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Old 01-20-2008, 03:30 AM   #1
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Question Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

I went to the doctor, I felt like I was having a heart attack, squeezing pressure on the left side of my chest, and also sharp/piercing pains in my heart (the pains only lasted for a few seconds though) and the sharp piercing pains were also in my wrists, legs, arms and neck/head. They only last a few seconds, but they are all very sharp pains, mainly in my heart though.
They said that I have acid reflux?
Does this makes sense to any of you, I don't think I have acid reflux.
Any info would be great.

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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

If you really are in doudt & this continues have some testing done to confirm or rule out the reflux. When I was told I had it I did not really think so, at that point did not really have heartburn or to many symptoms. I will tell you not only did I but the paramedics thought I was having a heart attack when I had to be transported one day. I had such pain, could not breathe & that pain went up the neck, down the arm & into the chest, my vitals were crazy & so forth but all cardiac work ups came back ok. The acid showed in a heart cath , & a scope, but it took me along time to find out I had other problems in the neck & shoulder along with the reflux. The acid was not as bad as one would have thought to cause all this discomfort. I was sent to ER more then once in the past couple years. I believe when the pain & the acid gets out of control my vitals go bonkers.
There are several things that can mimic symptoms of cardiac, but I sure would want some testing to rule it out & testing to find out what the problem really is. It is to stressful to sit & wonder. So if it continues let your doc. know you would like some diagnostic testing done to confirm the problem. Good luck, Sammy

 
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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

Hi, I agree with Sammy, but be sure and ask your Doctor about Esophageal spasms, they can make you think you are having a heart attack, and the pain can radiate all over.

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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

Hi l too get the pressure just to the left of my chest like ive been poked with a blunt heavy object it lasts seconds but is very unplesant l also get sternum area pain like sharp cramps.. does anyone know what this is please? And the last few days stomach probs seem worse lm getting stabbing cramp in my ribs on the left hand side... lots of trapped wind too l hate this just started manuka honey hope it helps x

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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

Could also be a hiatal hernia. You should get yourself to a gastro doc and he can run some tests. I agree, acid reflux does give you terrible chest pain. Hope you're feeling better... Linda

 
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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

Do guys get pressure on just one side of chest?? Do you ever get pressure in the front and back - like squeezing making it hard to breath? Does anything HELP relieve this feeling for you?

Thank you,

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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

Hi Vanessa mine is mainly centre chest just off to the left a little sort of the area where your breast line starts. I do get lots of back muscle symptoms and l have had the squeezing feeling too that was up either side of my ribs to the back. Its so frustrating.

 
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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

Niecsey,

Thank you

That is how mine is in the upper center of my chest - squeezing and tightness making it difficult to breath.

So far I have not found anything that helps relieve it. Hope we ALL do soon

 
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lve just started taking manuka honey to see if it helps started it Saturday. Wjat have you tried? x

 
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I've tried:

Magnesium supplements, Prilosec OTC, Pepcid A/C, Max Strength Mylanta, Rolaids, TUMS - and COMPLETING overhauling my diet to VERY HEALTHY.

So far no improvement. Please let me know if the honey works - I sure hope so.

 
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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

Do you ahve a lot of stress or are you naturally a born worrier?

 
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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

I am a BORN worrier and fearful person - no joke!!! I had learned to cope pretty well but the last two years I have had more than NORMAL amount of stress. My father passed after a battle with cancer, I am in a bad marriage, my house burned down, and I was hit by a truck while walking down the street.

So, its been a pretty bad couple of years - I think the stress just turned my body into a MESS

 
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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

I went to the ER and they said it was anxiety/panic attack, they put me on xanax and now the pains are all gone.

 
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Geez, Vanessa, I hope this is a better year for you!

Sorry for all your problems. No wonder you have some anxiety.
I wish you the best of luck and hope you'll get your breathing back soon.

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Re: Acid Reflux Symptoms - Mimicking heart attack?

Anxiety and stress will kill you. Number one reason of problems with the gut is anxiety and stress. More and more people are going to the ER rooms with spells they think are related to their hearts. GERD can make you feel like you are having a heart attack. One the other hand, I worry too many Dr's are handing out PPI's and telling people they have GERD. I would have some test done to rule out other problems to be on the safe side.

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