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    Old 12-05-2013, 07:38 AM   #1
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    Reflux with heart palpitations/pounding

    Hey everyone,

    I'm 33 y/o female. I have severe reflux issues and am now on Nexium 40mg a day. Hasn't helped my problems like I was hoping it would. I lay awake at night with a pounding heart, palpitations and what feels like someone squeezing or sitting on my chest. This happens when I've eaten in the last hour or have eaten too much/certain foods that day. I notice a little reflux, usually with gas/bloating. The pressure is so tight on my chest that I have to get up, stay standing for a while before it goes away. My heart sometimes races or I can feel pulse strong in my neck and upper chest. I don't really have any pain associated with these eipisodes. (I've had a stress echo and wore a holter monitor, all came back normal). The docs (cardio and gastro) have offered no additional insight.

    Does anyone ever feel these symptoms or similar symptoms?
    Very troubled.

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    Re: Reflux with heart palpitations/pounding

    You should take a Zantec 150 at bedtime.

    I take Dexilant in the morning and Zantec at bedtime. It's ok to take both of them they are a different class of drugs.

    Best of luck.

    Old 12-12-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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    Re: Reflux with heart palpitations/pounding

    Hello. I too have experienced similar problems. 41 year old male dealing with G.E.R.D for the past 3-4 years. Prior to knowing I suffered from reflux, I had been to my Dr. a couple times as I was concerned with heart palpitations. tests were completed and I was told I was fine. I also experienced severe chest pain and tightening to the point it would cause breathing problems. Thought I was having a heart attack. The pain would subside after a short time, and I would go back to doing what I was doing. Again, tests came back ok. I then had trouble swallowing to the point I almost choked on some food one day. An endoscopy with a gastroentoligist revealed a "stricture" in the esophagus caused by severe reflux. I was given a daily pill to take (TECTA). I have not experienced any of the symptoms since, although there was 2 different days when I missed taking the pill that the symptoms returned. Anyhow, I take this pill in the morning and it seems to be working. I have since had a second endoscopy to compare, and everything seems to be fine. You should talk to a gastrologist about a different med, or further exploration into your own problem. Good Luck!!

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