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    Old 12-12-2007, 11:07 AM   #1
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    Anyone else had these symptoms?

    Hi I'm new to the board trying to seek some friendly advice!

    I was diagnosed with GERD about 2 years ago even though i'm not sure anymore..
    My symptoms used to be as follows, nausea in the morning(for a few hours) before even eating and rarely but sometimes acid reflux up my throat into my mouth. My more recent symptoms starting about a year ago after taking Nexium, prevacid.. ect are still nausea in the morning ( but randomly, only once a week or so) and constant burping throughout the day. Even in the morning when I wake up before I eat anything. I dont eat anything 2-3 hours prior to going to sleep.
    I also get this burning/sharp pain in my upper right chest after running for 5 minutes+ . I have had an endoscopy done, chest x-ray and stress test and so far nothing

    I am mainly concerned with the chest pain. Does anyone else get this?

     
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    Old 12-12-2007, 10:46 PM   #2
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    Re: Anyone else had these symptoms?

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    Hi I'm new to the board trying to seek some friendly advice!

    I was diagnosed with GERD about 2 years ago even though i'm not sure anymore..
    My symptoms used to be as follows, nausea in the morning(for a few hours) before even eating and rarely but sometimes acid reflux up my throat into my mouth. My more recent symptoms starting about a year ago after taking Nexium, prevacid.. ect are still nausea in the morning ( but randomly, only once a week or so) and constant burping throughout the day. Even in the morning when I wake up before I eat anything. I dont eat anything 2-3 hours prior to going to sleep.
    I also get this burning/sharp pain in my upper right chest after running for 5 minutes+ . I have had an endoscopy done, chest x-ray and stress test and so far nothing

    I am mainly concerned with the chest pain. Does anyone else get this?
    So you've had all possible tests and they've ruled out heart related problems?

    I've just entered into the realm of GERD myself here recently.

    My symptoms started as chest pains (tightness) and I had heart palpitations also if/when I was working too hard.

    I went to the ER and everything checked out normal for me. At that point - they were blaming Anxiety and Asthma. Amazingly enough - Taking Advair got rid of the chest tightness. However - I developed other symptoms after the chest pains went away (stopped taking Advair). I've been to pulmonary specialists, asthma meds, and now....seeing Gastroenterologist and I'm on asthma meds (Singulair) AND GERD meds (Protonix).

    So....if indeed I'm experiencing GERD myself - then YES...you can experience chest pains. I think I read somewhere online that sometimes the acids can backup and get into your lungs.

    Sounds like you need to make another appointment with your doctor. Are you currently taking any medications for GERD?

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    Old 12-13-2007, 05:43 AM   #3
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    Thanks for the info!

    Currently I'm taking Protonix and barely helps. I cannot remmember the last time I got a full blood workup so im going in today to get that done.. I do suffer from heart palpatations too whenever I do too much cardio but i'm mainly just concerned as I heard if your acid gets backed up too much especially into your chest there can be complications long term wise.

    Doctors seem pretty lax on this subject and take their time in everything.

     
    Old 12-13-2007, 12:25 PM   #4
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    Doctors seem pretty lax on this subject and take their time in everything.
    I know all too well .. you gotta be patient yet you gotta push them for results. Imagine yourself being a doctor - I'm sure it's very difficult to diagnose GERD with all the many different symptoms there are, the many different complications that can result from it and the many different types of medications to help it. And even if it wasn't GERD - there's so many different ailments these symptoms could be coming from.

    I wouldn't wanna be a doctor.

     
    Old 12-14-2007, 08:21 AM   #5
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    Re: Anyone else had these symptoms?

    Hi everyone
    Just amazing how when I read this board - I feel like "wow, that's exactly how I feel" descibing the pain and weird symtoms of gerd/acid refulx - I feel a little better that I'm not alone. The chest pains are the worst, I too have ended up at the ER..... along this whole process (6month) I've been diagnosed with ASTHMA, SEVERE SINUS PROBLEMS AND GERD/ was put on Advair, that I felt really irritated my throat and made my voice horse, but I kept at it because I coughed 24-7 for 3 months --I'm off it now - now on Nose spray- dr. told me I need sinus surgery --but all and all - I think it's all connected - asthma/sinus/acid reflux - for me at least.

    during and after I eat, just a yogurt for example I get throbbing in my chest, I have silent reflux, never get heartburn, but it is a sharp stinging kind of pain under my breast bone and localized to the upper right side. My DR. thinks I'm nuts, that I have pain radiating into my breasts, etc. Along the way here, I've seen GASTRO, PULMINOLOGIST, ENT, and the chest pain was like I said pretty localized. Over Thanksgiving -I traveled to family and in the middle of the nite woke up in sheer panic, chest pain, felt like my throat was closing.
    I was staying @ my brothers and his good friend is a DO, I went to see him, right away he felt that I also (on top of gerd) had costrochondritis, which is an inflamation of cartilige between the ribs --it made sense to me because I was coughing for so long and so hard for so many months and on top of it and as crappy as I always felt I would drag my butt to the gym and lift weights, which not knowing I had costrochondritis, I was totally agravating my symptoms and it takes a really long time for it to heal.

    Yesterday I had the PH capsule put in my esophagus, This will be the 4th diagnostic test I have had to DEFINITLY tell me I have gerd---I just want to feel better and learning slowly that you have to have a lot of patience (waiting for results of tests) and patience for things to calm down inside. For this PH test I had to be off Nexium for 10 days prior, can't take tums or mylanta, so I'll be off meds for almost 2 weeks and I only was on the nexium for about 2 weeks. What a vicious cycle. With the capule in me, I can definitly feel it, I feel like I have a fish hook in my esophagus, not horrible, because I'm so used to feel pain in the chest area. I wear a monitor clipped to my pants and have to hit buttons when I feel ie. chest pain, etc. The surgeon who did it was so much more encourging then my own Doc., but coming out of the anesthesia, the first thing he asked was if I smoked -- I am an x-smoker, smoked for my years, he said the damage was done, felt very bad, I have such regrets that I ever smoked, I was so stuffed up and coughing after the procedure that he felt I should definitly address any sinus/allergy condition that I could have........never had allergies, panic or chest pains in my life. Just turned 46 and all this has creeped up. with the stress of all these symtoms, causes a lot of anxiey on top of it I have spent thousands and thousands out of pocket to get all these tests, I have crappy insurance. so all that adds to this whole thing too.

    I'm losing weight by the week, can't eat anything, swallowing is getting bad too, (went for a test for that last week) I just don't understand why the DR.s don't get all the other symtoms of acid reflux ie: like chest pain/palpitations -- at least my dr. doesn't. He thinks I'm just an anxious person --never had panic or anxiety attacks in my life before all this!

    I probably won't get the results now from this PH test until after December 25 -more waiting --I've been walking around like, some one is missing something and something is really wrong with me.

    I feel for each and everyone of you and I hope every one has better day.
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    Old 12-14-2007, 10:15 AM   #6
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    Re: Anyone else had these symptoms?

    Hey! after reading your post it makes me wonder about how many "fake" cases doctors get and just toss aside every case thinking antacids will solve everything when there could be an underlying case much worse.

    When I went to take my blood test yesterday he said the chest pain was probabley totaly unrelated and strangley enough due to inflammation in the cartilage. I wonder about that as it started the same week as my other symptoms with my stomach. Although I do workout 3-4 times a week and possibly it has kept going for 18 months? it still seems unrealistic.

    Hope you feel better and get a positive diagnosis soon!

     
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