Is this GERD or something more, someone please help?!??!

Gerd or something much more serious
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   Posted 7/4/2013 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya all, never really done the forum thing but desperation has lead me here!

I'm a huge health anxiety sufferer and could do with some brutal honest advice. about 4 weeks ago I started to get some dull pains in my chest and shortness of breath, after researching I felt I may have GERD. The pains and shortness of breath have stopped but now I'm suffering with CHRONIC heartburn, it started about 2 weeks ago and it NEVER STOPS, it's there in a morning, before I eat, After I eat and when I'm asleep, there's no relief in the day, it's a burning pain within my stomach that radiates into my chest, I'm so worried. Surely I shouldn't be getting these symptoms every hour of every day, I've researched GERD websites and it says to be worried if you have 4 spells of heart burn a day, but mine is constantly there, even with rennies. I have only had about 3 bouts of acid within my mouth, which has lead me to believe that this is not GERD :'( I also occasionally feel that there is something lodged between my chest and my throat which makes me want to gag and excessive burping, which leads to no relief. I was awake at every hour last night with anxiety tremors, questioning stomach cancer?! I'm 17 year old female with an extremely poor diet, I'm so scared to go and see my GP, can somebody please steer me in the right direction xx

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   Posted 7/5/2013 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Charlsmith

I went through the samething last night. Why not get checked out by a DR?

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   Posted 7/5/2013 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry, the likelihood of you having cancer of your stomach is ridiculously small.
I've had GERD since I was a baby and Rennies rarely helped me. It might be worth trying Gaviscon or you can buy Zantac over the counter.
If your diet is bad then that can make your stomach protest. To have GERD you don't necessarily have to have acid or anything in your mouth.
Maybe try cutting out caffeine such as tea, coffee, sodas and do you drink alcohol? That can cause pain too.
It's definitely worth you going to your GP though, they can really help you.
Start by trying gaviscon 20 mins after each meal and then before bed, go for the liquid rather than the tablets because the liquid creates a barrier at the top of your stomach to help stop stuff coming up.

Also anxiety can cause those chest pains too. The human body is very clever but very frustrating at times :-)

Good Luck

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   Posted 7/5/2013 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to read you are having so much distress at such a young age.  If your biggest problem is the heartburn than I would suggest you make an appointment with your Dr. to rule out a medical problems and perhaps start you on medication if it is indicated for you.
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   Posted 7/6/2013 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Charlsmith. Your history sounds a lot like mine. I started seeing doctors about shortness of breath when I was 14 and have been having problems with heartburn ever since. I am 18 now and still dealing with problems, but I am talking to my doctor about scheduling surgery now. When GERD is extreme, it seems like there is no medication to help you. You can start by making all the diet changes that affect GERD, including the list of foods that trigger heartburn and not eating directly before lying down. The last one definitely is hard at this age.

As far as questioning if there may be something else going on, do not worry about cancer. Cancer can be a long term result of GERD, but it is extremely rare and has pre-cancerous forms that can be seen by doctors very early on. I am dealing with other gastrointestinal related problems, but I have never had to worry about cancer in the slightest bit. The first test you will want to have is an endoscopy. It is a very easy test to have and it will give your doctors a good idea of what they need to treat specifically. My first endoscopy led to a formal diagnosis of GERD and Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Past that first test, my best advice to you is to keep listening to your doctor's advice about moving forward with treatment and to be patient with how slow the whole process can be. All the tests that your doctor may ask you have will be annoying to have, but they all help to give more information that can better describe your specific case of GERD.

As far as dealing with the pains day to day, my best advice is to stay as active as you can. I get heartburn pains throughout all hours of the day and that no diet changes have any affect on preventing it. Once you reach this point, if you know that the pains will bet there whether or not you are active, try to continue to be active. This is something I wish I had done, and now many activities are a lot harder than they should be.
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   Posted 7/7/2013 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much for your detailed replies, although I am still panicking :( how often do sufferers of Gerd suffer with heartburn? Also, why is the heartburn occurring when I have had no food to trigger it or when it has been maybe 3-4 hours since eating.
Did not suffer from heartburn yesterday at all, but was too good to be true as I am worse than ever today, I'm just so worried :( xx
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