Since I got some very kind and helpful feedback on here when I first posted about
a month ago, I thought I'd check in (also because, unfortunately, I'm still struggling with some of the issues I wrote about
So I went to the GI who recommended, based on my case history, that I start with the klonopin to see if this was all just anxiety-related. So I did that for about
a week or so, and while initially somewhat helpful in relieving the chest tightness (my main symptom), I was still having mild chest pain and still burping, so I took some pills that he had samples of in his office that he gave to me -- Dexilant. They were vaguely helpful. I had a follow up appointment about
two weeks later, and, at that point, I thought the symptoms were going away so it was basically just a formality, and he gave me a prescript
ion for Dexilant that he said I could fill if I felt I needed it, and that I should continue with the lifestyle changes (raised bed, change in diet, not eating 3-4 hours before bed, etc.). But it's been another week since that appointment, and I'm still having the same symptoms (albeit slightly milder from when I first when to see him): there's still the chest tightness, infrequent mild chest pain, more mucus than usual at the back of my throat, burping (though not as often as before trying Dexilant), a feeling like there's popcorn stuck in the back of my throat (this has become more frequent), general discomfort at the back of my throat, and waking up with that acid-y taste in my mouth. I should also add that it's unclear to me that any of this is triggered by food. Today, for example, it's already past 4pm, and all I've had to eat is a bagel, but I'm not feeling great, whereas, yesterday, I'd had a lot to drink (alcohol-wise) the night before (I know, I know, stupid move), but felt better than I do now. The symptoms are relatively constant, only getting, at most, slightly better or slightly worse day-to-day. The tightness is the main symptom, and it's almost always there.
I realize I'm much better off than a lot of the posters on this forum, so I feel bad distracting from their inquiries, but this has been driving me pretty crazy. I was wondering if you thought it would be worth getting an endoscopy -- an option the GI put on the table when we first met. I'm very concerned now that I might have a hiatal hernia. You see, despite being only 23 and having been healthy, in shape, etc., my whole life, I recently had to have shoulder surgery because of an accident. It took a while to diagnose the issue, and I'm only now just fully recovered. It was a real ordeal, and I'd like to be able to have a respite from constantly worrying about
my body. That's why I'd resist getting the endoscopy (especially because it requires going under). But having read more, and given that food doesn't seem to be a major catalyst, I'm concerned about
the hernia possibility. Do you think that could be what's going on?
Anyway, I just wanted to see if anyone had an opinion on what they felt I should do or if they'd been in a similar boat. Many thanks again for this wonderful forum and all your great advice.
Post Edited (Wallace) : 6/10/2011 2:41:33 PM (GMT-6)