Hi, I am new to the site but have been having an awful night and just had to write somewhere.
I have never officially been given GERD as a diagnosis, despite being given an endless supply of omeprazole for stomach problems (acid reflux, heartburn), which I took daily for 2-3 years with only minimal benefit.
I believe I have had chronic candida for a good many years, despite the GP trying me on weekly fluconazole for a month. It seemed to make things worse. Anyway.. My point to this is that I went on the candida diet for the best part of two years, with some cheating at Xmas. For the time I was sticking to the diet all the chest pains, palpitations, dizzyness, acid tummy and general feeling like I was going to die went away.
After going off the diet at Xmas, I've struggled to go back, leading me to where I am now.
In the past I've had a 24 hour holter monitor on two occasions but both times they came back within normal parameters. They recorded skipped beats but nothing to worry them. When I get an "episode" like tonight, a few things always happen. My stomach goes nuts. It starts gurgling and producing acid like crazy. My tummy gets very bloated. I feel very dizzy and my heart rate goes funny. Sometimes erratic, sometimes just faster. I feel like I'm about to pass out and my body is about to shut down. Next my body starts to shake, my teeth chatter, I get very cold, and I have an urgency to urinate (perhaps low BP?).
It's pretty terrifying but as I have a history of depression, it's assumed it's anxiety. I don't believe this to be the case. A lot of times I'm doing things I enjoy or about to fall asleep in bed and it comes out of the blue. I know it's connected to my stomach problems. I'm just not sure how.
Usually I take some herbal tablets, a mix of valerian and hawthorn, that really help but tonight it did nothing. It comes in waves. Every time I think it's settled, another wave hits me. I know this is a long, stupid post, but it's been going on for 5 and a half hours now and I can't take it. I called NHS24 and they got a psychiatric nurse to phone because they seem to think it's a panic attack! Like they can help with the fact I'm vomiting stomach acid.. So tired of this. I got labelled with anxiety because of undiagnosed (at the time) aspergers syndrome. This is definitely not a panic attack, and yet I can't get anyone to take me seriously to get proper tests run.
I'm sorry for the rant. It's 6.40am and haven't slept yet because of this. Just.. As much as I don't want anyone else to have these symptoms, I kinda want to feel like i'm not just being silly and making a fuss if there's someone else out there who can say "me too".
Ok, going to be quiet now and try to convince myself that giving up chocolate is better than this..