Ok, this might be a little long, but I want to get it all out there. I have been experiencing chest pain for more than a year now. I am 28 and used to party pretty regularly, including heavy drinking and some things I shouldn't do (let's just leave it at that), and for a long time thought that it was that.
Anyway, about ten months ago, I was painting my apartment and the chest pain was so bad that I had my cousin take me to the ER. Complete work up and I was deemed ok. Then I went to a doctor and had an EKG and an echocardiogram and was clear on both. So I went on with my life.
Over the past four months, the pain got worse and I realized that it was much worse after a night of heavy drinking. I also noticed that when I drank I would get VERY rapid heart beats (don't know the exact BPM). Soon, I was dazy and lightheaded most days and get short of breath and sweat during not so heavy exertion (however, I have no problem running on the treadmill, etc.). Therefore, worrying that this was my heart (I was convinced I had cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure), I saw three cardiologists and had another echo, numerous EKGs, exercise stress test, 24 hour holter monitor, and recently a cardiac CT. My girlfriend thinks I am crazy to get all these tests, but the pain and weird symptoms I feel are scary as hell. I have stopped drinking, as the throbbing pulse in my neck is too scary to be worth it.
Although I am still not convinced that the heart is not involved, from reading on this site, I think I may have some sort of GERD, especially since the CT showed a hiatal hernia and the pain and heavy breathing is MUCH worse at night. Also, I feel like I always have phlegm in my throat and lower nasal area and can never get rid of it. The pain is just on the left side of my sternum and sometimes in my lower left back side (at bottom of ribs). I also feel like my chest is much fuller on the left side than the right side.
I have been on protonix for about a week but it hasn't done anything.
Can this be GERD???? Thanks in advance to anyone that answers, as I am a newcomer who is really concerned!!!
I was recently diagnosed with GERD, I can tell you those are my exact symptoms. I have been on Nexium for about a month. I feel a little better but my chest kills me besides the fact that I am always choking on the lump in my throat or the phlegm that feels like glue that I cant hack up. I am new to GERD as well and my dr is not one for bedside manner, so I am learning alot on this site. Keep reading and good luck!
Thanks, honeydew. Do you also feel the strong heart beats when you drink alcohol? To me, in addition to the general feeling of being out of it and waking up with a racing heart rate in the middle of the night, this is the scariest. Good luck to you.
I have been worrying like hell for weeks about my heart and my symtoms are EXACTLY the same as yours! I am 28 and have partied really hard for the past ten years. When I was in my early 20's I had to go and have a load of tests done because it felt like I had a ball in my pipe when I swallowed, to cut a long story short it turned out to be Hiatal Hernia. Since then I have been taking Lanzaprasanol 30mg, only when I party at the weekend though because that was when I got the heartburn.
Recently I have been having awful chest pains, so much so I have posted in the Heart section of this very forum! I to have experienced a pain in the bottom of my left side, just below the rib cage, it lasted for about a week and my pharmacist friend told me it could of been a chest infection due to me smoking.
I would be very interested to have an update from you as to how you are getting on. I have been thinking about making a doctors appointement but I was worried he would just fob me off. If I could gather some info off you to relay to him that would be great! What EXACTLY is this GERD?
Hi guys. I am also 28 and had a history of abusing alcohol. I drank heavily form 20 - 28. I have the same symptoms as you guys. When I would drink alcohol, I would notice my heart rate increase. If I smoked a cicarette, it would go up to around 120 bpm and stay there for hours. Recently after I drink beer, the next day I am bloated and have terrible reflux. The funny thing is, I usually feel fine while I am drinking. I currently suffer from gerd, bloating in the digestive tract (especially the stomach), tightness in the throat, and bifficulty taking a deep breath. Nexium and other ppo's make me bloat worse. I have been alcohol free for a month, which has helped.
Hey guys. Glad that has struck a chord with some people and good to hear I am not alone.
