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    Old 10-20-2004, 02:07 PM   #1
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    what's wrong with me?!!?? help

    ok here's my situation....

    i had severe tightness of chest about 2 months ago that sent me into the ER. both the doctors and I thought it should be asthma since i have a history of asthma in the past. however, i realized that basically none of the medications for asthma helped with my condition at all. then i realized that my peak flow reading is pretty average (only a little bit below) a normal person. so why still the tightness in chest?

    i then told my doctor that after each meal, i would feel like throwing up. kind of like havin the food comin bak up but i'm not really vomiting, just the feeling. and i'd belch (burp) for like the entire day....and when i have that, i have a harder time breathing. my doctor thinks that i might have some kind of stomach disorder so put me on prilosec 20 mg a day. ok, magically 95% of all my relux problems went away, however, i'm still experiencing tightness in chest for some odd reason. sometimes i'd feel a tingling feeling in the lung or some pain in the ribs and generally the bones around teh chest....what the hell is this? oh and i've noticed that after i take some 'tums' my symptoms clear up for a slight moment, nothing too exciting. so can anyone tell me what this is??

     
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    Old 10-20-2004, 02:23 PM   #2
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    Hi Dax,
    sound like GERD( Gastro esophageal reflux disease) to me. Stomach acid keeps washing back up your esophagus irritating and burning it causing you to feel a tightness in your chest and maybe some pain. People have different symptoms. Alot of people think the acid can wash up while your sleeping and you inhale it or the fumes from it and that triggers asthma too. I have GERD too and i definitely notice that even though Prilosec keeps me acid free i still have some pressure and small aches and pains in my chest alot of the time. I guess it depends on whats causing your GERD. It could be a weak lower esophageal sphincter that doesn't close and keep acid in your stomach, or maybe its a hernia. If the medication keeps the acid down for you, then be thankful because some people arent so lucky and the only other options they have are a few iffy surgeries that might help some for a little while and might not. If you been having reflux for a long time then your going to have to take prilosec for a couple months before you can expect the pressure feeling in your chest to go away. It has to heal and that takes time.

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    Old 10-20-2004, 02:27 PM   #3
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    to makes things clear i don't experience any so called 'burning sensation' and my doctor told me i might have somethin called dyspepsia....buh she's an asthma specialist so i don't know how accurate that is....

    it's so weird, i wasn't this bad until this summer, and this summer i quit smokin...and yes i agree with you on prilosec but i don't want to rely on prilosec for the rest of my life. and this tightness in chest is pretty consistent as well, it seems like it'll never go away and i feel a lil lump in the back of my throat that will just always be there and if i wanan burp, i can burp any given second.....and other suggestions before goin on prilosec again....sigh

     
    Old 10-20-2004, 03:37 PM   #4
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    Dax,
    Those really are pretty common symptoms of GERD. The refluxing food and the tightness in the chest. If it is GERD, some people dont have it forever. It can go away as mysteriously as it came sometimes. There are also people who have acid washing up and dont feel a burning believe it or not.
    In fact they have found that some people have severe damage to their esophagus and never had symptoms. I'm sure if you keep taking the prilosec long enough then your tight chest feeling and the lump in your throat will go away. I had the same symptoms back when all this started on me too except i had burning also. God bless ya.. I hope you feel better real soon!

     
    Old 10-20-2004, 06:22 PM   #5
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    thanks for your response, i greatly appreciate it. you made me feel a lot better.

    just have some questions

    when you say taking prilosec for a long enough time, what kind of long do you mean? weeks? months? or years? so far i've been on it (20mg) for about a month, i went off this morning, and the acid came back almost immediately, i was feelin so bad n stressed out that i broke down in tears on the phone with my girlfriend, really all i want is to enjoy life rather than suffer.

    also, is GERD a life threatening condition?

