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    Old 07-27-2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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    What does LRP mean?

    I have what my doctor says is GERD. I don't have severe heartburn, but I do feel it between my shoulder blades, which is a gnawing pain when I eat. I also feel like the food goes down slow, and sometimes it feels like it's stuck and I'm going to choke!! I have severe anxiety, so I take about 1/2 a tab of anti-anxiety meds a day. (Ativan) And I take a 1/2 propanolol a day for heart palpitations. Since I have been married to my husband of 8 years, I have probably had 12 or ok. 20 different diseases. Of course, none diagnosed. All in my head. I was diagnosed in 1997 with Mitral Valve Prolapse with mild regurgitation, which is not serious at all. But last year they said the regurgition went to severe on the echo, so I went and had at TEE done, Transesphageal Echocardiogram, convinced I was going to need a new valve, I was petrified. But during the procedure, they sedate you, the cardio doc said, wow, it doesn't show hardly ANY regurgiation at all!! So I was excited and started to "live" again. I have 5 kids now, 1 before I married, and he had 2, and we had 2 more. So my point is now I have this so called acid reflux and last year all summer I had IBS. I feel llike it's all related to stress. I also have been told I have a hiatal hernia. I can actually feel it pop out a little while I am laying flat on my back. I also have noticed my stomach feels weird after taking the omeprazole. It is a little scary, because I only weigh around 107 and I have lost weight because I was afraid to eat. Then of course I have been walking about an hour a day, to reduce stress and I thnik the weight loss is serious whem deep down I know it's from the exercise. Does the omeprazole make your tummy feel weird. Almost more gassy? Also, it feels like the stomach is sore, almost like I can't stretch out or I might rip something. The hiatal hernia feels a bit tender too, but they say they don't do much for those unless it's really bad. I have been seen by the doc, so he touched my stomach and neck, and said it's GERD and sent me packin'. He asks me every time I come in, "Are you still in counseling". (I went for stress). Since last year though, I found out my husband was texting someone, and he put her name in as another colleague. He explained it wasn't what I thought, but to make a long story short, I wonder if that has all caused me to be so anxious it's got my stomach all tied up in knots. Oh, I drink two lattes a day. But decaf. How bad is that ?? ANY ADVICE or COMMENTS is so greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post!

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    Old 07-28-2008, 06:59 AM   #2
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    Re: What does LRP mean?

    Hi Karate Mom,

    Stress is a HUGE contributor to both GERD and IBS - and worry and anxiety make it all worse... But who is among us that does not have stress - or worry and anxiety when they do not feel good.

    Your symptoms do sound like GERD - and the Omprezole can cause quesy/gassy feeling - you could ask your Dr. to try a different PPI (Nexium, Aciphex, Prevacid, etc.)

    Also, maybe you could increase your Ativan to (1) a day until you can lose some of your stress.

    I suffer from both GERD & IBS - both made so much worse by stress and worry (which I do both A LOT - My Dr. said that some people just internalize everything and it comes out as health problems.

    Even though you drink Decaf - coffee is still very acidic and hard on the stomach - you my try cutting back or giving it up for a while to see if it helps - maybe making some other dietary changes could help to.

    Best of luck with everything - hope you feel better soon.


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    Thanks Vanessa. Last year I had IBS all summer. I have had it in the past as well. Probably for a year at a time! I took Librax for it then. I figured I would just give the acid reducer a chance first before I started anything else. Thanks for the advice! Take care.

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