Gerd or Heart problem?

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   Posted 5/16/2014 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, I'm new here, but I've been a lurker for a while and I hate to bother anyone with all of this but Im going to try to explain my issues

I have been under incredible amounts of stress since March 1st and in that time span some pretty strange things have been happening.

I'm going to spare a lot of the details from the personal issues and go straight to my heart episodes. Now, I'm pretty sure I have GERD from seeing the symptoms and that has been on and off. I get this feeling in my throat that I'm either going to choke or go into full panic mode ALL the time now, which in turn gives me the same kind of feeling in my lungs. Almost as if I'm going to pass out, everything just feels full and congested most of the time, doubled with the fact that I am a mouth/heavy breather this has caused great anxiety. Until recently, I haven't been able to eat a meal without taking a 2 to 3 Tums afterwards. While I sleep, I'm not sure if it's panic, stress or apnea, I wake up with adrenaline rushes or mini attacks and also if I lay on my sides it feels as if my heart is stopping. I have no clue what this is and I really don't have the funds to get checked up im in so much debt. Is any of this common with Gerd or Acid Reflux? More frequently I am starting to get these weird rushes as if I'm having a heart attack or a panic attack which either leads to me having to belch or not belch at all. Waking up is weird also because (like this morning) I'd get up, feel like I can't breathe right and almost start to panic. Only after I took 3 Tums and sipped some diet coke was I able to burp and feel relief. If any of you have any of the same symptoms, stories or solutions please feel free to speak on it. I am a 25 year old male by the way.

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   Posted 5/16/2014 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 5/16/2014 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bealstreet,

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:

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 VCD:

It's probably not your problem, but just in case, here is some additional information on VCD:

Hope you find an answer and get feeling better soon!
Best wishes,

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