Hi, I am new here. I was given this site by friend of mine. Well to give you a little information about myself. I started noticing reflux about 7 years ago. I would drink wine at night or warm milk and I would wake up in a panic cause I was choking. However, as the years went by, I noticed the GERD presented itself differently.
As of 2 years ago, I noticed that I was getting chest pains. I have had lots of workup such as stress tests, echocardiogram, and multiple, multiple EKGs. I even was admitted once in the hospital late 2008 just to monitor me. While in there they did a barrium stress test and a gallbladder test and all turned out normal. I knew the barrium was not correct, because I do have GERD. Anyway, about two weeks ago I took the 14 day treatment of Prilosec and it seemed to help. Last night I woke up, went to bathroom and then as I went back to bed, I layed on my stomach, as that is how I normally fall asleep. I notice while on my stomach, that familiar discomfort. I could feel a slight bubbling in the lower chest area and then a pain that takes my breath away. It sent me into panic mode and I could not go back to sleep.
I ended up calling 911, just so I can get checked with their EKG machine, did not opt to go to hospital. It subsided for a bit, then tried to go back to sleep again and went on my tummy, once again felt that bubbling feeling and the pain started, my heart rate went up and panic struck once again, but I told myself it is not my heart. Why is it worse when I lay on my stomach and it makes me feel short of breath like am having a heart attack. Finally, at 5:30, I took a prilosec and about a half hour later I decided to try to go on my stomach again to go to sleep and I did not feel that gurgling or have the pain.
This is very distressing. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. It feels like a heart attack. Does anyone have this where it is worse if laying on your stomach? I am so exhausted. I am so scared that something is seriously wrong. I know I need to see a GI doctor and get this checked out, but will try to save some money to do that. No insurance. I have been tested twice in the past with the h. pylori bacteria and took antibiotics, which was horrible, but finished the course, was never retested to see if it was still there.