Coming up on surgery, but not sure if I can take the pressure

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DontStealMyBacon
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   Posted 12/2/2013 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 15 days away from my nissen, but today was different from any other day I've had. I woke up with the extremely powerful pressure in my chest and instantly had some nasty contents reflux into my mouth. I thought it would go away since I have never had anything with extreme pressure like this, but it has been getting stronger every hour. I'm living on a college campus, and as I just traversed the campus, I felt like I was going to pass out and as if there was this surging pain going through all of the nerves in my entire body at once. What on earth should I do about this, and is there any hope in going to the emergency room to get help?
Right Temporal Lobectomy 4/5/12

Diagnosed with GERD, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and Epilepsy.
Studying biomedical engineering to research a better fix to at least one of them.

dencha
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   Posted 12/2/2013 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Don'tStealMyBacon,
Sorry to hear you're having such pain! Definitely get to the ER. I'm sure they can help you. It's possible you're having esophageal spasms/nutcracker esophagus, and there are meds that you can be given to help.

Here are a couple links with information about esophageal spasms. Take note of the description of "nutcracker esophagus". It sounds like what you're having.

www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/esophageal-spasm-topic-overview

www.mayoclinic.com/health/esophageal-spasms/DS00763

I'm glad to hear you've scheduled your surgery. It sounds as if it is desperately needed! Hang in there!

Good luck!
Denise

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stkitt
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   Posted 12/3/2013 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Don'tStealMyBacon,
 
I hope you were able to go to the ER last evening; do let us hear from you as we were very concerned about you.
 
My best advice to anyone with severe chest pain that is like nothing they have every had before and the pain does not go away - Go to the ER for an emergency medical screening exam.
 
Blessings,
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DontStealMyBacon
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   Posted 12/3/2013 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I did check into the emergency room at 11 pm, and I was seen fairly fast, but I still had to stay until 4 am. They took a blood test and found my white blood cell count was really high, which should mean I had an infection, but I had no fever. They wanted to do some CT scans on me because they thought I may have appendicitis. I asked which type was high since I have been treated for eosinophilic esophagitis and they said my neutrophils were high. The number one possible cause of higher neutrophil count online was stress, which I certainly have a lot of right now, but the nurses seemed to not think that was a possibility. After 3 hours of testing, I found out that it wasn't appendicitis and I was discharged with a prescription for a GI cocktail and a recommendation to see another GI doc that I have no interesting in seeing.

Right now I am stressed because I am a busy college student with 8 exams and a surgery in the next 14 days. I honestly have no idea how to decrease my stress without failing all my tests, or how to pass my tests without killing myself. If I dont have any more days like yesterday, I can push through two more weeks, but if that happens again, I have no idea what I will do.
Right Temporal Lobectomy 4/5/12

Diagnosed with GERD, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and Epilepsy.
Studying biomedical engineering to research a better fix to at least one of them.

lajenner
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   Posted 12/4/2013 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you ask a doctor for something for the stress? A low dose of Klonopin could do wonders. Bach's Rescue Remedy works great for stress. 4 little drops under the tongue and within minutes you feel yourself calm down without side effects.
Laurie
Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 10, 2013

Diaas2
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   Posted 12/4/2013 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Laurie,

I didn't know about Bach's Rescue Remedy, I'm going to give it a try too. It looks promising. Does it make you feel tired in any way?

lajenner
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   Posted 12/4/2013 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Not at all - I gave it to my son as a young teen, too. He deals with stress and SAD. Some give it to thei dogs during thunder storms.
Laurie
Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 10, 2013

StephanieJean
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   Posted 12/4/2013 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Bachs rescue remedy is good stuff.They have drops and candy chews. the drops contain a small amount of alcohol and the chews do not. We use both at my house.
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