     
    Old 10-20-2004, 07:11 PM   #6
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    I'm so glad it made you feel better. I would think your going to need to be on the medicine for as long as you keep getting acid refluxing. Back when i first started taking prilosec i thought i had some serious heart problems. I had bad chest pain and a constant lump in my throat. I was in bad shape and didn't know why. I believe it took me a good 3,4,5 or 6 months before i really healed up. I wish there was a better way or some other solution. Believe me i don't want to be on it any more then you, but one little pill a day isn't so bad when you really think about it. It may be that your one of those lucky people that is just having an episode of acid reflux that will go away. I started having it in my early 20's and am now 30. I been taking prilosec for about 5 years. Actually up until recently i was able to take 1 20mg prilosec every 3 days and had no reflux, but lately I've had to take 1 every 2 days. Don't get discouraged! They are working on new drugs that will actually help with the problem of a weak lower esophageal sphincter instead of just stopping the acid. They're also improving the different endoscopic procedures every year. GERD can lead to something called berrets esophagus that is pre cancerus changes in your esophagus if you dont treat it with the prilosec. So it is very important that you keep taking the medication if your refluxing acid. Oh yeah, and if you allow the acid to keep washing up in your esophagus and not taking your medicine you can devolope strictures in your esophagus that will have to be stretched so you can swallow.
    It's not a good feeling having to depend on a pill to get by, but when i look at my dad taking heart pills and thyroid pills and blood pressure pills and diabetes pills and I'm sure I'm leaving alot of things out, its not so bad. Your not alone! Prilosec is the biggest selling drug on earth. Your definitely not alone! *big hug*

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    Old 10-20-2004, 07:53 PM   #7
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    well again, i can't thank you enough for your kindness. everyone of your message if encouraging to me. if i had just posted a lil earlier today or yetserday, i wouldn't have broken down n cried like a baby to my gf over the fone. so thanks again, if i get a message like yours once a day god knows maybe tha'tll just cure my illness haha

    wel bak to the topic about reflux. i duno if i've said it buh i'm actually on prilosec right now, and my reflux is basically you can say 95%. i barely burp anymore and i've never had any burning sensation of any kind. so no heartburns. the only problem i have wen on prilosec is that i have tightness in chest, almost all the time. and the fact that i'm only 19 and the idea of relyin on this lil pill for the rest of my life makes me more sick than i really am. i want to heal things the natural way, maybe due to my chinese background. and on top of prilosec today i bought some DGL licorice chewable tablets, which tastes like ****!!!! buh i sticked it through. i read it in a book n hopefuly that will help. i also bought aloe vera gel concentrate (stomach formula) but damn i just can't get that stuff down, i gag so much wen i drink that. and i also bought green tea bags with kombucha..but i realized green tea has caffeine and caffeine is a main cause of heartburn.....

    right now my life style has changed. i drink nothin but water and i've never drank more than a bottle of water in a day in my life before, but now 3-4 bottles a day and i'm pretty proud of it. i quit drinkin coke and carbonated drinks. quit alcohol although i was never heavy on it. i quit smokin as well and i'm eating more vegetables....i also take multivitamins, 400 mg magnesium, 2g flax seed oiil, and 1g of vitamin C. i'm just hopin one thing or another will relieve my pain. well i guess i was too anxious for a quick cure and after reading your words n talkin to my gf, i will try to be more patient. i know it'll be hard but with people like you who gives support, it may just be that much easier. also, i'm goin to my family doctor to get it checked up n i have a gastro....specialist lined up at nov 8. i just hope those scope things hope be too unpleasant. thanks again

    question, did you ever find out what caused your reluxes?

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    Old 10-20-2004, 09:28 PM   #8
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    the only problem i have wen on prilosec is that i have tightness in chest, almost all the time.

    I dont know if you had the tightness in the chest before you started taking prilosec or not, but if you did then its probably just where acid kept washing up your esophagus before you started the medicine. If thats the case then the prilosec will eventually allow your chest to heal, but it will take months. Acid is harsh stuff and it does major damage to your chest and throat. If you only started feeling tight in the chest after taking prilosec, then you could try a different PPI. Maybe Prevacid or Nexium or one of the many others. Some people swear they have side effects with one and not another, or one will work better for them then another, even though they are all basically the same thing. It's worth a shot.
    I'm like you... I wanted to heal things naturally. I have a big honkin bottle of DGL licorice and slippery elm. pro biotics, and aloe vera juice, but unfortunatly for me those thing didnt cure me. Evidently for me i probably have a weak lower esophageal sphincter that just cant hold down the stomach acid. You may not be like me though. Stress and anxiety and poor diet can be enough to cause it for some people, and once they deal with that they can manage it without medication. I hope and pray your one of those types! Even if your not, i think you'll be just fine taking 1 pill a day. I know it makes you feel like you've lost your independence when you have to take a medication, but we have to eat and drink and sleep and all these other things to live so we're not really as independent as we'd like to be anyways. But i do know how you feel. I've thought to myself a million times that i wish i was just like everybody else and didnt need those stupid pills. I hate it too and im anxious for the day that it can be fixed with a simple procedure or a medicine that really fixes the problem once and for all. If Prilosec doesnt work good enough for you to be able to eat pretty much what you want then make them put you on something else. Really, a lot of people do great on one PPI and horrible on another. I wish there was a better way then totally turning off the acid pumps in our stomachs, but i havent found anything that worked yet. I will definatly let you know if i find anything that really helps. God bless ya.. I hope you feel better real soon!

