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I experienced a pain with GERD/Heartburn in September 2012. I was sitting at my desk at work after a small lunch and all of a sudden my ears had a weird ringing, my head and brain seem to be having a stroke and my entire left side of my body went numb. The ambulance came and said my blood pressure had dropped low and I started to feel clamy/cold every 20 minutes. My EKG in the ambulance was normal and by the time we got to the ER, I had no more episodes but was scared and thinking I was dying. I went home after 11 hrs in the ER. I had to walk around the living room all night because every time I lay or sit, the pressure would build up and my chest around my heart would hurt and my brain/head felt like it was having a stroke. I went to a cardiologist the next day and they did an Echo Cardiogram on my heart and it was normal and fine. The cardiologist said it was possibly my heartburn and gave me 2 samples of ACIPHEX. I took it and it seemed to work like instantly! I scheduled an appointment with a Gastro Enterologist doctor and told him my GERD/Heartburn history: (for 20 years I drank hard liquor every weekend but I also ate really good foods, veges and fruit, I ran 2 marathons and lifted very heavy weights in the gym for 20 years and ate very spicy foods all the time and was taking Ibuprophen for 20yrs for muscle aches and an Aspirin/Ibuprophen everytime I knew I was going out drinking so I wouldn't get a hangover. I also took numerous multi vitamins/minerals, bodybuilder protein powders, creatine, nitric oxide tablets and gatorade 3x a week before I worked out in the gym. I would have occasional heartburn from doing all those things and I stressed allot. I was diagnosed with GERD when I was around 25 years old and given samples of NExium 20mg. I would only take it when I ate something very spicy.) In Sept 2012, the first Gastro doctor did an Endoscopy and diagnosed me with Gastritis Non-Acute and gave me a RX of Omeprazole 40mg once a day. It did nothing or very little. I still had chest pain/pressure for the next 3months. I had stopped drinking heavy and eating anything spicy or lifting heavy weights but I started to feel back to normal during the holidays and started drinking again a little and lifting heavy weights. Then in January 2013, I started to get throat or esophagus feeling like it was swelling up after working out or eating dinner, on top of the chest pain and pressure in my chest. I then went to another Gastro Specialist doctor (Dr. Barrientos ParkPlaza) and he decided to do another endoscopy to see if the first doctor missed something. This endoscopy revealed I had Esophagitis and still Gastritis in my stomach. He prescribed me Dexilant 60mg to take once a day. The Dexilant worked great and I started back to eating some greasy foods and having a few beers and would only do 1 exercise of heavy weights per workout. Then 3 weeks ago i felt really good and ran my first 5 miles since 5months ago, but had to do most walking because I kept feeling my stomach acid splashing into my throat. AT night I would keep hearing my ears ringing and experience tinnitus. 2days later I ate a small microwave dinner at work as I was leaving and jumped in traffic to go to the gym. At a traffic light I felt the same stroke/chest pain and my head felt like I was suffocating and need to burp but couldn't. I also felt a rush in my bottom like I need to use the bathroom but could not. I took some GAS-X to try to burp, 1 Dexilant and one ANASPAZ Rx that I was given by the first Gastro Doctor to relax my stomach if I had spasms. I knew it was my GERD acting up again I drove myself to the ER and the did another EKG and blood pressure. Both were fine but my temperature was 99.7, a little bit high and I could hear my heart pounding in my ears. Here we go again! I felt like I was dying again. The ER referred me again to a cardiologist because they said my GERD/Heartburn has no connections with my head feeling a dull pain and pressure in my neck.(Wrong!) I went to my last Gastro doctor and told him what happened and he said maybe my dad's history of a stent in one of his neck veins was happening to me. He also said the pressure pain in my neck and head was not related to my Gastritis/Esophagitis. The cardiologist did an UltraSound on my neck Carotid arteries and a TreadMill stress test. Everything checked out fine and normal. I had him check my Thyroid Gland by hand and asked him if it was my gallbladder or spleen but he said no. I could not eat anything other than fruits and vegetables for 2 weeks because anything else (meat, milk, cereal, yogurt,etc) would make my stomach acid to get agressive and cause tremendous gas pressure and my throat would feel like it was closing up. My head would have these headaches all day and very painful after anything goes in my stomach. I lost all hope. I thought I had a tumor or even cancer and I felt like I was slowly dying. I was scared to sleep everynight. I could not even go out in the field with my coworkers as a law enforcement officer because I would get shortness of breath if we did anything with force. Finally after losing 10pounds and could not eat anything but fruit and veges, I went to a simple General Practice PCP Doctor Demetrus Green. He was the first to use an old stethoscope and and listen to my lungs, heart and chest. He touched my thyroid and glands which all was fine. He said that my HeartBurn/GERD/Gastritis/Esophagitis was soo bad that it was putting pressure on my VAGUS NERVE that runs along your spine. Thats what was causing the headaches, fever chills during those stroke feelings moments. The PCP said the inflammation caused by my stomach acid can cause your throat to feel swollen. He prescribed me NEXIUM 40mg for 2 weeks once a day. After just 2 days of taking it I have been healing up! A simple doctor in a small shabby office is my miracle. I looked it up and found Nexium 40mg is a PPI that turns off the acid in your stomach to allow your stomach lining and throat lining to heal. It also has medicine in Nexium that aids in the healing of inflammation of your esophagus so it doesn't put pressure or inflame your VAGUS NERVE also. After 2 days of Nexium 40mg, I am burping allot but it is allowing the pressure out. I tried meat for the first time and had no problem. I will now have to stick to a bland diet and small meals for a while and no alcohol and no weight lifting until I heal 100%. My doctor also told me to eat foods with probiotics so I bought some KEFIR milk and ordered on AMazon some: Heartburn Free ROH10(with natural orange) that says it can help heal heartburn together with your meds, D-Limonene, 1000mg (with natural orange) and Mastic Gum. I will take these natural stuff together with my NEXIUM and change my diet. Folks , hearburn, GERD, gastritis, esophagitis can make you feel like your life is ending and cause pain in many areas in your body. Nexium 40mg is a great cure! Update April 4, 2013: 2 weeks after just taking Nexium 40mg once a day, I was still having bad rushing headaches after every meal. My doctor told me I possibly was having H Pylori symptoms and gave me : 4X a day Amoxicillin 500mg and 2X a day Clarythromycin 500mg, also still Nexium 40mg. The first three days of taking these antibiotics was great and all of my