Does anyone else have chest tightness and other GERD symptoms in the morning before eating?

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jasonmcadams
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   Posted 5/6/2011 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I had always thought that this was caused by eating the wrong foods, but lately I have been waking up with chest pain and other symptoms. I've had my heart checked by a cardiologist and it's fine, so it's either GERD or anxiety. Any help would be appreciated.

mock turtle
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   Posted 5/6/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Jason,

when you first wake up in the morning and feel this pain...describe it. does it feel like a cramp, or pressure, or burning or even something else? and what happens if you drink a glass of water and remain upright?...does the pain diminish at all, even for a short while? or if you take an antacid like maalox, tums or rolaids does that help?

I wouldnt latch on to gerd as a diagnosis without getting your doctor on board. it may well be gerd or something very different.

you might want to get some testing to find out for sure. if it were me id ask the doc for some testing, such as, esophageal ph monitoring, to know for sure. although many doctors just jump to write a prescription for H2 antihistamines ( like you can buy otc) or PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) which will turn the quantity of produced stomach acid way down. and then if you note improvement they take that as evidence your pain is acid reflux related.

hang in there, ask questions of your doctor and stick around here for more info from other more experienced members

best of good luck to you
mock turtle

jasonmcadams
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   Posted 5/6/2011 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, as I said in the other thread I've seen two docs for this already. The first was a cardiologist who ruled me as healthy and the second was a general practitioner who suggested GERD and anxiety. I suffer from panic disorder, so I think it's quite likely.

Seven32
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   Posted 5/9/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
it's always the same. If doctors don't find an answer they say its panic disorder. That is something I do not belife. I have the same and I don't have anxiety or someting like this. I have a hiatal hernia with PVC's and shortness of breath. Also chest tightness - very ugly
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