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    Old 08-14-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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    acid reflux and hypoglycemic symptoms

    I have been told for years that i have hypoglycemia. Now I am being told that I do NOT have it but rather have acid reflux. I have syptoms of acid reflux so I am not surprised at that, but it does anyone else with acid reflux also have symptoms of hypoglycemia such as lightheadedness, or a kind of jittery feeling, sweats, and rapid pounding heart beat?? basically a sense of general weakness. I dont know what to think because I cannot find these symptoms listed for acid reflux.

     
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    Old 08-14-2007, 06:56 PM   #2
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    Re: acid reflux and hypoglycemic symptoms

    Some people with Reflux have many of the symptoms that you've mentioned along with the more classical reflux symptoms. But if your only symptoms are those that you've listed I am supprised that your dr. diagnosed it as Acid Reflux. Did the dr. do any testing? Did he suggest you see a specialist?

    I have no medical background but to me your symptoms sound more like anxiety. Which I believe can also play a part in acid reflux.

     
    Old 08-15-2007, 03:00 AM   #3
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    Re: acid reflux and hypoglycemic symptoms

    Yes, I get those symptoms. I've had reflux off and on for years. and I have had episodes when I've felt an extreme tiredness, not sleepy, more like totally drained and weak, and then I get shaky and cold sweats and lightheaded, to the extent that I just have to lie down. Each time it happens it scares me silly, but almost without fail, eventually I will have a bout of burping or feel trapped air being released. Sometimes the weakness lasts 10 minutes, but it can last up to 2 hours, before I feel the air coming up. Immediately after the wind is released, I have my energy back, just like that.
    At other times I just get palpitations and it is always connected to my digestion and wind.
    And every single time it happens, I wonder why I was worried. But next time, I'm scared silly again, and I think I'm dying, until the burps or hiccups start.
    I've asked doctors and specialists about it, and they all say there is no cconnection between heart palps and the weakness and digestion, but for me it is always together. I kept saying, I am sure the trapped wind is pressing on my heart or something.
    Then I found out about the vagus nerve on the internet and asked another doctor about it, and he agreed totally with me, that wind trapped in the esophagus or stomach, or acid, can all trigger episodes in the vagus nerve (sorry I'm not very scientific here). In the past few years there is a heap of info on the internet about it, and how reflux can affect the vagus nerve.
    I don't know if what I get is actually real hypoglycemia or not, but it has similar symptoms. Another thing that brings it on for me is if I eat anything with aspartame or MSG . 15 minutes after that and I feel like I am going to just fade out completely.
    It's rather strange, because I can get severe episodes of reflux, and not have any of the above. Other times I get the jittery stuff happening, and just mild reflux.
    I actually had an argument with a cardiologist once. I'd been to see him for heart palpitations. They were the real thing, showed up on my ecg. and they always happen after I've eaten, and always go after a burp. He said there was absolutely no way there could be a connection, and that he was a heart specialist so he ought to know. He wasn't too impressed when I said, Sorry, but it's me that's having them so I think I ought to know too. I've always felt a bit guilty about that, until I've read so much since where doctors are accepting that there IS a connection.
    I am going through the worst reflux episode I've ever had the past weeks, and each time I stand up, I get a racing heart and short of breath, until I feel the wind released.
    Sorry for the long post, but thought it might relate to what you are experiencing.

     
    Old 08-15-2007, 08:42 AM   #4
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    Re: acid reflux and hypoglycemic symptoms

    Wow! I am so glad I posted here. I was convinced my doctor was crazy for saying that acid reflux can cause all of my symptoms. I have the typical acid reflux symptoms plus the cold sweats, jitters, sudden exhaustion (which until now I always considered low blood sugar) My doctor has me on meds for 3 weeks to see if it helps and to make sure it is just acid reflux. I hope he is right because you can't start to fix something until you know what is wrong.

    Sorry you are so sick, but it is good to know I"m not the only one!! thanks for your post!

     
    Old 08-15-2007, 08:47 AM   #5
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    Re: acid reflux and hypoglycemic symptoms

    I forgot to say before but I also cannot have aspartame or MSG because they give me migraine headaches and make me feel sick. I wonder if acid reflux meds will help my headaches??? very interesting!

     
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    Re: acid reflux and hypoglycemic symptoms

    Hi, Just wanted to say that MSG and aspartame affect me too.. not headaches, but really drained and weak and I can just drop off to sleep for no reason within 15 minutes of having a "dose" of this.
    So many people also get reflux as one of their most common symptoms. I think perhaps that whatever causes the reflux makes us more sensitive to other chemicals, because I've had reactions to all sorts of drugs whenever I've had to have surgery.

    Look up leaky gut syndrome too.. There seems to be a whole connection there, and some people think that it is the whole root cause of problems like ours.

    Regards Lindy

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    Old 09-21-2007, 11:29 AM   #7
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    Re: acid reflux and hypoglycemic symptoms

    leahana1-
    Hi, I was wondering if you may have ever been diagnosed or may possible suspect the presence of an ulcer? In my case, from the reasearch on my symptoms it may be very possible for me to have an ulcer along with the reflux, bad deal. With me, I get tired and sleepy and just plain feel weak. Reading up on slow, bleeding ulcers may cause anamemia or lack of iron in the blood. I am supposed to be getting tested early next week and I pray to God some answers can be found. I recently had my GB taken out due to it dysfuntionality and an EF of 6% and I continue to have problems. The most scarry of symptoms in the shortness of breath at night and that in turn causes my heart to race. I also feel like my blood pressure is high. Anyways, it does feel better to know that I am definetly not alone with these nightmareish problems and hopefully one day we can all get back to feeling anywhere close to normal.

     
    Old 09-21-2007, 03:56 PM   #8
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    Re: acid reflux and hypoglycemic symptoms

    Well I just got a lot (and I mean a lot!) of test results back and everything was considered normal. My doctor thinks this is good news-I think it is terrible news. I know there is something wrong with my body (not just acid reflux) my doctor finally admitted that yes, it is more than just acid reflux, but he said he doesnt know what. I was hoping the test results would at least point me in the right direction. Maybe all of this is stress related.

     
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