heartburn, gas bloat and headaches and dull neck pains went away. The 2nd week of antibiotics, seemed like they all stopped working. I went back to the doctor 2 weeks ago again! He no said I may also have problems with food not emptying in my stomach quick enough causing it to sit in my stomach and cause bloat and Vagus Nerve pain (Headaches, neck pain) so he prescribed me Reglan/Metoclopramide 4X a day 30mins before each meal, all together with all the antibiotics and nexium. I was popping 11 pills a day and all they did was ease the heartburn a lil. I stopped taking the antibiotics last week and just did Reglan/Metoclopramide 4x a day and nexium and occasional D-Limonene natural orange pill. The Reglan or something made me feel jittery and nausea. I had severe jaw pain, a burning feeling in my left arm pit and across my heart on left side that scared me. This occurred mostly as I stressed/worked hard as I am taking a motor apart or working hard at work but I try to not lift heavy or stress. This week I started to have bad itching eye lids, arms and hands every so often when I feel gas/bloat and need to belch. I looked all this up and google says the itching is caused by H Pylori. So last night i took sum antibiotics and woke up much better, spo I will get back on my antibiotics and stop the Reglan cause i am afraid of it and continue Nexium 40 mg 1x a day and start this new natural DGL Ultra licorice chew tabs. The Reglan and AntiBiotics combo started causing stomach acid to come into my mouth at night and my front teeth started to crack! I went to the dentist in an emergency to see why my teeth was brittle and crack lines showing and they said acid was eroding my enamel and causing black plaque to form. The Dentist cleaned my teeth and said it only eroded the enamel a little and said it was caused by me grinding my teeth at night. I never grinded my teeth in my life and had to start sleeping with a mouth guard. It had to be that damn Reglan so I stopped taking it and told my doctor and he said stop using it immediately! I been praying allot and taking walks every 3 days which helps me belch and feel better. I read that H Pylori can cause these problems/symptoms (even though i was tested twice negative for H pylori months before). I will go to a random gastro doctor in a week to get tested just for H Pylori to see if this is truly the cause to my misery! End April 28, 2013 I was recommended to go see a 30 year veteran of Gastroentorology named Dr. Gossett in Houston Tx and he was a joke! He sent 3 new students he was teaching in my room and told them to take my notes. I explained for 30mins to an intern all my problems and then Dr. Gossett came in last minute and did not even hear my full diagnosis and just said I have IBS! He then said he had a wonderful pill to take and it would all go away. It was Anaspaz, the same damn medicine another gastro doctor prescribed me in October 2012 that never worked! I never went back to the fool. May, 2013 Update: I was still experiencing problems with gas/bloat after putting anything in my stomach and now my throat would feel like it was swelling up inside everytime after any food or drink. i was surely feeling like i had thyroid issues or cancer issues in my neck, it was that painfull. It seemed worst in traffic as I sat 40mins in my truck every morning going to work and going home. Once every week I would have these "attacks" like my ears popped or filled with air, my neck would get really stiff and then my head would feel like I was having a small seizure, but I know it was my stomach issue because i also would feel like farting at the same time but couldn't. I was beginning to feel depressed again and it took over my personal life like I felt I was slowly dying or had some disease that no gastro doctor could find. I looked up a 5th gastro doctor here in Houston with good qualifications, was well educated in gastro and that was an african-american, because I figured maybe he could relate to my pain/heartburn/gas issues. I found Dr. Daniel Ball, and took a bag full with : amoxicillin, clarithromycin, omeprazole, reglan, dexilant, nexium, orange peel pills, tums, pepto bismol, anaspaz...and several documents from the previous 4 gastro docs. he looked at me and said "please put all that stuff away and lets talk about how i felt now." He said i had IBD and I got upset and told him to not give me that general #### about IBS! he said that all those other doctors were just giving me "placebo' meds because they all only worked 2-3 weeks then stopped. Dr. Ball said, yes I may have had heartburn issues in the past but the nexium was actually keeping acid reduced, he said the swelling "glubus sensation" i was feeling in my neck, the attacks of gas not escaping properly was all caused by two things: 1. irritable bowels 2. my mind/brain not allowing my stomach/bowels to relax and work properly. I thought this man was saying I was causing this in my head and thought this was ######! He said I also had "AeroPhagia" which is when someone swallows too much needed air when they eat, drink or speak. He prescribed me Librax or CHLORDIAZEPOXIDE/CLIDINIUM CAPS. This medicine has antispasmatic meds and also anti-psychotic meds in it to relax a person mind (like taking a Zanax). I have been taking this twice a day, after breakfast and after dinner. I would also take 1 of my old prescribed Nexium 40mg during lunchtime at work to get me through work. AND OH MY GOD, THE LIBRAX OR CHLORDIAZEPOXIDE/CLIDINIUM meds works! I now only take this meds after I eat something and feel like my body is having the gas/bloat/stiff neck/headaches/seizures symptoms and it would go away within 10 mins! However this medicine makes you VERY SLEEPY which I think is what my body needed. I guess years of stress, weightlifting, drinking, and putting my stomach thru months of acid reducers, maybe my inside of my stomach (Gastritis and Esophagitis) has healed and now I just needed meds to control my IBD issue which caused my gas/bloat/stiff neck/headaches and occcassional chest pains during stress. My depression is going away and I am gaining back weight. I was a 187pound sexy buff looking black male but I have lost 15 pounds of muscle/weight and everyone keep asking me why I lost soo much weight in my body and face! Being on Librax, I started to go back to the gym 10-15mins and lift very light weights. I would be light headed after the first 2 times but went home and relaxed and take my Librax. Now I go in the gym and work on mechanic work on my old cars and only feel a little bit to non of dizzyness and chest pain but not life-threatening anymore. As of today June 2, 2013 I only take 1 Librax a day and ocassionally 1 Nexium 40mg. I never prayed soo much over a year in my life feeling like I was dying at 38 yrs old and in good shape. People, stress really does destroy your insides, I am a witness. July 2013: Was doing pretty good since my last update but now allergy season and dry grass has rolled in and my sinus has been acting up. I have been having constant post-nasal drip and the drip has been burning my chest in one spot. Then here we go again, I have had trouble sleeping because the neck pain/stiffness is coming back, flushing or rushing feeling in my head and feeling like a seizure/stroke is about to come on 1-2-3 hrs after I