Excruciating Pain/Fainting related to GERD?
Hoping someone will have an idea what may be my problem.
I have had heartburn for 25+ years, after an endoscopy I was officially diagnosed with GERD six years ago (enamel damage so bad I needed to have teeth bonded). A week ago Saturday I woke up with a fever of 101 and assumed I had caught the flu. I woke up Sunday morning and the fever was gone only to return in the afternoon. The fever was gone by evening. I ate very little both weekend days. I went to bed around 9:00 on Sunday and was awakened by intense pain below the sternum. Since I had had two similar incidents in the past 7 months (most recently in December) that were resolved when I vomited naturally, I headed to the bathroom again. The pain intensity went from zero to sixty in a matter of minutes. Before I knew it I was panting because of the excruciating pain, the absolute worst I've ever experienced. The room was swaying, and I had enough sense to call for my husband. I was hardly coherent, and felt like a an animal, crazed with pain. My husband offered me water, and I drank some hoping I'd be sick, to no avail. My husband then suggested I go to bed a lie down. The next thing I knew there was a voice asking if he should call 911! That's right, ask the unconscious person, lol! I opened my eyes and my husband said I had fainted!! I heard my teenage son coming down the stairs yelling, so I told my husband to help me up and get me to bed. My poor husband had thought I had a heart attack. The strangest part is after I woke up I felt fine, in fact wonderful. I liken to how great you feel after an ice cream headache has ended. I saw the doctor the next day who suspected a gallbladder attack. I had an ultra-sound that showed my gallbladder and the ducts looked normal. I am being referred for an endoscopy. I'm willing to believe it is GERD related except, if it was acid, why did I feel good after the faint? I never did vomit. It felt like one minute something was very, very wrong, and the next minute it wasn't, which is why the gallstone idea seemed viable. I appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!