     
    Old 10-20-2004, 10:11 PM   #9
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    actually i've had the tightness in chest way before the prilosec. as many doctors and i all thought it was asthma and smoking. i was put on asthma medication n it didn't help a lick. i quit smokin n it didn't help much either. we then concluded it must be acid reflux. and how does prilosec 'heal' the esophagus? so are you saying that the tightness of chest comes from damage of my esophagus?? although i feel better with prilosec, the tightness in chest totally bothers me because i'm afraid it might be asthma n i'm so tired of not bein able to catch a full breathe as often as i want. so did your reflux jsut all of a sudden got worse? bcuz i've had minor refluxes (or i duno how to call them) since i was about 14-15. and never before. and since then, nothing was too severe until my chest go tight this summer. i was just wondering if it's possible for reflux to happen all of a sudden. haha mabe it's cuz i drakn about 6 cans of coke everyday during high school. but i can tell you now i quit already

    btw isn't there a surgery that you can do to tighten up your sphincter?! my doctor mentioned it to me over the phone today

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    Old 10-21-2004, 09:15 AM   #10
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    Yeah, it could be that acid kept washing up your esophagus for a long period of time and injured it. If that is what your feeling then over time the prilosec will keep the acid down and allow you to heal. It could be something else causing it i suppose, but i know i had the tightness in my chest. Actually towards the end i felt like i had a load of bricks sitting on my chest. Then after months of prilosec i slowly healed and the feeling of a tight heavy chest went away at some point and so did the lump in my throat. As far as the surgery goes, you might want to read up on it. It works well for some people and not so well for others. From what i understand the best you can hope for is that the surgery will help for about 5 years tops and i think most people still have to take prilosec even after the surgery. Im sure there are exceptions, but personally i wouldnt have any of the current surgeries unless i couldnt get any relief from medication.

     
    Old 10-21-2004, 06:51 PM   #11
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    hi dale, thanks for the response. just an update of me. today i went to my primary care doctor and told him my problems. he told me just like my asthma specialist doctor did, that my asthma is actually very fine. however, he seems to think that the reflux and the tightness of chest is not related. he thinks all my chest tightness is mental and that probably stress/anxiety is causing it. i don't know what to believe. he prescribed me with some clonazepam (klonopin) for nerve relaxation. i don't know if i should take it or not. i really don't like the idea of taking medicine to get on with my life. my primary doctor eliminated the fact that i may have stomach problem bcuz of my age. i'm only 19, and he believes that at age 19, my body is considered new and it should be fine. he believes if i end up gooin to a GI doctor n get all those tests done, they're gona all come out fine.

    come to think of it, maybe it is my anxiety/stress. recently i've been havin a lot of my gf. i'm kinda lonely here too because all my friends left for colleges elsewhere and that i don't really have any friends around. my gf lives like 5 hours away and we get to see each other every 2 weeks if we're lucky. so lotsa arguments. and since i'm in a community college, my parents are pushin me to transfer to a 4 yr college asap. not that they're really pushin, but i'm too pushin myself. i was gona take 5 courses this quarter buh my counselor thinks that too much and wanted me to only take 4. so now i'm takin 4. and also, ever since my illness got worse, i'm very reluctant to go out with people because i don't know whether i will be ok or not. and i dun want ppl to think i'm sucha weak person because all of them seems to be very healhty.i mcuh rather go places alone, and i guess that kills my chances to meet new people. sigh. maybe all i need are just some friends who i can hang out with and take my mind off of my sickness. i quit all my bad habits and i run n do yoga now. i'm just not sure what to make of myself right now....any ideas?

    strangely enough, after thinkin taht my chest tightness is only psychological, my chest tightness feeling right now is actually minimal....and i haven't taken anythin today except priolosec.....weird

