Posted on 11/10/2011 by TassiT
Hello everyone with pain ;) I am having a whole list of issues, and after many visits in different hospices, I saw the dr that won my issues right over today. He listened, I listed, and for the first time, I feel like i'm headed in the right direction. I too have breath-taking, skipped heartbeats (a quick fyi, your heart beat is effected due to the fact that your esophagus directly touches your left atrium, the part controlling your rhythm), dysphagia (difficulty swallowing, upper AND lower esophagus in my case), extreme weight loss from 125 down to 105 in a little over a month, difficulty breathing, extreme chest pains on the left side, also in my upper back, night sweats, burps that lack any acidity hints, and lower esophagus sphincter pains. He says it sounds like 3 things (all3, not 1 of 3): esophageal spasms with extreme scarring of my lower esophagus [caused by chronic heartburn that I never felt (did you know you cannot feel the lower 1/3 of your esophagus?)], with a possible hiatal hernia. So off to the gi I go next week to rule out esophageal cancer and stomach cancer, since those are the same symptoms. To fix: antacids (prescription strength), and stretching my esophagus back with a balloon-type procedure that will need to be repeated through my life. i'll keep you updated though! Good luck to all of you, I know I've needed it a few times or more on this journey ;)
Wanted to add that I had 4 babies within 5 years, and spent most of my pregnancies puking daily...so that could easily explain the esophageal scarring (all of the stomach acids coming up my esophagus for 5 years! So while I have not had heartburn, I definitely could have damage.