Welcome to Healing Well! Sorry to hear you're struggling with so many problems, and without access to medical care. We aren't doctors here at HW...just people coming together to help and support each other. There is no way that anyone here can tell you whether or not you're having heart issues. Only a work-up by a doctor can do that, and since you can't afford that right now, it's a problem.
That said, hearing your symptoms, it sounds like you're having anxiety attacks. My husband suffered from anxiety attacks, and ended up in the emergency room with heart attack symptoms multiple times.
GERD and anxiety often go together. GERD symptoms can cause anxiety, and anxiety can make GERD worse. It can be a vicious circle.
If you are having reflux issues, there are a few things you can do to help yours situation. If you can elevate the head of your bed using bed risers, blocks, or boards (7-8"), it can help keep acid in your stomach by allowing gravity to help. Don't eat 3-4 hours before you go to bed. Try OTC Zantac and see if it helps. If that isn't doing it, you can try OTC Prilosec. Zantac is more fast-acting, and if you've never taken it, you might find it helpful. It tends to become less effective over time. PPIs are more effective, but when you use them for a while, it's can be hard to get off them, as you can get acid rebound. Most GI docs tend to prescribe PPIs because they are so much more effective. Some people have trouble tolerating them. I'm not one of them, thankfully.
Here is some information about
GERD you might find helpful:www.enetmd.com/content/gerd-diet-plan-and-table
There is just one other thing I will mention. Sometimes reflux can cause something called Vocal Chord Dysfunction. It can make it hard to get air in, because they spasm. When that happens, you're supposed to "sip" air in, in, in, rather than trying to take a big breath. Here's a link to some information about
It's probably not your problem, but just in case, here is some additional information on VCD:www.livestrong.com/article/230290-breathing-exercises-for-vocal-cord-dysfunction/
Hope you find an answer and get feeling better soon!Best wishes,
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