Could these be esophageal spasms? Or acid Reflux and hiatal hernia?

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   Posted 4/18/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, everyone.  Been looking up on the internet what may be causing my weird symptoms and thought maybe I'm having mild esophageal spasms.  Sometimes these episodes occur at random times and sometimes after eating.  I've been having some stomach issues for months now.  In December I had my gallbladder removed due to a gallstone.  Currently have abdominal tenderness, burping like crazy, and frequent hiccups on a daily basis.
Lately though, I've been having some strange symptoms that are really bothering me.  When I tell friends or family about this they just look at me like I'm completely crazy.  One time I ate an ice cream bar and my chest ached for an hour.  Drank a glass of water rather quickly and not only my stomach, but the upper part of my back and my shoulders started aching.  One time I was eating and everything from the center of my back up to the back of my neck tensed up and started aching.  A couple times when I've eaten the discomfort has actually subsided.
These episodes have been occuring on a regular basis the last few days and seem to be getting more painful and lasting longer.  My chest has ached pretty much all day.  Well actually the upper part of my back and my neck are bothering me too.  Sometimes everything up to my throat will feel tight.  For the most part it is just really achy and uncomfortable with maybe just a couple sharp pains.  Not severe pain but bad enough that it is all I can focus on.  This is really starting to get to me.
Awaiting an appointment to possibly schedule an upper endoscopy.  The doctor I went to in January, wasn't having this type of symptoms then, thought I may be having acid reflux and a hiatal hernia.  Could that cause this type of symptoms?

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   Posted 4/18/2010 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like maybe you need a general checkup looking for anything out of whack. You may have more than one thing going on.

For example: One thing that happened to me was eating trigger foods would usually cause reflux and then that triggered tachycardia (which can feel like chest pain or even back pain or throat pain). Now that I can't reflux because of surgery, I just get the tachycardia and funny feelings in my throat, occasionally running down my left arm. This is because the stomach is connected to the heart by the vagus nerve, also sitting right under it. When you get a bubble in the stomach it can directly irritate the heart (which can feel like back pain). Irritation of the stomach or the esophagus (even just from eating hard toast - or maybe that cold water) can trigger coronary vasospasm. It's called coronary-esophageal reflex (yes REFLEX, with an E).

Ask for an ECG, which probably won't show anything, blood work, anything you can think of. It doesn't sound life threatening, but annoying for sure.

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   Posted 4/18/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I get spasms under my breastbone when I overeat. It usually hurts all day once it gets started.


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   Posted 4/18/2010 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Today was pretty miserable honestly.  I did have bloodwork done a couple weeks ago and everything came back fine.  My primary care doctor didn't even listen to me when I told him I was having chest and back pain.  Just said he agreed with the doctor I went to over 2 months earlier, that it was an acid reflux and hiatal hernia issue.  So many weird things are occuring, and I can't shake the feeling that something is wrong, but I don't know what to do.  I hate waiting on appointments and it's a week tomorrow until I see the general surgeon that removed my gallbladder.   My worst fear is that no one will be able to figure out what's going on and I'm somehow going to have to learn to deal with this which I can't.  Sorry for being so whiny, this is just so frustrating and I don't have anyone else to talk to.

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   Posted 4/18/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Sure sounds like the same symptoms I had from the reflux and when the vagus nerve was getting irritated. I would definitely get into a GI doctor very soon. I have had reflux pain in my chest, throat, neck, back, shoulder, and stomach area. Hope they get you some answers quickly.

Take care,

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   Posted 4/19/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Why aren't PPIs helping me? At the end of January I started taking Prilosec. After 2 weeks and no improvement the doctor prescribed Nexium which I took for a month. Everything seemed worse when I was taking Nexium. Even drinking water was causing chest discomfort. After finishing the Nexium mid March my symptoms seemed to ease up for a few days. During that time is when I first saw a gastroenterologist but I was feeling alright so we decided to wait before ordering tests. I had the abdominal tenderness and burping when I went to her. The hiccuping, chest discomfort, and back aches were not occuring regularly when I went to her. Now, it's been a month since that appointment and I can't get another one for 2 weeks. After about a week it was back to the same issues and now things are worse than ever. Have an appointment with the general surgeon that removed my gallbladder in one week. Currently taking Prevacid and it's not helping at all. This is much worse on a day to day basis then things were with my gallbladder. At least those attacks, though extremely painful, only lasted for a few hours then, for the most part, I'd feel alright. This is really starting to affect my every day life as I'm either worrying about it or I'm having the discomfort. I'm so frustrated and depressed.

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   Posted 4/21/2010 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually ended up getting an appointment today with the general surgeon that removed my gallbladder. He scheduled me for an upper endoscopy next week. Hopefully now I will be getting some answers about what is going on.

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   Posted 4/22/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
No duplicate posts please.
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Thank you for your understanding. 

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 4/22/2010 1:27:44 PM (GMT-6)

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