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Okay, sorry this is long.I have been in and out of ER and doctors office with these problems for the last 2 yrs.I had heartburn awful palps pain in arm etc.Was told I had acid reflux .I have left jobs and husband told be to stay home because I would have attacks so bad.Went to a new dr.2 yrs ago just to be on safe side she recoomended me a cautherization to look at my heart and they said it looked perfectly normal no blockages etc.She put me on nerve pill,depression pill,acid reflux pill .and a pill for palpatations which she said asnt the dangerous kind. Well felt great went back to work ater 2 yrs of this mess had a person there who gave me a hard time and i quit.Came hate supper and heartburn started along wth palps high anxiety feeng in middle of chest,left arm hurting anxiety happens so quick its like my breath taken away for second.Especially when i eat it just sits i belch and feel sick esp bad taste and lava.I'm afraid with anxiety feeling in center of chest I'm having a heart attack.Went to dr today she said if youve been feeling this way for a couple days but it goes away till you eat and you do normal stuff its acid reflux.She said i know you had the cauthezation 2 yrs ago but with all those test your heart is healthy and your not having a heartattack.Can somone tell me you've went through all this.Is dr right saying even if its been 2 yrs your test said your fine and you are.Thanks for lstening Anne:(
Sounds from your post that you are experiencing a great deal of anxiety.

I would suggest keeping a diary for a few days to see when your symptoms appear and if they are triggered by certain stressors, foods you eat, etc.

Your doctor does not think you are experiencing a heart attack based on old tests and I am sure he/she also listens to your heart when you go in to see him/her.

Anxiety can mimic many different symptoms. Try to modify your diet some, take up gardening or a soothing activity that helps get your mind off daily stressors. Sometimes the simplest changes help.

I started to plant a small garden this spring. I only have eight or nine potted plants outside and my roses. I water, feed and prune them every night when I come home. It only takes me ten to twenty minutes, but that is therapy for me. It helps me decompress from my day at work and eases me into my nighttime routine. I try to eat early, chew slowly and do relaxing things when I am home in the evening.

I don't have small children anymore and know not everyone can do this, but try to find something that is soothing and relaxing to you that will make you happy.

Keep that diary. You'll be surprised how much you learn about your behaviors and diet habits when you put it down on paper.

Hope you feel better soon.

Rose
[QUOTE=davysmom;4271439]Okay, sorry this is long.I have been in and out of ER and doctors office with these problems for the last 2 yrs.I had heartburn awful palps pain in arm etc.Was told I had acid reflux .I have left jobs and husband told be to stay home because I would have attacks so bad.Went to a new dr.2 yrs ago just to be on safe side she recoomended me a cautherization to look at my heart and they said it looked perfectly normal no blockages etc.She put me on nerve pill,depression pill,acid reflux pill .and a pill for palpatations which she said asnt the dangerous kind. Well felt great went back to work ater 2 yrs of this mess had a person there who gave me a hard time and i quit.Came hate supper and heartburn started along wth palps high anxiety feeng in middle of chest,left arm hurting anxiety happens so quick its like my breath taken away for second.Especially when i eat it just sits i belch and feel sick esp bad taste and lava.I'm afraid with anxiety feeling in center of chest I'm having a heart attack.Went to dr today she said if youve been feeling this way for a couple days but it goes away till you eat and you do normal stuff its acid reflux.She said i know you had the cauthezation 2 yrs ago but with all those test your heart is healthy and your not having a heartattack.Can somone tell me you've went through all this.Is dr right saying even if its been 2 yrs your test said your fine and you are.Thanks for lstening Anne:([/QUOTE]

Anne:Hi Anne,

While I hate to hear how bad it has been for you it is good to know that thier are others with the same thing i am going thru. I have been told it was my gallbladder to acid reflux. I have become a mess. I too thought that I was having heart attacks. I have been to the ER 7 times. And to the Cardiologist twice. He also recommended that I have a catherization as well. He said that all was great. But i am still having these attacks. I feel so alone sometimes. Others just don't understand how I feel. It has been a three year battle for me. And I now see were some have had this issue for years. Scary. I am now willing to try anything. I am so freaked out that I have another appontment with my cardiologist. Any words of advise would be great.

