Acid indigestion, chest pain, anxiety attacks

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/19/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   

I am a 30 y.o. male from London, UK. For quite some considerable time I have been suffering from acute, intense acid reflux and indigestion which brings with it a host of other symptoms.

The day normally begins with me waking to a tight acidy feeling in my chest - what I can only describe as someone tugging on my food pipe from inside. When I stand up right, although apparent and aware, I can feel the tightness run up and down my middle. Its when I move about, like to bend over to pick something up off the floor, that the 'pressure' feeling becomes too alarming and unbearable, so I result to having to kneel down to floor level. Sitting on the floor to play with my two children is totally out of the question!

Eating breakfast usually consists of cereal, yogurt and fruit. I drink mostly milk throughout the day as my stomach can not tolerate drinking water alone! During most of the day I am conscious of a sharp, intense and 'protruding-like' pain in the upper left chest area. It comes on in waves and when it does, I go through a series of anxiety attacks. The pain radiates to my left shoulder and upper back. I have a sour taste in my mouth, which comes with the indigestion. I am constantly bringing up wind, mostly with small amounts of bile and undigested foods. My stools are solid, no undigested foods, but are mucusy. I eat healthily with at least 4 different fruits and veg's a day. Yet, I am slightly constipated. My bowl movements are not regular and I can go up to 3 days without having passed stools. When I do, it is painful. Every evening, from about 4pm onwards, I begin feeling a heavy sensation run through me starting from my shoulders down to my lower-abdo. this brings on heavy bouts of tiredness and fatigue.

This is the routine of my life, everyday. The good news is that I am at last able to control the daily anxiety attacks. Oh yayy! I am receiving counseling for, what my doctor describes as, 'stress related illness'. I can not count how many times I have been to see my GP over the last 3 years alone. I have been prescribed countless meds including beta-blockers and acid represents such as Nexium, Lansoprazole, Naproxen and Sucralfate. All of which I have taken for 3-4 months at a time, as prescribed, but only ends up bringing on severe stomach cramps and sickness. I have resulted to taking Gaviscon acid soother liquid every time I feel indigestion come on, along with 2-3 Zantac (Ranitidine) tablets. This is not only proving expensive, but I am not even sure if any of this actually does anything otherwise I wouldn't be using so much so often. I have also had 2 endoscopy's - the latest diagnosing I have swelling in the duodenum, which is consistent with a constant feeling like my stomach is tender, sore and inflamed. I have had various blood tests, ultra sounds and xrays. All of which have proven to be 'normal'. But, gee, what's normal right???!

So there you go! Work that one out if you can! Would appreciate any advice, recommendations and tips :-)

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 3/20/2007 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   

I have no advice - sorry - but I will say a prayer or two for you. I'm sorry you are having such a rough time and hope you soon find something that works for you.


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   Posted 3/22/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear UK,

I have the same prohlem.


Go for a check up just in case..

lucky irish
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   Posted 3/23/2007 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
 hi there uk this is rory from ireland im going through the same thing as you and its not funny at all infact i would say it ruining my life, but ater two years of my doctor just beleiving it was stress i decided to change doctor, and boy am i glad this new doc actually cares and says he wont stop untill he gets to the bottom of it. iv had an endosomy done and and it looks allright, so my next step is the 24 hour ph test that should shed some light as to how inafective the ppis are for some people my username is luckyirish if you want to leave me a mes. best of luck.

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   Posted 3/23/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
In the title of your post you mentioned anxiety attacks. Are you being treated for anxiety? I'll tell you my recent may or may not be applicable to your situation.

I was diagnosed with GERD a couple years ago. Was on Nexium for a while, but the insurance got stingy and had to switch to Prevacid. Neither worked 100 percent. I'd always supplement them with Maalox, Pepto Bismol, whatever. It could get quite uncomfortable to say the least.

All the while, I had worse stomach problems than that. I'd bloat and get nauseated...this had been going on for years. Some doctors thought it was GERD, but finally I got a diagnosis that my bloating/nausea was "atypical panic attacks". I didn't get treatment for that until recently.

A couple weeks ago I decided that the Prevacid might have been causing me some side effects over the years and I stopped taking it. GERD, of course, got MUCH worse. I controlled it the best I could with diet, antacids, etc. It was basically an experiment to see if I could isolate some side effects. Meanwhile...

Almost four weeks ago I was prescribed Klonopin for Anxiety/Panic Disorder. Fearing medicine, I had it for quite some time before I finally got the nerve to take it on Sunday. So far (knock on wood) it has worked MIRACLES. The one thing that I never would've expected is that my GERD symptoms are nearly gone! I quit Prevacid a little more than a week ago, yet the GERD symptoms all but disappear. Quite a pleasant surprise. It still flares up now and then but it's nothing major and a single maalox tablet will pretty much take care of it.

So if you're not being treated for anxiety, it's something you can consider. What happened to me may have been something of a miracle and your mileage may vary, but it's worth a shot!

Last night I ate Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner. Normally that's a KILLER, but it did not affect me hardly at all. I think I may have taken a maalox but I don't remember for sure. The GERD is still there but it's infinitely more manageable. Today I haven't decided whether I'll eat a hamburger, pizza, or maybe some awful fast food like Taco Bell. I've learned not to like those types of foods (except pizza and GOOD burgers), but I'm just interested to see how I'll react to them.

Anyway, good luck to you.

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   Posted 5/12/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer with same symptoms and im sick of it!
Post edited:
I took out your email address.  Please put it in your profile if you would like HEALINGWELL members to contact you personally.
Please stick with us, and keep posting!

Post Edited By Moderator (TammyGrl0528) : 5/13/2008 2:04:47 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/13/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
telboy, I wanted to give you a warm welcome, and let you know that I edited your post to remove your email address. We don't advise anyone to put their email addresses in posts, as you are likely to get much unwanted email that way. If you'd like healingwell members to contact you, please put your email address in your profile.

Please do read old posts here, they hold so much information, and many of the answers that you might be seeking. Also, feel free to post any questions you might have.

I am glad you are with us, and do hope you stick with us!

WIshing you all the best.
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   Posted 7/22/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
This was a reply to KEYT0072, I have just read and re read your post and cannot believe someone is going through the same thing as me! I am at my wits end, I really am! I have weird indigestion practically 24 hours a day for the past three years and have the weird thing in my left arm too with chest pain. I become very anxious when I get this, which is nearly every day. I was so upset about it I demanded that my doc send me to a cardiologist, all problems were ruled out and it was said that it was just anxiety. I have tried all ant acids, all medication and nothing has worked. I really do understand what you are going through. My partner came to the docs with me and suggested I see a gastroenterologist. I really need some answers, ssometimes I want them to find something just so I can give it a name and get it treated!
Any luck with you?

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   


You've found a safe, caring , and reliable support community for people battling GERD & Heartburn. We have many members here who will be glad to lend an ear, offer information, and provide support for people who need it.

KEYT0072 only posted the one time back in March, sorry.  But I am glad that you were helped by reading the post.

Also I think your partner is right, you need to be evaluated by and ENT physician.  Please keep posting as you will find many  warm and caring members here in the forum.

Welcome aboard.




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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problem...exactly a carbon copy of my conditions.. im still 23... and gastric problems, strong pulse, anxiety attack...i dunno how to solve this.. please help. chest pain follows..due to indigestion.. burping makes things better but only for a short time.

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   Posted 6/19/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Martin,

Welcome to HealingWell.  I am so glad you found us.  If you would like to start a thread of your own, please do so as it will give the members a chance to meet you and to reply to any questions or issues you may have.

Again a warm welcome.



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