I posted here recently about maybe having GERD - but I don't have exactly the right symptoms. I don't know where else to post though and I feel like I'm getting worse each day.
I have been feeling off since the beginning of November when I had mild anxiety. I feel that the anxiety was triggered by something going on in my body. I wasn't particularly stressed, or depressed, but perhaps my diet was a bit rich leading up to that moment. I got a heavy chest feeling which changed into pain. I felt nauseous, dizzy and had blurred vision. My stomach always feels acidy, but I never get reflux in my throat.
When I first wake up in the morning I feel fine. I have switched my breakfast to boiled rice, which goes down well, but almost anything else makes me feel like I'm having an allergic reaction within an hour of eating. I feel breathless, tired and sick. Sometimes I have to go back to bed because I feel so tired.
I had a virus about five years ago when I lived in Japan that seemed to knock out my immunity. I developed an intolerance to caffeine, alcohol and cow's milk. I gradually got mostly better, but still have relapses every few months where I feel bad again.
This latest time is the longest it's lasted and I can't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I have been to my GP a dozen times. She has tested me for allergies, done all my vitamin and hormone levels, tested for parasites (and put me on a course of flagyll) and done an ECG, but nothing showed up. I also had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy when I came back from Japan and nothing showed up.
I am now on Pariet (a PPI) which seems to help a little - I don't feel anxious anymore and I don't get any chest pain, but I still feel bad after I eat and I often feel tired, nauseous and like something is definitely wrong. I also have a continual dull pain on the left side of my chest (different to the other chest pain) just beside the middle of my ribcage. I do have a lump near there, but I've had it checked several times and it's benign.
I feel as if I'm limited to boiled rice and coconut water. My GP has also prescribed Lexapro, but I don't think my anxiety is bad enough to take it - and I don't feel that medication is the answer for me if I do have anxiety.
I just feel so helpless because I don't know what to do. I'm taking acidopholus, slippery elm and a multi-vitamin. I also tried apple cider vinegar but I haven't been consistent with it. It's so hard to stick with something when you don't know if it's the right thing to do or not.
Anyone have any suggestions?