My name is Karen and I am so glad to see this forum that is current and not years old!
I've had a very "active" year. Cervical fusion in April then 6 weeks into that recovery my gall bladder decided it wasn't a happy camper. It wasn't until after my gall bladder surgery that I acquired a feeling that there was a small ball in my throat. Not only when I swallowed but the sensation was there all the time. Saw my Dr. and started the usual OTC drugs for acid reflux...yes, I've had the belchy, choking to death in your sleep thing going on for several years, untreated.
Fast forward to the horrific chest pain in the middle of the night, woke me up out of a sound sleep. I, being the google queen and having had a stress test on my heart several years ago, decided that the GERD was mimicking a heart attack. After seeing my Dr several times, chest x-ray, EKG, blood tests and seeing a cardiologist, my h pylori test came back positive. Yipee! Thrilled to take two antibiotics whose side effects are nausea, diarrhea and headaches. Stuck to it, done with the antibiotics just yesterday. Still taking two different acid reflux meds plus another that I asked my Dr about and he was gracious to write me a prescription BEFORE I lost my insurance.
My abdomen and under my ribcage is tender and has been for some time. Feels like I've done too many sit ups but in a different place. I'm sure this is due to the spasms I'm having because of my "whatever" at this point.
My guess is the next joy will be to have the endoscope to see if there is any permanent damage... would everyone agree?
Thanks again and from the looks of this site I have some reading to do!