esophagitis - some questions and worries

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Raaawr
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   Posted 7/20/2014 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I found this forum today and honestly reading a lot of the posts has been very helpful for me. I am however I slight hypochondriac in that I am not entirely sure my doctor got this one right.

Basically, I am having chest pains. Generally they are located along the sternem but sometimes radiate outward to other areas for brief periods of time, but this may be cause by me worrying too much and poking etc. It is NOT a burning pain. It feels tight and almost stabbing. Heavy even. But I wouldn't describe it as burning. Sharp maybe.

I also have a sort of bubble at the back of my throat too. I keep drinking water to ease the feeling. The chest pain seems to b worse after eating. For dinner today I had a chicken breast and 1 roast potato and it took 3 and a half hours before my chest pain eased off. I'm not in agony with the pain, just minor discomfort. The pain eases when I stand up and walk around for a while but returns as soon as I sit down.

Doctor prescribed me Zoton to shut off the acid in my stomach and to allow healing. That was 4 days ago. I expected some form of relief before now but it all seems the same and I am absolutely starving but top afraid to eat because the chest pains will return and my anxiety sky rockets.

Anyway, does this sound like eosophagitus to you guys who have experienced this? What foods can I eat that will cause least discomfort? Also I have been quite stressed and having panic attacks last 3 weeks and had food poisoning last week. Could this be the cause?

Anyway, thank you very much for reading and if you do reply thanks also! I'm sorry if I am repeating questions already answered, I know one or two have been but I feel a more personal response will help settle my anxiety.

Oh I'm 25 and this honestly is the first time I have Been prescribed anything in the last 18 years. Sadly ok really not coping well.

BlueWaterGirl1988
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   Posted 7/20/2014 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Is esophagitis what the doctor said? Did they tell you what could have caused it? Have you ever suffered from on going acid reflux? I ask this, because you irritated the lining of your esophagus somehow, that's what esophagitis is. There's different causes though - infection, chronic vomiting, hiatal hernia, smoking and/or drinking, Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs, GERD (which is weakness of the muscle between the stomach and esophagus). All those things I mentioned can cause acid reflux. Acid isn't a good thing to have in your esophagus, because it's not built like the stomach, it can't take the abuse of long periods of acid.

As for foods to avoid - Try to watch out for fatty foods, acidic foods and beverages, spicy foods, and try to avoid coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and soda. Also, try to eat smaller meals and softer foods. From personal experience, my doctor told me to avoid caffeine at all costs, which is hard for me, because I love energy drinks, which I think is one of the main reasons I ended up like this. He also said to not chew gum or suck on mints, and of course to stop smoking. He explained that when you put something in your mouth that isn't technically food (cigarettes, gum, mints) and you're not actually swallowing it, your stomach anticipates you to though, so it loosens up the base of the esophagus to let the "food" through, but when it finds out that no food is pushing through to the stomach, it lets the acid out and up into your esophagus instead. Other things that may help is to not lay down during or right after eating, take smaller bites and chew slower, avoid eating at least 3 hours before bedtime, and don't wear pants that may be too tight around the waist.

The medication may not work within 4 days, it depends on how irritated the esophagus is. I would say to give it a couple of weeks and if it's still not fully helping, go back to your doctor and see if another medication might be better for you. If you don't feel any kind of relief at all, your doctor may suggest you get an upper endoscopy to see what is really going on in there. Actually, my doctor prescribed me Zantac, which has made me feel 10 times better, but he STILL wants me to go in to have that procedure done, just to make sure he's not masking anything serious.

As for the pain, you may not get a burning sensation at all. Some people will get pains like they're having a heart attack, or milder ones. I get chest pains in the same places as you, but I never really get a burning feeling. My father for instance, he has a hernia (one that he's had for 20 years and refuses to get it fixed, so he lives on Prilosec to cope with the acid) and he will get chest pains after eating that are so instense that at times he did think he's having a heart attack.

