My issues started with a unproductive cough, deep in my throat. Heart palpitations soon followed witch aggravated my throat condition and made my arms go numb and cold. This brought on dizziness.
Sleep is difficult with out an Amibian.
I did full EKG 3 times, Heart monitor for 3 days, a heart scan and a stress test, All results negative.
The pain continues. Will sometime stop for a week or two then BAM..back it it...
Twp docs have sugssted stress, which seems odd, but am willing to try anything as Im PICKING UP MY ADOPTED DAUGHTER IN THAILAND IN A WEEK! Sorry for screaming, Im terribly sad that I have to meet her with the evil of GERDS on me.
So how does one get a Reflux and GERDS diagnosis. Ive had little luck.
I have taken L-Glutamine for a few day with some nice results and also tried Prilosex.Omepraezole with not much luck.
I cant say that any other foods are worse than others, but I am loosing weight and eating less.
Ive had one doc give me a stress pill and another recommend intensive therapist treatment. I still maintain that their must be an aspect to my physiology that may be causing the this pain,
PLEASE..Anyone going though this with these symptoms??
This hurts and is friggin scary,
Any info would be a GREAT help!!!
Thank you so much and best health to you all.
I kept complaining to my acupuncturist of tightness (seemed muscular) in upper left area... Of course, the numb left index finger and part of thumb was driving me up the wall... There went my playing guitar days...
Although I continue with the physical therapy (couldn't afford the $80 per visit for acupuncture anymore) I am now massaging the chest area with my homedic massager and am feeling positive reactions in my numb finger(s)... I am very hopeful... Prayer, meditation and positive thoughts help a ton also... Hope this helps...
Side Note:If you are taking Prilosec and eat some fatty food you might find yourself on the toilet soon after eating. Not a side effect I like too much but its better than thinking I am dying. Hell, it will only help me cut back on the fatty food I do eat.
Good Luck to everyone. To the guy that tried prilosec and said it didn't help...how long did you try it for? My doctor explained that it might take a while for you to stop feeling the pain. The damage to your esophogus needs to heal before you will feel any better. Also the OTC Prilosec might not be strong enough to help you. Ask your doctor about it and give it a try. I didn't feel relief for about a week. I did one prilosec a day, maalox as needed, and maalox before bed whether or not I needed it. When I laid down to sleep was when I got most of my symptoms.
I'm 21 years old and for the past 6 months I've been having the same symptoms. Lots of chest pains in the top left, numbing of the left arm, and burning of hands as well as other symptoms. And no matter how many times I tell my self that it's just "GERD" or Acid reflux, I always think I must have some sort of heart problem. But I'm sure I don't, because If it was a heart problem I'm sure it would have resulted in some more serious outcomes by now.
I've noticed a lot of people talk about anxiety on this post... Anxietyis something that's really effected my lately. It seems ALL of my symptoms started as soon as I moved out on my own for the first time, and when one of my close friends passed away...
Luckily I've managed to manage the anxiety and the bit of depression that comes with it by doing a self help kit that doesn't rely on drugs. It's call Attacking Anxiety and Depression (by Lucinda Basset), and I recommend it to ANYONE who expierences anxiety, especially when you have the chest pains from the GERD because you get so anxious and if you don't control your thoughts, they control you and its like you live in hell! It's terrible!
One question I do have for people is does any one experience shortness of breathe? I tend to get this sometimes due to perhaps fatty foods that i eat, or when I am anxious...
Thanks again for everyone help!
Started a month ago, woke up 2am with arms and legs numb, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and dizziness. Raised feet up and tried to relax on couch - afraid to fall asleep. Watching tv was strange b/c any action, high emotion or quick camera changes made my heart race. I researched my symptoms online coming to a conclusion it might be a reaction to MSG. (chinese food I ate the night before). Took some Benedryl, which helped me sleep for a bit. Avoided MSG products (soups, mac n cheese, cold cuts, hot dogs, fatty/ salty foods) until I saw the doctor 4 days later.
SYMPTOMS that continued were: Dizziness, heart racing, shallow breathing, mild pain in left & center of chest. 1-3 times daily, usually after eating.
Doctor said it probably wasn't MSG b/c the symptoms continued for a week. With process of elimination, she said it was anxiety and gave me a mild prescription of Valium. I've only taken it to help me sleep, which works. After reading this site, I am now convinced I have GERD.
So far, my own TREATMENTS has been:
-mild exercise (when heart races to much, slow down - don't just stop b/c you can cause heart attack)
-eat mild meals (avoid heavy salt, sugar, fatty/fried/spicy foods, processed meals, cold cuts, hot dogs, candy, pizza, and soda.)
-stay warm; being cold makes my body shiver, tense up, heart races
-get enough sleep
-drink at least 4 tall glasses of water per day
-drink chamomile tea and green tea
-avoid scary or violent tv/movies to keep heart rate normal
**I will now try the highly recommended remedies for GERD:
- 1 teaspoon of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR to a 1/2 glass of water (sip w/ dinner).
- chew gum after each meal b/c more saliva in stomach neutralizes acids.
-Also, get tested for H. Pylori just to be safe.
Antacids may be aluminum, magnesium, or calcium based. Calcium-based antacids (usually calcium carbonate) stimulates the release of gastrin, which results in an overproduction of acid. Theoretically at least, this increased acid is not good for GERD.
Calcium-containing antacids such as Tums and Rolaids are not recommended. Aluminum-containing antacids have a tendency to cause constipation, while magnesium-containing antacids tend to cause diarrhea. If diarrhea or constipation becomes a problem, it may be necessary to switch antacids or alternately use antacids containing aluminum and magnesium.
OVERALL, avoid stress (maybe change your job), eat healthy foods, exercise regularly - schedule it, and don't eat after 7pm. = )
I have all the symptoms that people have been describing, including the sore/lump in throat and random sharp pains in my side and back.
I'm sure my panic attacks are related to my acid reflux as the heart burn makes me aware of my chest area and how it feels abnormal and painful. Because you start to breathe more rapidly apparently your salt level changes and this is why you get a tingle sensation but I don't think this is the only explanation for the tingle ness.
I manage to control my panic attacks now as I know why I get them. But I will be going to the DR's to get this checked up as I've been living with it for too long.
I do have to say that when I came onto this site a few weeks ago seeing so many with the same problem did help so thanks for sharing your stories.
Also numbness in my arm, and sometimes in the lft side of my face.
I've also been having very sharp pain underneath my left ribcage.
Sometimes shortness of breath and a 'flutering' feeling in my chest/heart.
All this accompanied by general freaking out and anxiety.
Does this sound familiar?
GERD could be the cause of all this?
from what i read on the net i think its silent acid reflux messing with the nerves.
i get a very tight throat,difficultly swallowing,face numbness, sinus problems ,numb patches all over the body, chest pain,weight loss,sometimes I even get dizzy if i stand up.
DR has referred me to a stomach specialist. i hope its nothing serious, all my problems started 12 months ago after a doctor gave me strong ibuprofen for a bad back ,3 x 600g tablets, i think this burnt or ulcurated my stomach. i took them for 8 weeks he didn't say how long i should take them for which is apparently no more than 2 weeks or you can die from a stomach rupture!!!! nice one doc!
i'm so annoyed with him and myself for taking them but i was following the doctors orders,i trusted him, he has wreck my quality of life for the last 12 months and god know how much longer it will go on!