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ITSJUSTME0000
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   Posted 4/18/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Im new here..Just want to say I have got a lot of help withthis site..Ok here it goes..I have gerd and a med herina and stomach erisoins..my gastro dr put me on 40mg of nexium...had a scope and thats what he came up with...had this for almost a year..I went to him after seeing a ear nose and throat dr because I was feeling short winded..I also had a lung fuction test to rule out lung problems..been to the er twice feeling like I could not breath..For the past 6 days Im having a sore throat with lump feeling..also sick feeling stomach which makes me feel like Im going to vomit..I have thrown up 3 times..Im a nervous wreak all day everyday..Thinking something else is wrong with me..I have had all kinds of blood work, ekg..lung test..and more .. just feeling terrible all the time..Im still short winded and i know this is normal with gerd but it scares me to death..is this all normal? I go back to my gatro dr on Mon..I just feel like im going crazy..please any advice would really help..Like stated I have had so many test this past year and all was ok except the gerd part..oh and im on meds for high blood pressue..I did rasise my bed and have watched everything i eat..I also have muscle pains..neck, shoulder..its horrible to have to live like this..thank you

dencha
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   Posted 4/18/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ITSJUSTME!
There is a lot of help at this forum. It's very active, (which speaks to the intensity of GERD issues), and very supportive. If you read through others' posts, you'll find some that you can relate to. I thought of a post early in my participation on this site--check the page 6 Acid Girl "The Doctor put Cancer on My Mind" post.

Acidgirl was really panic stricken with her results, and it threw her entire GI tract into panic mode. I know how scary this is. I am an individual who came to the site because of asthma/breathing problems which were a result of reflux.

Right now, your mind/worry is your worst enemy. You need to reboot, calm down, breathe, and think happy thoughts. Acid girl, is now happily going about her business, eating normally, and gaining weight.

If you can think happy thoughts, get busy with enjoyable activities, breathe, relax, stop thinking about your tests and worries, you will feel better. It's very natural for you to panic. It happens to everyone. If you let that panic take over your body, you will feel sicker, and have even more breathing and GI problems.

Breathe, take a walk, read a book, visit friends. Keep busy!
Of course you need to visit the doctors, get tests, and wait for their results, but spending your time worrying yourself crazy won't help anything. It'll just make your wait unbearable.

Be sure to write down all your questions, and ask your GI doc what you're worried about. Keep in mind that doctors today have to cover their butts, and don't tend to reassure patients they way they did in the "old days".
Relax. Being tense, and obsessing on your health will do nothing but make you worse and cause you unnecessary pain.
Best wishes with your doctor visit.
Hang in there! You'll be okay!
Denise

ITSJUSTME0000
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   Posted 4/18/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for those kind words...Im on aniexty meds..as I tend to panic...Im taking care also of my mom...she suffering with kidney failure...its been tough trying to take care of me and her as well...Im trying to not panic so much but today was a horrible day..I went into panic mode..could not breath...if my hubby was not here to help me thru it I would of went to the ER.. I just want too feel better...I hate the breathing issues but I did read alot of post and see that it comes with gerd..so I do feel a bit better...Thank you again..you have been most helpfull...michelle

beareilly
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   Posted 4/18/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Michelle,
Welcum aboard.Denise is the profeesor and mentor of the GERD forum.She is very upbeat and will help aassist you along with a few others.Bill & Wendi. If you go read posts you will see us all conversating and have similiarities. It' sometimes can be a cold world but in here It is warm & Loving.
A few ppl had surgery to correct their gerd,and a few are waitin for the surgery such as I. Surgery is done when you have severe complications fro gerd such as stritures,barretts esphagus or ulcers.Also if medicine is not effective surgery would be an alternative.
However,my surgeon said that taken PPI for long period will eventually effect your pancreas.I am scheduled for surgery May 7.I have uncontrolled Gerd.I've ben on everything from nexium to acidphex even takin them 3x daily but to no avail.
WE R FAMILY HERE SO KEEP POSTING AND WE WILL KEEP LISTENING/Sorry about your mom. I did have a few scares such as you.I also thought I was having heart attacks as this was all new to me in 2007.Now,We finally came to the brick wall,There is nothing more they can do for my quality of life except surgery.According to Denise,it is well worth it.
Hope all is well
Beatrice

beareilly
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   Posted 4/18/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Michelle,
When I say Denise is the professor Of the Gerd forum,I mean it as our professor,not healing well/She is full of knowledge from experience. She helps calm you. As does Bill.
Hope u are well.
B

ITSJUSTME0000
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   Posted 4/18/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION...

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   Posted 4/18/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD forum.  You have received some great advice and Denise is wise and knowledgable when it comes to GERD and to surgical procedures.
 
I am glad you found this great forum.  Do keep posting and know that you are a member of this great family.
 
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dencha
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   Posted 4/18/2009 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Michelle,
I'm sure you're going through a lot. It's hard enough to take care of your mom, without going through so much yourself. How good that you can be with her, though. I'm sure it's very stressful for you to see so sick.

I certainly understand how hard it is when you can't breathe. I have chronic asthma, and at this time am still suffering from bronchitis/asthma resulting from a bout with the flu. It is very scary to feel like you can't get a breath.

If your stomach is really bothering you, treat it very carefully. I have told others of my most tummy-friendly food--egg custard.

