Help me, i am scared :(

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Sarabi
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   Posted 1/2/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everybody.
 
For the past 2 months, i have felt very ill. It started with abdominal pain and nausea. The pain is gone, but nausea preserves every day. Seems to dissappear when i rest. Now i have started to have a burning feeling in my chest, and weirdly, also in my back and shoulders! It could be heartburn i guess, but i don't feel like it, and no acidic taste in my mouth or anything. I also have shortness of breath while resting and palpitations plus rapid hear beat after meals and when showering.
 
I have been reading about GERD some, and i am wondering if GERD POSSIBLY could cause:
 
-shortness of breath
-burning sensation under breastbone & throath & between shoulderblades
-nausea
 
This might sound stupid, but i would LOVE for it to be GERD. I am scared of some deadly disease, like aortic dissection. Doctors only took an EKG and bloodwork and nothing will show up on those unless youre actually having a heart attack at that specific moment.
Now the docs think it might be stress, but honestly the only thing that stresses me is my pain! They won't do more tests because i am a 22 yo female with no risk factors, and apparently me being scared isn't enough.
 
Something else i also suffer from is scholiosis, that is crooked back... and i might be stressed, i am not sure, i had a stressy life earlier but not anymore. Also i heard stress might cause GERD! I am also obese.
 
 
I guess i am asking now... do any GERD ppl suffer from similiar symptoms or do you know if it's possible? Or if you know what it is, stress or muscloskeletal related pain? Im willing to look for any reason that ends up with me not dying because of this pain, because i am so so tired of being afraid.
 
Thanks for your help..
 
Sarabi

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   Posted 1/2/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarabi,

Welcome to the fibro forum. The best thing that I could advise is to read on the Gerd forum and get some answers. Also there is a thread on this forum called fibro101. It is the second thread. I would recommend reading some on there too. There is a list of fibro symptoms.

I think that you should try to slow your mind down and take life one day at a time. It will help relieve some stress on you. Stress causes more pain which in turn causes more stress. So it is a viscous cycle.

Best wishes for a great evening,

hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 1/2/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sarabi,Welcome to the GERD/Heartburn Forum.

You have sx that are associated with GERD but also with many other disorders. If you have been checked out by a physician and are not confident that a full set of diagnositic tests were done, please seek out a second opinion.

Aortic dissections are typically diagnosed by CT scanning in the emergency room when patients come in with sudden, severe chest pain. The pain is typically described as tearing.

A patient's symptoms provide clues to suspect an aortic dissections. A dissection that extends backward toward the heart may cause a murmur that can be heard through a stethoscope. Blood leaking from a dissection around the heart may accumulate in the chest and prevent the heart from beating properly, causing a life-threatening condition called cardiac tamponade.

The most important clue to look for in a patient having a heart attack is the history of the chest pain, the EKG and of course the lab work.

Stress can cause just about any symptom you can come up with as the body reacts in different ways to stress.

If you think you have GERD please do make an appointment with a GI physician.  Always look to you professional for your dx.

We are glad to have you hear and we support you.  Stress is not fun and please don't be afraid to post in our Anxiety and Paniic forum if you continue to have problems with stress.

Again a warm welcome.

Kitt



 

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/8/2009 7:43:27 AM (GMT-7)


elfwoods
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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
When you say you have pain in the shoulder blades that could signify Gallstones. I have gallstones and the doctor told me that If i were to get pain in between or on my right shoulder blade it could mean the gallbladder had become inflamed. Gallstones can also make you feel sick to your stomach daily.

stkitt
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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Sarabi

Hello and hope your doing better.  You can always see a GI physician to talk about GERD and  get an opinion from Him/her.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


Mizzbeeutiful
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   Posted 1/11/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow elfwoods you just taught me something new, of all the searching and questions i've asked about the pain between my shoulder blades, gallstones never came up....it really helps to read these threads sometimes.
Sarabi.....the only symptom i've really had problems with is the burning sensation, then it turns into like a dull ache for a minute or two and goes away

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 1/12/2009 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
last year I was diagnosed with a benign heart murmer, i was told to go to er if any symptoms got worse. kid you not i was on a city bus when i had severe symptoms like you, but the pain in my chest was so painful I would stop talking and i would grip the bar my knuckles turned white. my roommate, kid you not the she was the busdriver, decided even though i was only in my twenties I could be having a heart attack. she did not feel comfortable with taking me on her bus to the hospital, even though it was only a couple miles and it was her bus that goes there. she called 911 had an ambulance come. the paramedics didnt quite believe me as the pain came in waves, til i had a wave hit me in front of them. they flew fast in action, took me to ER. and the doctor even saw my waves hit me..i was griping the bed rail really tight. turned out to be a really severe case of acid reflux (HOW EMBARASSING TO IN A AMBULANCE FOR REFLUX). But hey, how was i supposed to know....chest pain and a benign heart murmer.. So hon, do yourself a favor and go to the doctor.

stkitt
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   Posted 1/12/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

You and your friend, the bus driver did the right thing in calling 911.  If you were in this much pain in your chest and it was new for you, you always want to error on the side of safety.

I do hope you are following up with a GI physician now that you know it was GERD.

Take care and know we are here to support you.

Kitt


 

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acscr9
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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Sarabi,

I am 24, had GERD symptoms for years and was diagnosed at 22. I would say that if you really dont feel right, find a doctor that will listen to you. You know your body better than anyone. I would also say that the weight might be a factor in how your body feels so any exercise (as you can tolerate) would be good. Also, a way to tell if it really is GERD is by food. I could tell that it is what I had for sure because the chocolate, citrus, alcohol, tomato paste, etc all made my reflux unbearable. Oh, and if it is reflux, they can do tests to prove that you have it.

Also, I have fibromyalgia. The symptoms that you experience maybe symptoms from something completely different. SO, my advise is to go see a doctor that will listen. If you have any questions, we are here!

Aimee
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pandacrazy
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   Posted 1/18/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I have GERD really bad and when my gallbladder was bad they kept blamming it on GERD for 3 months until they did a test to test the function of the gallbladder and it was really bad. I had alot of pain and nausea as well as heart burn. I didn't have any stones and that's why the ultra sound hadn't showed any thing. I also have asthma problems and shortness of breath from my GERD. On top of that I have a stent in my LAD so when I have chest pain it doesn't matter what I think or say it is from they freak out and test my heart first. I had that put in at age 42. I started with my heart burn problems at age 14 and was officially diagnosed with GERD and put on prescription meds at age 23 so it's never too young for GERD I guess. We've even had 3 babies in our family that had to take Zantac and one of them is my granddaughter. Make sure you find a doctor that will listen and test for GERD because it is so important to control it as it can cause damage to your lungs as well as the esophagus. Good Luck. Barb
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