First of all, thank God I came across this wonderful forum. It is nice to see how people help each other here.
Now, my mysterious case (well, maybe not mysterious anymore). Everything started back 4 months ago when I noticed very unusual chest discomfort that was painful at times. Rushed to doctor who put me on antibiotics (after chest X-Ray showed what was thought to be Pneumonia) right away which I used for 10 days. That did not help and since this chest pain was too scary I decided to do chest CT (it showed something on my lungs which could be anything from old scar to something new that needs to be monitored). Did in fact 2 CTs with 6 weeks between them and images seem to be identical (which is good news - will do another one in 6 months). I was also recommended to see a TB specialist since scars on my lungs could be easily TB scars. TB specialist, after looking at CT, told me right away that this was a typical case of dormant (inactive) TB - got tested for TB and no active TB was found. TB specialist put me on a 4 months treatment with anti-biotics (Rifamate) which is supposed to help with inactive TB becoming active ever again.
All above really scared me and my symptoms worsened - could not eat or sleep at all - I was convinced that something terribly is going on with me. Then I sought medical help again and my PCP put me on two medications: a) Trazodone (sedative and anti-depressant) which should help with sleep b) Clonazepam (which should help with anxiety). I have noticed significant improvements soon after I started using Trazodone and Clonazepam. But, still chest pain was coming and going and I had no idea why. At least I was sleeping and eating better.
Then, my PCP recommended I do Upper GI fluoroscopy (barium swallow) and guess what. Report came back and I was told I have ACID REFLUX. Then I went to see specialist right away who told can't say much before an endoscopy (EDG) is performed. Did it last week and pictures showed three things: a) esophagus inflammation (originally Barrett's suspected, but biopsy results showed no Barrett's), b) gastritis c) small hiatal hernia. Too many new terms to learn about (most of you on this forum are familiar with these terms I guess).
Now few questions: Can GERD be this painful? At times, my chest pain is almost unbearable - sometime feel discomfort like something being stack in the middle of my chest (could food get stack in esophagus??), sometime pain in middle of chest that often spreads upwards toward shoulders area. Sometimes dull, sometime sharp, sometimes dull pain. Can't even often describe it.
I am on Prevacid (one pill a day - 30mg) which does not seem to be helping me much, Rifamate (600mg dormant TB antibiotic), Trazodone (50mg pill before sleep), Clonazepam (one pill 0.5mg before sleep).
I feel very tired at times. Can GERD make me tired? Or, I get tired from these medicines? Or, because of something else.
I definitely want to try some of the natural remedies like DGL licorice. Is it OK to try it our while on Prevacid?
Any input is greatly appreciated. Many, many thanks to all.