All normal... seriously? (Sudden onset heartburn/GERD)

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   Posted 5/16/2013 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I just joined this forum, although I've read through it occasionally in the past. Right now I'm frustrated because I can't seem to pinpoint a cause for my reflux problem and I am not thrilled about the prospect of being on long term medication (I already have to take 2 "forever" meds due to being narcoleptic, and BCPills for PCOS).

Back in January I had a sudden onset of symptoms which have since been labeled as heartburn. I didn't immediately recognize it as such since the main issue has been chest stiffness/heaviness. At the onset, there was a fever and some other strange issues like weakness, sleep anxiety and a loud heartbeat. (I am 25 and had 2 EKGs in Jan which were normal.) There were some other various General Anxiety issues which I think were actually a result of the chest stiffness/heaviness, as opposed to being the cause. Most of those problems went away after I started practicing deep breathing exercises and taking pepcid.

Initially my GP gave me protonix, but it gave me a bad reaction. Throat stiffness and difficulty swallowing, not to mention loose stools. After coming off the protonix, I went on pepcid, which has helped (and therefor confirmed that this seems to be a digestive problem).

I've tried being paleo for a month to see if it would help, but it didn't. I've also tried eliminating typical GERD trigger foods, without improvement.

I had blood tests, a gallbladder US (which turned up a normal gallbladder, but a lesion on my liver), and an endoscopy which was "all normal" except for a mysterious white mucus in my intestines which the doctor thinks are just excess lymphocytes (biopsy results should be in next week). The doctor still tried to sell me on PPIs...Pointing out that Pepcid will eventually lose its effectiveness. (as a result I've decided to try skipping a few days just to see how I am without it)

I already slipping propped up, eat smallish meals, and avoid eating too close to bedtime. I also take probiotics. I could definitely lose some weight, but I had already lost 20lbs about 6 months before all this started.

The chest heaviness has subsided a lot since I started the pepcid, but I still have lots of reflux and nearly constant bloating.

Does anyone else have this nearly constant refluxing & gas problem without any obvious cause? Any suggestions for test or treatments which I haven't tried?

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   Posted 5/18/2013 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ritana,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I think you'll find many here who had what seemed like sudden onset GERD.  The symptoms you're describing are pretty typical.  It takes time for things to improve with medication.  As long as you are helped by Pepsid, by all means go for it.  It is true that H2 Blockers are not as effective for reducing symptoms as PPIs, and I'm sure that is the thinking of your doctor.
Keep up with the careful diet.  Try elevating the head of your bed by putting blocks or bed-raisers under the legs. Sometimes sleeping propped up with pillows can bend you in the middle and create more pressure on the stomach and therefore, more reflux.
I'm sure other members will be by to share their experiences and suggestions.
Glad you joined the forum!  It's a great place, and you'll receive lots of support and information.
Best wishes,
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