Thanks

Albert
To both Albie and davysmom, I share your fears and pain. I have panic disorder and I see a lot of people with GERD seem to have issues with anxiety. The irony is the more fearful we get about our GERD pain begin a heart attack or something seriously wrong with us, the more acid we produce, so it's a never ending cycle of pain. I use Gaviscon at bedtime too, and I sleep on my left side on elevated pillows, the bed is elevated, I drink one tablespoon of organic Apple Cider vinegar daily with my main meal, and I also drink fresh ginger tea which seems to help soothe my stomach. What I've learned is everyone needs to find their own ways to deal with this, in terms of what you take. What works for some doesn't work for all, unfortunately. So keep trying alternative things and try to reduce stress, maybe by exercising or doing things to occupy your mind and take it off of those bad thoughts that get us worried, scared, and make the acid reflux flare up even more. Keep a food diary so that you know what foods make your reflux worse, and then eliminate them from your diet. I think we who have to live with this disease have to adjust our lives accordingly. I am sorry that your spouses are frustrated, but I do understand that it must be hard for them. I wish you both the very best, and I hope you find this message board a good source of support for you. I find reading it calms me when I realize I am not the only one suffering with similar symptoms. Good luck!
[QUOTE=davysmom;4655697]Sure ,I'd love that and anything I can find out that works for me I will pass it on.I know what you mean I know my husband loves me to death but everytime this happens he gets frustrated and says you know what it is we've been through this a thousand times and you are not dying.Then he says do you want to go to ER again and that kinda upsets me because I would never want him to go through this ever,but I wish he would understand better what I'm going through.Its like living in a prison and feeling like you will never get out and people look at you and say its just acid reflux.As for burping that seems like a great idea but sometimes I get palpatations with these spells and I don't want to stir it up more ha ha so maybe i''ll look for the caffeine free.You take care and keep in touch Anne[/QUOTE]

Hi,

Well I went to my Cardio to get my yearly checkup and wouldnt you know it all was fine. But I still cant get answers to my I am having chest pains. I just feel like I should just go live in the ER. I just want to findout why. Of course I have all sorta of things running thru my head. I also went to my regular MD to get my yearly as well. I hope to get the results soon. He suggested that I get on an anxiety meds. I am really frustrated and just dont think that is the solution. But I am really considering trying anything at this point. I think I think about it to much and scare myself. What do you think about anxiety meds?
Hi,

Well I went to my Cardio to get my yearly checkup and wouldnt you know it all was fine. But I still cant get answers to my I am having chest pains. I just feel like I should just go live in the ER. I just want to findout why. Of course I have all sorta of things running thru my head. I also went to my regular MD to get my yearly as well. I hope to get the results soon. He suggested that I get on an anxiety meds. I am really frustrated and just dont think that is the solution. But I am really considering trying anything at this point. I think I think about it to much and scare myself. What do you think about anxiety meds?
Hey Albie1:

Right up the way from me...i'm in Dallas.

Back to your situation, what does the pain feel like? Are you able to swallow foods and water? Since it's not cardiac related, it could be a couple of things and none of them are life threatening. Yeah, it could be anxiety. Do you have a good relationship with your Primary Care Physician? Maybe work with them to resolve this.
[QUOTE=bprapcyc;4665969]Hey Albie1:

Right up the way from me...i'm in Dallas.

