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Frank100
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   Posted 3/19/2010 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It is good to know that I'm not the only one who suffers from this. For about 3 years now I've suffered from what I suspect to be reflux induced chest pain, which results in (sometimes) severe anxiety attacks (i.e., the fear of having a heart attack). I'm 29 years old, and in fantastic physical shape, and I should not be having these problems. More frustrating, is that deep down I know I'm not really having a heart attack, but all that matters at the time is the chest pain, and inevitably the anxiety ensues.



I work at a busy law firm, and at times I have to lock myself in the bathroom for 20-30 minutes where I will take my shirt off, towel off the sweat, and just recite scripture and prayer (it typically works), but recently (and not happy about it), I've begun taking very low doses of generic Xanax.



I've really cut down on the amount of alcohol I drink (I hardly drink every, and then only a drink or two), however I drink a good bit of coffee, and I'm going to cut that out.



If anyone has any advice at all on how to conquer these problems please share. I feel like I'm losing my mind sometimes, and really, I don't want to live another 50 years the way I've lived the last 3. My poor girlfriend, who is the most understanding person in the world, simply doesn't get it at times, and can't figure out what my problem is. I don't blame her, if I were totally healthy, and someone else were experiencing this, I would think it was very odd. Any advice would be fantastic.



God Bless Everyone In Here,



Frank

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/19/2010 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Frank-
Welcome to Healing Well. Have you been to a GI doctor? If not I would hope you see one soon and see if they can help. A lot of people do great with just using the PPI meds.

Take care,
Bill

Linx
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   Posted 3/20/2010 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
I would suggest some deep relaxation methods maybe a low impact yoga to help with the anxiety. Or just listening to some relaxation cd's in your car on the way to wrk in the morning. just a thought.

Floptilla
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   Posted 3/20/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
eyes Hi Frank,
I know just how you feel. I have the same problem. Terrible chest pain and anxiety. I've been to a regular Dr. and GI Dr. and was given PPI meds.(protonix,nexium). You should try one of those and also watch your diet.
It sounds like you have a stressful job and I know how this interferes with what you do. I work in a Pharmacy (very stressful) and I see this alot. Some anti-depressant meds can help with anxiety along with xanax. Mine is an on-going battle I face every day.I remind myself that it's not a heart attack and it will pass. I put a rubber band around my wrist,pull and let it snap when I have an anxiety attack to remind me that's all it is,but make sure with your Dr. it's not your heart,have an EKG done to be sure.Good Luck.
 

cj2306
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   Posted 3/20/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   

hey frank!

we are all here suffering with you - im also 29 and have been suffering with this GERD for the last 2 yrs - like yourself i was also prone to anxiety attacks - that however was 2 yrs before the GERD - it could def be related b/c when i get stressed out now i do feel the acid and the chest pain - i also take a good 15 min relax and re-group, currently im on nexium 2'xs a day - it was once a day until a couple months ago when i get sick 2'xs - i also suffer from vertigo

what i've done is see my reg Dr and a GI - as annoying as it can be you need to make sure that its nothing major - MRI endoscope ultrasound - as the process is going on whatch your diet for acid reflux you should be staying away from coffee, alcohol, peppers, onions, garlic, sausages, spicy and acidy foods, peppermint, honey, chocolate, milk

we are all different and can handle these foods in moderation - i would cut them out just to get your body balanced and then if you wanted to try them again do so - i stood away from them for 3months as i got used to nexium then i would treat myself to one of those items once a week - but you need to listen to your body and your dr- like i said we are all different

with my vertigo- i stay away from salt - per item my mlgrm intake is 50 or less - i also found out that : chocolate, bananas, grapes, alcohol, cheese, tomatoes, avocados all have a common natural preservative that trigger my vertigo - by staying away from these it has helped me cope with the vertigo on a daily basis and has helped me to loose 28lbs which has helped to get rid of my hiatal hernia which i had with my GERD

what i done as i was going thru both issues is kept a food journal - i wrote down what i ate and if something triggered the GERD or vertigo i would write next to that food item "trigger" or place a star next to it - also i would write down if there was any stress that happened that day how my body reacted to it - it may seem like a lot of work but it helps not only you but your dr's - buy doing that it gives them an insite on your daily activities and they will be able to make better judgement calls as to what test to run instead of going around in circles - (even tho it will seem like your running in circles - they wont have to run as many test)

i hope this helps - my husband doesn't get how a person who is only 29 can have these many medical difficulties - trust me i feel like im 80 - but you def not alone.

christine


stkitt
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   Posted 3/20/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Frank100
Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn forum. I noted you posted you "suffered from what I suspect to be reflux induced chest pain"

I would like to suggest that you make an appointment with a GI Physician to start some testing to verify if you have GERD and then take it one step at a time from there.

You chest pains can also be a sx of other medical conditions as well as a sx of anxiety. Please rule out any medical problems.

I am posting a couple of links for you so you can compare the sx of Anxiety versus GERD.


Anxiety Symptoms, Anxiety Attack Symptoms (Panic Attack Symptoms), Symptoms of Anxiety:
http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml

GERD, Do I Have It?

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=1483795

We also have a great forum here, Anxiety and Panic Forum. You may want to read through that forum and post any concerns re anxiety in that forum also.

I wish you peace,

Kitt

Mike C
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   Posted 3/20/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Frank,I know exactly whats going on with you cause I suffer from the same thing... my last attack was about 2 weeks ago and yes you are correct in saying that it does feel like a heart attack even though we know it's not.What I did to combat it is double my PPI intake of prevacid (2x40mg) Take them before meals.... I take one at 8 am and one 8 pm. I stay away from anything with tomato sauce... and high acidity. Hang in there it will pass but it takes a long time.Also go have a check up it will put your mind at ease.

MinnesotaMark
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   Posted 3/22/2010 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Frank--if you quit coffee, especially if you drink a lot, wean yourself but do not go cold turkey. THAT will will induce extra anxiety and panic attacks for sure. There are a ton a successful anxiety management programs online, I have tried a couple and they work. One I recall is the Lindon method. Try to stay off the anxiety meds if at all possible, they tend to mask the symptoms and as soon as you stop taking..bang everything comes back. If needed, try natural relaxers like Calms Forte and the like. Wouldn't hurt to try some anti-GERD actions to eliminate that as the cause. Start with something light like Zantac and other antacids and follow a GERD diet for a week. If you have additional symptoms with chest pain like shortness of breath, dizziness, shoot pains in arms or shoulder blades, etc. I think it would be prudent to see your GP immediately. Lastly, sounds like you might have a high stress job. Take a break if you can---3-5 days off. Your health is worth it. Good Luck. Hope you feel better. MM
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