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Two years ago I started getting a sudden pain in my chest, a crushing pain, which I think may be similar to a heart attack. Previous to this I had always got heart burn fairly easily, but I just took normal anti acids, my GP told me I have damage to my Oesophagus and this has caused the pain (oesophageal spasms) no endoscopy or other method had been used to diagnose this. I was then prescribed 20mg of Omeprazole (PPI).
Since then I have been mostly fine and it seemed that the medicine has been working to relieve the acid reflux, but every now and then I still get this chest pain (located just right of the centre of my chest and sometimes in the centre) and it lasts from 1 hour to up to 4 hours. Sometimes I feel this may happen due to a missed pill, but sometimes I feel certain that I had not missed my medicine. Even if I had missed a dose, how could this suddenly cause these spasms?
Just recently I had this extreme pain in my chest, the spasms come and go like waves and it's crippling, I normally need to isolate myself away from my family in a room, while I’m suffereing in pain. Drinking lemon freshly squeezed into warm water relieves the pain for a while, and then it returns. (lemon is acidic on It’s own , but mixed with water helps to neutralise acid)
When I read about other peoples symptoms, it seems like not many people with GERD have this chest pain that I get. I want to know if the pain is because of gastric acid erosion in my oesophagus, or is something else going on? The last attack that I had, there was no acid reflux prior to it happening, so no feeling of acid reflux or anything, it seemed to just start happening.
I went to see a specialist a few months ago and they told me unless I had trouble eating food, no endoscopy, investigation or operation would be possible with the NHS.
I don’t feel like this is a typical GERD case, something is happening to my oesophagus to cause these spasms and I want to know why. Is it just gastric acid erosion over time and it never healed? Then when I miss a dose of medicine, it allows the acid to enter and then trigger it?
or could I have a seperate problems that is not related to GERD?
If anyone has any advise for me, I’d really appreciate it
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