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Constant forced belching, feeling of air stuck in chest/throat (Acid Reflux/GERD diagnosed)

Hi All,

This is my first time doing this so I want to try to be as detailed as possible, as I have gone through several doctors and am simply not satisfied with my current situation and honestly don't know what else to do.

Note: I am a 26 year old male, have always loved sports/weight lifting. I still lift on a regular basis but cannot do cardio exercises like running because it bothers me/my breathing/burns sometimes.

It all started about one year ago when I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like I couldn't breathe. I went to the ER after about 2 days I was having a hard time breathing, always feeling like I was short of breathe. He gave me a inhaler which did not help, then after a few days my symptoms went away and I had this feeling of air trapped in my chest/throat and I was constantly forcing myself to burp in order to relieve these symptoms. He referred me to a gastroenterologist, with whom essentially determined and diagnosed me with some gastritis and GERD/Acid reflux.

Tests I have done:

- upper endoscopy (showed some gastritis/inflammation and acid reflux)

- 2 stool tests to check for h. pylori and other bacterium (both negative)

- esphogeal manometry and (2) 24hour pH tests (one without nexium and second time after maxed on nexium, twice a day. showed I was swallowing a lot of air and had acid reflux)

- swallow test? forgot what it's called but I drank liquids and they saw how it went down through xray.

- lung/heart doctor (negative)

Nothing has helped. I was prescribed prilosec, nexium, etc with no relief. I still take 1 nexium a day now as when I stopped, the forced belching would bring acid up and burn my chest/throat.

My doctors are now trying to prescribe me Zoloft in order to "suppress" my brain and feeling these symptoms, but I am hesitant as I assume this would only mask the problem, even if it worked.

I just CANT GET THIS FEELING TO GO AWAY. I am constantly belching, my chest is extremely tight, etc. Is it anxiety? I don't feel anxious.



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  • anthony 93061 anthony 93061 tonyjyoo

    Feel the same way but I can't burp unless I gag myself have gas constantly had the scope and diagnosis some inflammation in stomach or gastritis ,? barretts esophagus. On Pantoprazole 40mg. I do remember letting a big burp out while doing the scope and thinking I can finally burp like a normal person after 35 years NOT. Not sure what to think anymore was so hoping this would of found the issue.

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