Advice needed, possible GERD

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   Posted 10/10/2012 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, I'm new here. 30yr old male.

I have been experiencing Acid Reflux symptoms for about a week and lots of upper body pains and aches. I suffer from GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) and HA (Health Anxiety) which doesn't help, but I have a feeling there is more than just anxiety this time.

So I kept feeling a knot in my chest, right on my breast bone, and an indigestion feeling. On one evening I felt like my meal was just sat on top of my stomach, was very uncomfortable and sent me into a panic attack.

For the last couple of days however, I feel like I have acid burn inside my throat, right where the knot was. Its just to the right of the middle on the breast bone again. It feels like a sharp cut inside my chest.

At times, the pain is quite bad, really, really sharp. And apparently this could be where the acid has burnt my insides?

I have been given Laprazole today by my GP who thinks it's worth a shot as it could well be GERD.

But is the sharpness and 'cut like' feeling normal? It does appear to be worse in the evening.

I've only taken one Laprazole tablet so far as I only got them today. How long before I see an improvement in the chest pain? Or where the acid seems to have burnt?

Any advice welcome.



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   Posted 10/10/2012 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there

Have you tried any over the counter remedies like Tums, Gaviscon, Rennies etc?

GERD can be very very painful - I've had pain bad enough to consider pain killers for it at times. Some people are also especially sensitive to their reflux - what gives one person a lot of pain and discomfort may not have the same effect on someone else.

The PPIs take a while to kick in - at least 3 days to feel anything, and up to 2 weeks to get significant relief, and then up to a month to reach maximum benefit I think.

Stick with it a bit longer and report back to your GP. If it seems to be shaping up into a GERD type problem you may want to be tested for Helicobacter as that is a common cause.

Hope that helps,

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

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   Posted 10/12/2012 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I get sharp pains often as well, although it is getting better as time goes on and I continue to stay on my diet and medication. Hang in there, it can take time to get things under control.
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)
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