eat! These episodes started to happen like numbness in my hands, neck swelling, shooting pains in my fingers and feet and need to deficate but nothing comes out, once every other day and I am scared to be alone but I press on. I read online that an ENT doctor is good to go see. I went to an ENT doctor in Katy, Tx named Dr. Sycamore and he put a small throat-scope with a camera and light thru my nose and down in my throat. He noticed my voice-box had edema (mucus and a lil inflammation), and he said the inside of my nose was purple and inflammed and said that was chronic rhinitis. He prescribed Veramyst nasal spray. I told him about my GERD and he said that I maybe developing Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) which is when stomach ACID is coming up in my throat and kinda into my nasal areas. He said only a Gastro doctor can test for that or even better a Laryngology doctor can monitor acid coming in the throat. The Veramyst was very expensive so I got generic Fluticasone which I have been using but it burns my throat when I first use it, so I have to drink lots of water to wash it from my chest. I went online and found the connection to sinus/drip and GERD in a website from a doctor Kurt Barrett in Michigan. He is very good and says the ACID silently comes up in GERD patience called atypical GERD or SNERD. Dr. Kurt Barrett recommends increasing your PPI intake to keep acid down in the stomach. He says its the acid that is causing numerous heart palpitations, sinus, post nasal drip, vagus nerve response and many more. I have started taking Nexium 40mg morning and night and 1 Omeprazole 40mg at lunch. I have been a little better but now I also have been trying a ADVIL SINUS ALLERGY pill that helps with 'nasal swelling' and it works but is also kinda hard on my stomach. So now I will be taking more PPI's and allergy/sinus pills. I will also contact Dr Kurt Barrett in Michigan and I think you can pay online to have a personal consultation. I will also be going to my Gastro Doctor, Dr. Ball of Houston tomorrow show him my new ENT info and see if he says 'my new connection of sinus/post-nasal drip and GERD' is bullcrap. Lol. If he does, then I will be dropping him also! Lets see. Update July 15, 2013: I told my current doctor about my ENT discovery and he totally disregarded that notion about Post-Nasal Drip bothering my IBS or inflamming my throat. I am still having symptoms of bloating, a permanent burn sensation around my heart area, numbness in my left hand, and shooting pains in my gut and neck. Gastro Dr. Ball now prescribed me Amitriptyline 50mg because he keeps reinterating that it is IBS and stress causing all my symptoms. I asked him about also doing something about keeping the ACID from coming up in my throat area and he didnt seem too concerned about that but I begged him to at least give me a RX for Dexilant 60mg which he reluctantly did. I tried the Amitriptyline 50mg that night and I was soo sleepy in the morning I missed work! The second night I took it, I woke up at 2am shivering cold and shivering soo bad I thought I was going to have a SEIZURE! My blood pressure was either very high or very low and I had to simply calm down in bed and sit up and watch TV until I fell asleep. I vowed never to take that meds again, so now I just take 1 Librax (anti-spasm/ anti-anxiety) in the morning to keep me calm, 1 dexilant 60mg for lunch and 1 Librax at night to help me sleep. Now I have noticed my speech is becoming slurred and my left side face is numb like a stroke but I dont think it is that. Update July 18, 2013: I was still feeling these weird IBS discomforts, my jaw and side of face started to feel numb and have some night chills. I took my blood pressure one night when it happened and noticed my blood pressure was 150/100 (medium high) then I calmed downed and checked it again, 142/83 medium high. I went to my basic Primary doctor and he said YES IBS causes all those symtoms and because I was having allot of stress in my life (spousal problems, selling my home, I maybe loosing my job and looking for another one, and a court case I am fighting), he explained to me that my internals are HIGHLY stressed even though I appeared fine in the face because I am a STOIC/military like person. He demanded I go on vacation so I took 4 days off and drove out of town. He also prescribed me a mild High Blood Pressure/Anti-Anxiety RX but I never got it filled because I am taking way too many meds now. I went on vacation and did fine until the 3hr drive home. I had soo much discomfort and chest pain/heartburn around the heart area and neck shooting pains, my wife had to do all the driving as I took a Librax to calm my stomach and anxiety and 1 Dexilant to keep the acid down. I was miserable the whole way. Now I am also using Gaviscon liquid heartburn medicine after breakfast or lunch and a sip going to bed. I read it coats the whole esopahgus and stomach and calms the inflammation/soreness in those areas. It actually have been helping allot! I also tried 1 session of yoga and 1 session of Accupuncture because I am at my WITS END with getting rid of this problem. I have been calming myself down, not stressing for anything and reading the bible often to keep destressed. It all have been helping a little bit. The Accupunturist also told me to try Enzymes (Beano) and it has helped me burp really good to relieve pressure. But all the IBS pains comes back after it dissolves. Also they told me to eat only fish and chicken, no red meat and cooked vegetables and now heavy food. My bloats have become soo bad, i have to eat my food only 1 spoonful every 2-3 minutes to not put too much inside my stomach. Regardless, 2-3 hours later after anything in my stomach begin digest, I have blood rush in my neck, arms, hands, feet, numbness in the side of my face like a stroke and feeling to use the toilet/deficate but really dont have too. I feel my head get dizzy, brain gets foggy and blood pressure rise, so I have to drink tons of water and try to keep calm. I dont understand within 1 year how I went from benchpressing 315lbs, ran a marathon years ago, worked on numerous home projects, built classic cars, drank hard liquor/beer, ate good food, to almost feeling like I am slowing dying or becoming a sickly person!? Someone Please help. Update August 1, 2013 I did my research and went to see the Chief Gastro Doctor with Kelsey Seybold with 43 yrs experience name Dr. Ned Snyder. I sent him this entire post to read and all my EGD and meds and results in advance and he actually read them and thanked me. This is the first of 5 Gastro doctors that have done that. He is going to look at 2 different areas: 1.Angio Neurological Oedema testing (blood test) 2. Migraine issues. He thinks that I may have a neurological issue and they did a blood test for the Angio Oedema. if that comes back negative, then he will be sending me to a Neurologist. My issues have subsided...I only feel shooting pain in my neck or chest when I have to poop or when I get hungry. In the middle of the night, my stomach grumbles and I start to get bad heartburn right over my heart, I get dull headaches and neck dull pains and my throat feels like it is closing up a lil, so I get up and drink water and sit up in the bed and watch tv until it all calms down and I fall back asleep.