I can't stress enough the importance of working on your attitude and controlling where your thoughts go. If you think the worst, you'll just spiral into more and more panic, which doesn't lend itself to healing, as I'm sure you know. Both GERD and asthma are affected by stress, and you sound like a bundle of stress.

Breathe. Close your eyes and try to clear your mind and think about a place that makes you feel peaceful. Breathe in and out very slowly.
I can't emphasize enough the importance to try to get yourself busy doing things you enjoy. Think positive thoughts. You can't think a positive thing and a negative one at the same time. I'm sure you have things in your life to be grateful for. Think about those.
You can do this! Try to relax and surrender to the process. It is as it is. You will get better!
Best wishes,
Denise

Bea,
Thanks for the vote of confidence, but ME the professor? I'm still really green around here! The real experts are the people who were here long before me--who so willingly came to my aid (and anyone else's, who wanders in looking for support and information) when I arrived at the site asking for advice and help! They're the real experts here!
I do try to share the things I've experienced with the surgery and what I've learned about how mental attitude can aid in healing. Hopefully it's helpful! I hope you're relaxing and enjoying your pre-Nissen meals! I ate anything I wanted! Take care, Bea.

dencha
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   Posted 4/18/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, Bea--
I'm not sure how long the shoulder pain lasted, but the nurse got me up during the night of the surgery to walk which I did...a lot. I have a treadmill, and by the second week I was going slowly (about 2mph)--holding on to the bar, so I would have no chance of falling. I walked all day, short periods. I noticed that whenever I didn't get my walking in, my shoulder pain would return.

I walked daily, and as I recovered, increased the speed and distance. The pain went away pretty quickly. I know some people have a problem with it for a long time. Actually, I think even now, if I don't walk for a few days, I get a mild twinge in my shoulder.

Good luck keeping it away! Keep walking! It works!
Denise

ITSJUSTME0000
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   Posted 4/19/2009 4:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Denise, Thank you very much...I feel a bit better being here reading all the post..My heart goes out too all that suffer from this...Its horrible..But I got to stay positive or I will fall apart..I will try what you said when I go ino a panic attack..Im just so happy I found this place to share and seek some advice...Thank you kindly

jonny5_is_alive
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   Posted 4/19/2009 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
michelle- you are definitely not alone! i just read yours after i added my first post. i've found so far that the gerd experience can be quite disheartening at times. went to many doctors before we finally figured out what was going on. it was actually my asthma doctor who had the first clues and referred me over to others. everybody else over looked it because i was in my early 20's so they didnt think gerd alone would be causing such issues. i seriously started to think i was loosing it too haha. i had all of these symptoms and was feeling terrible all of the time and nobody could give me a clean diagnosis for ages. i feel your pain with the breathing difficulty. the gerd has weighed pretty heavily on my asthma lately and it can be quite scary. i think we can begin to grow somewhat used to different levels of pain or discomfort in our bodies but for me the feeling of really short breath just never has become easier to deal with. the fear never goes away. once you have a bad experience you can become really anxious about it happening again. it is always pretty nerve wracking. i guess the key for me has been really trying to stay calm when i feel shortness of breath or heavy wheezing and difficulty breathing. the problem that i find with myself, is that getting really anxious and panicking about it only sets it off worse. it is great that your husband helps you stay calm and break out of the panic cycle. my wife has been great comfort to me as well. i think it begins to scare her more than me sometimes, so i find myself comforting her about it and that begins to help me turn around my focus and mental outlook lol. sorry to hear about your mother. it sounds like you are truly a great strength to her. my sister has been going through a lot of difficult health problems with cancer and other issues. it gives me perspective to watch others i love struggling and helps me feel grateful for the body that i do have, even in the midst of my own personal pains and struggles. im going to definitely second what others have said: find a way to control stress. it makes me a hypocrite to say that though because i am terrible at controlling mine haha. i do see the difference with my gerd, asthma, and anxiety though when i succeed at calming myself and better managing the stresses around me. this is an area i really need to improve in. it can be tough. i run my own business, my wife is 6 months pregnant and throw in other family members' struggles, you cant always just escape all stress. i have found many great strategies as i have been looking about the boards over the last little bit. i will let you know if i come across any great stress solving secrets anytime soon ;)
btw- i find when i am really anxious, going for a calming walk in the sun or listening to some relaxing music really help take my mind off of it. the key for me is to shift my focus away so the panic can pass, and it generally does, as long as i do not give it a place to dwell within me and aggravate everything else.

ITSJUSTME0000
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   Posted 4/19/2009 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Than you jonny... Your words are very encouraging..Yes its very hard on me at this time taking care of my mom and trying to care for myself..I tend to forget about me at times...And I know I can not..Im going to be checked for asthma.. The last on the list as I have had every test in this world..I do tend to freak out with the breathing issues.. It scares me to death..as for this gerd..it has taken a toll on me.. lost of weight, always feeling sick, feeling of lump in my throat..now sore throat... Im going to my dr tomorrow..hopefully he will help out a bit...hes very good but a bit old fashion..3rd gasto dr that I have seen..will keep you updated and thank you kindly for responding...all the words of encoragment are just wonderful.. have a wonderful, happy day

beareilly
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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
welcum aboard Johhnie
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