HELP I'm losing my marbles

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   Posted 10/18/2012 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was 16 I was diagnosed with GERD and have been on Prevacid, i started on 20mg and progressed to 40mg since, now 6 years later I'm 22 years old and my acid decided to flare up terribly. I have been having the terrible heart attack like chest pains, nausea and bloating. It's been 9 days now and several tests later and I still feel the same. For 9 days I'm lucky if I can eat 2-3 cups worth of food in a day. I feel hungry but when I go to eat it feels like there's no room for the food and the taste of anything disgusts me so I end up forcing myself to eat a few bites each time because I want to eat and I need to. On top of that the acid constantly refluxing into my throat and burning it as we'll as my chest and stomache is non stop. Tums don't help neither does mylanta for more than 15 min. It gets so bad at night that I can't sleep for hours until it passes enough for me to pass out. I've always slept elevated and now I've been sleeping in a reclineing chair. It's got me to irritable my fiancé try's to help and I seem to push her away and I don't get to spend the time I like with my son because I can't move around enough to do anything with symptoms. I've been under a lot of stress and I'm on medications for depression after the loss of my sister. The tests they have done to me are EKGs, CT scan of my chest and stomach, ultrasounds, chest X-rays, all while I was admitted into the hospital. They put me on a 24 hour liquid diet before my endoscopy this morning and when I woke up my doctor tells me he sees nothing wrong in there.... The pictures did look better than any other time I've gone bit this acid pain has got to come from somewhere. I know a portion of it could be in my head but not all of it, it's really taking a toll on my brain I'm mentally breaking down, I feel as if I'm going insane it's torture. They put me on the meds that coat your stomache before each meal and they put me on anxiety meds and are now having me fast again with not even water to take a chrohns disease test tomorrow. I'm just so afraid they won't find anything to help me and I feel like this is my fate. If anyone's ever felt this way please share or if you have ideas or answers .

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   Posted 10/18/2012 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
the antianxiety pills made so much worse, please stop them and see how you feel
and take carafate to coat your stomach
hope you'll feel better, you are not alone

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   Posted 10/18/2012 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
***Please don't stop any medicine without your doctor's permission, especially antianxiety drugs. You risk having your depression backfire on you worse.

Ask your doctor to do a barium swallow test and a momomatry test on you.

You could try the non-acid liquid diet for awhile and see if you feel better.

Part of you problem could be from the stress of losing your sister. I'm sorry for your loss.
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   Posted 10/19/2012 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
You can't depend on them to help you. You must help yourself.

Your doctors have been doing far too many tests on you. They are not in proper order of priority.

These two are necessary:
EKG - is it normal?
Endoscopy - normal, that's good. Did the doctors mention anything about inflammation, esophagitis?

These are missing:
Barium swallow, manometry and PH monitoring are the diagnosis tests for GERD.
Your doctors leave them out. They must have suspected other causes than GERD.
I feel unlikely you have Crohn.

If you ask me, I would say your stomach acid production is screwed up due to long-term use of PPI. Now you are having a hyperacidity condition - your stomach produces too much acid. You also have hypersensitive pain receptors in your gut. Although the physical effect of acid is so mild that doctors didn't notice anything on endoscpe, you felt great pain from reflux, it's a classic scenario of hypersensitivity to pain.

It fits well because you are under tremendous stress and anxiety. When one is highly stressed, he feels more pain than usual.

All you need to do is calm yourself down. Take deep breaths when you feel pain, when your anxious thoughts come up.

Slowly adjust your eating habit back to soft, bland, alkaline diet. Adopt an eating routine. Take your PPI on time 30mins before meals, take your mylanta when needed. Drink plenty of water in the day to wash down the acid.

Ask your doctor for a prescription of Reglan. Tell the doctor you want to take it at bedtime to empty your stomach. Reglan also helps to constrict your LES sphincter. Take your dinner 4 hours before bedtime, sleep on an inclined bed, take your Reglan + H2 blocker or mylanta, you will have a good night's sleep. Reglan is only for short term. Drop it when your stomach is back to normal in future.
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