I am strugling with gerd for 7 days now.

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ConstantinRa
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   Posted 5/22/2014 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, i'm 25 and i've had some acid reflux here and there my whole life, and never really thought much of it.

Last wednesday night i was watching a movie and eating a sandwich while laying down. All of a sudden, i felt a Burning sensation climbing up my esophagus and radiating in my neck. A sharp chest pain followed and my whole left side was burning, even my ear. I got scared and called the ambulance. They arrived and did an ECG, took my pulse and BP. I had high blood pressure, was tachycardic and had an arrhythmia. They decided to take me to the hospital where they mostly checked to see if i had any heart problems. My heart was fine, so they said i probably have GERD and had a panic attack. I also had low levels of magnesium and calcium. Gave me nexium 40mg once a day, motilium(domperidone) 3 times a day, and something for stomach ulcers.. Venter.

It's been 7 days now and my symptoms aren't going away. I cannot do anything because of constant pain. I keep getting panic attacks as well and that isn't helping. I have been to another cardiologist to rule out my heart and he said everything is fine. I have yet to go to a gastroenterologist because all my doctors told me to wait a while and see if the medication helps. I'm getting my h. Pylori test result tomorrow.

What types of pain are you people experiencing? For me, this is the most debilitating pain i've had in my life. I have a lump in my throat that hurts. My left inner ear is burning, even my left eye a little. I am bloated sometimes and my whole chest area hurts like hell. Stuff gets stuck in my throat, i have a feeling of constant pressure on my esophagus. The worst thing of all is that it hurts more when i walk or do any type of sports. But i do not have nausea or feel the need to throw up. I get dizzy sometimes though.

I just finished half of my medication and only take nexium and magnesium supplements now. When will i start to feel better? Also if anybody can tell me what to eat... That would be great. I'm eating mostly boiled stuff like potatoes and some cereals and some occasional chicken breast.

P.s. Stomach cancer runs in the family so i probably have a genetically weaker stomach. The cancer blood tests came out fine.

ConstantinRa
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   Posted 5/22/2014 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to mention that i have no notion of hunger and have lost weight. I just force myself to eat every time. Just a couple of hours ago I started feeling pain in my chest area, then weakness all over my body. I had a lump in my throat and everything seemed to hurt. I started to have a panic attack but i managed to control it. I decided to eat some toast and the pain began to go away slowly, but as i was swallowing a bite, a sudden sharp pain hit my sternum. I paused a bit, calmed myself down and the pain slowly disappeared.

Anyone else experiencing this?

Nara
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   Posted 5/23/2014 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   
hi Constantin,

I am sorry you are going through it. It started similar for me 4 months ago. Now it is settled. I did lose 14 lbs in the first 2 weeks or so. I got extremely anxious and lost my sleep as well after couple of months. It is scary and unknown. Breathing helped me to keep calm. Diet should change too to aid healing. I eat everything easy to digest and small amounts. I do not take any PPIs anymore (i could not, i was allergic to the class)... so manage via diet and other traditional methods. I have not recovered yet, but feel that symptoms settled. the most important part is to settle your mind into it. It might go away soon for you, just try not to rush it too much. it takes time to heal, good luck

angelcat
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   Posted 5/27/2014 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
How's your gerd, constantin?

ConstantinRa
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   Posted 5/28/2014 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not on ppi's anymore because i had horrible side effects.
I went to the doctor yesterday and i also have chronic pharyngitis. I am taking antibiotics now with probiotics and magne b6 .
I hope i will start feeling better because otherwise i will admit myself in the hospital.
Walking down the street is difficult for me. I still dont know 100% everything that is wrong with me.

Take care.

angelcat
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   Posted 5/28/2014 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope you'll feel better the soonest. Just be patient, for it may take time to heal.
I also heard a lot about ppi's side effects, me too have realized it when I first got off them. But eventually it will disappear, just continue the healthy diet.
Did you have a test for chronic pharyngitis?

ConstantinRa
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   Posted 5/28/2014 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
They tested my blood for infections and it came back positive. 0-40 leukocytes is normal and i had 70. And some other stuff.

