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Posted by Heather on October 17, 1999 at 20:31:05:

In Reply to: Digestive Disorder - Possibly GERD?? posted by Don Phillips on June 28, 1999 at 21:05:57:

: I have been suffering from a digestive disorder that my physician diagnosed as GERD several years ago and is treating me with prescription Xantac. I feel that since the symptoms still exist, the diagnosis may be wrong. I am looking for a name to call this problem so that I may tell my doctor and start treatment methods of a different type. My symptoms are as follows: no advance warning of an "attack", just a spasm feeling in the esophogus and upper stomach, making my heart feel as though it were "skipping" a beat This spasm gives the feeling of "panic" as though my heart were going to stop. This symptom usually occurrs about an hour before or after I eat. Milk, red tomato based foods, fried foods and carbonated beverages seem to also set off this attack. Could this be GERD, or is this some other type of reflux signaling something more serious that should be taken care of? I would appreciate any answers or personal self accounts of the same symptoms. Will I have these symptoms the rest of my life with no cure?

Hi you are not alone. My brother has the same symptoms. He feels like his heart is pounding fast, has then fainted on one occassion, and has a feeling as if he needs to burp, has a bubble feeling just under his breastbone, and has a lot of belching. Are these your symptoms too? He just went to the doctor last week. He had a ekg and an GI test. Both looked fine. If you find out what is going on or have any other info I would love to hear about it. Thanks! H.C.

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