I am new to these boards, and somewhat new to GERD. I have been lurking for a bit, and find it somewhat comforting that I'm not alone in the struggle with what I think is a rather puzzling disorder. My mom has suffered with GERD and a hiatal hernia for some years now, and it looks like I'm following in her footsteps. I've always been a reasonable weight and well-within the BMI for my height. However, I used to drink copious amounts of diet soda which, I'm guessing, didn't do my esophagus or my tummy any good. RIght before Christmas, my mom had a heart scare, which a cardio cath revealed to be nothing (although she has battled hypertension). After this, I began noticing some pain in my chest, which evolved into anxiety attacks. I went to Urgent Care and was given and EKG, which came back normal. So the doc suggested that I might have reflux and prescribed Nexium. I followed up with my GP, who also seemed to think that I had reflux which was, in turn, causing the anxiety. He put me on Lorazepam, an anti-depressant, and also ordered an abdominal ultrasound to rule out gall bladder or pancreas. That came back clear. However, I felt like the Lorazepam was helping loosen the pain in my chest and decided that I just had anxiety, and took myself off of Nexium (it was making my tummy uncomfortable)--BIG mistake. I had a couple of bad spasms and pains that scared me to death, my voice got really raspy, and I could finally tell that there was some reflux action going on, so back to the Dr. I went. And he told me to go back on my Nexium and also started me on a different anti depressant. He also had me go to the cardio for and echo to rule out mitral valve prolapse, and everything looked fine. I've yet to be referred to the gastro, but the fact that the Nexium seems to help has led to the diagnosis. I see my doc again in 6months, and was thinking of asking for a referral for at least a barium swallow, to confirm. I've been crusing along just fine for a couple of months now, with little to no anxiety, and just a bit of back pain from the GERD. However, I think I began to get cocky and made some poor dietary choices. I've done away with soda, but had a couple of clementines and orange juice on Friday and paid for it with some lovely pains. They feel like migrating gas pains that start under my left ribs and sometimes work over to my armpit, shoulder. No shortness of breath (although my spasms a couple of months ago led to what felt like trapped burps), and no heart palpitations, and they're over rather quickly. They still scare me, though.
I used to be a pretty avid runner, but that seems to cause too much of the shoulder/back pain to flare up. I made sure to run a couple of hours after eating, but it didn't really agree. I guess it's walking for me! Thanks for reading my story. Is there anyone who is similar to me? I know that everyone's experience is different.