Newbie - In need of reassurance

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greeneyed girl
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 11/5/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I am a new member, and this is my first post.  I'm 28, and I'm pretty sure I have GERD, but I will be completely sure after I have my endoscopy with Bravo this Thursday.  I wanted to share my story, and the anxieties that I am feeling about this.  Compared to some, my road to this point hasn't been that long, but it's been frustrating none the less.  It started in May of this year, around the same time I started a very stressful new job, and was having lots of stress and anxiety.  I felt this awful lump in my throat and lots of post nasal drip and that tight heaviness in my chest.  Then my stomach started feeling weird, and I got chest pains, and I thought I must have and ulcer and one day, I got really panicky and went to the urgent care.  They did the EKG's, Xrays, and everything was normal.  They said my stomach was probably just inflamed and gave me aciphex, which helped the chest and stomach pain, but the awful lump in my throat, the congestion, and the scratchiness never went away.  Some days it was so bad, I would panic and think I was having an asthma attack, but the doctors told me I didnt have asthma.  My regular doc gave me bunches of allergy meds that didn't work, then I went to an ENT and had allergy testing, which was all negative and that was when he told me it was GERD.  He put me on 40 mg protonix, and told me to give it 3 months, and to stop eating all the trigger foods.  I cut it all out, and started writing everything I ate down and how I felt.  I gave it 9 weeks, but it seemed to get worse, not better.  My regular doc said I should have noticed a difference by then, so he told me to try combining it with Nexium.  Taking both of them made me feel almost drunk.  I felt dizzy, and spaced out, so I stopped with the Nexium and went back to the protonix alone.  He also tested me for the h-pylori which was negative.  I'd started having the actual heartburn again, a bad sour taste, and chest pain, even after the blandest thing I ate, and a couple weeks ago, after a sleepless night of heartburn pain, my regular doc got me a referral to the GI doc.  I saw him 2 weeks ago for my introductory consultation, and he recommended the endoscopy and Bravo that I will have this week.  I have anxiety, and I am so scared of this procedure, and of what he will find.  I feel like I already have a lump in my throat and chest tightness, is it going to be even harder to breathe and eat with a Bravo thing attached to my esophogus?!?  Will it hurt?  I need some reassurance and does anyone else have this awful congestion in their chest and throat?  Thank you.

outtllaw
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 69
   Posted 11/5/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome greeneyed girl. I have done the endoscope procedure twice, once with sedation and once without. From what i have experienced doing the endoscope procedure it not too bad at all. They will sedate u unless u ask them not to. After the endoscope procedure u wont remember a thing because u will be a sleeping during the 5min it takes to do the procedure. As for the 24hr ph test, to me that was the worst. They will first test how strong your esophagus mobility is by inserting a tube through your nose, and down your esophagus while u swallow water. Then they will attach the bravo to your esophagus and give u a portable monitor to monitor your ph and reflux episodes. I hope this little info help calm your fears.

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 11/5/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello there greeneyed girl. I am sorry I haven't got back to you sooner, but I see you have been put in good hands with outlaws information!!!

So, I will just say welcome to healingwell!

Feel free to read old posts, and post new questions if you feel the need. Make yourself at home here...please, don't hesitate to ask anything, or answer others if you feel you can help!

Great to have you, and relax. We will help you get through this tough time!

Again, welcome aboard!
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greeneyed girl
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 11/6/2007 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Tammy and outlaw, thank you both for your responses.  I'm glad I found this board, because I don't know anyone else who has dealt with GERD before and it's good to feel like I'm not alone.  I've been reading lots of old posts and it's been very informative and eye-opening. 

I do know that they will be sedating me for the endoscopy and bravo ph this week.  I don't think I could handle being awake.  I'm just really scared, and I know my anxiety can make me a very bad patient.  outlaw, did you or anyone have trouble eating, swallowing, or breathing with the bravo in your esophogus?  Did you know when it fell off and went thru your system?

Thanks 


TammyGrl0528
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 11/6/2007 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Hi there greeneyed girl.  Go to the above link, I think you will find some pretty useful information there.  Check it out.  I seen some of the questions you were asking being answered.  Hope this helps.
 
I am glad you are here for support and help.  This is a great place for information and such, and I hope you stick around.
 
Please do update us on how your procedure goes, and let me know if I can do anything for you.
 
WIshing you the best!
tongue
 
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 Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Attacks.
 Clickable Link that may be of interest to some...as I find I often like to check drug interactions...Drug Interactions
 
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Vangelicmonk
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 11/7/2007 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Greeneyed Girl,

I used to have that lump in my throat feeling too when GERD first hit me. I don't get that at all anymore. Let me tell you how I overcame it.

GERD hit me pretty hard two years ago. However, I have delt with it quite well with a combination of herbal medication, diet, and just paying attention to what impacts my body.

For me I take enzymes, candida rrd pills, and a probiotic as my main mainstay that helped me get rid of GERD. Now I rarely have anything except for an occassional small heartburn. That is even occassional when I drink coffee or have spicy food.

Let me tell you straight out doctors do not know everything. Prilosec or Nexium only deals with the symptoms and not the cause of GERD (there are even studies that show these drugs hurt people over the long run). After reading so much about what really causes GERD I have come to a conclusion it is a many things. It is the Western Diet that is more acidic than alkaline. It is the fact that we treat our foods with antibotics which helps to kill the good bacteria on our intestine and causes fungus overgrowth in our intestine, we do not chew our food well, we eat a lot of protien (which wears out our enzymes that helps break down food), along with our huge carb and surgar intake (which helps feed the fugus overgrowth).

Let me just say we are damaging our bodies with this. Therefore, there is no one pill quick cure. It takes time to heal from anything because over time (with those habits) we have hurt our body. Only now our body is saying "ENOUGH!" do something. That means doing some alternative therapy research on this (don't take my word for it) and allowing the herbal treatment time to help. It doesn't happen over night. In the west we want INSTANT gratification and relief, but that isn't necessarily a cure.

I hope that helps.

-Ted.
 
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Please refrain from multiple postings of the same answer over and over again.  Thank you.

Post Edited By Moderator (TammyGrl0528) : 11/8/2007 9:13:15 AM (GMT-7)

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