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Chesty La Rue
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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 5/13/2013 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   

CONSTANT (can't stress this enough, nearly every 30 minutes) acid refluxes

Throat swelling/pain/irritation/HELL - This is the worst symptom. Extreme discomfort (seperated my shoulder a few weeks ago, have no pain meds currently and this doesn't TOUCH my GERD throat irritation on a discomfort/pain scale)

Restlessnes - about 3-4 hours of sleep per night. Groggy throughout the entire day.

Anxiety - Panic attacks frequently. Dialed 911 multiple times and had them check my vitals; everything turned up fine (said I was the healthiest person they've seen in a while). This right here is the most life-ruining symptom. Girlfriend is constantly worried, I'm constantly panicking which induces tense atmospheres 24/7. Due to the lack of sleep I'm always "on edge" and easily irritated by virtually anything.

Extreme tightness/knots in my chest. To the point of which I truly believe I'm having a heart attack. Strong difficulties breathing; "deep breathing" does not help whatsoever and I eventually get a death rattle because of the swelling in my throat. Feels like my lungs are working at 35% capacity

The Medications/Doctor Visits:

I was recently prescribed heavy dosage Nexium. I've visited my pediatrician FOUR times for these exact same issues. He's convinced I have GERD and has most recently tested me for Ulcers via the H P Lori (using phonetics here, have NO idea how to spell this) test. I was instructed to take one Nexium daily and Zantac when needed. Both are seemingly ineffective.

I have a rescheduled appointment for the 22nd but I can't make it that long. I have a life. I've had to miss and retake MULTIPLE finals due to my intense GERD symptoms and I am unable to enjoy more than half the foods I was previously able to (which was about four weeks ago, GERD came out of NO WHERE).

As previously mentioned, I'm also experiencing intense pain in the shoulder region due to recently seperating my shoulder AND I've run out of Vicodin. I'm appointed to see an orthopedic at 9:AM tomorrow but I'm seriously unsure if I'm going to make that appointment due to the restlesness factor. Typically I'll be forced to stay up until 4-5, pass out and won't be able to wake up until AFTER whatever I had going on that morning.

Lastly, after conducting extensive research and speaking to a few people who have had similar symptoms, many people say that some of this doesn't go away for a multitude of years? In addition, it's strongly advised that I change my lifestyle including eating habits, sleeping habits, daily routines and more due to my chronic GERD?

Is Heartburn a life-hindering illness or am I missing something? I can't do this for another 48 hours let along the remaining duration of my seemingly short life. Are there special coping methods? Is surgery an option? I'd travel to China if I had to, I just want this gone or at the very least the primary symptoms to be relieved.

I guess I'll start looking for a GI tomorrow as well. Hopefully he'll be able to sort all of this out including my throat or else I'm going to have to see an ENT as well.

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   Posted 5/13/2013 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Chesty La Rue

Welcome to Healing Well.

Sorry you have had to deal with this. Seeing a GI is your best option. Not everyone responds well to all the meds. There are several to try and it can take a few weeks to feel benefit from them.
Try raising the head of your bed about 6 inches, this helps keep things down where they belong and don't eat 3 to 4 hours before you go to bed. Just using pillows under your head will make things worse by putting extra pressure on your belly.
Try to avoid acidic foods. There are surgical options, but these are usually a last resort thing and there a few tests you should have to be sure you are a good candidate for it.
I can see your anxiety is pretty bad and this will make the reflux even worse. It's difficult to except this, but you have to do your best to relax and reduce stress.
I am dealing with a separated shoulder myself and ask that you keep your ortho appointment. I had a cortisone injection in mine and it help a lot.

Take care,
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