arrhythmia, throwing up in sleep, tightness in chest after eating, panic attacks - HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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memphisbelle1
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   Posted 1/5/2011 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
i have battled GERD for years. i have seen several dr's about it and have taken every prescription drug on the market. i know all about what to eat and do, but nothing is helping. i can't take it anymore. lately everything i eat bothers me, and after every meal i feel like i am suffering from panic attacks. my heart pounds and races and my chest tightnens. i feel like i can't breathe. the attacks are so bad that i have been tempted to go to the e.r. at first, i thought it was a side effect from a new rx called dexilant. so i quit taking it and switched back to prilosec. i continue to have these problems. i can't make it through a day without taking something. has anyone had the surgery and can recommend it? are there some natural remedies?

babygirl10150
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   Posted 1/5/2011 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
That's how I was for months. I didn't eat or drink a whole lot...just a few crackers or something so my stomach would stop growling. I lost around 50 lbs in less than 6 months. I have taken all the meds and nothing helped. Btw dexilant is actually kapidex, they just changed the name. Sneaky. I was put on Zoloft to control my anxiety attacks which started right after I started taking Aciphex. After two years of pure hell I decided to get the surgery. Now my story isn't the norm since I had to get it done 3 times within a year. Even with the troubles I've had, I do recommend the surgery if the meds don't help. I still have little quirks but I'll take them over how I was before. I do think gerd and anxiety mesh and make each other worse.
Michelle

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memphisbelle1
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   Posted 1/5/2011 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
wow. it sounds like you know exactly what i am talking about. when i asked my gi dr about it, he said "that shouldn't be related." i know better. i just made an appt to see a different gi. i'm scared to eat or drink anything. what was your downtime for the surgery?

couchtater
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   Posted 1/5/2011 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Two weeks at least at home resting. Six weeks of no heavy lifting and light work.
Diet restrictions for about two months.
Are the average for most people. Some take longer.
Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 1/5/2011 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Reflux surgery, Nissen and such, will not cure tachycardia (racing heart).

You really must see a cardiologist about the heart symptoms, but yes, they can be related to esophagus and stomach problems.

If you get rapid heart rate after EVERYTHING you eat it's probably a physical irritation. If you can pinpoint certain foods, from keeping a food log, you could have specific food intolerances/sensitivities. That's what mostly triggersmy tachycardia.

Look up cardio-esophageal reflex (not reflUx). It's also called linked angina. There are several research papers on this, but your cardiologist and gastro doc probably haven't heard of it, and may not even consider it.

Mine got bad enough that it triggered a heart attack. After eating some cereal that triggered reflux I got tachycardia. This caused a coronary artery vasospasm which caused a plaque rupture, causing blockage of the artery - a heart attack. There are recent research articles on this also.

IF, repeat IF, that's your problem, you may need to be on blood thinners or antiarrhythmia drugs. I keep atenolol in my pocket, chew it plus an aspirin when I get new attacks, do Valsalva maneuvers to break the arrhythmia. I've also lost weight and am keeping my cholesterol under better control. I recently had an attack lasting 5 hours, went to ER where I had to have the rhythm converted. It wasn't really such a good idea to wait that long.

I've had the surgery, but only because I was in a wreck that pushed my stomach into my chest. Before that I had the condition under fairly good control by avoiding my food triggers. Once you understand the CAUSE of your condition you probably won't panic so much. I didn't panic even when I had the heart attack, just walked into the house chewed up an aspirin and dialed 911.
Alcie
 
 

babygirl10150
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   Posted 1/5/2011 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Because you're scared to eat or drink anything, it might be causing mild panic attacks which can certainly cause the symptoms you have. I have had some pretty awful attacks but with the mild ones I get the racing heart, shakey, hot flashes, nausea, hard to breathe...feels like someone is sitting on my chest. I used to think everything would make me sick after the worst few weeks with gerd and anything/everything I put in my mouth would give me an attack. It's still in the back of my mind but I'm not obsessing over it. My PCP also put me on Zoloft for the attacks which has helped a lot.
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