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Posted by Timothy on August 13, 2000 at 15:20:41:

Hi everyone, this is a very informative board. I'd like to share my story, and get opinions from others.

Before any of this started, I was completely healthy, no problems. Then in early-May, I went to bed one night, and immediately started to feel my heart "pounding" in my chest (not beating fast, but beating "hard"). I got up, and sat down on my couch, and started to get the chills, then I would sweat, and I would have abdominal tightness. I also had a slight nauseated feeling (although I never felt like throwing up). This basically lasted all night, and the next day I went to the doctor, who told me I had "gastritis". He gave me Prevacid, and after a week or so I felt back to normal.

Then, in early-June, I had the same symptoms again, although not as bad. It only lasted a couple of hours, then went away. From that time on, I have had a "tight" feeling in my abdominal area. Then, after a couple of weeks, I had another incident with the sweats, chills, and slight nausea. I went back to the doctor, and he told me this time that I had anxiety/panic. He prescribed me Xanax.

After over a month, by mid-July, I still didn't feel good. So, I went back to the doctor. He reviewed with me everything, and then suggested I be tested for H-Pylori. The test came back positive, and I was given a supply of 14-day antibiotics to take care of that problem. I was then sent to a specialist, who told me I "probably" have IBS. I will go through the first of the many tests on Aug. 22, when the doctor does the endoscopy.

Has anyone else had similar symptoms to mine listed above? I have been reading up on IBS, and I really don't think I have too many of the symptoms -- I rarely get diahrrea, or constipation. And I still have the abdominal tightness. Please also note that I have never had any pain at all, no acid reflux, just an "uncomfortable" feeling. I have had days where I've felt lousy, just because of the abdominal tenderness.

I know this is long and dragged out, but I'm at my wits end here. Anyone with experience, I would appreciate it to hear from you.

Thank you!

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