Hi everyone. I'm a 30 yr old female. Quit smoking 2 months ago. Exercise rarely. Slightly overweight from anxiety medication. 10 years ago I was in the ER for dehydration and anxiety. I started getting panic attacks that was misdiagnosed for 6 months until I started getting stomach pains and a stomach doctor told me what I was experiencing. Gave me the name of a psychiatrist, put me on Buspar(1 year - gained 60lbs), Zoloft(200mg until I was able to lower the dosage a year later to 100mg) and Xanax(.5mg up to 3x/day). I only took Xanax when I needed it. Which was once a week if any at all. Since then, I had stomach pains that was said to be gastritis, IBS and acid reflux. Was not put on anything. Had an endoscopy and they found a hiatal hernia. I started seeing a natural doctor and was able to heal myself from the pains and was even able to lower my Zoloft to 25mgs over the next few years. In 2007 I got married and switched hospitals to one that is highly acclaimed and top 100 in the world. I had a hydascan done last at my previous hospital. When I called the next day, some girl answering the phones told me to the ER because my gallbladder needed tO be removed which scared the crap out of me. The hubby said to go to the ER at his hospital for a 2nd opinion. My doctor refused to hand over the test results until the following day so they admitted me until the paperwork was faxed the next afternoon. Gallbladder needed to come out. So I had it removed. The pains from the gallbladder went away but not the other pains. I established a primary doctor and stomach doctor at the new hospital. Had another endoscopy, this time there was no hiatal hernia just some reflux. Was put on 20mg Nexium and it went away. June 2011, I was able to get off all meds. I was fine for the following 4 months. In October, I got an upper respiratory infection which caused me to have anxiety. Stomach pains, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, tight throat, feeling like I'm going to die or have a heart attack. 2 months of dealing with this, I was referred to an allergist who automatically said I was plugged up and I was having post nasal drip that can cause throat tightness. I was given a pulmonary test and was given Albuterol for asthma symptoms and to take the inhaler when I had wheezing or cheat tightness. Because Albuterol gave me heart palpitations and jitters, they switched me to Xopenex. I am now on Fluticasone Nasal Spray once a day, Pantanase 2x a day, Zyrtec every night, sinus nasal rinse 2x a day, saline nasal gel for dryness. Not to mention I am back on Zoloft and Xanax for what is now Generalized Anxiety Disorder. And I am on Nexium 2-40mgs a day (80mg). I am scared every day from all my symptoms/sensations. I have head pressure (by the ears, in the front, in the back or all over and mainly happens when standing), face numbness, chest pain (middle & left sided), chest tightness, throat tightness, burning in throat (sides of throat hurt when swallowing - comes and goes), mid upper abdomen and stomach pressure/pain, heavy beating of the heart that I feel in the chest as well as the stomach, difficulty breathing and a whooshing feeling inside that lasts for a second and comes and goes).
Been to the ER 3 times in the past 2 months. ER stated asthma like symptoms (reactive airway disease) and hyperacidity. Had an endoscopy again this past Friday and stomach doc said she didn't see anything except for the biopsies showing chronic GERD. I also had a stress test yesterday which came back normal too. This only means 2 things: reflux & anxiety is the cause. I can stop worrying about my heart but I'm still scared. My primary doctor follows homeopathic and holistic approaches as well. She has me taking Borion's Ignatia Amara 30c (5 pellets 2x a day) for tightness/globus in throat and Bach's Rescue Remedy for anxiety. The throat burning scares me because it makes my throat tighter and makes it hard to breathe. I don't get heartburn but I get chest pain instead from the GERD. I've already been on a reflux diet for almost 3 months. Only lately have I become very strict. No chocolate, caffeine, peppermint, spearmint, carbonated drinks, fried, fatty foods,citrus fruits, any fruit ending in -erry, alcohol, onions, spices and garlic. I am only eating low-fat, fat-free, 60-80oz water, bananas, skinless meats with little seasoning. I'll use Silk Light milk instead of regular milk with raisin bran because I need the extra fiber. I'm also on a multivitamin, 400-500mg of Magnesium Glycinate, Polyethylene Glycol for constipation, Ortho-biotics (probiotics) and 1000-2000mg of Fish Oil. I hate taking all of this but all these specialists are working together to help me. Everything hit me at on e and it's hard to figure out what caused what. It's all a cycle. Everything I have can make the other one worse and even cause it. The worst feeling for me is the tightness in the throat, difficulty breathing and the heavy heart beats. I had all tests done. I have many EKG's, Chest X-Ray, Pulmonary Function Test (revealed slight asthma caused by anxiety, exercise and laughing induced, Stress Test yesterday and the heart is normal, blood work and thyroid is normal, no H. Pylori. I even saw an ENT for the throat tightness. They tubed my throat assuming I had Vocal Cord Dysfunction. All he found was that my throat was irritated due to reflux/post nasal drip. Was sent to a speech therapist for suspected vocal cord dysfunction anyway which tuned out to be anxiety, reflux and post nasal drip related. The area above my vocal cord are slightly inflamed. So I am following techniques to draw tension away from my throat so it can heal. I am also doing relaxation techniques to help the anxiety. Every day I feel bad. Sometimes I can barely make it through without crying which only makes the symptoms worse. Any ideas on what works for a tight throat/burning throat? I am out of clues and my docs are running all tests they can do. I'm sorry this is long but I had to start from the beginning. I went from panic attacks to generalized anxiety which is horrible to deal with. The anxiety makes the acid in the stomach worse and I'm afraid to eat anything that I eat too little and not frequent like I'm suppose to. I lost 20 lbs in the past 2 months. I always feel alone because it's hard to talk to someone who doesn't understand. I'm scared of being home alone because I'm always worrying what if something happened? I never use to be like this. All the pains scare me whether related to GERD or anxiety. But when it freaks me out, it gets worse. I have to lower anxiety levels to make sure I don't start panicking. I'm 30 years old and 1/3 of my life has been plagued with this. I want a normal life again. I hope everyone gets well soon!