^ sorry to hear.
Hello there, I'm new here. A little background of myself and condition:
44yr old male, 139lbs., 5ft-4inches in height. I don't smoke, rarely drink. I used to drink two cups of coffee/day, have cut back to half a cup. use to eat lots of spicy food.
4yrs ago (2009) I thought I was having a heart attack at night and went to the ER. X-ray, blood work, ECG (Electrocardiography), stress test. Everything check out ok. People were saying it was acid reflex. Didn't think anything of it.
Everything was normal, no attacks until early 2012. Had a hard time swallowing, couldn't breath and chest pains/discomfort. Went to the ER again. X-ray, blood work and ECG, ultrasound of the heart and stomach, all normal.
This time I notice that I had an annoying stomach pain, actually, more like something was stuck. Did some reading regarding acid reflex and when to my family doctor. He prescribe Pantoprazole. Took it for couple of months and then stop. The annoying pain went away but return from time to time.
Late 2012-2013, the stomach pain came back but this time with more frequent chest pain/discomfort. Took Tums like candies and drank apple cider vinegar from time to time. Started Pantoprazole again but this time around it didn't seem to work, so I stop.
For the pass few months my condition was now more frequent. My family doctor suggested to have a gastroscopy. Finally had one in Feb. but my follow up with the GI doctor wasn't till May. During this time I ask my family doctor for Nexium. Big mistake, had so much side affects had to stop after 4wks. I was 145lbs but lost 6lbs while on Nexium.
Went back to the family doctor and ask for Prevacid. Prevacid, isn't as hard as Nexium but stronger than Pantoprazole. On it for 11days before my follow up. GI doctor explain everything is normal with the gastroscopy test. No signs of damage, no h-pylori, no ulcer nor cancerous cells. He mention that stress, nervousness can cause acid reflex. He suggest to keep using Prevacid and also prescribe Zantac for nights. He told me to give it at least 2wks. Been using it for one night. But the next day (today), I believe I had a strong heartburn after eating lunch. Had to take Tums, apple cider vinegar, Gaviscon. After 2hrs, it subside. But still have this slight chest pain/discomfort.
Also, as a cautious mesure, he suggest a Holter monitor for 24hrs since I told him about
my frequent chest pain/discomfort. I'm now waiting for an appointment to have this done.
As a side note, I've notice while I'm on proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Prevacid), I get heavier chest pain/discomfort and more frequently as well. I might stop Prevacid in 2wks, by then I'll be on it for 4wks.
Sorry for the long read.
Post Edited (ed@mtl) : 5/25/2013 5:44:47 PM (GMT-6)