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    Old 10-21-2004, 07:19 PM   #12
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    Hey dax,
    I hope your doc is right! Once you get rid of some of the anxiety hopefully all your symptoms will go away. If not then you will know for sure that maybe you just have GERD. I know GERD gave me alot of anxiety when i was in my early 20s. I had no idea what was wrong with me and honestly feared some terrible heart problem. So for me figuring out it was just heartburn was a major relief. All my problems started at around 17 or 18, so i dont know if your doc can rule out stomach problems just because your 19. But he has examined you and can probably tell it's mostly anxiety. I guess the good news is, either way your going to be just fine, and thats GREAT! There is no need for you to stress out and worry about it because if its anxiety you can treat it and learn to control it, and if its GERD you can learn to control it too.
    Both are very common problems that I share with you. Being alone can definitely cause anxiety. I know the longer I'm alone the more time my mind has to exaggerate problems or even invent a few out of nowhere. I agree with your counselor. Take it easy for a while and get rid of some stress. It's amazing what stress can do to you. It can almost shut down your digestive system. I think once you get some of the stress under control and learn that your symptoms aren't anything bad, then you'll start to feel comfortable enough to go out with your friends. It's a really hard step to take when you feel bad weather its real or imagined. I've had that problem many times. I guess when we get that way we have to take baby steps until we get some confidence that we wont die if we get to far away from home.
    I'm really glad your doc gave you the all clear! Thats great. I think you should have alot of confidence that your healthy and can go out and do anything anyone else can.

    Your in my prayers!

     
    Old 10-22-2004, 02:52 AM   #13
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    well actually my doctor didn't run any tests on me. he just simply looked my records and with the information i provide him from my asthma specialist, he concluded that it must be psychological. i'm from a chinese background and we're very reluctant to use chemical medication because we believe a dependence on it is never good. therefore that's why a lot of chinese people rely on herbs to cure the 'root' of the problem and my family is no exception. so if it is really anxiety, i'm not lookin to take any meds even though i have some. if it's only stress then i'm goin to look into natural ways to calm my own nerves rather than rely on medicine. today, i went to the book store n read a whole book about coping with stress. and to my surprise, just whne i read the book, i realized my chest tightness going away. and at the book store, i bought a classical music cd (bach's music with ocean waves in the background) to listen to when i'm tensed. i also bought a dvd teachin how to meditate. the book had a lot of suggestions and one of them which i did today as much as i could was to clean my house up. i did that while listenin to bach and it was very very relaxing. i can say my tightness of chest went away at that time. it's so surprising because i'm such a hip hop person and now all of a sudden i'm loving classical music. and i tried to meditate and it was hard, but now i feel great. now i feel that the problems i had yesterday seems to be yeears away and i can't relaly remember them. i have to say this is very powerful. and i think it COULD be a stress enduced problem because whenever i'm very relaxed, like listenin to classical music or not thinkin about stuff, i feel fine, almost no chest tightness at all. but i realized that the more i think about it, the worse i feel. so hopefully everything is psychological. but one fact remains is that i do have relux problems and the only thing htat's keepin it down right now is prilosec. so hopefully by the time i see my GI, he can tell he what's up. thanks for your repsonse, your messages make my day. today was such a better day compared to yesterday, and hopefully tomorrow would be good too. god bless

    oh and dale, if you haven't tried yoga or meditation yet, i suggest goin to a class or buyin 'yoga for dummies dvd', it is very informative and it honestly can make you feel better. this comes from a person who didn't believe anything like that just a week ago. but after i tried it, it's amazing, honestly.

    and if you don't mind me asking. what is your name and where are you from. i'd like to know the name and place of the person who keeps my morale up because I want to be able to thank you with your name in my journal. one of the things people forget to do is appreciate. i believe if you want to be considered a human being, you need to learn how to appreciate and i really appreciate the time and energy you take to read and reply to my messages. thank you

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    Old 10-23-2004, 09:27 PM   #14
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    Hey I'm so glad I read this post. I've been having similar symptoms lately and trying to figure out if they are caused by anxiety and stress. I have tightness in my throat though and sometimes my chest. I also have the lump in the throat feeling off and on and several other symptoms. It's so true that when I'm relaxed I don't have the symptoms but as soon as I'm stressed or thinking about it they are there. It's nice to know I'm not the only one going through this.

     
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    Wow, this thread has hit it on the head for me. I've been going through the same exact things (the lump in the throat, the tightness in the chest, heartburn, etc.) and actually saw a doctor today that put me on 40mgs of Prilosec daily. Reading this thread made me realize that I'm also dealing with some stresses in my life that could be agitating my system. I've lived with occaisional heartburn for years but it's gotten much worse lately and the chest pains and lump in the throat have been going on for almost a month now. It freaked me out enough to get an EKG which turned up normal. So anyway, just wanted those involved in this thread to know that it's helped another person, if for no other reason to see that someone else has/is going through the same thing I have. Hope all is well with you. Thanks!

     
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