Can All This Be Because of Gerd, Please Help, Im a Mess!!!?????

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willjones4
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   Posted 7/1/2006 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone.  I am a 35 year old male who is living in hell. mad I started off by having severe headaches about 5 years ago.  Finally they got so bad I thought I might have a brain tumor or something.  Went to hospital, was admitted and given full battery of neuro tests-nothing.  Then about three years ago I started having panic attacks and was known on a first name basis in the ER.  I have symptoms like chest pain, arm pain (left shoulder and elbow), dizziness, headache, nausea, burning needles in my back and sides, "dimming" vision, lump in throat but only occasional acid in my mouth.  I also keep the phlegm in the back of my throat.  Anyway, when I have these symptoms it sends me into a panic attack and then I get all the symptoms of that to go with my supposed GERD symptoms. I went to another doctor thinking I had heart problems and they did the holter, stress, echo, ekg, die, MRI, blood work and found only hypertension, cholesterol and mild PVC's which also throw me into a PA when they happen.  I was also diagnosed with depression.  My wife calls me a big baby and a hypochondriac as she has no idea what I am going through.  I dont know how much of this is GERD and how much is panic disorder or from my blood pressure-sometimes I wonder if I have some weird undiagnosed illness that is going to kill me because no one caught it. It sucks having to live this way... mad

sami-jo
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   Posted 7/2/2006 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi willjones! I can totally relate to feeling like you are living in hell. I also know the ER dept on a first name basis at TWO emergency rooms! My problems of late began with GERD symptoms which is why I occassionaly check out the GERD board. I have the chest pain, arm pain, dizziness, headache, nausea, weird vision, lump in throat, too. Officially am dx'd with mild GERD, PVC's and IBS. There are alot of recent posts on the anxiety board that you might find interesting- one has all sorts of anxiety symptoms in it (and guess what, our symptoms are there) and another couple have to do with hypochondria. Are you being treated for your panic attacks and depression? Yes, it does suck having to live this way.

Sami

Scrappyjrt
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   Posted 7/2/2006 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
 Yes these are all complications from GERD. I am on 120mgs a day of Protonix.When that drug starts to give me side effects I can't tolerate,he switches me to another PPI. My esophagus is scarred from all the puking I have done my whole life. Yes,it does feel like you have cardiac issues.Have you asked you Dr. about the GI cocktail? It is vile tasting,but gives relief a lot longer than the stuff you get at the drugstore. It has lidocaine,Donnatal and Mylanta in it. You are not a hypochondriac. I thought I was,too. And I have gut problems from the throat to the butt. They all have different names for each disease. I can't take any real strong pain meds by mouth,they send me into a puking frenzy,sometimes lasting over 12 hours. I just got a very strong anti nausea drug called  Zofran. It is for chemo patients. The problem is keeping it down long enough to work. Don't give up and start complaining to your Dr. if you feel you are not getting the correct treatments,find another Dr.  I hope this helps you a little.   Best wishes,Scrappyjrt

Joan M
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   Posted 7/2/2006 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sami-Jo...please tell me what is a pvc? Does it have something to do with the heart? I also have IBS. Currently I have a bleeding ulcer as well as the old GERD.

sami-jo
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   Posted 7/3/2006 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joan,

Yes, a PVC is short for premature ventricular contraction. They feel like your hear kind of skips a beat and then beats hard on the next beat. I have also heard them called "early beats" or ectopic beats. I'm told that everyone has them, but some of us have more than others and also notice them more. They also seem to be pretty common with anxiety sufferers.

Did you get IBS after GERD? Just wondering as I never had IBS until after I took GERD medicines- then I started to have problems every day. Stopped taking GERD medicines but IBS symptoms persisit. Wonder if they could change something in your digestive process permanently?

Sami

bekster
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   Posted 7/3/2006 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
willjones, work hard at keeping your GERD under control and your panic attacks will decrease in ocurrence and intensity. I know because I had them when my GERD was at its worst. Do you exercise each day? The attacks are worse at night, but exercise helped me sleep. Also, it may be you are taking the wrong PPI. You may need to switch to a better one. Finally, have you radically changed your diet? This might go a long way in controlling the palpitations, anxiety, sleepness, and weird feelings that come with these attacks. I don't know what else are you doing to control the anxiety, but I know antidepressants, in my case, worsened my symptoms and I ended up using the approaches above to eventually gain the upper hand. It took me three months, but please don't get depressed, I am telling you so you know it takes a bit of time but if you do these things you will start feeling progressively better. You are NOT a hypochondriac.

Joan M
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   Posted 7/4/2006 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sami I had IBS first. They said it was grieving but then again they wanted me to practically live on all-bran. I had a siegmoscopy then and my GI guy was really out of it. I went to see him again and he told me he expected me to thank him for his good advice. Go ahead and drive for about an hour and pay $10 to tell the A-HOLE how wonderful he is.

Now taking zelnorm twice a day and konstyle (a tablespoon once a day) and it's under control.

The GERD came later. My GI guy is more down to earth here.

Kombu
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   Posted 7/13/2006 4:00 AM (GMT -6)   
When I first experienced GERD I ended up in the emergency a bunch of times with heart/panic attack symptoms. I had a kind of revelation when I realized I have the power to prove to myself that my chest pain and panic attack are NOT heart-related. Here's how:

As soon as you get your chest pain and start to feel panicky, just drop down and do some pushups (maybe half the amount you can do when healthy). If you can do them at all, then you aren't having a heart attack. It worked for me and now I only have GERD to deal with -- no more panic attacks and no more burdening the medical system with needless emergency room visits. Yay! :)

ScreamingMeemies
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   Posted 9/25/2006 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hrmmm . . . sounds familiar . . . until last week the health was ok, and then I began to get asthma-like symptoms (hard to make a full breath), and then came the panic attacks.  I think I have something like GERD, but the heartburn isn't severe, and I don't get acid in the mouth or upper throat much at all. 
 
The panic thing is bizarre, though.  It cycles.  If I don't try to do anything about it, then it will cycle about every 3 or 4 minutes.  I'll feel like I'm about to come apart, yet my heart isn't racing.  The heart, in fact, acts as if there's nothing going on.  Yet there's a serious body buzz, ringing of the ears, and edginess.  It gets worse toward evening, when I start to get tired, and after I've been sitting for a while.  And, of course, it gets the stomach going, and the belching comes . . . and of course when it's at its worst I start getting paranoid about Barrett's and cancer and the whole nine yards.
 
I've started treatment--five days ago.  It's Prilosec and diet mod.  I've elevated the bed, probably not enough, and I've started forcing myself to sleep on my left side.  The left side thing is an immense help.  I'm hoping it's all GERD, as any separate illness could get lost in the vastness of GERD symptomography.

ttwarrior1
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   Posted 9/25/2006 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
could you have an ear infection? I have headache, slight dizziness and woke up with gerd all at the same time. My left ear also rings

Chartreux
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   Posted 9/26/2006 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Kinds seems like GERD and Asthma along with Eczema go hand and hand. Not to scare ya but it could be both the gerd and asthma acting up together ask your doctor.
devil
Take care and get better soon!!!!
You could try a zantac and if it helps, you could let the doctor know.
Zantac is available without a script.
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