What is wrong with me?

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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/29/2011 1:59 AM (GMT -6)   
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?

Jesper A
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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 12/29/2011 3:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
I am no doctor and I can’t diagnose you, however your symptoms are a lot like mine when I began getting problems now 2 years ago.
My first panic attacks came at night when lying in bed and had just fallen asleep. I would wake up with my body in full alarm and with breathing problems. I also had been eating quite rich for a while since I was working abroad. I also had some regular heart burn symptoms but it took almost a year and 12 doctors to make the final link. What really made the connection for me (and the doctors) was when I was told to try upping the doze of PPI’s (lansoprazole) to 30mg twice a day. Ever since I didn’t have the panic attacks anymore. However the symptoms didn’t go away totally and for the past year I kept suffering from hoarseness, phlegm, tight throat and the feeling of not being able to breath properly. Mornings are always the best after the throat is cleared for the dried phlegm from the night, but from breakfast on it is just getting worse and worse with the meals pushing it along.

So to sum it up your symptoms could easily be GERD and I would suggest you to carry on pursuing this with your doctor. Maybe begin experimenting with higher doses of PPI’s and maybe try out the different ones to see what works best. I actually had a brand of Lansoprazole that did not work as well as the others.
If it is GERD and meds do not help you there are options on having surgery. I have just had a Nissen Fundoplication surgery that is the most effective one on the breathing symptoms. I am only 52 days out and I still have symtoms but there is still time for it to improve.

All the best in your hunt for a diagnose

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   Posted 12/29/2011 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning.  :-)   I don't think there is a "right set of symptoms" that lets you know that you have GERD with doing tests.  Many people have silent GERD and others have a mutitude of sx, some not related to GERD. 
If you are working with your Dr. and you  do have a history of anxiety I would kindly suggest you consider your anxiety could be causing some of your sx as anxiety can cause somatic symptoms.
I understand your not wanting to try Lexapro but keep it in mind and discuss it again with your Dr.
Let us know how you are doing.
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   Posted 12/29/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate it. My anxiety didn't start until I got sick but I will keep the lexapro in mind. I do feel a lot better when my symptoms have eased, like a totally different person mentally. I want to heal myself without relying on medication long term so will try the acv and slippery elm for a while and eat really simply to see if it helps. Thanks again. It's reassuring to know other people understand what I'm going through.

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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 1/11/2012 2:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Just a bit of an update in case this helps anyone else going through something similar. I've been feeling a fair bit better and am now wondering if I have a leaky gut and / or candida. I've cut out most packaged foods (anything with lots of sugar, preservatives or simple carbs) and it seems to be helping. By eating lots of veggie noodles and rice, I hardly have any symptoms now - and no anxiety (couldn't quite bring myself to take the Lexapro - as everything else my GP suggested actually made me worse).

I'm now taking slippery elm - sometimes before, sometimes after meals. Also taking acidopholus and a barley grass / spirulina supplement. Sometimes taking triphala - an ayurvedic herbal supplements for digestion, and ginger powder (which has natural digestive enzymes in it). It's a lot more than if I was just taking the PPI and Lexapro, but I feel that all of these are helping treat the underlying problem and have less side effects.

It's all still a learning curve - and I'm trying to work out if I can have a little bit of sugar here and there, but it's a lot better than it was.
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