New here please help on determining if GERD can cause my symptoms

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Spartanspirit
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   Posted 9/27/2007 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>Hello,

<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>my name is John and I'm a pretty fit 35 years old male.

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<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>I'm currently experiencing a second severe episode of GERD (I think) and I suffer from anxiety disorder due to watchin my mom passing away.

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<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>My question is this GERD and can it cause these symptoms..

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<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>I put my body under a lot of physical stress for the last two weeks and got a cold the last few days (for some reason I though I was going to die from this).

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<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>Then last Saturday I consumed a slight amount of hard liquor which burned my stomach.

<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>A day later, I started getting lotsa gas and more frequent bowel movements.

<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>I also started to get dizzy spells and heart burn.

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<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>For the last two nights I have been waking up around 3am with discomfort on the right side of my stomach (just below the rib cage)

<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>This was accompanied with tingling/ burning/ heavy feeling on my hands and feet.

<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>Then I experienced a slight panic attack (mainly because I went through this a year ago and just don't want to go through this again)

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<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>Can GERD cause all of this? My doc said that my body is extremely sensitive and he prescribed Aciphex, some Xanax when needed and exercise.

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<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>I experienced all of these symptoms a year ago and they were very severe compared to this time but over time I healed by using Aciphex and running 30 minutes everyday. I also had a upper endoscopy which revealed nothing (thank God!).

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<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>Please give me some inputs because I don't understand what is going on and I'm scared. I appreciate your help

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<SPAN class=040242416-27092007>John

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 9/27/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey John, and welcome to healingwell! First I want to say I am sorry you had to watch your Mom pass away, I am sure that was a tough experience on you!


In my experience, I would say Yes, GERD can cause those symptoms, and anxiety can too. It could be a combo of both, in my opinion.

How often do you take the Aciphex, and the Xanax, and how do they work? Have you expressed your most recent concerns to your doctor?

I wouldn't be scared if I were you. Relax, wait for some more responses, browse through old posts, and make yourself at home here. I hope others will be along soon with some more opinions for you.

Again, welcome to healingwell!!!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


Spartanspirit
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   Posted 9/27/2007 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you!
 
The Xanax really helps with the anxiety and the Aciphex has a slow good healing effect.
 
I guess it must be a combination of both.  I just get scared because I think I keep thinking I have a serious condition.  But I guess GERD happens at times and can be a lifetime issue.
 
So as long as I don't have extreme symptoms such as diarreah, vomitting, blood or such I'm ok?
 
Plus the doc did a stomach inspection by applying pressure so that is ok right?

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 9/27/2007 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello again! First of all, that is good that your meds seem to be helping you out. I am confident that it is a combination of both. Thinking you have a serious condition may also have to do with the anxiety as well, as I suffer from anxiety, and often wonder if I have a chronic or terminal disease!!!

I would say not to worry so long as your symptoms don't seem to get worse. If ever in fear, call your doctor, and if your meds seem to lose their effect, then of course, call your doctor.

It is common for the doctor to press on your stomach and see what you are feeling. Did he do anything else though?

Again, feel free to look at old posts, they hold tons of answers, and if you are feeling unsure about any of your symptoms, it would never hurt to call your doctor. I hope you stick with us here, and get some answers to all your questions. Feel free to post anytime!!!

Best wishes to you.

Tammy
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


Spartanspirit
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   Posted 9/27/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Tammy for your kind a supporting words. I feel better now not sure if it's because of the Xanax oh well.

No the doctor didn't do anything else I guess since that I didn't feel any pain.

take care!

mammaMia
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   Posted 9/27/2007 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I am new here as well. Spartanspirit sorry to hear about your mother. I have read through many old post and all seems so right on with GERD. Looks like we all have many, many of the same effects going on. I also, as many others in here get anxiety. I also have a hiatal hernia and get the heart pounding or skipping beats . Anxiety can cause that and also my DR said GERD and the hernia thing as well. All the pressure. But had another DR that told me it can`t. Will stick with the one thats said it can. But test show all is well with my heart. Also with me some of the meds give me diarreah, as well as good old anxiety attacks. Is amazing what anxiety/panic attacks can do to one. Also the GERD does not help as it has just added to it. Many that have GERD will also have anxiety too.

By reading Tammy`s post to you listen to her she has very good advice. She is right read through some of the old post they are so helpful. I know they have helped me and know you are not alone out there.

Best of luck

Spartanspirit
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   Posted 9/28/2007 1:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, this means so much to me because I really thought I was the only one going through this kind of thing. sad

Right now I'm working hard not to let it control me. I feel the dizziness mainly when my stomach produces acid especially when my stomach is needing food. Then I have to eat something..

So I'm doing a running of 30 minutes now everyday as my old DR advised.


Again thank you all!

mammaMia
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   Posted 9/28/2007 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, alot of us thought we were the only ones going through this. Is amazing to see all the people that feel the same way. I was happy I must say when I found this site and all the post. Plus others that would understand and share as well. To know I am not alone out there is great.

Is hard to not to let it control you, that I do know. Seems it starts out with one thing and then all the rest just follows in line.

I get the dizziness as well. I do have to be careful on what I eat and only eat small amounts at a time. Sometimes I don`t even get hungry for I feel full. But know I still have to eat something. That is hard to do as well.

Good to hear you are out running. When I 1st started out with all this the anxiety took over and the panic. Then I got were I did not want to go out any place for fear I would have them in public. That was the worsed. So stayed in for a long time. I knew I had to do something and with working on it I was finally able to slowly get out. Now I am doing well with it. I still have times were I feel like I am going to panic out in public but am able now to get a handle on it all. So I am out doing brisk walks. I do this for 30 to 40 min each day. When I 1st started I was less then happy about it all. But now look forward to it and it has become a huge part of my life. Also doing yoga which has really helped.

Good luck on your running. Take care.

Mia

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 9/28/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to add that when I am hungry, I too have the feeling of dizziness. I think it is my body's way of saying...HELLO, FEED ME. So, that is not abnormal, at least in my experience. I think you are going to be fine hun, and you definately came to a great place to get help and support.

BeSt WiShEs!!!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy

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