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You are my twin!!! i am dealing with every single symtpom u have described.... After reading your post i instantly subscribed to this site. As i read your post i was literally get choked up because i am seeing someone going through the same nonsense im going through.. I saw a gastro who diagnosed me in 2002 with h. pylori, since then i went down hill.. so downhill now 11 yrs later i feel like im dying and developed a whole slew of problems. i didnt stay with that first gastro cause he was an a$$ so i found a new gastro  that i been going to since... i was treated for the h pylori but was left with the aftermath...  she did say this gerd/gastritis, etc is causing a vagal response.  She also said i have a hiatal hernia and then i go to her again cause my symptoms are worsening and all of a sudden i dont have a hiatal hernia anymore.. i feel that she is jut trying to keep me sick for her to make money...  im sure u know how drs can be , they dont wanna cure they wanna keep you sick to stay in business.... (maybe not all ) but so far i havent felt any dr be much help.. and wanna push anxiet meds and heatburn meds that dont work for me anymore.... i ried all ppi's known to man,lol.. and nothing works anymore.... i ended up in the hospital so many times with feeling s.o.b and bloating and like im being strangled by my own stomach... anything i eat causes some flare up in my stomach,esophagus and in the back of my nose... it is so bad im down to eating only veges ,fruit and water. i am constantly in a fog and dizzy and blood presure feels like it drops and i feel faint.... i know this is all stemming from the stomach and affecting the vagus nerve(the nerve tht controls all our bodily functions). everything u named , i have....   keep me posted,please....... i am at witz end too.... :(

