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To start off, I'm 25 and a male. I'm about 5 foot 7 inches and. He60lbs. I think I'm fairly healthy. I don't always eat the greatest and don't exercise nearly as much as I should. For the past year and a half, I've been having bouts with anxiety on and off. My MD who's been my doctormy whole life believed that the anxiety came on after I was sick with a various. It was also a stressful time in my life since I was in my last semester in college for my undergraduate degree. My MD was hoping my anxiety was temporary and that it'd pass after graduating. It did slightly reduce after graduation but not thoroughly. My MD gave me some lorazepam to use temporarily for when I was experiencing large amounts of anxiety. I have had quite a bit of blood work done, a CT scan, an EKG, and some other miscellaneous tests. Everything came back completely normal. So once again, lorazepam as needed. I've had numerous doctors at larger hospitals check me out with no diagonosis except anxiety. 4 months ago, I had bloodwork done to check my thyroid and other normal counts and everything was fine. About 2 months ago, I was having pains in my lower right quadrant of my abdomen. Ended up in ER to get it looked at. They were thinking it was my appendix. I had bloodwork, urinalisys, and a CT of my abdomen. Everything came back normal. They said all my internal organs were perfectly fine. Shortly after, I went on vacation and was relaxed for the most part. I've been doing ok the past month or so. Then, a week ago, I started getting weird symptoms. Some of them can be wrote off to anxiety I'm sure. This is what I've been dealing with the past week.

More Frequent
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Sternum/center chest pains
Tiredness
Chest tightness/pressure
Upper stomach bloating
Wake up frequently during the night
Shortness of breath feeling even though O2 levels are good(I have a sensor)
Nauseated feeling especially in the morning
Lower stomach pains/discomfort
Both arm pain, especially near shoulders
Pain around shoulder blades
Chest pain a few inches above nipples
Bitter taste in mouth
Belching, especially numerous times in a row
Constantly clearing throat
“Zone out” type feeling
Upset stomach

Less Frequent
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Wake up at night with choking on fluid sensation
Dizzy spells
Neck pain
Dry cough
Discomfort near xiphoid process/upper stomach
Lump in throat sensation
Wake up shaking internally
Slight jaw pain


Again, some of those symptoms are anxiety related. Does this seem like it could be GERD or acid reflux? The weird thing is, I don't get heart burn really...just sternum pain where the ribs meet the sternum where the cartilage is. Is it possible to have GERD/acid reflux without heart burn? Can Anxiety cause GERD/acid reflux? Or the other way around? Have you experienced any of this and if so, how are you coping with it? I feel like Im going insane and constantly am worrying. I just want to be "normal" again. I have an appointment with my MD in about a week, but I want a jump start on what to talk to him about from others exeperiences with symptoms like these. He will likely do more testing and refer me to a GI to get scoped. Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks.
[QUOTE=bertalot17;5196459]To start off, I'm 25 and a male. I'm about 5 foot 7 inches and. He60lbs. I think I'm fairly healthy. I don't always eat the greatest and don't exercise nearly as much as I should. For the past year and a half, I've been having bouts with anxiety on and off. My MD who's been my doctormy whole life believed that the anxiety came on after I was sick with a various. It was also a stressful time in my life since I was in my last semester in college for my undergraduate degree. My MD was hoping my anxiety was temporary and that it'd pass after graduating. It did slightly reduce after graduation but not thoroughly. My MD gave me some lorazepam to use temporarily for when I was experiencing large amounts of anxiety. I have had quite a bit of blood work done, a CT scan, an EKG, and some other miscellaneous tests. Everything came back completely normal. So once again, lorazepam as needed. I've had numerous doctors at larger hospitals check me out with no diagonosis except anxiety. 4 months ago, I had bloodwork done to check my thyroid and other normal counts and everything was fine. About 2 months ago, I was having pains in my lower right quadrant of my abdomen. Ended up in ER to get it looked at. They were thinking it was my appendix. I had bloodwork, urinalisys, and a CT of my abdomen. Everything came back normal. They said all my internal organs were perfectly fine. Shortly after, I went on vacation and was relaxed for the most part. I've been doing ok the past month or so. Then, a week ago, I started getting weird symptoms. Some of them can be wrote off to anxiety I'm sure. This is what I've been dealing with the past week.

More Frequent
---------------
Sternum/center chest pains
Tiredness
Chest tightness/pressure
Upper stomach bloating
Wake up frequently during the night
Shortness of breath feeling even though O2 levels are good(I have a sensor)
Nauseated feeling especially in the morning
Lower stomach pains/discomfort
Both arm pain, especially near shoulders
Pain around shoulder blades
Chest pain a few inches above nipples
Bitter taste in mouth
Belching, especially numerous times in a row
Constantly clearing throat
“Zone out” type feeling
Upset stomach

Less Frequent
--------------
Wake up at night with choking on fluid sensation
Dizzy spells
Neck pain
Dry cough
Discomfort near xiphoid process/upper stomach
Lump in throat sensation
Wake up shaking internally
Slight jaw pain


Again, some of those symptoms are anxiety related. Does this seem like it could be GERD or acid reflux? The weird thing is, I don't get heart burn really...just sternum pain where the ribs meet the sternum where the cartilage is. Is it possible to have GERD/acid reflux without heart burn? Can Anxiety cause GERD/acid reflux? Or the other way around? Have you experienced any of this and if so, how are you coping with it? I feel like Im going insane and constantly am worrying. I just want to be "normal" again. I have an appointment with my MD in about a week, but I want a jump start on what to talk to him about from others exeperiences with symptoms like these. He will likely do more testing and refer me to a GI to get scoped. Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks.[/QUOTE]
Do you have phlem that you can't cough up and when you breath do you feel presure pushing against you from your stomach , do you seem to swallow air?





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