It can be hard to cope with sometimes and can also be scary. I didn't know what was wrong with me for 6 months until I finally could get to a doctor and he told me that I have GERD. This has caused me to develop health anxiety also, because I worry it could be something worse when I feel pain. Just remember that you're not alone, there's millions of people that have acid reflux, from mild to chronic. I'm 26 and I never thought something like this would happen to me or make me feel so ill.

Raaawr
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   Posted 7/21/2014 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I went in with chest pain and he did some quick heart tests said all seemed fine and asked me a few questions. I told him I had food poisoning the week before and he asked did I vomit, told him yes. Then I explained that last night I was burping up a burning liquid a lot, felt like acid and then he decided that was enough. I'm still sceptical it's not something more but that's probably me just worrying.

I'm pretty much just eating cooled down porridge, bread, bran flakes and chicken breast. I tried adding a banana but that made me seriously uncomfortable. I felt like I was breathing banana or something as well as pain.

I've never had this before or even similar. Is it something I can expect to reoccur?

Thanks for your reply and sorry you have it as well! Not pleasant.

Raaawr
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   Posted 7/21/2014 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
For dinner I had mashed potatoes (little bit of milk in them), Mashed carrots and chicken breast. No Salt no pepper and no spices. Now 4 hours after eating and no chest pain. Quite pleased!!!

dencha
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   Posted 7/21/2014 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Raawr,

Prior to my Nissen fundoplication surgery, I got esophagitis/gastritis two or three times a year. It was so painful that I would always lose about 20 pounds during the two to three months that it would take for the esophagitis/gastritis to heal.

In my case, even eating mashed potato with gravy caused severe pain. The only thing I could eat comfortably was egg custard, which I lived on throughout my recovery.

I am afraid I had to give you some bad news. If you have esophagitis, and your esophagus is thoroughly inflamed/irritated, it will take a good long time to heal. During that time, you can speed things up by being very, very careful with your eating.

The smoother, and more bland the foods you eat, the less additional irritation you will do to your esophagus, so it will have a better chance of healing more quickly. Whenever you feel a little better and "cheat" on this very strict diet, you'll set your recovery back.

My GI doctor told me to wait until I felt perfect for two weeks, before introducing more challenging foods. Take small bites and chew, chew, chew your food to a smooth consistency. Anything that is rough as it is swallowed will scrape the healing, inflamed tissue, and cause pain and damage.

There is one other thing if you can get it. There is a drug called Sulcrafate (the generic term). The generic version comes in tablet form, but the tablet can be put into a medicine cup or shot glass and add a little water to create a "slurry" that can be thrown back and swallowed all at once, like a shot.

I don't think you can get the better version (non-generic) Carafate Suspension where you live, but if you can, it is easier and more effective. Still, the Sulcrafate when made into a liquid, can be quite effective. These are prescription drugs, and according to my PCP, very benign and safe. Most is simply excreted through the GI tract. It coats your esophagus/stomach, and can aid in healing, because it protects the healing tissue from acid or bile. I found it relieved pain as well.

So when healing from esophagitis, patience is a virtue. You can't rush this process. It takes a very long time to heal.

Hang in there...it will happen!
Happy healing,
Denise

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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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1039smooth
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   Posted 7/22/2014 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Esophagitis can be reversed through lifestyle changes. Avoid foods that commonly trigger reflux. I went from stage 4 to gone.
LapNissen Fundoplication, 8/9/13
GERD, Anxiety, Depression

Raaawr
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   Posted 7/24/2014 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had any actual tests to prove this is what I have though and that's causing me quite a bit of anxiety. My girlfriend reckons my anxiety and panic attacks could well be causing it. Is that possible??

Also while the pain is definitely becoming less sharp, feels more dull I am still burping up a liquid that tastes of the food I have eaten. It doesn't burn back of my throat anymore, I assume because of the medication but I thought this would all be starting to calm down by now.
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