Back to your situation, what does the pain feel like? Are you able to swallow foods and water? Since it's not cardiac related, it could be a couple of things and none of them are life threatening. Yeah, it could be anxiety. Do you have a good relationship with your Primary Care Physician? Maybe work with them to resolve this.[/QUOTE]
Oh, I do know what you're going through. It started for me about..maybe 11 or 12 years ago. I took have an anxiety disorder and I'm over weight which is another common factor with a lot of GERD patients. I told my doctor about the problems I was having and she put me on an Rx version of something you can buy over the counter but I don't remember now what it was. Didn't help. I called her office and they called in another script and it didn't work either. Finally she suggested I see a Gastrointerologist. By that time I was on Prilosec at 20 mg. The GI upped my dosage to 40 mg daily and gave me a diet to follow. I had to avoid everything on the list and then when things calmed down try to add in some of the foods I had avoided. I was scared to death to add in anything. I had lost a lot of weight because I wasn't eating much of anything. Water was never an issue. I could drink a lot of it and I did. My problems came way late at night for the most part. It would wake me out of a sound sleep with a nagging little pain about mid chest. I guess I thought I was having a heart attack at first but I had no trouble breathing...no squeezing pain associated with heart attacks...no pain in my arms or anything. Never went to the ER because of it. The pain was like being shot thru the chest and the bullet came out my back. It was so intense I couldn't lay down, couldn't sit up, could barely walk and then the vomiting would start and I would sit on the couch with a waste basket and throw up all night long!! Seriously it was like 7 or 8 hours. The worst it got was 3 times in one week...I looked like death warmed over. Then the doctor increased the Prilosec and that did the trick. I have changed my eating habits a whole lot. I eat slower. I can't eat raw onions. I can't drink Pepsi or anything carbonated anymore...no wine either. I drink a lot of water because it's about the only thing...that and tea...that doesn't bother me. I wait at least 4 hours between having dinner and laying down. I never let myself get too full either. Oh, and I have lost weight. I'm not skinny and not at the weight I'd like to be but weight loss helps..or at least it did in my case. I'm not longer on Prilosec and haven't been for years. It helped to heal the situation and the lifestyle changes and diet changes did the trick for me. Maybe they will help you too. I do sometimes get reflux...if I sneak a soda and drink it too late in the day and don't drink enough water afterwards to dilute it and I have to tell you...that taste in my mouth from the stomach acids and who knows what else...it's the worst thing in the world!! I hope you're feeling better soon.
Take care,
Sharon
So sorry that you guys are going thru this as well. Its been three years and I am still battling the issues. One question, do you still have your Gall Bladder? I have found that cutting caffine, dark chocolate, and fatty foods has helped alot. My Doctor says its all anxiety based and has tried to put me on prozac. I have resisted because I dont think thats it. They just dont seem to understand.
Prozac? anxiety? wow do they really think that? I can tell you while I am stressed I am not depressed in any way shape or form. Pi**ed off yes at this annoying condition depressed no!!!!!!!!!!! I dare the dr. to try and tell me I am anxious and depressed and that is the reason I am suffering. Now tell me it is stress yes probably a big factor..do the have pills for stress? NO does the dr. want to send me away to a nice spa for a week or two without my husband who doesn't take care of his health and my 17 year old daughter who just about makes me nuts 2x a week. Gladly I will take that trip:D:D...I was using the gym as a way to destress but now I can't even jog..blah...annoyed annoyed lol. No MORE PILLS>>>I hate PILLS...:nono:
Hi Albert I am still in the mess I was with my pains and so tired going to doctor because she says acid,acid acid.The last 2 days I've had pain in left arm,center chest and above left breast.Scared to death of heart but took an anxiety pill so here we go again.I do notice when I eat it sits on be and chest starts to hurt.Dr.seems to think I need to see a therapist about always thinking i'm having and heartattack.I'm not crazy just scared that one day I'm gonna say to myself acid and it will be too late.I get scared to tell husband because he says same thingThe ER knows me by name and Dr. is same way.So I'm just sitting here crying and praying.I am very faithful to Richard Roberts a preacher that comes on at 9pm on satillite and he prays for you and makes you feel better and they have a prayer line.They say if any 2 get together to pray for an illness whatever it is it will be taken care of .I have called many times any it works .I called last night and lady prayed for me and I'm not having pain like I was but soon as I ate this morning little pains especially in back.The number is 1-918-495-7777.This ia a real number for the prayer line I promise you.You will hear recording of the preacher saying prayers or reading testaments from other people.When the man or woman picks up just tell them I'm having pain in chest or acid or anything and say will you say a prayer with me and thats it.I feel so much better because I believe GOD loves us and really doesn't want us in this pain but we need to verbally let him know we believe.My pharmasist told me the gaviscon was only block acid not stop it.She told be to take off brand prilosic 20 mg I t takes 14 days only and it will stop the acid.Also mylanta inbetween this treatment when i feel bad and I take my zantac at bedtime.I just started this prilosic 3 days ago so we will see.Well take care and I'll try to do better in keeping in touch.Anne





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