Heart.... GERD.... or Anxiety?

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darryl7575
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   Posted 4/20/2012 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I am completely lost... Hopefully someone can relate to my issue.. I am 37 years old, 5'9 and 218 lbs. Currently, I have chest discomfort. Not pain, but just a slight pressure near the center of my chest. This sensation is nearly constant. Does not come and go. I feel it more often than I do not, which I have been told that if it were a heart issue, it would come and go.

I have occasional palpitations and have had them for a couple of years. My Dr. says not to worry about em, but I have them 5 or 6 times a week I would say. Sometimes I feel really weird when I have em, but only during those few seconds when it happens. I recover immediately following. My blood pressure is high, but mildly high. I am on 10mg of lisinopril for BP and 40mg of Simvastatin for cholesterol. This keeps it under control.

I am generally pretty tired a lot of the time and when I exert myself, if feel out of breath and way more exhausted than I think that I should be.

I have issues breathing. I feel as if I cannot take a full deep breath or yawn sufficiently. I have had this issue for a number of years. It has been dismissed as stress, air hunger and acid reflux.

about two months ago, I started to have this pain in my throat. It does not feel like strep or anything like that. It is not affected by swallowing or anything that I eat. It seems to be be affected by muscle movement in my throat around my adams apple. I ended up at a ENT who looked in my throat and said that my esophagus was really red and swollen. He blames acid refux and told me to continue on my reflux medication and some make some diet changes. I have dealt with acid reflex for the majority of the last 10 years. I have learned what it feels like and I have never felt this. I still deal with this. It seems to be a little better, but still there.

Now... In the past year, I have had and Upper endoscopy and Barium swallow xray, which came back okay. A couple of EKGs and blood tests, which were all okay. I have had a chest xray and a treadmill stress test. All have come back okay.

In the last year, I have closed my business after 10 years. Divorced after 13 years. Became a single father of two as my ex wife walked away from them and am in the middle of a bankruptcy. So, as you can see, stress is off the charts for me. I have been told that these issues are stress and I can accept that, but at the same time, what if it is not? I am a single parent and cannot leave these kids because of a misdiagnosis. Sometimes, I feel like if all else fails blame stress.

I know this was long winded, but I have been dealing with this for so long...

Cmac3721
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   Posted 4/22/2012 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in the same boat sir completelty confused, I also have had gerd problems with chest pain and have even had a nissen fundoplication done. They say its stress...but unlike you I don't really see why I need to be stressed, I have a decent life and a good job oppurtunity If I can can get these symptoms under control. It feels like aniexty, gerd, and heart problems when I attempt to do any kind of working out it goes way to hard way too fast. I'm not so sure whats going on here but I need answers.

Valentina J. Fields
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   Posted 4/22/2012 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I can say this much.... I've had palpitions alot lately... 15 to 20 times per day. It seems like since i wore the holter moniter last month its gotten worse.. but like most people have said all of my labs and stress test and ekg's have all come back normal.
my doctor took me off of Vytorin wich is a cholesteral med. she thinks maybe thats whats goin on. All i remember is about a year ago i started waking up feeling nautious and then as the days went by the nautiousness lasted longer each day. nothing seemed to help with the sickness in my stomach that i was feeling everyday. shortly after the long bouts with feeling sick everyday those palpitations started. I got nervous because i smoke cigerettes and i drink soda and coffee. the doctor said maybe i should stop with the caffine and try to quit smoking. i greatly limited my intake on both but am still having more palpitations then ever. So like you and other posts i've read i need answers. One other symptom that is very bothersome is the back pain that seems to be associated with everything. I also have asthma
Valentina

darryl7575
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   Posted 4/22/2012 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
While I am not happy that someone else has to deal with the issues that I do, It is nice to know that I am not alone. I appreciate your input.. I hope we all find an answer here.

bear22
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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 4/23/2012 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
darryl and others, I have had your exact symptoms since 1998. I went to 4  cardio specialists, had 2 endoscopies, all of the GI work up, a 3 day probe, and nothing. My new Gastro Doc said it had to be Esophageal Spasms and put me on a relaxant that worked a little. Then HE suggested Nitrostat .4 sublingual. My heart guy said it was fine to take it if  helped. When i get a strong pressure pain I take a nitro and it's gone in 60 seconds. When i get the killer heart type pain I take a nitro and it's gone in 45 seconds. After significant research I also went on Peppermint, candies, full power extract in water, capsules, and a larger capsule.I know can take all of the pressure pains away with peppermint and don't use the Nitro unless it's a bad one. After all of this all my Docs are now agreeing that i started with gerd, then Cardioesophageal reflex and then the esophageal spasms.A year ago i was dead in my tracks when the reflex or the spasms started and some lasted an hour or so. No more, the peppermint works 60% of the time and the Nitro works every time. I now carry both with me 24/7 and know no matter what occurs I can get immediate relief. But it's good to know that it is not my heart and never was.  Good luck,  Craig

Alcie
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   Posted 4/24/2012 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, new members.

I can't help with the PVCs, but Craig, do you have any idea what is triggering either your heart or your esophagus? It can work either way.

I found out by keeping a good food journal that I have a long list of trigger foods. My allergist had me keeping the journal, and it worked! My particular allergens happen to be sulfites, but other people can have different ones. I get tachycardia when I get above my daily tolerance. It's nothing to do with "natural" or "organic" foods, but processing is a major factor.

Keeping a journal is at least non-invasive and free. It's helped me figure out my medication tolerances, including dosages too.

bear22
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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 4/24/2012 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Alcie, I've tracked every ounce of food and drink both adding and subtractting everything imaginable including fasting after 5 pm and there doesn't seem to be any trigger that i can detect. I've done this for 1 1/2 years any nothing but more spasms. They occur mostly between 11 pm and 6 am. All i can do is keep trying and hang in there. Thanks for your input, Craig
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