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GERD does anyone have it!? *Mrs. Mom* Due April 25 (boy); 3 kids; Ohio 1956 posts
7th Jun '13

I've never gotten heart burn except when I was pregnant . I eat spicy food all the time and its never bothered me. But I've been having moderate to sever pressure in my neck and upper chest and sternum. It feels like someone is strangling me. Also I can't swallow very good it feels like it gets stuck midway down my throat and then trickles down. I've been burping more than usual its like I have air stuck in my upper chest and throat. And the indent in my neck (juggler notch)
feels like it's making it hard for me to breath and Im dizzy but that's going away..... Its really scary does this sound like GERD? I've been to my doctor twice and the hospital twice got an EKG, thyroid test, blood work, chest xray, and cat scan all normal. Im going to find a ENT today and try to get an appointment right away! Im taking 3 prescriptions an antiflamitory, histamine blocker for GERD and a pill for dizziness.....idk if it's working sometimes it feels like it sometimes it doesn't my throat is getting worse :(

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
7th Jun '13

You need to see a GI doctor for GERD, not an ENT.



I have it. You probably do but if you're having difficulty swallowing, you might also have eosinophilic esophagitis.



I suggest calling a GI doctor and setting up a clinical appointment and push for an EGD as well.



I have both and they aren't fun to manage. I'm on Prilosec 2x a day, Flovent 2x a day (which I swallow), and Singulair.

susanesque 2 kids; Georgia 8425 posts
7th Jun '13

Sounds like it. I was having a ton of issues with it before I got pregnant because I had an ulcer and it was like horrible indigestion ALL the time. I even freaked out once and called an ambulance because I thought I was having a heart attack - they checked me out and everything was fine, they said it was just severe indigestion and a panic attack. :oops:



I would have dull pain in the center or left side of my chest, mostly.

*Mrs. Mom* Due April 25 (boy); 3 kids; Ohio 1956 posts
7th Jun '13
Quoting Sly Saffy:" You need to see a GI doctor for GERD, not an ENT. I have it. You probably do but if you're having difficulty ... [snip!] ... well. I have both and they aren't fun to manage. I'm on Prilosec 2x a day, Flovent 2x a day (which I swallow), and Singulair."


Do you have to do this forever? And was it kinda hard to breath?

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
7th Jun '13
Quoting TheMommaType:" Do you have to do this forever? And was it kinda hard to breath?"


The GERD medication, yes. EE is usually allergen dependent but there are some Gi specialists who believe it may be autoimmune. I'm of the thought that in my case, it's probably autoimmune. It flares up when I've overly stressed or have a huge shift in hormones. I'm not always on the EE prevention. My esophagus came back perfectly fine in January of this year. I had an EGD a few days ago and my EE is running rampant again.



It can get difficult to breathe but that's not often the case for me. That part is probably related to GERD. I do a PPI medication 2x a day so reflux isn't typically a problem for me aside from some discomfort when I feel acid rising.

*Mrs. Mom* Due April 25 (boy); 3 kids; Ohio 1956 posts
7th Jun '13
Quoting Sly Saffy:" The GERD medication, yes. EE is usually allergen dependent but there are some Gi specialists who believe ... [snip!] ... I do a PPI medication 2x a day so reflux isn't typically a problem for me aside from some discomfort when I feel acid rising."


Geez this stuff is scary it can cause esophagus cancer!

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
7th Jun '13
Quoting TheMommaType:" Geez this stuff is scary it can cause esophagus cancer!"


Yes but I'm not too worried. My GI doctor sees me reguarly and I get EGDs 2-3 times a year so if I ever did get cancer, they'd pick it up before it got too far to treat. I'd have a good chance of going into remission.



My grandfather had esophageal cancer so my chances end up being higher but again, not worried. I've been told my a previous GI doctor that between my own issues and my family history, it's almost a guarantee. *shrugs*

*Mrs. Mom* Due April 25 (boy); 3 kids; Ohio 1956 posts
7th Jun '13

does an EDG hurt?

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
7th Jun '13
Quoting TheMommaType:" does an EDG hurt?"


No.
You're sedated for the procedure. Your throat may be a little sore for a few days but it's fine.

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
7th Jun '13

I have GERD as well as my son. But I am managing fairly well. My son has it bad. I would think yours is more EE because of the hard to swallow.
And there is a surgery for GERD ( son is gettin it soon) but its for those whose not doing well while on meds.

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 15002 posts
7th Jun '13

I apologize in advance for hijacking your thread OP but since you have the attention of ladies with some knowledge about GERD and acid reflux I thought I might ask a question of my own. Hope you don't mind!



I have terrible acid reflux that started when I was 15 (burps that burned) and have progressed slowly through the years (now 39). For most of my life I just needed the occasional tums. Then it was a few times a week, then every day. Then Tums weren't good enough anymore and I needed Pepcid once in awhile and then every day until finally that wasn't working anymore either. I went to see my PCP about it and she put me on some meds that take care of the acid reflux for the most part. I say for the most part because while it 100% treats the burning/acid type burping, it doesn't do much for another symptom which I began having only a few years ago. Sometimes when I lay down (most especially on my right side) the acid/bile or whatever will creep up my esophagus and if I don't sit up quickly enough I will aspirate it. My question is is this something I should be worried about and should I press my PCP further about this (I did mention it at my original appointment)?

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
7th Jun '13
Quoting Amelia Margaret:" I apologize in advance for hijacking your thread OP but since you have the attention of ladies with some ... [snip!] ... something I should be worried about and should I press my PCP further about this (I did mention it at my original appointment)?"


I would.
I would also ask for a referral (if needed) to see a GI doctor. They're going to be able to help you more.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
7th Jun '13

The acid rising is what happens to me if I eat a trigger food. My meds don't work too well if I eat something extremely acidic.

*Mrs. Mom* Due April 25 (boy); 3 kids; Ohio 1956 posts
7th Jun '13

I've also been having random pains in my back and under my ribs is this normal for EE too? Its been making me feel like I should cough.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
7th Jun '13
Quoting TheMommaType:" I've also been having random pains in my back and under my ribs is this normal for EE too? Its been making me feel like I should cough."


No, that's typical of GERD if it gets bad.



EE causes food impaction and difficulty swallowing.