Hello Im a newbie and after years of scouring forums and sites and not finding anyone with my condition, I decided to come here as i am now hoping if someone thinks i i might have anything serious. As I am afraid to take any scopes or risky barium swallows. If anyone can help me with advice, i owe you big.
No history of any family disease of anything cardiac or chest pain - related.
I was supposed to be a pro tennis player but in the late teens i started feeling a bit of pressure and wierd beating the evening after tennis - but only after eating. The fattier or unhealthier the food, the stronger the beats. A bit of pressure at the chest. Didnt keep me up too long.
Early 20s - more concerned about
after tennis after eating again more frequent, tighter chest pressure and discomfort. THought i could be developing a heart problem. Doctors and ER people never suggested GI or just burping it out. One cardiac guy prescribed to try some beta blockers. Not really sure if they even helped.
Mid 20s was clueless so gave up serious tennis. Nobody suggested diet or GI. And I didnt know it was food related.
Later 20s, on citalopram - probabily caused some massive panic attacks. Chest pains rendered a couple more ER visits. (most likely from the citalopram). Again, no doc suggested anyting GERD-related. Heart checked out clear. Got off citalopram as i thought it was giving me heart problems. Also was afraid to workout. Again, no doctor referenced anything GI related. All ER and walk in docs said i was just mentally ill with anxiety issues causing this chest pain.
Referred to all the further heart tests, nuclear heart test even. Checked out clear.
Early thirties started realizing i could "burp it out". And it was a vetrinarian who first told me this was GERD or Acid reflux.
32 went on cipralex for general anxiety and shyness.
Spring of 2012 at 32 -----------------<Edit> no discussions of illegal substances per rules of HealingWell.
Later spring early summer went on a bigger dose of Cipralex. One evening ate what was probabily expired ice cream from a run down convenience shop. The had hard liquor later that night and not sure when i had cipralex but i have mixed the two before. This was the first massive acid refluxing. Vomited pure hot firey acid.
Next day saw doctor.. put me on nexium. Helped for a bit. Felt like i had some stomach pains for a couple days. Was only on soft foods.
Then one day i learned about cayenne peppers healing the GI.. Big mistake. Even though it worked to fix this for a few days. Went immediately back on fatty foods and bad diet.
Started drinking water with cayenne pepper powder. Also started tennis again to try to see if it would work. Id actually did. but not for long. But no more acid problems anymore for a while.
Later that summer realized it was hard to play tennis after eating.. could no longer do it as it was hard to breathe out there as i felt chest tightness. Unfortunately still ate.
Late that summer - after eating cotage cheese and going to play... massive chest pains.. had to get off the court first game of the doubles match. center and slightly to the left... (is that the esophagus or chest? a doctor said they are wired the same way.. thats scary).. stabbing immediately after running or hitting.... the opponents all said i was getting red too. Had to stop right away to stop gettingt those chest attacks. And anxiety caused a continued chest tightness... Freaked out.. but by the time i was in line at ER my anxiety-sustained chest beats went away... line too long... mom on phone said come home cus its a hiatal hernia...
Quit tennis again... seemed to be ill without tennis (was also on cipralex).. now even eating junk without having played any day would make me vomit out to relieve chest pain. Gave up cayenne pepper pills or powder.
Cannot even go to the gym now without too much gas causing chest tightness and indigestion of food coming back up.
Beer would hurt stomach sometimes, and other times not.
a few nights i thought it was lights out... im alone with no one to look over me when parents are gone... afraid of choking on own vomit.. dying in sleep from wierd sudden chest discomforts that made me jump out of bed as i am trying to sleep..
Chickened out from endoscopy in the fall..
saw a naturopath.. cleaned up diet. said stomachs inflamed... put me on Zinc Carnosine, DGL licorice, fish oil. clean food. no coffee, dairy, processed tomatoes all gone for a while.. healed me somewhat.. (still on cipralex.. said to stay on it to avoid life-threatening depression from this insanity)
went back to spices/fats/junk... was fine a couple days then went to hell again... (Why? i thought i healed with 7 months of naturopath advice!
still cant work out properly without burping affecting everything.
winter - tried stopping cipralex. noticed sudden improvement... but wasnt patient to isolate the self-analysis... ate wrong got ill again now and then.. vomit food... acid.. (chest pains are not usually from acid.. just air to burp out)
Some weeks i am fine... PPIs might have side effects.. lump in throat possibly caused by them...
now i am off cipralex completely and notice better results... but maybe it damaged me along with all the other stuff i did and late sleep time..... because i still struggle on the tennis court and cannot keep up... eating clean before it and at least 3 hrs before helps but not much... cant even go to the gym and push hard at all.
But i do notice quitting cipralex has made some difference.. not sure how much.. or if its too late... but i do notice some side effects listed of GI issues... (and citalopram in the past with those ER visits was also a possible culprit).
Scared to take scope for fear of heart attack and it stretching anthing weak even worse.... and the risky barium swallow. i cant do that with all these risks... (if i dont have allergies in general should i assume i wont
What is my issue? And what does physical activity have to do with eating after and experiencing symptoms? is the stomachi muscles tired after? (doctor sees no connection. )
Is the scope safe? And can i ever be a high performance athlete again? Or is it over? Some days i can run others i cant.. some days i can lift weights.. others i cant.. too much burping and chest pain and shortness of breath from all of it.
And why cant i find any other athlete with my issue?
Who ever can help me i owe you big. And thanks for reading.. Since i dont have any belief in a supreme being then i cannot say "god bless".. but I will say all my fullest appreciation and karma to you if you have read this for me. Means everything to me.
Edit: 1. No discussion of any illegal activity or threats of violence (ie. illicit drugs, including medical marijuana, threats of suicide, self-injury, or physical harm).
Post Edited (7Stringer) : 1/12/2014 8:08:12 PM (GMT-7)