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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

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6 years ago I got pain in my upper right quadrant that spread to my shoulder blade and down my side, nausea, heartburn, was positive I had a gall bladder infection. Ultrasound showed no stones. At the same time I was diagnosed with GERD. Since then I've take prilosec every day and it has more or less relieved my symptoms with the occassional flare up.

I get the burning that starts in my stomach and goes up my esophagus and into my chest, the heaviness in my chest and the sensitivity to acidic, spicy, and heavy foods and especially caffeine and alcohol. BUT I also get the pain under my right ribs, like a golf ball is stuck there. I also have a lot of other digestive issues that I don't know if they are related or coincidence. I've always just shrugged it off as a sensitive stomach but I have to wonder.

The past 3-4 weeks my GERD has been unmanageable. Prilosec does nothing, diet and exercise do nothing. The pressure in my chest is awful, and I had some dizzy spells and feel so exhausted. Dr prescribed me to Zantac twice a day, which seemed to help a little but I felt like it was giving me heart palpitations so I stopped and went back to prilosec. I had an ultrasound the other day, everything was normal. But before the test I was dry heaving in the parking lot (I know, gross) because I had fasted for 8 hours before but my stomach just kept producing acid regardless, and it tasted like bile in the back of my throat. Such an awful feeling. Now I've gotten that nauseaus feeling with bile a couple times since the test. Still persistent acid reflux with the awful chest feeling, and dull pain in URQ that radiates to my back. Now I also wake up with sore throats. I did have an EKG and it was normal. I ran twice last week; first time was ok but second time it aggravated my GERD and I was close to throwing up when I stopped. I am a runner and have never had a problem exercising. I watch what I eat and am at a healthy weight. Doctors keep telling me what I already know- eat smaller meals, sleep on an incline, etc. They don't think it's gall bladder especially after ultrasound results.

I have an appt at a GI specialist this week, and I'm wondering if I should demand a HIDA scan- more for my own peace of mind so I can finally know for certain that it is or isn't my gall bladder. Also my blood tests showed low iron saturation and boderline-high cholesterol, which was surprising because I consider myself a healthy eater and I regularly exercise. Not sure if that's related.

Has anyone else had persistent GERD for days on end with no relief? Usually I can control it but it's impossible right now and I'm so frustrated. It's also hard to tell if it really is my GERD or if it could be gall bladder related. I just want to feel normal; I am so frustrated and feel uncomfortable all the time.

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