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Thank you so much for posting this and writing your updates! I too, have been going through similar symptoms - mainly with a tender stomach and a throat that CONSTANTLY feels inflamed, swollen, lots of mucus etc. I've been dealing with this c**p for 4 months now - and like you too; am at my wits end. I started taking Protonix (which is a PPI) about a month ago with NO RELIEF! So, now my dosage is increased to twice daily. My throat symptoms are the WORST!! I was diagnosed with Mild Esophagitis, also saw an ENT who did a nose scope and saw a bit of swelling in my throat, but "nothing major" she says.
How long did it take for your esophagitis to heal? I wonder if I should try switching from Protonix to Nexium. My full story is below: Any comments / suggestions would be appreciated! I never would have thought that having acid reflux could affect your life so much - like you, I've also been wanting to try some acupuncture and yoga - ANYTHING, I'LL DO ANYTHING! To make my throat feel better.

Hi Everyone!

I've had a really frustrating last few months and wanted to share my story with hopes that someone else could relate.

A few months ago, I started experiencing this weird throat pressure and fullness. It almost feels like someone is pressing on my throat. Also, I have excessive mucus on the back of my throat, a cough, and itchy throat at times too. This is pretty much CONSTANT! At times I also feel like my throat is constricting from the inside (If that makes sense) It it the most AWFUL feeling I've ever experienced.

I went to see a gastro doc, and he did and Upper Endoscopy which showed Mild Reactive Esophagitis and Mild Gastritis. (I also have GERD) *Of note, I also have a sore and tender stomach, have had this for months too!

I was taking some acid reducers (Zantac / Omeprazole) before the throat issue started, and I'm now on Protonix.

I pretty much feel this 24/7 and it's so hard, because I'm a nursing student, and I work Part-time - - - I'm constantly on the go, and constantly in discomfort! It is really draining. I am so sick of my throat bothering me. I do have "better" days, and then some days are absolutely awful.

Can an inflammed throat cause this much discomfort? I know I have acid reflux, although I don't think it's that severe. I feel like although I was diagnosed with Mild Esophagitis, that maybe there is something else going on too? I am soooooooooooooooo frustrated.

I've seen an allergist, couldn't find any allergies - put me on some Zyrtec anyways. I've tried anti-anxiety meds (much to my dismay, b/c I hate taking anything at all) and they didn't help. This is NOT an anxiety issue!

I do need to lose about 20lbs and clean up my diet, so I'm working on that - - I've looked up LPR, and some of my symptoms fit that too. I just worry that after taking 6 weeks of the PPI's that this won't get any better? Plus, the side effects really suck (Dizziness / Fatigue) and then there is NO relief in the meantime.

I've had tons of blood tests, upper endoscopy, barium swallow with biopsies. So, no Cancer. Liver / Kidney / Blood Counts are all within normal range. No infections either. I guess I just have to trust the doctors and wait this out.

Has anyone tried any home remedies to get some relief? Has anyone else felt this throat thickness/pressure/mucus thing with acid reflux?

Thank you all for your comments and support. I'm at my wits end with this!
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Well, that was incredibly long and frankly hard to read because of the lack of paragraph breaks, but it sounds like you are dealing with a genuine medical nightmare and a lack of proper diagnosis. If you have gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and esophagitis, that would explain your stiff stomach and many of the other symptoms, but that is an awful lot of different medical conditions for just one person to have, and that apparently isn't even half of it. 

