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    Old 02-16-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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    Confusing symptoms...heart or GERD?

    Hello all! I have posted on here before with my symptoms and they went away in November but now they are back with avengence! Most of this started while I was pregnant with my son in April of 2006, and all the doctors told me they would subside upon delivery (he is now 18 months old!). I am a 29 yo female, 5'3, 140 lbs., very limited drinker, social smoker, exercise at least once a week.

    Anyway here is a list of my symptoms:
    *Chest pain (pressure sometimes in the middle, but mostly under left breast)
    *Left arm pain (mostly in forearm, sometimes in the bicep area and hand)
    *Swelling in vein are the left forearm (can actually feel it swelling)
    *Joint pain on left side (mostly fingers and toes)
    *Left shoulder pain (almost feels at time like a pinched nerve)
    *Lip numbness (most commonly occurs in the AM)
    *Back pain (mostly left side, opposite heart and lower left hand side
    *Leg pain (always the left but varies between calf and quad)
    *Stomach pains (sometimes tender to the touch under the sternum)
    *Dizziness (on occasion)
    *Rapid heart rate (comes and goes...not necess. because of exertion)

    Here is a list of tests done beginning April 2006:
    *Chest x-ray (at least 5 done, last one July 2007)
    *EKG (too many to count, last one July 2007)
    *Echo (3 done, last one done July 2007)
    *Stress echo treadmill (2 done, last one done July 2007)
    *Stress thallium echo (July 2007)
    *Tilt-table test (July 2007)
    *Ultrasound carotids (2 done, last one done July 2007)
    *Ultrasound of abdomen (2 done, last one done July 2007)
    *Venous doppler of both legs (September 2006)
    *V/Q scan (2 done, last one done August 2007)
    *Holter monitor (wore at least 3, last one June 2007)
    *Endoscopy (July 2007)
    *Gallbladder scan (September 2007)

    Here are diagnoses I have received:
    *GERD with esophageal erosions (no Barrett's)
    *Hiatal hernia (would repair but pointless unless I am finished having kids)
    *Gallbladder function only 21% (removed September 2007)
    *Vasovagal syncope
    *Anxiety (this is one of my favorite diagnosis'...haha)

    Medications I was prescribed, but no longer taking:
    *50 mg Zoloft (for the anxiety)
    *10mg propranolol (for the rapid heart rate)
    *625 mg Sodium bicar (for the vasovagal syncope)
    *Klonopin min. amount as needed (for anxiety)
    *20 mg Protonix (for the GERD)
    *81 mg Aspirin

    When I went to the cardio dr. in November he released me from all meds with the ok of protonix from the gastro since all symptoms went away, they figured they were all related to my gallbladder and since it went away so did my symptoms. Confused as to why they are all back. I have been stressed lately, we are house hunting but I am worried they are heart related symptoms.

    My question is if all my heart tests came back negative (no noticeable problems) how reassured should I be that this related to my GERD and hiatal hernia. Just a little concerned since they all went away and now in the past 2 weeks they have come back. If anyone has any insight it would be greatly appreciated.


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    Old 02-18-2008, 11:55 AM   #2
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    Old 02-18-2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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    Re: Confusing symptoms...heart or GERD?

    I also forgot to mention that I had a CT scan w/contrast of the chest and abdomen done in September 2006 to rule out any types of aneurysms. Would that show heart problems too? I also had a MRI of the brain done with contrast in July 2007 to rule out any blockages in the brain also.

    Old 02-19-2008, 07:43 AM   #4
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    Re: Confusing symptoms...heart or GERD?

    Holy Moley girl, you have had the gammut of tests.
    I dont think it is your heart, I think since you are house hunting, it could be your anxiety coming back. and also Hiatus Hernia can mimic cardiac symptomology

    I would restart your anxiety meds and your HH meds and see what happens, if no better, off to the Dr again for reassurance.

    Your Dr is one thorough practitioner, one that many of the posters here would love to go to

    Old 02-19-2008, 01:35 PM   #5
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    Re: Confusing symptoms...heart or GERD?

    I know this could definetly be related to stress and anxiety or my hiatal hernia for that matter. I'm trying to convince myself that this is not cardiac related and that I need to trust my doctors. My cardio is a great guy, one of the best in my area but you know there is always that "little" person in the back of your mind that tells you to look into it more. Unfortunately my health insurance is changing and I will have limitations to how much I can investigate it on my own (i.e. referrals). I need to just relax and rely on my doctors....easier said than done


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