][/COLOR]

1. Maybe 7 years ago, I started to notice I was getting a very light fluttering sensation in my chest. Occasionally my heart would literally feel like it jumped, and I could feel it squeeze the blood out of it. I went to the family doctor and told him about it, he told me that it was just a heart palpitation and I was one of the unlucky people who happened to be "body aware", and was more aware of them. He said we all have them and most people don't even notice them, but I was one who did. He told me not to worry about it unless I was getting chest pain or shortness of breath or couldn't do hard work. I was able to do hard work and work out, and did not get either of these two symptoms. Today, it seems that I go through "episodes" with them. For example, I'll go 2-3 weeks without a single palpitation or flutter sensation, then suddenly I'll have one of those really big forceful palpitations, and for a few days after the fluttering sensation. It goes away as quickly as it happened until a couple more weeks later, when it comes back.

2. I also have been getting a very slight shortness of breath. It seems that...
I went to the doctors the other day about the palpitations and shortness of breath. He did the usual small office checkups, checked my pulse and blood pressure, etc. He said that everything he can see looks normal, and that it probably is just palpitations however that if it was really bothering me to come back in a couple weeks to do some more in depth tests if I feel it necessary.

One important note is that NONE of these symptoms I have listed, including the palpitations and shortness of breath, coincide with each other. None happen at the same time and none happen immediately after or before. It seems they are all sporadic but always there.
[COLOR="Red"][I]Although it can be related to GERD, it is also wise to check into your heart for simple causes. You could have Mitral Valve Prolapse, MVP, a benign condition that provides annoying symptoms. This is check with a simple, painless, ultra-sound of your heart.[/I][/COLOR]

I am also not sure if a lot of them are caused by nerves, etc. I do not feel extremely worried or anxious until I get a hard palpitation, which of course would make anyone feel nervous.

I am a 26 year old Male. As I said I run 5 days a week for around 30 minutes, as best that I can with feeling like you've been kicked in the stomach. I do not have a personal history of heart problems, I also do not get acid reflux (The doctor said I might have silent reflux) except for maybe a couple times during the week. When I was around 1 year old I apparently gave myself a hernia in the stomach area which I then reinjured and had to get secondary surgery done a couple months later. I am not sure if this would have a bearing on my situation now that I am 25 years older. My mother has a heart murmur and my father is a Diabetic.
[COLOR="Red"][I]A heart murmur is caused by MVP, and MVP is hereditary. Sometimes the murmur is not so easily heard by the doctor.[/I][/COLOR]

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