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20 years ago I was diagnosed with Gerd and Barrett's.  My first symptom was trouble swallowing solid food, pain even with water, pressure, burping.  Time went on, trouble breathing and feeling light-headed.

10 years ago I started to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks.  I am trying to get myself sorted out.  Trying to figure out what is a symptom of anxiety and what may be related to reflux.

This is what is confusing me.  I have the symptoms of reflux when I eat certain foods however they are not typical and I do not know what foods to eat anymore.  I wanted to increase my magnesium levels thinking it may help my anxiety.  I started eating more bananas for this reason.  I noticed shortly after eating a banana I get all the GERD symptoms, pain, pressure, burping, chest tightness,  the list...  And yet I can eat freaking nachos chips loaded with hot salsa and be perfectly fine.  I am starting to think that I was miss diagnosed or something else is going on.  This makes no sense to me.  Any ideas.... Thanks.

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    Do your chest hurt like you think you having a heart attack?
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      Yes at times.  Usually out of breath.  Sometimes it feels like a clenched fist in the center of my chest.  The clenched fist feeling happens when I have not eaten for a long time.  Being unable to breathe or feeling short of breath happens with gas buildup, bloating and burping.   Not sure if what I eat causes this or if my anxiety does but the feeling is the same regardless.  Originally when first diagnosed with GERD I had no pain but could not swallow and would choke.  I lost 30 lb because I was on a liquid only diet.  About a year after GERD diagnosis I would get the heart attack like pain and nothing seemed to help except time and uping my PPI's.  Mostly I only get that pain on rare occasions anymore if I do something stupid like taking pain meds on an empty stomach.  My symptoms that concern me the most is feeling out of breath.  Eating a banana will bloat me up and make me burp 3 times a minute.  Sometimes the pressure just keeps building up and I cant burp but it feels like I need to.  Eventually, I will make a huge burp and I feel fine and can breathe again.  We are talking one single banana on an empty stomach.  Seriously I have no idea what to eat anymore because the stuff that would cause me trouble in the past does not bother me at all yet other things I thought would be safe do.

       

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    Hi Marvin

    20,years is a long time to be suffering, have you been on ppi all the time?

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      I was on PPI's for the first eight years until I developed joint problems in my mid 30's.  After that I started to take them on and off as needed.  Usually a month on or off at a time.  I had to have my gallbladder removed five years ago and found that I no longer needed PPI's at all.  So I was free from PPI's for 5 years.  What changed though is that my joint pain was easy to agitate at work.  I ended up taking a high dosage of prescribed naproxen that seemed to have messed me up a lot.  The stomach issues returned along with stupid amounts of anxiety.  Just trying to balance my symptoms out.  I don't like being on PPI's all the time and the fact that I can eat tomatoes and onions but not bananas is not making sense from my past experiences, 

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      Really strange that you can eat tomatoes and onions, they are usually off the list, hope you find relief soon
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    I had suffered all these symptoms and was diagnosed with inflamed esophagus and a sliding hiatal hernia! Bananas always effect me like this! I am feeling great since taking Omprezole, strict diet ,no caffeine, no spices, no alcohol! Stress is the biggest issue and I walk away from it as much as possible! Elevate upper body to sleep! I take vitamins calcium, D3, B12 all needs when on PPI. Try taking magnesium in pill form. Good luck
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