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Just writing here as I'm wondering if anyone has had similar circumstances. I hope that this makes sense as am feeling so poorly at the moment that am finding it hard to write.
I started taking Omeprazole just over a week ago.I was reluctant to take them after reading some pretty scaring things on the internet. I laso tried Lanzoprazole for a few days but stopped them due to palpitations.
A few months ago I'd been having what I thought was a rotator cuff injury in my shoulder and I had to take some ibruprofen which I think irritated my stomach. the pain in my shoulder was then identified as neck pain and I had an MRI which only showed back spasms. I also had an abdominal scan last week that showed my gallbladder etc were all okay except there was a a lot of gas in the abdomen.
Before this incident, I've never had obvious reflux or heartburn but have suffered for years on and off from a feeling of a very constricted throat, bloating, an inability to get a proper breath and a pain in the top left part of my back. This has always been uncomfortable but managable in my life so far. In my layman's opinion I think I have some sort of hernia, who knows.
As The Gastroentronologist indicated that I might have IBS and I was feeling uncomfortable last week (bloating and tight neck/throat again) I took some peppermint capsules. I think that was a huge mistake (I realise peppermint and reflux don't mix) and I felt terrible and finally decided to just take some omeprazole. I took 10mg x 2 for two days and then increaded to 20mg, on the Monday (the doze I was recommended). That night when I was drink some water I felt like my throat got stuck and I couldn't complete the swallow without several attempts-not painful- but frigtening. Each day after that my swallowing has been strange that somedays it has been bad all day and other days it seem to get worse in the evening.
Due to these problems, I stopped it but after a day or so I started with , dizziness; feeling like my stomach is trying to push it's way out of my throat and horrendous oesophageal spasms-I've had them in the past but never this bad (I completely sympathize with all those poor people who have posted saying they feel like they are going to die and how they dread going to bed at night). Sometimes I might have joked about dying but the terror of really thinking it might be your last breath; when you feel you are a prisioner of your own body and t's iterrifying symptoms is no joke.
I quickly went back on the omeprazole and thought I felt initially better (the throat spasms have gone). However, last night I seriously considered going to A & E as I felt so sick, the swallowing problems keep on coming back on and off, I have this dry throat and mouth, my stomach feels like it's being pushed in so I can't breathe. Today the symptoms aren't as frightening in the daytime. I've gone down to 10mg of omeprazole but even scared the spasms might come back or i'll feel worse.
I have just called to try and speak to a gastroentronologist but not heard back yet. I don't really have the money but am thinking I will book a private appointment this afternoon as am getting desperate. If anyone has a similar exerpiences I'd be very grateful for any advice.
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