Could my anxiety related pain have been misdiagnosed and I actually have GERD?

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Zodiac
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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted Yesterday 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, 23 year old male. I'm just going to write down a bit of my background before my question. I was rushed to the ER in the beginning of March because all of a sudden I got trouble breathing, my heart was pounding, I got dizzy and I felt like I was going to faint. At the ER they measured my blood pressure, pulse, took a blood test to check for troponine and salts and also a short EKG. The cardiologist told me that there was nothing wrong with me and sent me home. The following week I wore an EKG for 24 hours and after that they could conclude that there's absolutely nothing wrong with my heart. I've also done a few EKGs before and one after the ER visit, so I'm not worried that I might die anymore, I trust the doctors' judgement. I've been taking anti-depressive(SSRI) and anxiety relieving medicines for almost two months now, and I can clearly say that my mental state has improved a lot. I used to cry on a daily basis before and get panic attacks all the time, because I actually thought there was something wrong with my heart the first two weeks.

For some reason my medicines don't seem to relieve the pain whatsoever though, which is problematic since I have very debilitating symptoms, I can't go to classes or do anything that requires physical strength. I've always had stomach problems for as long as I can remember, frequent heartburns, long periods of almost constant nausea and stomach pains. Doctors have suspected that I have a reflux disease before. I've also been having these symptoms lately. So I was wondering if the physical part of my illness could be from GERD? I'm certain that I have experienced panic attacks, but seeing as how my anxiety medicines don't relieve the pain I think there might be a physical problem that causes my pain, which consequently caused my panic attacks.

The symptoms I experience frequently are, chest pain(especially around the heart, but sometimes on the right side as well), upper back pain, heart palpitations, stomach pain, epigastric pain(pain just below where the ribs meet in the middle of the chest), sore throat, blood taste when burping after not having eaten anything for a while, trouble swallowing some things(like pills getting stuck when swallowing them), I can feel food scrape against my esophagus on the way down to the stomach in an uncomfortable way, the bottom of my esophagus feels ice cold when I drink fluids, extreme lethargy and I've been having yellow stool as of lately. I also have asthma which I developed two years ago just out of the blue, never had any trouble with breathing before. Does what I describe sound like anything you have experienced or something that could be caused by GERD? I'm seeing a doctor next week, but I'm curious if anyone else has had these kinds of problems. I'm not 100% certain that it's not anxiety related, but I don't get it why the medicines aren't helping.

Thanks in advance!

Post Edited (Zodiac) : 4/25/2012 6:28:55 PM (GMT-6)


Tinlou
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   Posted Yesterday 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
A lot of your symptoms are similar to mine. The upper back pain, stomach pain and even the "ice cold"feeling you described when drinking fluids. I was diagnosed with gastritis and GERD and it seems your symptoms might mean the same for you. It is good you are seeing a doctor so you can be certain but for years I thought my stomach problems were anxiety related as well. I do think that anxiety can be a contributing factor but I also think it has a lot to do with diet too. Have you noticed that you feel worse after eating anything particular? It can be something as simple as a chocolate candy bar even candy like starbursts will bother my stomach and even certain salad dressings and of course fatty greasy foods.

As for the anxiety and panic attacks it is hard to tell what came first.. is the anxiety because of how crappy we feel or do we feel lousy because we are filled with anxiety? Either way it is good to get your tests done and be reassured and then you can take steps to help your stomach issues as well. I take one otc Zegerid and it seems to help. Are you taking anything now for heartburn and does it help?

Spunkyhunny30
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   Posted 4/29/2012 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there...boy you sure sound like me...
most of the same feelings...i have been going through major stress and anxiety for about 5 months due to mothers illness and passing...anxiety started first...then all these other symptoms...doc said i had gastritis...how did your doc diagnose you with gastritis...he just looked at me and said it...i find that the more i worry about my health and the burning the worse it gets...not sure how to fix that yet tho..doc wants me to take ssri as well but i am kinda scared to...thats the anxiety talking..i want to feel better sooooo bad...
what medicines are you taking for your symptoms...i am taking prevacid 30mg twice a day...supposed to take cipralex for anxiety

would like to know what stuff your taking and if anything new arises..

Zodiac
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   Posted 4/29/2012 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Spunkyhunny30 said...
hi there...boy you sure sound like me...
most of the same feelings...i have been going through major stress and anxiety for about 5 months due to mothers illness and passing...anxiety started first...then all these other symptoms...doc said i had gastritis...how did your doc diagnose you with gastritis...he just looked at me and said it...i find that the more i worry about my health and the burning the worse it gets...not sure how to fix that yet tho..doc wants me to take ssri as well but i am kinda scared to...thats the anxiety talking..i want to feel better sooooo bad...
what medicines are you taking for your symptoms...i am taking prevacid 30mg twice a day...supposed to take cipralex for anxiety

would like to know what stuff your taking and if anything new arises..

I take Fluoxetine and a muscle relaxant called Atarax for my anxiety. I take omeprazole, gaviscone and antacids for my stomach. My biggest problem right now is that I just don't know what I need to do to be able to become my old self again. I want to go to university classes and I want to be able to hang out with my friends, but I'm so physically tired all the time that I can just barely go to the nearby(really close) grocery store and back.
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