Gerd with no heartburn?

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bzinbby
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   Posted 2/8/2012 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I was hospitalized with what I thought might be a heart attack. I had a heavy feeling in my upper chest that seemed to get worse and worse. I was at a meeting and decided I had to leave because that heavy feeling would not stop. Went to the hospital..spent three days there taking every test under the sun for anything that would relate to heart attack and/or a stomach/throat problem. NOTHING showed up. Final test was tread mill which I also passed with flying colors. My Doc determined it was GERD What is interesting is that I did NOT have heartburn at all. So....keep in mind that if you have that heavy feeling in your upper chest or lower throat - see a doctor for sure, but also keep in the back of your mind it might be gerd instead of something way worse. I am fine as long as I take my prilosec.

Tinlou
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   Posted 2/9/2012 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I rarely get the typical heartburn either. Occasionally I will get a burning sensation in my upper back but not my chest. I was actually told that i have silent gerd!! Never heard of such a thing before that.

SosGirl1981
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   Posted 2/9/2012 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with GERD this past Friday after my 3rd endoscopy in the last 7 years. Doc says she didn't see anything visible but there was little acid on the biopsies. I don't get heartburn at all. I get bad chest pains that radiate to my back, bloating and pressure in the mid upper abdomen and stomach. I also get a pain in the center area right where the rib cage starts (between the chest area). I have a tightness in the throat with occasion burning in the back. Feels like my throat is closing. Saw an ENT and he saw redness and inflamed area above the vocal cords which I was told was from reflux/post nasal drip. I have this every day and had to double my Nexium from 40mg to 80mg. Anyone experienced this before too? The tightness is every day 24/7. But I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder in january. So now the anxiety just intensifies every pain and brings on more sensations. I need relief already. Hope everyone gets better soon!

treacle
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   Posted 2/13/2012 2:29 AM (GMT -6)   
sosgirl,
 
I have many of your symptoms anf I am hoping to find an answer.
 
Pain mid chest maily when laying down pain while eating this is all making me so anxious and now I have pain in my back can this all be GERD?

fighter39
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   Posted 2/21/2012 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning,
This is my first day actually posting anything on this site. I have been
reading everyone's conditions and I can so relate with so many. For the past 2weeks I have been experiencing my throat feeling as if i have swallowed a hand full of pills that will not go down no matter what i do. It feels like its moving to go down but then starts back up my throat as it comes back up I then start feeling the tightness in my throat. My chest is consistently in pain as if someone is just stabbing as they lay in it. i had a upper GI Endoscopy done Friday. I was placed on Aciphex 20mg that is not working well. I'm still waiting on the results from the GI that was done. At this point i scared to eat anything. I just thank God that there is a site I can come on that someone else is going through what I am.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 2/21/2012 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes GERD doesn't always play fair. Some people have lots of pathology (signs of reflux damage or gastritis) and very little by way of symptoms - yet other people (like myself) have a ton of symptoms and very little actual pathology!

The various tests help determine what's going on, and of course add their own anxiety into the mix. Medication wise it can take some trial and error to reach maximum benefit, after which people may decide to continue down that route for as long as they can, they may decide (or be told) to explore surgical options, or (like many on this forum) they end up somewhere in between, doing their best with medication and looking to improve their symptoms using dietary measures (no tea, coffee, alcohol, spicy food etc) and lifestyle measures (losing weight, raising the head of the bed, not eating within 3 hours of lying down, taking appropriate exercise (some forms of exercise worsen symptoms) and experimenting with natural "add-ons" like licorice, aloe vera, honey and (if you're brave enough) apple cider vinegar!

It's a process of exploration, requiring perseverance and a certain amount of courage. Do stick with us and share your news and progress, good or bad!

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

daisybrown
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   Posted 2/24/2012 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosed with GERD and am having an endoscopy in two weeks. I can relate to some of the symptoms described here, but I also have chronic loose stools. Things have gotten better since I started taking omeprozole. Although having dairy or soy of any kind messes me up for several days. The GI doc I see says that there are many symptoms with GERD and some of them are loose stools with undigested food in them (gross, I know, but I have experienced it and it's frightening!).

Since I have had this problem for over a year now, believing it was solely IBS, I am also having a colonoscopy to see what, if anything, else could be going on. But I also realize you can have both IBS and GERD. So I'm happy we are finally going to start ruling the bad stuff out.

I sure wish I could go back to the days when I could eat anything without it causing some kind of problem with my gut.

db

Mairi
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   Posted 2/25/2012 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Daisybrown,
Do you take probiotics? It can really help the IBS. Also sounds that you might be lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy.

daisybrown
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   Posted 2/26/2012 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep I take probiotics and some lactose defense stuff that I'm pretty sure doesn't help, but I can hope!...so seriously, yes, I am very lactose intolerant! LOL...it's pretty funny because I can't touch it without having weirdness the next morning. No gas, or diarrhea directly following ingestion (like a lot of people)...just complete weirdness and urgency the next morning.....same goes for soy products. I get instant urgency from red wine! It's ok, I don't really like it anyway. It's just funny when you first figure out you CAN NOT have it...aaaaaand you're at a dinner party. Woops! LOL :-P

db

Post Edited (daisybrown) : 2/26/2012 12:37:33 PM (GMT-7)

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