My esophagus is hurting and i hope it's from the infection. I doubt it though.. I dont feel as much heartburn as i used to... I am lightheaded most of the time and i feel weak.

I'm 74 kg now. I've lost almost 7 kg in two weeks. That's almost 14 lb.

On a positive note... I dont have great anxiety anymore. Since i got off the ppi's i am less bloated, my stomach doesnt hurt that much, and my anxiety is better. It also gave me depression, and now i'm a bit more optimistic.

ConstantinRa
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   Posted 5/28/2014 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
A side note: i never had fever, so whatever infection i have doesnt cause fever.

angelcat
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   Posted 5/28/2014 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I only had a fever for one day, and I think it's because of my sorethroat. But it was a month ago and never happened again. I also learned to control my anxiety, which makes me functional at this point.

I have not returned to my doctor who diagnosed me with GERD. I want to observe myself if that really is my problem. It's been a month since I last saw her, and if my condition continues, I will go to a GI specialist.

Overall, I feel 60% normal and ok, 20% symptoms and 20% anxiety. :)) that's just what I think. I also avoided googling symptoms (as much as I wanted to) and it really helped me relax and sometimes forget about the pain. If I want to read something, I often read about nutrition and healthy diet. Because most of the time, my symptoms disappear if Im busy reading and talking to people. I guess we just have to find something that will help us, even a bit.
It's been 2 months but it feels like 2 years. I'm not used to this (worrying, ill, panicking, gloomy feeling) as I was a jolly and active person back then. I think we all did.

I am happy for you, coz I know the anxiety part is the hardest to control!
God bless!

ConstantinRa
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   Posted 6/4/2014 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
[Update] Doctors are ignorant [Update]

It's been almost a month now since my first trip to the ER. In the ER nobody bothered to check my throat, stomach or anything else besides my heart. My heart was fine so they sent me home with GERD treatment (7 pills a day). I asked them if they were sure it's GERD and they said "yes, what else could it be?".

After a week of treatment my stomach started to hurt badly. Stomach cramps, diarrhea, burning sensation in belly and throat. Oh gosh, it MUST be GERD. I was also anxious and depressed and I've never suffered from anxiety my whole life. Every time I moved i thought i was dying. I decided to go and get an examination from the GE and see if I should keep taking the treatment. One gastroscopy later and he told me I had gastritis, reflux, hiatal hernia and told me to continue my nexium treatment plus some more pills and a ginseng supplement.

I was happy for a few days because I was convinced it was GERD. Couple of days later pain in my chest, abdomen, throat. Pain wasn't going away, I thought I was going crazy. Every doctor I consulted told me it was all in my head. One told me I should consult a psychologist.

Since the pain wasn't going away I went to a throat specialist because of pains in my throat. I barely opened my mouth and he said "Yea, it's an infection" . 10 seconds consultation put me on antibiotics for a week. I also did a xray of my head because he wanted to check my sinuses. I also checked with a endocrinologist because i thought it could be a hormonal imbalance. Everything was fine.

After a few days on the antibiotics I felt worse. I was ready to go and admit myself in the hospital. I did some blood tests and I had some high proteins which nobody cared to explain.

Every day I felt a different and new pain. I kept taking pills but nothing worked. I was going crazy.

I finally decided to go and admit myself in a hospital in my hometown. I consulted a friend of the family who is a neurosurgeon. He looked at me all baffled and asked me : "did anyone ever check your spine?" . Erm, No, why would they?. And after a thorough check I indeed had some pains when he pressed on my spine. I did a MRI and Voila!! I have 2 small herniations and 1 protrusion and one damaged vertebra. This explained everything. And I began solving the mystery of my illness.

