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Hello all, I am a 21 year old male and have been diagnosed with GERD & EoE for 4 years now. To give some quick background info of this, my first endoscopy was at 17 years old where the GI told me I had the esophegus of a 40 year old man .. lol. Many biopsies where taken and EoE was found. I have always kept my GERD under control with diet and medication since then. Fast forward 4 years later, I experienced my very first panic attack - This attack started with a lot of swallowing of my spit>Fast heart rate>Shortness of breathe with the feeling someone was choking me and ultimately freaking out, Then BOOM. The feeling of doom. At the time I was leaving my GF's moms house to come back home(she live's 2 hours away) I contiplated on going to the ER because I felt like I was dying but decided not to, had tingly hands and a weird feeling in head whole drive home. Woke up next day feeling okay. About 3 weeks later I noticed I had a feeling of mucus sticking in the back of my throst that I couldn't get rid of - this was a very annoying feeling eventually leading up to my second panic attack which happened the same as the first. This time I went to the ER, where they ran a soft tissue of my neck and chest x-ray both coming back normal, so they said it was my GERD, Doc also ordered me a ultrasound of thyroid>which a month later ended up coming back pretty normal with some swelling of the right thyroid. The next day after the ER visit I just didn't feel right.
3 day's later woke up and had another panic attack but this time accompanied with right arm pain so went back to the ER.. 5 hours later doctor orders me an endoscopy.
(Note that I'm sure some of these symptoms where anxiety related).
Symptoms I Experienced:
Gritty/Blurry vision - kinda like a brain fog/vertigo feeling.
Thick mucus feeling continued - Got worse if anything.
Shortness of breathe(at times)
REALLY bad anxiety to the point everytime I laid down in bed the feeling of doom came back.
Tingly hands/feet(at times)
Annoying feeling in legs - kinda like RLS
Loss of appetite
Warm radiating feeling in sternum area(at times)
Constant bloating/stomach gurgling/stomach pain(5)/diarrhea
Pressure in head
Chest tremors/uncontrollable shaking of chest. (Only experienced this two times between now.
Really didn't feel like myself, you know?
Week 2 of the ongoing nightmare - Saw my GP ordered some thyroid tests all came back normal.. so not my thyroid.
Symptoms experienced, Week 2:
Stomach problems continued - no more diahrrea but weak stool.
Mild loss of appetite
Often when eating large meals severe bloating and pain
Thick mucus feeling in back of throat continued
Re-occuring "annoying" feeling in lower part of legs - I quote "annoying" because it's really hard to explain:o.
Waves of muscle aches, more accurately neck and lower back dull aching pain often accompanied by a mild headache (usually occured night time)
Constant urge swallow/cracking sound when swallowing
Got in for an endoscopy, turns out my esophougus looks a lot better than it did 4 years prior, Biopsies showed that I still have EoE & has progressed to stomach lining. Stomach was swollen. He prescribed me an oral inhaler thing that's supposed to help with EoE.
Current experienced symptoms:
Muscle ache waves continue
Cosntant bloating/gas/stomach gurgling continue
Plugged ears - AT TIMES, often night time.
Swollen lymphnode left side above collar bone, I say "swollen" because I can feel it lol, right side feels nothing alike.
Clicking/popping sounds when swallowing.
Weird pressure feeling in right side of chest when stretching a certain way:o
Constant muscle spasms & oh are they annoying.
Urinating noticeably more
Anxiety has really calmed down and how to keep it that way:3
That is about it for now.. And I went really in depth with everything that has been going on because I know there are many people just like me searching threads for answers, and I really hope to help fellow humans out by posting this and keeping everyone up-to-date on my medical journey which will not rest until I find meaning to these symptoms that came straight out of right field. We want answers, and we want to know where to begin to look for them! Feel free to post in relation what you may be experiencing or going through, feedback is always appreciated.
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