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Old 10-06-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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Does this sound like GERD?

I originally attributed these symptoms to a lower back strain, but now I wondering if this has something to do with GERD.

I have been having the following symptoms off and on:

1. Aches and pains in the upper chest
2. Horseness
3. Tightness in the chest--almost asthmatic, but not bad enough for that
4. A feeling like a cold is coming on, but it never arrives.

A few weeks ago, I drank a big glass of Metamucil. 10 minutes later it felt like I was having a heart attack--a burning pain in the upper chest. Then it happened again tonight. Big glass of Metamucil followed by chest pain. I drank some milk and walked around, a symptoms gradually subsided.

Does this sound like GERD? I am 39.

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Old 10-07-2009, 03:03 AM   #2
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Re: Does this sound like GERD?

It does sound like you may have GERD. All of those symptoms are commonly the result of GERD. I've never heard anyone say that Metamucil is a trigger, but if it's citrus-flavored it could certainly cause an acid flare up.

You might consider trying a two week course of PrilosecOTC to see if you notice any improvement - seeing your doctor would be a good idea as well.

Old 10-10-2009, 09:41 PM   #3
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Re: Does this sound like GERD?

Its weird timing but I went to my Gastroenterologist only 3 days ago and he told me that Metamucil actually makes GERD much worse. He graduated from Yale 40 years ago and was a medical Gastro professor at Yale also. He laughed when he thought of all the doctors who tell patients with GERD to take Metamucil. He said it was crazy. I hope this helps you.

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