Please Help Identify Symptons-Research resulted in mixed results
About 7-8 months ago around X-mas of 2007, I went to the hospital with chest pains that I thought were a heart attack. Earlier that day I felt a jabbing pain in my chest which turned into shortness of breath and feeling light-headed and dizzy. They ran their tests and said it wasn't anything life threatening, my EKG and bloodwork came back fine, and that it was probably G.I. related. I'm a 23 year old male that is probably 20-30 lbs overweight so after much research, I just figured I would get back into my exercise routine that I hadn't done since college, cut down on the late night boozing and whataburger runs and the problem would be solved. Clearly I was wrong. Over the past 6 months, I've slowed the alcohol intake waaayy down, I've changed my diet, and have picked up the exercising to 3-4 days a week. The problem I'm having, is that it is hit or miss when the symptons occur and from the research I've done it could be an even split between acid reflux or angina. My symptons are feeling light-headed, dizzy, difficulty swallowing, burping (almost seems like relief of pressure), increase in heart rate, shortness of breath, waking up from sleeping gasping for air, burning sensation in the middle of my chest (some of the times), and random chest pains/pressures. It does seem consistent that Pepcid AC Complete seems to relieve the symptons when they occur, but they don't occur consistently with eating. Most of the time it is after a large meal or a spicy meal, however; for instance today, I hadn't eating since noon and at 6pm I was playing golf and the symptons kicked in. I took a prilosec which seemed to help, ate a salad and went to bed, but was woken up 2 hours later with symptons again which were somewhat quelled with a Pepcid Complete. At this point I've completely cut alcohol and caffeine out of my diet, I eat smaller meals, and I usually jog 4 days a week. I didn't think it was Angina b/c I can exercise and it doesn't bother me, usually the symptons occur 1-2 hours after I eat, but today I hadn't eaten in 6 hours and they started up. Some of the time I can feel a burning like acid reflux in my throat which implies it's G.I. related, but sometimes there is no burning it all. It's frustrating b/c my symptons overlap between G.I. issues and cardio issues so I don't know which route to travel, however it does seem consistent that acid reducers subdue the symptons. I know I need to go to a specialist to follow-up, but I've read about so many people going and getting zero results so why waste my money? I've change my diet (yogurt for breakfast, banana for snack, 6" subway for lunch, lots of water, and usually a salad or chicken breast for dinner), I've got back into my exercise routine, and I don't eat late night fast food or drink alcohol anymore, OR caffeine. Another thing that is consistent, prior to completely cutting alcohol out, I did notice that after a late night of boozing, there was usually a day lag time and then the symptons would kick in full force, twice as bad as a result of drinkin alcohol and eating late...I'm just confused as to why this is continuing to flare up 1-3 times per week even after I've changed all of my habits...any ideas are greatly appreciated!