New and anxious! Treated like a hypocondriac.

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Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 9/28/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi.  I am a thirty-two year old SAHM and I am beginning to get both very nervous/scared and mad!  At the beginning of August, all four of my kids and I tested positive for mono.  When I went to the doctor, I have sore throat pain but I told him it didn't feel like a regular sore throat or strep.  Plus I was having chest pain and some shortness of breath.  Well, he put me on prednisone because my throat was so swollen and that gave me full out constant panic attacks. It was so awful I couldn't even take care of my kids.  At this time, I started feeling like I was choking and that something was stuck in my throat.  I was afraid to swallow food and drinks and sometimes actually felt like I was choking.  My doctor put my on anti-anxiety meds which helped me to stay calmer.  But after I was off the prednisone for a week, my heart had us concerned so I was sent to the cardiac ward of the hosptial for a cardiac workup.  Everything came back okay.  Now mind you, I have heartburn before.  But this didn't feel like heartburn in my chest.  (or in my throat)  When I went to my post-hosptial visit with my PCP, he thought that it was a pulled muscle in my chest but put me on Zantac twice a day. 
Now it's been almost two months and I'm off the anti-anxiety meds, still taking the Zantac but I am miserable.  My throat kills me.  I'm never hungry.  And I feel like I've been completely blown off by my doctor's office.  This week I started coughing but I don't have a cold.  I've had a little bit of blood coughed up.  Tonight I noticed that I have a rash on the back of my throat.  No fever, but I think the lymph nodes under my arm are enlarged.  I finally PUSHED my doctor to get me in with a gastroenterologist and they are seeing me in two days.  I am also having a thyroid ultrasound that same day.  I am guessing at this point I have GERD.  I feel like just because I was having anxiety (as a reaction to the prednisone plus possibly as GERD and maybe a hiatal hernia) that all my symptoms got chalked up to anxiety.  It makes me mad because I feel like I really had to push them to take me seriously.  I like this doctor too.  I've been going to him for over fifteen years.  But after this is all taken care of, I'm seriously thinking of switching to someone else. 
I'm scared though.  If I do have GERD, I'm afraid of what it has done to my esophageus over those two months. 
Anyone have any advice?  Anyone?

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 9/28/2010 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome
Don't worry too much that you have done damage to your esophagus because 2 months is not a long time to have GERD. Some people on here have had it for years. I think GERD is very hard for doctors to diagnose and treat because everyone gets it differently. Keep searching for answers you will get there.

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 9/28/2010 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. It is encouraging to hear that two months of GERD doesn't mean that my esphagus is being destroyed because that is what I am most scared about.

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 9/29/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Exactly, 2 months is nothing doubt there will be any damage which is good . GERD can really make a persons life miserable for sure. Ive had it for 3 years now.

It wasnt too long ago my Dr (who I like lots) put me on prednisone for the same reasons turn out I didnt even need, it was a misdiagnosis. I was hosptialized for what I thought (might) have been a heart attack ,I had all the symptoms. My 4 year old little boy was taking care of me. That is a No No! Dr gets boot for that one. On top of it all I just found out about the Avelox and I took that for 3 days (found it it can cause liver damage etc) All I can do now is research the drugs these mad scientist are prescribing before I decide what poision I want running thru my blood.

My day consist of mostly not eating cause Im afraid I will have a melt down(again). But IF I do? Its fruit(and not all fruits) and veggies(most veggies are fine) Ive managed to sneak in a 100% whole wheat no sodium no sugar slice of bread I found at the market and some brown rice sometimes. Lots of water and a bit of exercise with an anxiety pill and Im coming along pretty good today:)

Hope your story has a happy ending. Good Luck n Take Care!

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 9/29/2010 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Like everyone is saying 2 months is nothing just keep working on balancing out your diet and meds to where you have it under control.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 9/30/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome,
I am sorry to read of your problems but you have received some sound advice.  I am glad you are advocating for your own health and seeing the GI Doctor in a couple of days.  Anytime we have health problems that worry us our anxiety is bound to be elevated and you seem to have hit the jackpot with both you and your children being sick. 
We are here to support you so keep on talking to us.
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