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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm having weird spasms in my chest. This is the second time this has happened to me since my surgery. It's right behind my breast bone and radiated outward. My shoulders seem to ache, too. It feels muscular in pain.
The first time was after I consumed too much food. Today I had a BBQ rib sandwich and I've been hurting all afternoon. smhair

I've chewed tums..... burped, but still hurt. mad

I took a 300 zantac..... burped, but still hurt. mad

I took pepto.....still hurt. sad

I took two acetamenphines..... still hurt. cry

I put heat on it, felt better for a little but it's starting to hurt again as it cools. shakehead

I feel like I need to relieve some pressure, but can't. smhair

Any solutions?


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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,
Sorry to hear that you're experiencing pain. Do you think you irritated your wrap? I've never experiences what you've described, but I have had times when my wrap was irritated, and it was very uncomfortable. When this has happened I've gotten spasms, but they're more centralized, and don't radiate. You're only a couple months post-op, aren't you? You're still at the very beginning of your healing, so really anything is possible. Everyone shares similarities after surgery, but it remains very individualized in many ways.
Hope you're feeling better.
Thinking of you!
Denise turn

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   Posted 2/28/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I was having a similar issue a couple months ago. Turned out to be irritation in my esophagus. They had me start taking the ppi again and it has gone away. I used what I had left of my Prevacid and now I am back on Prilosec once a day. IF you have any of your old Nexium or something you might give that a try and see what happens.
I actually thought it was a shoulder problem until I took the Prevacid and it went away in a few minutes. Wish I had tried that a few weeks sooner.

Take care,

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   Posted 2/28/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy,could it be esophgeal spasms? I would contact your dr tommorrow if nothing is relieving it. Good Luck.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   

I hope you are better this morning..............noted you took 300 Zantac, perhaps that was a bit to much (evil grin). I know you meant 300mg but had to tease you a bit.

I truly am sorry your are hurting and I agree, check with your physician if this has not abated by now.

Gentle Hugs my friend,


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   Posted 2/28/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Joy,
How long has it been since your surgery? I have a little off topic question for you. Do you know or did you discuss with your surgeon if he used a (don't know if i'm spelling this correctly) "buige" {phonetic= bu-ge} when he did your wrap. This determines how tight they make the wrap. They test it with fixing the hernia and then the test it while they are actually wrapping your esophagus. Basically it mimics a piece of large meat going through the esophagus to make sure you don't suffer when your trying to eat real food.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you feel better by now. It might have been the BBQ sauce if it had sodium benzoate in it. Some people are very sensitive to that preservative. I know I am. I have no real problem with BBQ sauces or salad dressings unless they contain sodium benzoate. When they do it is the worst! I get horrible chest pains and sharp stabbing stomach pains.
You know it is used in fireworks too! It's a known carcinogen and DNA destroyer. Unfortunately, it is in a lot of products--especially condiments.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm some better today. The heat finally calmed it. I must of ate too much and put pressure on the LES causing spasms. Antiacids just don't seem to help it. It feels muscular in the way it hurts.
It's very strange. I'll just have to be careful and not eat more than 6oz a meal.

Kitt, (tongue out) shame on you...picking on someone in pain. smilewinkgrin nono


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   Posted 2/28/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I wasn't "new normal" until 4 months out.  I know you're not that far.  So take it easy on the irritating foods!
Nap and others
Food intolerances come in all different sorts and can cause all sorts of interesting side effects.  Those of us with GERD quite often have "trigger foods" and suffer from dizziness, migranes, tachycardia, esophageal spasms.  Often esophageal spasms trigger other events like tachycardia or arrhythmias.  It's even got it's own label: esophageal-cardio reflex.  (not reflux)  A lot of the triggers act through the vagus nerve which connects lots of organs, including stomach and heart.
The best way to figure out if you have food intolerances is to keep a food log.  Your GI doc is unlikely to think of this, although an allergist might.  I went to two allergists and the second said she sees this all the time, and she calls it allergy, not just intolerance. 
After you have a bunch of foods on your list of culprits, you have to find out what part of the food is the real offender.  This is done by doing a food challenge.  I've posted this and you can search my descriptions on the forum.  One of my allergies was not the waffle, it was the maple syrup.  Get the picture?  When I had my list all in order I googled around and found all my foods had sulfite in common.
I'm not saying everyone has my specific allergy!  This is merely a cheap and easy way to figure out what your triggers are.  Nap, you seem to be on the track of yours already.  BTW barbecue sauce and most condiments contain sulfite.  It's in the vinegar, brown sugar, bottled lemon juice, beet (cheap) sugar.
Interestingly, my sulfite allergy has toned down dramatically since my fundoplication and getting off PPIs.  I suspect that having normal acid in my stomach for the first time in 25 years makes some chemical changes to the foods that I previously did not tolerate at all.  I'm still afraid of eating garlic though!

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   Posted 2/28/2010 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had these until I had my surgery. I think I still sensitive from the surgery since it's been only two months and two weeks since the surgery. (Wow! It seems so long ago.)

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