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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/18/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm Rose. :) I'm 33 and am a teacher. I have never officially been diagnosed with GERD, but I believe I might have it (that and/or IBS). Here are past and current symptoms:

*Stomach problems for the longest time
*I went through a small period where I would choke in my sleep
*Recently, chest pain, arm pain, neck pain (especially on my left side) and this pain I get on my back left side (it feels like a fullness after I eat, especially).
*Pain sometimes after I eat
*Belching, belching, belching, and lots of gas
*Feeling fatigued and tired
*Foggy headed or a bit of dizziness

The chest pain has been scaring me lately. I went to the ER last month and they did an EKG (which found nothing abnormal). I am still worried, though. I have taken up exercise again, and I really don't have trouble breathing (besides the normal out of breathness, I guess).

The only things I take for this is Phazyme, Prilosec (but not regularly), and Rolaids.

I am joining this group to get some support, meet new people, and learn new ways to manage this.

I will be probably heading to the doc again to get my pain checked out. I hate living with this ....but if I am going to have to live with this for the rest of my life, I would like to be able to manage it.

I would like to have kids in the near future, and would hate to be ill with this when I decide to get pregnant.

Hope to hear from some of you. :)

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/19/2008 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi RoseisRose,
The chest pain is pretty scarey stuff, isn't it. Especially when you're in bed at night and feeling your heart beat so hard.
But then you have that EKG, and they find nothing, so it just sets our mind wandering as to the "what ifs"! I went through *so* many EKG's it was ridiculous; until I had a full Cardiograph scan done, and the professionals set my mind totally at ease. Doesn't stop the symptoms though :)

Do you find the exercise helps? Exercise for me, and I do a lot of it, is one of the most soothing aspects for my symptoms (GERD and a hiatus hernia). Must be something to do with the adrenalin I guess, though it simply feels like a cleansing for the body.

I've mentioned this in another topic already, and I'm sure many have, though get an Endoscopy done! I had mine just a couple of days ago, and having finally discovered EXACTLY what the problem is is *such* a relief. Still have symptoms, though now I'm stress free :)

Key is... don't fret. Don't think the worse. And keep investigating until you've got the solution, as it's only a matter of time!

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   Posted 3/19/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you so much for your response. I have heard about endoscopies...maybe I should bring it up at my next appt?

How is an endoscopy done? Is it painful? Sorry...I'm a worrier by nature...so any procedure that will be done to me I get pretty concerned about!

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   Posted 3/19/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, I agree with you. I actually feel okay when I am exercising. It does help me.

Too bad I can't feel good other times of the day (so far today, I feel a tiny bit nauseous after eating both breakfast and lunch).

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   Posted 3/19/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   

DO bring it up, definitely. Maybe doctors like to follow a certain plan (with the specialists I saw it seemed like an obvious transition between each, 'ticking off the boxes'), though there's no harm suggesting you'd like it done.

I've had no operations, and two Endoscopes in my time, both of which I found extremely stress free / discomfort / pain FREE. To detail what happens?

• The procedure itself takes between 10 - 15minutes, with about a 1 to 2 hour recovery time. You'll either be knocked right out or only partially - though you'll not remember the procedure even with a partial knockout. Maybe glimpses, but that's all :)

• You'll be brought through administration on the day, and into the waiting area where you get to wear one of those oh-so-attractive backless robes. Then you'll be wheeled into the theatre, where there'll be at least two nurses and your doctor.

• You'll get a heart monitor on your finger, and a blood pressure band around your arm, and lastly a needle in the back of your hand; this is where the good gear will be injected into you :) You'll be asked to lie on your left side.

• They'll put a 'brace' between your teeth; this is just a guide for the Endoscope, so it gets past your tounge.

• Then? You'll get fully / partially knocked out! The next thing you know? You'll be in recovery (you'll wake pretty quickly; and be 100% lucid within moments.. the knock out drugs aren't that strong), and will either remember nothing or tiny snippets. My last Endo I recalled the tube being brought out, but no memory of discomfort.

• Apparently, they can use a spray on the back of your throat to numb it and stop you choking, though I don't recall any of that.

*note: as for the procedure, the tube/camera scope looks at your throat, through to your stomach, and into your small intestine.

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   Posted 3/20/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had two endoscopies. I am the nervous/anxious type. They were just as described above and I did just fine. I would do it again in a heartbeat if I felt the need. No pain--very little anxiety. The worst part for me was the waiting around in the backless gown for the procedure to actually start. LOL. I just get nervous thinking about being knocked out, but it was fine. It does go really fast...if you've ever had teeth taken out and been knocked out for that it is very similar.
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