I can only say I'm sorry you're dealing with all this without a satisfactory solution in sight, and I hope you will find the answers and cure/management you are looking for some day soon. 

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Sept, 2013.

The numbness in my arms and face got worst. Usually it is in my left arm and mostly during the night but one night my right arm feel completely dead and I had to use my left arm to move the dead right arm from the bed and place it in my lap, then circulation came back. I got really scared as I never felt complete paralysis in my arm like that before. I thought about my heart but I have a very healthy heart and circulation. Also I have a burn in the same spot right over my heart. It feels like a constant heart attack all day long! I drink 1 bottle of Gaviscon every time I feel heartburn, like 3 times a day. Also my blood pressure for the first time is a little high, average 130/80, so I think it maybe because I do not work out 3 X a week anymore or maybe its the damn PPI drugs. I do not ever want high blood pressure so I have been eating lots of Cheerios.


Oct, 1, 2013.

I ran 1 1/2 miles 3 X in the last 2 weeks and I feel a little light headed when I get home but it goes away. Also 1/3 the way into my run, my chest starts to burn and feel like I am having a heart attack but i tell myself it is just the acid splashing in my chest, because I am very healthy and have ran 2 marathons.
I keep thinking its H Pylori but i have been tested negative twice and I tried meds for gastroParesis and it didnt work. Also I have slept on 3 tall pillows every night for the last 12 months and I sleep no other way, to answer all the previous posts from you folks.
I had went to my new Gastro Doc and begged him to start all over and see why I have been feeling like I am having a stroke, numb limbs and bad bloating and burning in the chest.
They did an MRI of my Brain and Neck. My Gastro doctor said my Brain looked good and that I have Spondylosis and Arthritis in my neck. (I had a bad car accident 2 years ago and a small accident 5 months ago which I was in therapy for. They found a 5mm disk herniation in my lower back and 1mm disk herniation in my neck, which all the doctors from this accident and my personal doc said the damage is not touching any where near my spine. But they are sending me to get a second opinion to look to see if they are maybe pinching nerves in my neck that may be causing my face and arms feeling numb sometimes).
I had my new gastro doc to do a 3rd MRI and the results: A 1cmm Hiatal Hernia in my stomach and the same Esophagitis. (That finally explains why I feel like blacking-out when the gas/bloat gets soo bad. I read a hiatal hernia sometimes get soo bad it causes suffocation and causes acid to constantly splash in the throat. The doctor took biopsies and I am waiting for my follow up visit to discuss everything, but the nurse told me they do not do any type of surgery to a Hiatal Hernias normally because of the fail rate and complications. However I feel my problem is bad enough for surgery.
My face and arms are not as numb any more. I notice I kinda get the stroke like symptoms when I stress or fuss and my chest gets painful so I learned to calm down and think about something else.
Will see in a week if I am getting more/new meds or surgery?

OCT 05, 2013
TOLD TO TAKE 1 DEXILANT 60MG FIRST THING IN THE MORNING THEN 1 RANITIDINE AT 5PM EVERYDAY TO LAST ME THRU THE EVENING AND NIGHT. I HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BETTER BUT STILL HAVING THE TERRIBLE BLOAT, THEN FEELING LIKE I AM GOING TO PASS OUT FEELINGS EVERY SO OFTEN. ALSO I CONTINUE TO HAVE A CONSTANT BURN RIGHT OVER MY HEART AREA BECAUSE OF ACID I SUPPOSE. I STILL GET THE GHOST HEADACHES AND STILL HAVE PROBLEMS WAKING UP AT NIGHT WITH CONSTANT RUMBLING STOMACH AND HEARTBURN AND NECK AREA FEELS LIKE ITS CLOSING. I WOULD ALWAYS SLEEP WITH A BOTTLE OF WATER NEXT TO MY BED AND A BOTTLE OF GAVISCON. I WOULD WAKE UP AND TAKE A SWIG OF WATER AND GAVISCON, BURP AND FART AND WATCH TV FOR SEVERAL HOURS TIL I FALL ASLEEP.

