Well, I'm a little disappointed that no one had a comment on my post. I didn't think I would be the only one since I've read so many posts with all kinds of GERD problems. Well, I did go back to the gastro dr and he's doing an endoscopy tomorrow morning. I'm not nervous about the procedure itself but I am anxious about what he might find. Still having that pain, feels like a burning sore spot.
I wonder if anyone has any suggestions about sleeping with a wedge pillow? We tried putting the bed up 6" but could not sleep, couldn't get used to it. So my husband lowered it to 4", that seemed to work for me, but he's still having trouble sleeping. I hate to make him so uncomfortable and not getting a good night sleep. I just did it because I was parinoid that damage was being done inside and I'm trying to do everything I can to prevent it... but... I'm not really having any problems with reflux at night. I've never had any of the waking up problems that I've read about in some of these posts. I guess that's a good sign, but with how weird reflux can be, the whole "silent reflux" and all who knows, right.
Post Edited (grimmly) : 6/20/2008 9:32:53 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (grimmly) : 6/22/2008 12:26:10 PM (GMT-6)
I am a new member today and had to post just reading your stuff. I have always had bad allergy problems, so when I got sick last December and remained through January (sore throat, stuffy nose, pain in ears), I went from my family doc to my ENT. I saw him twice, we tried antibiotics and steroids for my inflammation, and I still felt terrible--my complaint to him the second time was that I had mucus not only in my nose but in my throat and it felt stuck. He did a CT scan of my entire head and throat area, and said I only had some inflammation--no infection, and then suggested I go see a Gastro doc because I may have acid reflux. Something I had never considered, because I never had heartburn up to that point. Unfortunately, I was only told to take OTC Prilosec (20 mg) once daily for 2 months. I did this while my symptoms got worse. Back to family doc, who sampled me with Zegerid 40 mg once daily. Symptoms persisted for next month and I went back and got Nexium samples 40 mg twice daily. After a month of this and not feeling better I just flat out quit and said "I must not have reflux". Well, I ended up in the ER with chest pain and shortness of breath and they determined it was acid reflux and gave me Pepsid through an IV. Prescribed Protonix 40 mg twice a day which I have now taken since Mother's Day (my day in the hospital). Never have had the heartburn again, but I still have the silent reflux VERY BAD. My throat always has that food-stuck-in-it feeling, creeping reflux coming up my esophagus, stuffy nose and ears, hard to swallow, etc. So I had a motility/manometry test last week and they called to tell me my results were totally normal! No spasms during test and spinchter seemed to be fine. Talk about frustrating! I am not fine! I seem to just have to live with this (at least for now). They (docs) tell me to give it 5-6 months on the protonix and eat correctly, sleep upright, and see. I hate to read your posts about how long you've had these issues because I am so hopeful of getting better. I am normal weight and just went through menopause last year, so I'm hoping it's something to do with hormones. I haven't had a glass of wine or coffee for 3 months, but I feel so deprived since I still feel like crap. I usually have to add pepsid in at night or antacids on top of the protonix to get through the night. I have tried lots of natural things too, like DGL licorice, and use probiotics. I hope you do get good news at your end, but wanted you to see I started in the reverse with the ENT first, and then progressed to find out I have GERD. Hoping the support here helps me through these hard times!
Post Edited (Jencalem) : 6/30/2008 8:41:01 PM (GMT-6)
I'm glad to read your post. I will try taking my protonix further away from the times I eat also, because I reflux everything also, including water. Are you trying for 2 hours before breakfast and dinner or what timeframes seem to be helping? I am even thinking about just having a piece of toast and cereal everynight for awhile while I make something for my husband for dinner, because no matter what I eat for dinner, I am miserable. I've only been on the protonix twice daily since May 10. My endoscopy, biopsy and motility test were all normal. My doc says I have to give it more time also. I have lost 15 pounds since April. I am 145 now and am 5'6". Glad your biopsy came back normal too. Good luck with everything in this fight! I haven't tried Gavescon. I will have to look into it.
Post Edited (dewey) : 7/3/2008 10:23:30 PM (GMT-6)
hi everybody, (excuse me for my poor english)
In july 2007 , I ate very spicy food and I felt little pressure in my chest and burping all the day then next day I woke up in the morning I felt lot of pain and pressure in my chest ,oh my god , that pressure was there every day I went to doctor 30 times, allmost every day I goes to doctor they did all the test for me every thing was normal except I have high level of h pylori and mild mitral valve prolapes. so I took two types of antibiotics and prilosec. but my pressure was still there ,its like no life. I cried every day and pray to god , I stopped eating spicy food , caffein and sweet things at all. I stopped taking medicine after 15 day I felt better and then I took nexium for 5 day my chest pressue was totally gone . but took 3-4 months come to normal . I drink milk at night time and elevate head of bed, but I have another problem I do not know if its related with gerd I have mild sudden sharp pains in chest just for one second and go away, any comments please keep posting
Kindu Welcome! I hope you are feeling better now. I felt a lot of chest pressure with my reflux and I've read that H Pylori does cause bloated feeling in the stomach which can add to the chest pressure. I have had H Pylori before too, took the same meds you did back in Nov 2007. I wonder if I don't still have the infection though because I still have bloated stomach, but my dr's office said I'd have to go off my Prevacid for 2 weeks to take the breath test. I told the nurse I'd have to think about it. I just don't know if I want to be that miserable for 2 weeks and it took over a month to get my symptoms under control on the Prevacid, so I hate to start that all over again.
What tests did they give you besides the H Pylori test? Did you have a Barium Swallow xray, where you swallow that nasty chalky stuff and they xray the esophagus and stomach? Did you have an endoscopy where you're sedated and they run a scope/camera down your esophagus to take a look?
Chest pain can absolutely be related to GERD, also anxiety can cause shortness of breath and chest pain much like you're describing, that last a few seconds and then goes away.
Did you see a cardiologist to follow up with your mitral valve prolapse? I have a bicuspid aortic valve and have to see my cardiologist once a year to keep a check on it.
If you don't feel better, continue to look for help until someone listens to you and sets your mind at ease. Try not to think the worst, I know that's hard, but in most cases the things we worry about never come to pass, so try to keep this in mind and if you trust the Dr you are seeing then follow his advise. Continue to eat right and avoid the trigger foods that can make your reflux (if you have that) worse. Drinking milk is fine if that doesn't bother you but I have read that milk can make some people's reflux/stomach problems worse... different people are different... not all foods bother everyone, just do what feels right for your body. Keep us updated on how you're feeling.