Breathing Issues, Pain explosions?

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 8/6/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had GERD for about 4 years now and it's absolutely terrible. I'm curious if anyone else can relate to my symptoms. I have pain in my chest, but it's not like all the time, it's only when I eat certain foods, and even then it comes in little "explosions" as I like to call it. It's like someone releases pressure inside my chest and it spreads around like a firework into other portions of the chest, sometimes in the arms. Usually always near the heart, but this isn't heart related as far as I know. I've had multiple EKG's, a halter monitor and a CT scan to make sure everything was okay and it's all up and up. I haven't had any GI work done, but they did say I had GERD/Acid Reflux. I've tried treating it with Prilosec, but it didn't work.

I was on Prevacid for a month but it didn't really work either.

The only thing that seems to work for me is typical stomach coating medicine like Maalox Extra Strength which I have to drink literally every night and sometimes in the daytime just to sleep at night or to convince myself not to call 911 because of heart attack fears (panic/anxiety issues that I have make my GERD even worse).

Often, it will seem like I can catch my breath, and when I eat, my heart will race and my whole chest will feel tight, and I will feel sweaty, dizzy, and just generally unwell.

I really don't know what to do at this point beyond just keep using the temporary band-aid that is Maalox every night and day.

This is really miserable.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 8/6/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi slp92,
So sorry to hear about your difficulties. There are lots of people here who can relate to your experiences with GERD. My symptoms weren't like yours, but I've read many posts that describe similar experiences. I can identify with the Maalox--that has always been my most soothing medication. Even now, 5 months post surgery, when my wrap is irritated (it's still healing) I love my Maalox!

It really sounds like you need to get to a GI doc if you can. I know insurance is a problem for many people, but if you can manage it, I think a GI doc could get to the bottom of your problems and give you lots of help. Anxiety is also very common with uncontrolled GERD symptoms.

Be sure to continue to post here. Ask as many questions as you like, and members here will do their best to offer you support and information.
You're in a good place--people here really understand what you're going through.
Hang in there. You'll find relief.
Best wishes! We're here for you! yeah yeah yeah
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