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Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/4/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I'm new here and must say I'm glad I found this site. I've developed a malady lately that baffles me as to it's cause. My insides will suddenly spasm and it feels like I have a band tightening around everything.
I can barely breathe and cannot walk or even move until the moment passes. Thankfully, it only lasts a few seconds. I am awakened two or three times a night gasping for air when these moments occur during my sleep. I have considered coffee intake as a possible culprit but I only drink 2 cups in the morning. In the past three years I've had EKG's, blood enzymes done & I don't have high blood pressure. The docs say, other than a slight heart murmer, my pumper seems to be ok. When I'm sitting upright, no spasms, but reclined or lying flat, any movement will trigger an event. I haven't called or seen my GP as yet. I wanted to do a little research first. I'll appreciate any and all input. Thanks.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/4/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to HealingWell. This is a great site. I look forward to getting to know you better.
As far as your sx I am not sure what may be causing your problems.  You said you have been checked out by a cardiologist to rule out heart related problems.
 
My best advice would be to see your PCP and see if you need a referral to a Gastroenterologist.
 
Perhaps another member will have more info for you.
Take care and do stick with us.
 
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Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/4/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Kitt for your quick response and your advice. I'm quite sure a Gastroenterologist is in my immediate future. Too much doesn't make sense. Thanks again.
Bryon

beareilly
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   Posted 5/4/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bry,
We are not doctors here but we do offer moral support.Maybe it is gerd or ger related.Maybe esaphgus issues? Gall bladder? Gastritis?Follow up wit the gi.
G√łod luck
Bea

Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/5/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Bea. Wow, a number of possibilities. More reasons to get my can to a medico asap.
Bryon

strbrst281
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   Posted 5/7/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
hi bry,
 
i have the same feelings occasionally - it is so painful to breathe, stand, swallow, anything. it's awful. when i went to the emergency room (because i didn't know if this was something to do with my heart!) they told me i was having esophageal spasms, and that there's really nothing that can be done except wait them out. good luck, i hope you feel better.

Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/11/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
hi starburst, thanks for the in-put. i couldn't answer till today as my power has been out due to a storm. i'm going to continue reading the forum posts and anything else i can find until i feel i've gleaned enough info to go to the specialist and be able to ask the right questions. if i learn anything i feel could be beneficial i'll post it to you and the forum. in the meantime i wish you the best.
bryon :

oakley
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   Posted 5/11/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Bry !

It does sound like you could have Gerd. Do you have pain in the center of your chest? Do you have pain in your stomach or is it more in your chest? I have also had to cut back on the caffiene as of late because it was causing me to have that cathc your breath thing. Do you eat meals late at night before you go to bed ? I have found that really makes me miserable to try to sleep.I also have found that losing some weight has eased my symptoms greatly. And I must ask do you bloat or have gas when these episodes occur ? I get that way sometimes and it seems that until I pass gas I can be so miserable. I am a bit lactose intolerant and if I stay away from dairy I don't feel that pain as bad. I also notice that if I eat too fast I suffer with chest pain and if i work out too hard it happens too. I wonder if you have done any activity lately that used muscles you are not used to using ??

Take care...talk to you soon

 


Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/11/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Oakley, thanks for your post. I read up on gerd and for the most part it doesn't fit. I don't experience pain, just a spastic tightening inside that pretty much immobilizes me for a few seconds. During that time I can barely breathe. I've learned not to fight it, rather wait for the moment to pass. A couple times, after a really good belch the symptoms eased considerably, ( although the wife was somewhat taken aback ). That makes it sound GI related huh? I do need to lose a lot of weight and stay on a proper diet. I'm sure I'd feel great. Thanks again.
Bryon

beareilly
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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bry,
I know oakley asked do u have pain in the center of your chest. I was a gerd suffer but never ever suffered any chest pains and or heart burnin sensations. I had severe Gerd until my nissan fundo operation on May 7th. So far its been great and has improved my uality of life. I suffered from sour taste constatntly, 3 strictures of esphagus, and bakwash .I had nite time gerd which kept me up all nite long. I would have episodes during the day but very prevalent at night. I couldnt swallow my own medicine. I went to the GI. He opened my throat 3x, I had a bravo ph test which showed i had 200 episodes of gerd. Here I was tryin to trick the capsule they placed in my esphagus to test my acid. Many times I had gerd i didnt push the button on the machine.Who was I kidding? When I went for my results bam i had a score of 21 . A normal score I believe is 12 and below. My doctor suggested the surgery as I was on every medicine known to man. I lost wait cut out caffeine etc but to no avail. I also had a father who died at 50 from esphageal cancer which started with reflux and he ignored it for many years. He wud havespasms ,hard time swallowing etc and never told a soul til it was too late. MY GI who treated my father suggested the surgery for me as we had exhausted every thing possible to control my gerd. Nothing worked,However, I am happy to say I am gerd free right now and I am happy to say i can sleep and not fear the unknown. So please go to the GI let them go down do an endoscope-this wouldve saved my dads life had he been a little softer of a man. Oh and Not all people with gerd have heartburn or chest pains I am a perfect example but then again my doctor said i had severe complications to gerd- the choking and closures, the sleep deprivation etc.Oh and where do you live that you had a storm. I love in yankee land,
Take care
bea