First, I have done a lot of research re: these ****** symptoms, so a lot of the drinking stuff COULD (not saying that it is or isn't) be related to the heart. Alcohol is like poison to the heart and if you have been binge drinking for a long time, there might have been an affect. Once there is an affect, drinking more obviously has a greater and greater affect. Still, you would have had to drink A LOT (like 7 drinks every day for 10 years) to have done permanent damage. I have also learned that quitting/drastically reducing it may make a world of difference. I have received a lot of heart tests (2 echos, exercise stress test, and cardiac ct scan) to make sure I am ok. I don't know if you need to get all those (I went a little overboard), but I would advise at least going to a cardiologist to rule the heart out (one visit may do the trick).
Now that I have, I am on protonix (for like 2 weeks) and it seems to be working. However, I went out for my ten year high school reunion last night and threw a lot of beers back and my heart was racing again and I could see my heart throbbing in my neck.
Heidelberg, google GERD. It is gastro(......) reflux disease. Causes a lot of these kind of symptoms. I have not been diagnosed with it yet, but since the protonis is working and I have ruled the heart out, I must have it.
Still, I am worried that I still have shortness of breath, chest pain near my heart and my heart pulsating near the base of my neck.
Hi guys. Search for "LPR" and "GERD" on the internet. LPR is a type of reflux that has very little to no heartburn, but causes shortness of breath etc. I definately have this. I have noticed that when I consume dairy products my symptoms are much worse. It seems the stomach pressure/bloating is causing the reflux, high heartrate, etc.
OMFG! Im so so soooooo glad i found this thread. Im going to give you the long spill of what im dealing with and i'll be damned if its not like the orginal post.
So, many months ago I was diagnosed with hypertension, because of head aches behind my eyes due to the blood pressure they found out that i have
HPB. So i take toprol for it (works great pulse stays right at 74 at almost all times) I work construction and even with heavy lifting it never stays high. Problem one solved.
Now around the same time my doctor reccomended i have a scope done b/c of my severe and i mean SEVERE!!! heartburn. Scope was done and i had a lot of damage to my esophageus (sp?) So they put me on nexeum. Problem 2 solved.
Now here i was thinking i was all better and ready to start rocking out again...wrong. Like the OP Im 25 and have drank a good amnt since about 20. One reason for the reflux being bad. As well as the BP. Now I have very high anxiety so the symptoms im going to describe are driving me C R A Z Y!
First is the pain in the left side of the chest. That artery or whatever it is that runs along the left side of the chest wall close to the arm pit is what i normally feel thumping. However my heart rate is always good 74 and sometimes in the high 60's. Second is the fact i am aware of my heartbeat when im not busy. IE sitting on the couch i can feel it thumping in my chest. The pain in the chest is on both sides on days where my reflux gets bad and i get gassy then it seems the gas pressure makes the dull stabbing feeling worse on both sides.
So one day this caused me a full blown panic attack. So off to the ER i rush. During the full blown panic attack they do a EKG and everything looks 100% fine. You would think that knowing that during an anxiety attack that my heart was fine that would do it for me...nope. Another 3-4 trips to the ER followed in the next few weeks. After 5 EKG's, 4 chest x-rays, blood work, urine work, multiple doctors and even an echo that showed up fine, im still not any better.
I also get pain right in the middle of my chest (sturnem??) I cant even sit still anymore b/c the more i shake my foot the less i feel the heart beat. None of the symtpoms seem to match heart disese b/c of the normal bp and heart rate. Unlike the other posters the alcohol seems to make me feel better. I suppose it calms my anxiety. I find myself waking up in the middle of the night panicky and worried im going to have a heart attack b/c of this constant left side of the chest pain and the feeling of my heart beat thumping in my chest. I hope any of this helps. Sorry its so long but damn if i didnt think i was going loco.
Oh and i do know from my doctor that gerd will cause you to have a cough and the gunk that comes with it. Sometimes it seems when i cough hard for a minute or so i get very light headed. Dont know if that makes sense. I also get short of breath but i think thats my anxiety. Thanks for listning.
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I get a funny lump like feeling in my throat too, and it makes noices when i swallow. sometime's it's really loud and other's it's not...
Can't really say what kinda noises they are... a bit like strong gulping, like you would do if you're throat is swallen. but mine's not.
