Please help with my health issue.....

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Date Joined Oct 2014
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   Posted 10/8/2014 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,

I am posting as I am desperate for advise and was hoping someone reading this could help me.

I have been suffering for nearly a year now, with the final straw being me carried out in a stretcher and brought to a Hospital with an ambulance.

Nearly every single day, I have fluttering in my stomach, bloating and “air bubbles” trapped in my stomach. This happens if I do not eat every 2-3 hours, or if I eat too much or sometimes regardless of how much or when I eat. When I have these “episodes” which is nearly every night, if I lie down to sleep, I go into atrial fibrillation (heart palps).

I have been to 3 cardiologists that insist my heart is fine yet want me on heart medication (flecanaide and metropolol) and and they also want to do an ablation. I tried the heart meds and feel like I am 120 years old on them (I am 39)……horrible side effects to say the least. I also wasn’t completely cured….far from.

I have seen 4 gastroentorologists and done 2 gastroscopies. The only thing they see is a small hiatal hernia and iteration and erosions on my stomach wall.

I have cut coffee (decaf included), cigars, alcohol, chocolate, fried foods 100% from my diet.

I recently tried Chinese herbal medicine and saw a medicine man. I’m not better at all on the teas.

I tested negative for SIBO and celiac and H. Pylori.

Medications tried have been : Tums, Nexium and Pantoprazole and Sucralfate.

I don’t know what to do, has anyone out there cured themselves from this hell? Any ideas?

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Date Joined Jul 2014
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   Posted 10/8/2014 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually stopped the PPI medication and helped me a little bit slowly,

Sorry to ask, are you overweight? Loosing good weight, it will help to reduce your Gerd a lot, and it really helped me a lot

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   Posted 10/9/2014 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not overweight. I was a little but no more since I have cut so many things from my diet.

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Date Joined Jul 2014
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   Posted 10/10/2014 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi brutesky,

Listen my friend, Its best to speak to your gastroentorologists to recommend you for the surgery, a lot of people seen and left very good post of their recovery. To tell you truth I had a bad burping as you said air bubbles” trapped in the stomach, when I stopped the PPI it really helped me stop burping completely and I don't even think about it. My doctor was happy that I stopped taking PPI because it can lead to cancer as well. I am not overweight that much but I am trying to slim my stomach completely to reduce acid reflux completely, you see I was 115 kg and I had so many times a bad sleep and getting up in the middle of the night, so I lost weight a lot, now I am 70 kg but I am still fat in my stomach and my legs, improving that, it will help to reduce the acid reflux completely, I even had a bad excessive saliva a lot and now its reducing because of acid reflux of fat loss. Because as stomach is fat it gives pressure to acid to air buble as acid reflux but if you slim your stomach completely, it won't buble at all.

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   Posted 10/10/2014 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
This may not have anything to do with your problem, but I got tachycardia - that feeling of fluttering feeling in my stomach and gas bubbles - from eating foods with a chemical I don't tolerate. It's not all that uncommon. Your stomach sits right under your heart, so it's hard to tell which is the problem.

My allergist had me keep a food journal which helped me identify my food triggers. I got off those foods and the events stopped. My trigger foods include pork, cereals with dried fruit, including raisins, corn starch (in gravy, pies, etc), corn syrup in sodas, maple syrup, gelatin, most bread and a little in beef, onions, garlic and lots more foods. The chemical they all contain, some naturally, some from processing, is sulfite. You can google a complete list, but not all the foods on those lists have enough in them to count. It's not like a peanut allergy. I can have chocolate, as long as it's not the yummy dark kind.

One way to get rid of the "bubbles" feeling is to do the Valsalva maneuver - take a breath, hold it and press down like moving your bowels. It will often convert the heart to normal rhythm. Of course, check with your cardiologist first!

My cardiologist thought I was fine too, and shortly after I saw him I went into a heart attack when a tachy event started. An artery in my heart went into spasm at one tiny point and wouldn't quit. I needed a stent to open the artery.

There are loads of posts on this and related topics. See the search box at the top of the page.

Of course this may have nothing to do with you, but the food journal (see other posts) is a really cheap way to test yourself. It takes at least a couple of months, but it works to find all sorts of intolerances, and there are other things in foods that cause reactions, MSG, salicylates (aspirin type chemicals), etc.

I didn't tolerate any of the heart meds on a regular basis - had to try them after the heart attack. Keep asking for different ones until you find what works for you. I like atenolol best when I'm having a hard time with a bit of tachycardia (usually because I ate something I shouldn't have). I only take 25 mg at a time, very low dose.
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