beareilly
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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
oh Bry,
there is something called costcochondritis. I had this when I thought it was gerd. I had spasms shortness of breath that blew me away.just a little info
take care

b

oakley
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with you liily, I was just at the er two weeks ago and had extreme shortness of breath and pain
on one side of chest. I actually felt like I had the pain in my breast.
After checking my heart and lungs out they determined that I had over worked muscles in my chest wall shoveling the feet of snow we had in South Dakota this year and installing 57 new wood blinds in all my apts that I manage....it was just too much all at once.
So they diagnosed with the C thing and sent me home to rest and take pain pills...thank God I am fine now, so that is what I meant by doing something you hadn't done in my earlier post.
Worth consdiering for sure !
 

beareilly
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
yes it is
b

Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/12/2009 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Bea, Oakley and strbrst for your collective in-put. I'm getting good stuff from you guys. Bea, I'm glad to hear you're doing so much better and I wish you continued improvement!! I live on top of a ridge in Missouri although I'm a Michigan yankee. We had a tremendous storm-front pass through the state Fri morn with exceptionally high winds that knocked down 250 yr old oak trees like they were toothpicks. Unfortunately the trees took down power lines as they fell. Best regards.
Bryon

beareilly
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   Posted 5/12/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh lol My husband always uses the phrase "Im from Missouri,show me" He is an avid NY yankee fan. I like the mets.LOL Wow is your town back to normal? I hope all is well now.
B

Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/12/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
One thing is certain, there will be no shortage of fire wood next winter. The power is back on and life in ole Missouri approaches normal once again. Best wishes,
Bryon

beareilly
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   Posted 5/13/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Bry, well you should have a beautiful warm winter thanx to that 250 year old tree.
Bea

Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm thankful that old tree wasn't mine. My wood cutting and splitting days are behind me. I have gas logs. Forecast is another REAL bad storm to-nite with lots of nasty tornadoes. This is a spring to be remembered.
Bryon

beareilly
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   Posted 5/13/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Bryon,
I will pray for mother nature to be oh so kind.
Good luk,
B

Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/14/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Oakley, I'd like to address the part of your post of 5/11 where you asked me if I'd done anything strenuous of late. As a matter of fact I did some landscaping that required me to wrestle 30 bags of mulch at 60 lbs each. The next day I could barely get out of bed. My lower back was destroyed. I'm not one whom goes to bed and rests for 2 or 3 days until everything feels better. If I can gain my feet and stand without falling, I'm off to the races. Now I'm wondering if I may have injured muscles in my abdomen as well as my back and that is the cause of the spasms? You're probably thinking, why doesn't this goober just go see his doctor. Well, that's a story in itself and I haven't much trust or faith in the medical community since 1983. I'll go see my doctor only when I've exhausted all efforts at healing myself. I hope you're feeling great.
Bryon

oakley
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   Posted 5/15/2009 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bry...I'll bet you
that work you did in your yard is exactly what happened.
I am the same way about going to the doctor but this last time I was kind of scared with being short of breath...
Have you tried the heating pad ?
I use mine like a toddler used their blankie..LOL...I put it wherever the pain is including on my chest.
I did get prescription strength Advil and took a few for a few days....it makes me a little nervous because they can be hard on your stomach but the pain made me nervous too and it hurt !!
I also am the same as you in that I just can't sit too long.
I have a very physical job and am a stickler about how my job is performed, so I get right back into it and too soon sometimes as well.
I know muscles need time to heal but who the heck has time ?? !!! LOL
 Talk to you soon ..get well, and rest if you can ..and get close to a heating pad !!! 

strbrst281
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   Posted 5/15/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bry,

You're welcome, hopefully you were just having muscle pains, esophageal spasms can be quite painful and debilitating. Please let us know if it happens again.

Strbrst
Dx: Gastritis, GERD, Gastroparesis


Capt Bry
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   Posted 5/16/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Oakley and strbrst. I guess I found a painful way to remind myself I'm not 25 yrs old again. Hope you have a great wk-end.
Bryon
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