[QUOTE=ValerieField;2819770]My pain is in the middle lower chest area...between my breasts.
And spreads out to my whole chest area. Burns like heck !
And it explodes with pain up my throat. It can also even hurt my breasts.
The pain is very uncomfortable and takes me almost to the point of tears.
I have been using the prescription drug Cimetidine, for over a year, but lately
I really don't think it's working anymore. I have never had the test when they put a scope down your throat, although the doctor mentioned it once
or twice, but I declined. I heard that the test is painful and makes you
sick to your stomach.
Try some over the counter Galviscon! I had the same symptoms as you a few days ago. A smart pharmacist said if you have acid and you have pain and a heart condition has already been ruled out - obviously the acid is eating your stomach lining!! So Galviscon coats and protects your stomach lining and stops the pain. I was using prescription strength called Carafate. It however has a nasty side effect of functional dyspepsia which is not a fun ride - but it is strong and stops the pain.
With regards to the scope test - (endoscopy), I had it done a week ago. May I suggest you request conscious sedation where they don't knock you out completely but you are sedated. It doesn't mess you up and you don't feel a thing. It's not painful per say, but the puff of air they blow into your mouth to expand your inner piping sorta speak can give you some gas afterwards. That's the extent of it.
My fiance' had the endoscopy test done a few months ago too and he can't even remember the entire day. It's a blur to him. So don't panic or worry - just keep in mind that they need to do the endoscopy to look at why you are hurting. You don't want to keep hurting any more, right?
The test is quick (7 minutes) and when they're doing it you're out cold! When they're all done you wake up and think, (did they do it?!) - really!
Just think of it this way too - at least you'll have closure and answers to why you're not feeling good too.
Maybe your doc can give you something for anxiety to calm you days before the test too. Keeping your mind from going crazy with ideas of "what if" will just make your stomach hurt more - stress = more acid!
Feel better and don't worry. You will be alright! Those docs do 1000's of endoscopies - they're pro's!