NOW I CALLED MY GASTRO DOCTOR COMPLAINING ABOUT HAVING THESE SAME RESULTS SO NOW HE PRESCRIBED ME ALSO BACLOFEN 10MG (WHICH IS SORT OF A MUSCLE RELAXER) TO HELP RELAX MY LOWER ESOPHO SPHINCTER. I TRIED THE BACLOFEN 10 MG, AFTER WORKING ON CONSTRUCTING A HOUSE AND BEING STRESSED ALL DAY AND WAS HAVING SOME STOMACH, GERD ATTACKS AFTER WORK, THEN THE BACLOFEN HAD ME FEELING VERY VERY WEIRD. I FELT LIKE MY ARMS WAS TINGLING AND DID NOT HELP. I TRIED THE BACLOFEN A COUPLE MORE TIMES AND IT DIDNT DO A DAMN THING AND MADE EITHER MY NECK FEEL STIFF AND CREATED SERIOUS ANXIETY.
I STILL HAVE A STRUGGLE THINKING THE WORST IS HAPPENING TO ME AND THAT MY LIFE IS BEING CUT SHORT BECAUSE OF THIS STOMACH ISSUE.
I WANT TO ALSO ADD THAT I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A 1CM DISK HERNIATION IN MY NECK/CERVICAL AND SPONDYLOSIS AND MINOR ARTHRITIS AND ALSO 1 4CM DISK HERNIATION IN MY BACK L4 L5 AREA. I KNOW THIS BECAUSE I AM SUING A COMPANY FOR HITTING ME IN MY TRUCK 5 MONTHS AGO AND HAD TO GET AN MRI. HOWEVER THESE PROBLEMS REALLY CAME ABOUT WHEN I WAS TBONED HIT HARD BY A CAR THAT RAN A RED LIGHT 3 YEARS AGO AND NOW I AM JUST GETTING BACK AND NECK PROBLEMS, BUT I AM BLAMING ALL THIS NOW ON THIS CURRENT ACCIDENT.
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Any chance that a doctor took a few biopsy and checked for eosinophilic esophagitis and eosinophilic gastritis? It seems not a lot of doctors are aware of this. They should not find eosinophil's in tissue and if they do find them then they indicate that if more then like 15 in a certain sample it could be this. They are not likely to be discovered in a blood test. This condition also does not respond well to PPI's. Prednisone does help. Just a thought as I have been going through hell to and will find out Nov 14 2013 what my biopsy showed. If it is due to eosinophil's it would actually answer a great many issues I have had. Look it up see what you think.
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Updates:

November 1, 2013,

I started having some of the same symptoms with bloating going all the way up into my neck and head, periodically during the day. Also I was getting a very bad constant BURN in one spot right near my HEART everyday and all day long. I was going thru 1 bottle of Gaviscon liquid every week, so because of the high price of it, I started using the Walmart brand liquids for ACID reducing. These liquids helped a little. I was fed up with the constant burn in that one spot in my chest and one day after a long day at work, I was preparing some food to put on the bbq grill when I felt the worse BURNING sensation around my liver area that made me feel like I was going to pass out!

I then started to try to relax and drink water like every time these attacks happen. I also am still sort of scared throughout the day worrying something worse is in me.

I went back to my Gastro Dr. Snyder and he said my EGD only show inflammation and the hiatal hernia could not cause these terrible attacks. He told me to change the times of my medicine, one Dexilant 60mg in the morning before breakfast, Take 10ml of Sulcrafate(Carafate) liquid 4X a day before or after meals and 1 Ranitidine before bed. Halejuah!

This stuff worked! I am able to sleep good at night and be comfortable at work and even start exercising again! The Sulcrafate(Carafate) liquid coats the esophagus, the burning/ulcer feel in my chest and settles my stomach. However I developed a little constipation the first 2 weeks of drinking the Carafate and developed a small start of a hemmrrhoid. I also have developed a worsening cluster headaches when I turn my head or neck in certain positions. I do have arthritis in my neck from an accident and weight lifting. The headaches feel like mini shocks going thru my frontal lobe scalp.


November 15, 2013,

I am doing much much better. One thing also I can tell you is that I ran out of Dexilant the other day and really did not want to go and buy another bottle of this $58 medicine so I bought a 14-day supply of Prilosec from Walgreens. I took 1 Prilosec in the morning and drink the Carafate as needed now. I have even slacked-off on taking the RANITIDINE before going to bed mostly. I am doing much better and have started to run 1 1/2-2 miles 2x a week and go to the gym and do light weight lifting. When I go to the gym, I make sure and stop drinking water or eat at least 30 mins before because it causes the acid to swish around and possibly come up in the throat. I went to see a Neurologist about the neck and head pain and took some recent Brain MRIs cd I had. The Dr. Bhat the Neurologist told me that I was not having a stroke or aneurysm. She said if the shooting pain is around the frontal lobe and improves every so often, then they are 'Transient Neurological pains' or Paroxysmal shooting pain and are caused by STRESS! She said I may appear like a stoic person but I may be bottling up stress inside and not show it. She examined my head and neck and said my Neck was very stiff and that I need a massage.

I went for a 1hr massage and they worked on mostly my neck /shoulder area and I have had the shooting headaches pain reduced but not all the way so I will get theses massages from AVALON MASSAGE school here in Houston for $40.