I indeed had a little acid reflux, but NOT GERD. Because I started taking PPI's and antacids my stomach became weak and didn't process food thoroughly. I wasn't getting enough magnesium, calcium, potassium. This is a direct consequence of taking antacids and PPI's. Also PPI's can give anxiety, depression and it gave me Gastritis. This was amplified tenfold because of low magnesium, calcium, potassium. Anyone that suffers from anxiety knows that a panic attack is horrible. You're 100% convinced something bad is going to happen. Most people experience huge pains and call the ER. I had panic attacks once every few days. Because of constant pains I went to different doctors trying to figure it out. I did NOT need antibiotics, but that doctor gave me antibiotics for 1 week anyway. Combine that with all the pills I was already taking and you get something like 10 pills a day. The high protein count that nobody cared to explain was from my liver. Because I took 10 pills a day and did NOT need them my liver was suffering. This explained another abdominal pain I had on my right side.

In the end my neurosurgeon explained that because I had taken all those unnecessary pills and still had pains, my parasympathetic nervous system got affected. My body was constantly looking for a logical answer regarding my pain. I kept taking pills and the pain got worse. My body got messed up because of it. It didn't understand why with all those pills I still had pains and kept getting new pains. It also didn't help that most doctors told me that it was all in my head, when in fact I had real pains from my spine.

In the end I was tormented for 3 weeks because of ignorant doctors. Nobody cared to look everywhere. They immediately found something and gave me treatment for it. These 3 weeks felt like an episode from House MD.

My advice to everybody is to pester your doctor into looking everywhere and looking thoroughly. I suffered from medication induced GERD, maybe some of you are suffering from this as well. This was also a good experiment to see what GERD medication does to a healthy stomach. Surprise surprise, it gives you GERD, gastritis, stomach cramps. Most stomach medications will decrease your ability to absorb necessary minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, Vitamins b6, b12. If you have mineral deficiencies you WILL develop anxiety and there's nothing you can do about it. My neurosurgeon explained that anxiety from lack of minerals cannot be resolved by psychologists or anti-anxiety medications. These are a short term solutions. This is probably why so many people who suffer from GERD also have anxiety. Also, anxiety makes your GERD worse. When you have panic attacks your calcium and magnesium levels drop even more. It's a Vicious cycle.

I wish you all good luck and great health. And don't forget, force your doctor into looking everywhere and listening to everything you say. It might save you weeks of suffering.

Andy1986
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   Posted 6/4/2014 2:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Im glad you have finally found the issue. Ive had similar experiences with ER, they just send you home once they know your heart is fine. It is dangerous because in rare cases a rolling hiatus hernia can be life threatening and intense pain is your warning of it. Drs are also all too quick to palm you off with anxiety. Ofc we're anxious, we are in pain and we dont know why, its normal to be anxious!

One time i went into ER, they did the EKG and when it was normal offered me a tranquiliser for the 'anxiety' then sent me home, unbelievable!
GERD, Anxiety, Depression, Rolling Hiatus Hernia, Esophageal Hypersensitivity

angelcat
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   Posted 6/5/2014 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi constantin and andy!
My gosh that reallu sounded like my story. When i first went to a gp, he already gave me antibiotics coz he thought it was a respiratory infection. Then went to a pulmonologist, prescribed me with GERD meds which is a BETTER medication for me though. Then went back to another gp and told him I was clear of respiratory related issue because a pulmonology specialist told me HERSELF but the gp insisted on me takin another week of antibiotics and ambroxol!

As of today I still have bad mornings, restless back when I wake up! Restless arms everytime I open my eyes!
I might try taking magnesium supplement. Do you think it's ok taking it without prescription or without taking test?
I am currently taking vitamin d3, b complex, vit c and iron! I just started two days ago. But today Im considering magnesium!
26, F, Gerd, Lpr, Allergy, Anxiety, Hypochondria

angelcat
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   Posted 6/5/2014 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Constantin,
What did the doctor prescribed you for your spine issue?
26, F, Gerd, Lpr, Allergy, Anxiety, Hypochondria

ConstantinRa
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   Posted 6/6/2014 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Angelcat, I am taking analgesics in the morning and in the evening. I'm also taking some anxiety supplements so that i can heal faster.

I've been told that it will take another 6 weeks till i'll be almost fully healed. Till then I'll just have to cope with the pain. One hernia presses on my dural sac, which gives me the sensation of a spear going through my throat.
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