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Date Joined Nov 2012
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   Posted 11/3/2012 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I am new and here is what Is happening. Couple months ago Went to ER thought I was having heart attack..nope heart was fine they said gastric..ok gave me prilosec and I took them for a month and then I started OTC Prilosec 1 a day. recently I have again had sharp pains left side of the chest, grabbed a gulp of pepto and it eased off. I have had a slight cough for few months, and this aweful taste in my mouth that won't go away. Did some research and it appears I may be a gerd person. What do you guys think? and if so who do I see? I would rather not medicate the rest of my life..what are options I am looking at..guess it depends on what they find uh? anyway thanx in advance.
oh forgot BP is fine, and I also have occasional PVC's. I have had a nuclear stress test so heart is ok.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 11/3/2012 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
To be safe you might need a heart cath done. My brother had a slight cough and they discovered he had heart blockages and needed two stents.
My father has passed the NST and had a cath done to discover blockages. Be safe get that ruled out too.

Now, if you want to be medicine free you can go on the GERD diet or have the surgery. The surgery is called the Nissen Fundoplication. I had the surgery because medicine didn't help and I was miserable.
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   Posted 11/4/2012 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mikee21,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Do you have a primary care physician?  It seems to me that a PCP would be the place to start. He/she can work through your symptoms and make preliminary decisions regarding your care.  If your primary care doc thinks you should see a cardiologist, that's where you'll be sent.  If it's a GI doc that seems to be the right choice, he/she will help you make that appointment.
Pick up the phone and make that call.  You shouldn't have to suffer with those symptoms alone.
Good luck!
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