As for the alcho, i suffer really bad when i drink. good thing is i don't normaly only on celbrations like the other weekend.
I get real bad pains in my chest and the acid is horrible and really hurts me.
I also get that when i drink Coca Cola. So i have to be careful.
I've noticed that i'm keep getting niggly pains in my chest, and dazy real dazy at work... sometimes lightheaded but that's only when i burp too much.
Shallow breathing yes, i have to take deep breaths to remind me that i am still breathing...
After reading all this, I think that I have only one choice: stop drinking alcohol or limit myself to like one beer. Although it will suck, I guess I have no choice.
Although I am glad that you all are experiencing similar symptoms to mine (so that I don't feel like I am alone, experiencing weird symptoms no one else is feeling), I nevertheless hope it gets better for you all.
On an unrelated note, I have been taking protonix for about three weeks and my nasal drip and phlegm in my throat (that I cannot cough up) have gotten worse and I think I am more bloated. Does this sound crazy?????
I was on Nexium and It also made me more bloated, increased my belching and my chest pain due to the excess gas. Over the counter Zantac relieves the burn but increases the belching, Prilosec OTC gave me intense headaches. It seems like nothing out there helps!!! This GERD just increases my anxiety. It is not fun
These are the symptoms I have except the shortness of breath. I was just in the ER last Friday. I have been diagnosed with GERD. I take 2 40mg Nexium a day and 2 Carafate a day. Although they help some, they don't get rid of my symptoms completely. I am having and endoscopy done in a couple of weeks. I will let you know what they say.....it may help. I don't drink at all but I don't have to drink to have the symptoms that you are describing. The "heart beat" you are feeling could possibly be an esophagus spasm. Somewhere on this board in a thread on that. You might read it to see if it gives you any insight. Good luck. I know how scary it can be. The first few times I paniced. Sadly, you will get used to it and it won't scare you so bad when it happens. I know that isn't much comfort. One thing I have found too is that people who haven't experienced it cannot possibly understand the fear that comes with it. Hang in there.
I am so glad to have found this thread. My symptoms match EXACTLY with those described in the first post.
I initially went to the doctor with shortness of breath that I only noticed in the evenings. he said he'd found a heart murmur, but ECG was fine. Then I noticed I could see my pulse throbbing in my neck, and after drinking too much, I would wake up with a racing heart.
I have had an echo, was told at the time that the blood flow in one of my arteries was increased. Sometimes during the day my head feels hazy.
I cant get appointment for my doctor until Monday & damned receptionists wont tell me full results of Echo so obviously I'm dead scared! I worry a lot anyway and this thing is driving me crazy! I was worried it could be liver disease as I probably overdo it at times. I can go weeks without a drink, but once I start, can't seem to stop! Anyways, have stopped now.
Does this sound familiar to anyone else??
Anyway I will post back when I've seen the doctor. Just nice to know I'm not the only one experiencing these symptoms!
I am the original poster. Obviously, as I said, I have the exact symptoms that you described. I have had a bunch of heart tests (echo, ekg, ct scan) and they ruled it out (I am still not convinced). That is good that you had an echo. However, I am really surprised that they have not let you see the results. I would call them again and have them fax you the report. If you are in the US, at the very least, this is a right you have. Keep asking until you get it.
And you are not alone with the haziness. I feel it everyday. And the shortness of breath of night. The fun thing is that I now have huge coughing fits the following morning. Awesome!!! Anyway, after reading A LOT about acid reflux, your symptoms are right on for GERD (as are mine).
The waking up with a racing heart is also consistent with GERD. I am not sure why, but a lot of people cite that as a symptom. Mine has gone away since I have been on protonix, although some of the other symptoms (haziness, coughing, chest pain and palpitations) have not.
Someone else on here mentioned the possibility of an ulcer. Although I obviously hope it is not that, I will look into it.
Also, Kate, I would consider stopping drinking for a couple months and see how you feel. I have done it (even though I used to be a HUGE partier) and it has made a big difference. It sucks, but feeling these scary symptoms sucks even more! Or at the very least, limit yourself to one drink (which it sounds like you, like me, have a tough time doing). If you can't do that, stop altogether.