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When I am in pain it lasts for long periods of time, usually around 3 to 4 weeks of constant pain, which feels like a heart attack and like I can feel something unhooking itself inside my chest. I can’t roll over in bed, or sit up by myself which is embarrassing and frustrating. I work in a restaurant which is getting harder and harder to lift trays and carry heavy plates. I want this to subside. I believe I just self-diagnosed myself with costochondritis.
10 tips for controlling GERD
For maximum results, I recommend that people try a 4 week elimination of these foods when starting a reflux recovery program. After 4 weeks, they can be added back in, one at a time, for a more definitive answer regarding their possible role in reflux symptoms. Other foods may also be of concern, but gluten and dairy are the most likely culprits. In my experience, the bigger issue that connects foods to reflux is food allergy. I am not referring to the stereotypical hive or lip swelling reaction that is the result of a classic IgE mediated food reaction.
Be prepared to provide a full medical history, including any other diagnosed conditions. List all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take. Nicely, that is determined by you.
Causes of Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
I even went to the gastroenterologist. I do have a 10 mm hiatal hernia, but that doctor thinks that’s not what’s causing pain. I get pain in the afternoon, and when I lie down it goes away.
I have asthma flares which due to struggling to breathe inflame my chest wall. Doctor said it was costochondritis. My chest hurts to breathe. I lie around, take 800 ibuprofen, do anything and it inflames worse, and hurts worse. It is very painful, and I get lip service that asthma cannot cause this.
With this regimen, two thirds of the asthmatics reduced their asthma symptoms by nearly 60%. In addition, the objective parameters of (1) asthma medication requirements, (2) FEV1, and (3) PEF also improved, all of which parallel the improvement in symptoms. analyzed 128 24-hour ambulatory pH tracings that had been obtained in asthmatics during routine conduct of pH testing.
The National Institutes of Health report that research is underway to explore the root causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Key studies are focusing on the role of hiatal hernia in GERD and the impact of the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), in causing or preventing various stomach diseases.
American Academy of Allergy Asthma,& Immunology. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Accessed 7/2/2013. Aside from these steps, over-the-counter antacids can often relieve GERD symptoms. However, if after one to two weeks these medications do not help with your symptoms, your doctor may need to prescribe medications that block or limit the amount of stomach acid your body produces. Under rare circumstances, GERD may only be treatable through surgery.
I have researched this and I have found forums full of people that have had this going on 10 years. At first it felt like my chest was on fire, but ice cold at the same time; it went all across my chest down the arm in the back. Sometimes it feels like someone is folding my ribs in half.
I woke up in excruciating pain, it felt like a heart attack. I went to the emergency room and they ran tests on me. One doctor gave me a gastro intestinal cocktail; which did not work.
I had itching, chest pain, and swelling. A week later, I still feel terrible with pressure on my sternum and right side.
You should carry a card or wear a bracelet with this information in case you are unable to speak in a medical emergency. This is the most common cause – known as reflux esophagitis. At the lower end of the esophagus, there is a valve that stops acids in the stomach from going back up into the esophagus. This is called the esophageal sphincter.
I try deep breaths but when it’s in the ribs you cannot get a good breath. It causes my panic attacks to be more frequent. It always feels like I am in cardiac arrest. To get to sleep I take about 3 or 4 sleeping pills with a side of 6 pain killers and when it gets to the point where I can barely walk, it is bed time. That’s my temporary cure (do not do what I do, very dangerous)!