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pityu98
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   Posted 1/15/2004 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
finally gave in and had an endoscopy done. digestive system suggested as cause of angina-like pain i've been having. study showed i have a small hiatal hernia plus some acid reflux damage. question is that i don't get heartburn, no matter what i eat. just get some shortness of breath, but that too could be from other problems. so what's next? do i give up everything i like or just keep eating?
linda


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   Posted 1/15/2004 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linda-I, like you have had angina pains that no one can tell what they are caused from due to the fact that I have unstable angina, along with heart disease, asthma and now GERD! I was diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia, reflux and now Barrett's after barium swallow and then endoscopy. Shortness of breath is difficult to tell where it's coming from, I agree and I, too had in the past maybe a few episodes of heart burn, or the like after eating too much, or something didn't 'agree' with me, but basically no symptoms til I started getting the bile in the throat and canker sores to boot-got woke up in the middle of the night with severe chest 'crushing' pain, hard to breathe, and pain shooting into my neck and left arm-ambulance was called and had catherization and the works-they're still not 100% sure what caused that, but are leaning towards the GERD. Basically, each person is a bit different to their reactions to food-you need to take note of what is bothering you, caffeine, peppermint, onions, etc. and eliminate from your diet. Also, elavating the head of your bed can be beneficial. I wish I had known all this at an earlier time, so I wouldn't find myself in the position I am in now-though not cancer-I have to go in for frequent check ups for this now, along with all the other health problems. So please take care of yourself! Check out info on this site to get more info. Teri

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   Posted 1/15/2004 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Also, Linda, what medications/dosages are you on for this? Did your Dr. give you any suggestions as far as foods? I adore Italian foods, but now have to watch eating anything with Tomatoes in it as that seems to be causing me problems. I take Prevacid 30 mg. 2x's a day and I don't think that'll change anytime soon. : )

pityu98
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   Posted 1/15/2004 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
what a relief to learn that i am not alone in this confusion! yes, had bad angina and was hospitalized twice for it. they did stress test (i flunked) and then did cath, but only 50% block in "minor artery" discovered. but do have PAD and 80% block in left internal illiac artery, but other side is picking up the slack at the moment. have pending tests for pulmonologist. meds are: prevacid 1x30mg, effexor 2x75mg; carbitrol (for temporal lobe epilepsy) 2x300mg; trazodone 1x100mg; isosorbide mono. er 1x30mg; enalapril (vasotec) 2x5mg. quite a c***tail! also a trick balancing all the "specialists" and checking all meds for interaction and/or side effects. yes, got something from my gut doc. after i pressed them, about care and feeding of the hiatal hernia. did you keep a diary of what foods bothered you or do you avoid any that may possibly upset you? i, too, have had heartburn very very rarely.. i.e. hardly ever.
linda


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   Posted 1/15/2004 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Linda,
I basically continued my regular lo fat, lo chol., lo salt diet and after I ate and esp. now when I go to bed and notice more 'queer' feelings, esp. in chest, I keep a mental note of what I ate and then try to avoid it. Also, ask your Dr. about taking nitro?-do you take it now for angina?-mine told me when this comes up to take it, as it may help no matter what is causing the chest discomfort and better to be 'safe than sorry'. I, too have a "balancing" act going on in between Dr.'s and specialists and med.'s. : ) I just hope my brain doesn't go next-lol-or I'll really be in trouble!-though sometimes that's in question, too. Write me anytime-it always helps to have someone to 'complain/or vent' to. Teri

pityu98
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   Posted 1/15/2004 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
nitro and i are old friends. it does help for pain. haven't tried it for shortness of breath. have you? brain stuff is almost easy compared to cardiologists and stomach stuff. have been treated for temporal lobe epilepsy for over 20 years. got temporal lobe damage several years ago from a bad concussion. of course, that was before they understood what was going on. being on carbitrol (antiseizure med) taught me to check and recheck meds and interactions, as level will either be raised or lowered by so many.
linda


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   Posted 1/16/2004 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
My brother-in-law was hit by a van while on a motorcycle (no helmut) and he now has suffered with somewhat the same as you-and will be on med.'s for life with that. So I do have some (tho small) knowledge of that. Sorry to hear that you have had to deal with that along with the other stuff. Yes, I take Nito for anything that can be angina related-the cardiologist that I see has told me not to take chances as I do have problems with unstable angina. So chest tightening/pain, or SOB I take it. They have also suggested that this chest 'thing' could be caused by esophageal spasms and that can be helped with nitro as well. BUT, you must follow the nitro protocol take 1 every 5 min. x 3, if pain/pressure, etc. continue get to ER. Don't fool around with any chest pain! I sure hope this helps somewhat, Linda. Take care and keep me posted! Teri

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   Posted 1/20/2004 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
birden57, Hi and welcome!
That's a shame that'll you'll have to switch medications, especially since it was helping you, but I have heard from others that the OTC Prilosec has really helped them, too. (my son takes it.) Hope this helps. Teri

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   Posted 1/21/2004 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Birden57-Yes, I was actually on the Rantidine myself in the beginning and it really helped-I was surprised that they took me off of it and put me on something else, but I guess at the time they were already suspecting something else was going on with me. I sure hope this helps you! Take care of yourself. Teri

SassyTart
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   Posted 2/17/2004 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am new here, but I am hoping to learn from you by coming here.

Can someone describe this angina-like pain you're speaking of?

I have had 2 intense episodes of sharp, stabbing, shooting pain in my chest that is pretty raging when I take deep breaths in. I am confused what heartburn is supposed to feel like. This is not burning. It is also off to the left of my chest. I have had an EKG, chest x-rays, and blood work - nothing. Can heartburn feel like a heart attack? How long does it last?

Thank you!

pityu98
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   Posted 2/17/2004 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
the pain is different for everyone. mine was on the left side of my chest beating and overpowering. couldn't move or talk for a while. have since gone to a gastro doc and pulmonologist to get to the root of this trouble. getting a lot of info. the overinflation is sometimes associated with emphysema. i have a bit of it, but testing negative for the disease. also have gerd from a hiatal hernia, but no heartburn. you could try grabbing a tums or something like that to see if it helps. it's a long road to finding out what is going on. had a cardiac cath, and i do have a small (75%) blockage in a minor vessel, but probably not causing the severe pain i had. so they're looking into other possible causes. good luck with your search.
linda

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