9 days ago, I was having trouble breathing. I've had pneumonia 5 times maybe 6 and last year I had a problem like this with the breathing, so I went to the er because I couldn't see my reg dr until the next day. I said this had happened last year and that the er a year ago had had me breathe that misting albuteral and I'd felt fine as soon as I was done. I figured this er would have me do the same thing. Instead, I was told I was having a panic attack and heartburn. I told them I was clearly not panicking, I was nearly falling asleep from lack of oxygen. - then I mentioned that I was also having some pain in my left lung that felt like pinching and was probably just a mild congestion due to a chest cold. They didn't change their mind.
The next day I went to my regular dr and he did a peak flow test and said I was 150 points below what would be normal for me. He said I was having an asthma attack. That maybe the pollen was high or I'd been cleaning and dust and mold had gotten me and I should take advair for a few weeks plus carry an albuteral inhaler.
I went home and that night, the burning, the absolute fire in my lungs, throat, nausea *which I'd had for several days prior, actually* but passed off as a mild stomach bug because I have three kids in elementary school and they're always bringing bugs home. Anyway, the pain was overwhelming. I was writhing and crying. I called my dr and he said I was having some heartburn. He saw me again gave me prilosec. 20 mg (over the counter dose) and told me to take it twice a day >>> if I want to. I don't. So, I'm taking it once a day in the morning.
Anyway, he said the heartburn is causing the asthma and I can call my heartburn GERD. I was like, what's that? And I looked it up and I see that it's chronic. I went back to see him and he doesn't seem to get that he dx me with a chronic disease and I'm upset. My symptoms are not under control unless you're supposed to constantly know you have acid in your throat, a constant cough that you can't ignore, a burning tounge, dragon breath, difficulty breathing due to asthma, fear of pneumonia
I'm scared of the burning, the constant reminder that I'm not well. It's always there. I don't konw if I take more prilosec if that would be ok and fix all the symptoms. I don't know if I take all the prilosec for two weeks if the symptoms will DISSAPEAR?? just fix everything? I feel unhealthy, sick, sad, I can't sleep at night. I keep waking up with the burning and eating tums.
I drink only water.
I eat one gluten free waffle in the morning - plain
I eat a gluten free sandwich for lunch. Nitrate free, all natural deli meat. no mayo
I eat an apple for a snack
I eat rice/chicken, salad for dinner. No butter, no salad dressing.
That's it. I sleep propped up to help keep the acid down.
I am about 20 pounds over my ideal weight.
I get moderate exercise with walking daily.
I don't smoke, drink.
I have quit drinking coffee, soda, and eating too much since this happened last week.
Is the Stretta procedure a good one?
That or fundoplication?
Post Edited (3kidsmom) : 2/11/2006 9:46:35 AM (GMT-7)