I have come to a conclusion that I may have a problem with Anxiety and Stress and learned that my stomach issues have created 'Health Anxiety'. WTF, and what next! I have been reading some articles on google on how to treat this and I am doing some worksheets now that will help. It states that Health Anxiety causes a person to: constantly schedule doctors appointments to resolve a health problem that is not that life-threatening, fear of dying, always be checking your body for blemishes, bruises or differences, or noticing every little pain in my body and become on alert to run to the emergency room. I have every one of these symptoms! Also this creates your body to produce other pain/ issues because of the stress......I have a long road ahead of me to healing but its getting resolved..............
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I have the same wtf do we do just relax more ?? Ive just read your post and feel so relaxed justitting here is it all in our head. I do have cronic rhinitus . .. Just breath slowely for 5secondin while counting and just tell yourself nothing is wrong heathy mind healthy body . I have been told to do palates .
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How're your symptoms? More improvement with stress management??
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I read all of the posts here,all these symptoms mentioned here are all my sufferings also and I became frustrated in finding a cure permanently about stomach acidity.. Please update guys to keep inform always.
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Hello my name is mike,and I have the exact same thing.Ive been living with gastritis for over 20 years.Been diagnosed with with H.pilori 2 times in my life,last treated 2 years ago.was healing started eating reguler foods during the holidays,less the spicy/vinegery/or siteressy stuff,all of sudden out of no where,symptoms returns.got retested for H.pylori with negative results.I was told that its the gastritis acting up.I don't smoke or drink,haven't since I was diagnosed with gastritis over 20 years ago.I use to workout with lbs twice a week,now heavy lifting is out,as it agravaites my stomach,at night when I lay down to sleep.I have just about all your symptoms,chess pain back pain,funny left side pain,I could go on and on.I've also done sum research,I haven't been checked for this yet,but its called a Hiatal hernia,you,all be shocked at what you,all find.We have all the symptoms.Here's a wen site I've found it on.WWW.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/ dig11.php Read the whole article and its long people.I hope this will give all of those out there,who's like use,your not alone,as I've come to realize,I'm not alone.If you or anyone else reads that article on Hiatal Hernia that causes gastritis and gets checked out,please send me some feed back,as I feel we should all stick together,as we can help each other please? ***edited by moderator***email addresses not allowed*** 

To all who have read this,I'm responding to,Jn1285 "GODBLESS" US ALL AMEN!

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I have had exactly the same issues and reading that gives me hope in some way.I am a 35 year old female, and my stomach swells up so bad I have to wear spanx sometimes. I too felt numbness and like no one was listening to me. Im on the prilosec and librax. Nothing seems to help and I feel sometimes like I am going crazy. Swimming was the ONLY thing that helped when I was able, and baths. I lose my appetite very easily. This was the first post I have read that I can relate to. This has ruined my life!!
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I am a 35 year old female, who until recently considered myself healthy. I had a colonoscopy, a endoscopy, etc, and GERD is what they came up with. My left side feels like its going to rupture and the drs dont seem to get it as my ct scan a few months ago was normal. I've noticed if I drink alcohol or not it doesnt make a difference is the swelling. I feel like I'm going crazy and cant wrap my head around this. H.pilori negative. I wouldn't wish this on anyone and it's scaring me to death. Maybe I need to see a homeopathic dr......I need advice!!!!!!!
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Ok ok. I have almost all the stuff mentioned above, except for neck pains. Now, ive done all the omeprazole, prevacid, dexilant...which may help but doesnt treat the problems. I also had, sometimes still do,panic attacks...this is helped by hydroxizine or elavil. But, I need to know, what will get rid of all this reflux stuff. All this stuff treats the symptoms, but not the problem. Anyone know? Has OP figured it out and not replied back? Please let me know.
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Dear all, All the problems and symtoms also scared me but healthy leaving healthy eating PRANAYAM and walking about 3kms a day and two homeopathy medicine almost cured me . These problems are because of stress and acidity. Stomach should not be empty and nither be overloaded try to avoid sipcy and greasy foods red meat and alcohol. Eat every thing but in limit if required cosult diatician. Homeopathy have no side effect and less expencive read about the medicine if required. Continue 3months medicine and then as required you can understand your body need 1st medicin NUX VOM 30 empty stomac every morning, removes all toxins of body 2nd CARBO VEG 30 after meals two times daily for first one month then one time relives from indigesation gas pain heart burn etc Dose one to two drop if liquid or 3 to 4 globules if skiped no problem take at time you remind or next dose. Should maintain excersise walk and simple food habit for life long. Be thankfull to God that we are healthy then other suffering from critical un curabel disises. When ever feel stressed take name of God keep faith in His all mighty power. Keep trust that we r here because of destiny written by him and we should do whatever good we can do for ourself our family and socity rest is destiny and never do wrong for others in your dreams also even think wrong for your enimies, love is the healing power of all diseses. Hope you people will get relive from the pain you are going through like me all the best.
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