At the end of October, I started having upper back, chest, and a burning sensation in my stomach. I also the feeling of something being stuck in the back of my throat (phlegm). My doctor tested for gallstones, pancreatitis, and ulcers.
After an endoscopy, the doctor diagnosed me with gastritis and GERD. He put me on nexium 2x per day for the next 8 weeks and 1x per day for life after. (I have been on nexium a total of 5 weeks today)
This diagnosed really shocked me because I do not meet the typical criteria for GERD. I'm a a weight lifter, I maintain a healthy weight, and my diet is very strict because of my workout routine. So when my doctor told me to lay off the fatty meats, greasy foods, and chocolate, I was like," but I do that already."
He believes my GERD might have begun during my pregnancies (I have three children).
Nevertheless, I did not argue and started restricting my diet even more... I limit the amount of acidic foods and bread.... And I take my PPI diligently 30 min before breakfast and dinner.
The PPI's have helped... But the back pain is still there and sometimes the chest pain.
Because my GI issues were "taken care of" by the PPI's, I visited my family doctor and asked for an xray of my back because its driving me crazy. The pain comes and goes, its more dull than sharp, and is not located in a specific area... It can occur anywhere in my upper back region. In addition, the pain is temporarily relieved when I burp.
The doctor agreed to the XRAY, but was reluctant to do any more tests because...1. The pain started at the same time as my other GI symptoms...2. The pain is relieved by burping. In addition, the pain went away when I drank a GI cocktail in the ER.
The XRAY was fine, so I went back into my GI and he said that I need to give the PPI's more time to work...The full eight weeks.... If the issue has not been resolved, then he would give something to "dial down the nerves".... When I asked him what this meant he said he did not want to get into it until we were at that point.
My question is... Has anyone ever had a GI prescribe something to "dial down your nerves" and is back pain even a symptom of acid reflux. It does not seem like the two and two would go together.
Thank you soo much in advance for all your help!