Posted 4/26/2007 3:56 PM (GMT -6)
Hello, I am new to this forum. But in the time that I have found it, I have read so much great information.
Here it goes, I dont think I have been able to completely tell this story to anyone who could make heads or tails of it, including Doctors.....I have had been living a nightmare for about a year now. At first, I thought I had lung cancer since I was a smoker for nearly 15 years. I was having sharp shooting pains across my chest and right below my sternum. Sometimes eminating to my shoulders. That was my first symptoms. It caused me to sweat a lot and the anxiety of it was driving me crazy. I was all over the internet and webmd trying to figure out if I had Lung Cancer or not. I was terrified.
I am going to rewind just a bit and go back about 2 months prior to the first symptoms above. I was sitting at work and had a HUGE case of hearburn. And I mean huge, I had to stop working and bend over and my face turned beet red until it subsided. After that no other symptoms occured until the shooting chest pains months later.
Soon after the chest pains started, I went to the ER to get checked out. They did the usual Chest Pain MO (Chest x-ray, EKG etc...) All were negative. The doctor pressed on my chest hard enough to make a small amount of discomfort and asked me if it hurt. I said a bit, and he diagnosed me with Costocondritus. I then went to my primary doctor and she did the same and came out with either GERD or Costocondritus. She decided to prescribe me 800 mg Ibprofen 4 times a day. I did this for about 2 to 3 weeks with no relief. I noticed that smoking made the chest pain much much worse and more frequent. I still couldnt believe that I didnt have cancer or some lung disease so I QUIT SMOKING COLD TURKEY. (The ONLY good thing to come out of all of this lol) I have been smoke free since September 15th of 2006=)
Ok, so since I started to realize by endless research how bad Ibprofen was for my stomach and how it could cause ulcers I stopped taking them and started asking my PP about possible Ulcers or Gastric problems. (she didnt get back to me for a week) and then she told me that I should take Prilosec OTC and see how it goes. I did, but at the same time I switched to a better Doctor lol.
The prilosec did not help, but my symptoms seem to change. I stopped having the sharp shooting pains in my chest, and it became more of a nawing pain, with periods of bloating, and a terrible amount of gas. I started seeing a GI doctor. When I came to his office I was sweating and in my usual amount of pain. He had me do an MRI, CT Scan, and Ultra Sound to relieve my cancer axiety. It worked lol. I dont have cancer. But the pain is still there. He did an endoscopy and found two very small ulcers in the upper part of my stomach and a small amount of esophagitus. He still has not completely diagnosed my. When I see him he sort of dances around the question of what is my diagnosis with words like GERD, Non Ulcerative ERD, and Esophagitus. But has never acutally told me "You have GERD".
The endoscopy test came up negative for cancer and H. Pylori. A stool test has come up negative for H. Pylori. Byt the way, during this year of pain I have noticed that my stool has constistantly and regularly been dark grayish/green in color. Especially when it is a bad chest and stomach pain day. Thats way I made him do a stool test. Again all negative.
I am convinced that this is bacterial btw. When this all first started, before I switched PPs I ttok the left overs of a bottle of anti-biotics. There were only 7 pills in the jar but I took one a day for 7 days. After the first day of taking just one Omoxicillin pill I felt NO PAIN. Then for two weeks the pain was gone. And then....it came back.
I still believe that I have a bacterial infection somewhere. I am getting a second GI opinion set for May 29th. I also have a Urea Breath test set up for the 11th.
Thoughts? Comments? ALL are appreciated. Currently my GI doctor has me on 2 Nexium per day by the way. I have been on PPIs for about 8 months now. I still feel horrible for the most part.
All comments on my story are MUCH apprecited!
Thank you all in advance.