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.