I'm new to the boards and i have already lost the thread i was reading!
Anyway, i am a lot older than many of the people who seemed to have my same problems. Tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, acid reflux.
I do have a heart condition but it is in the electrical system. It's not like blocked arteries, because i, like many of you, have had all the tests. But, the shortness of breath is fairly new. However, i also have severe anxiety and depression, etc. I always think my anxiety is worse than my depression.
Something that struck me was that many of you, including myself, seem to have these symptoms go away when we're doing something enjoyable or distracting. I walk and thought my diet isn't the greatest, i try to eat something healthy every day.
I am taking Prevacid only because that's what my insurance covers but have been told that Protonix is the best for acid reflux. But, i feel that i have this ball in my chest all the time and i woke up with chest pains this morning. So, it is scary and i'm wondering if anyone has any new ideas on how to treat it?
I think all the ideas have been great but i think the biggest thing is believing what the doctors tell you. That's hard when your chest hurts and you can't breathe but you go to the doctor and all the tests turn out negative.
One thing i would like to relay here, in case anyone isn't familiar with it, is the H.Pylora test. Now, i may not be spelling that right but it's a blood test to determine whether you're carrying the bacteria that can cause an ulcer. Even if you don't have an ulcer, it can feel like one and make you miserable. Mine turned out negative but my neighbor had one that turned out positive and he was put on antibiotics for three weeks. The doctor said that once that is cleared up, you will never get it again. Strange but supposedly true.
So, even though i know i'm getting old and none of us will live forever, we want to feel the best we can while we're here.
I would appreciate any and all replies.