Please someone help me. Terrible Pain.

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Please help me. Whoever is out there that can answer my questions. I am posting this on multiple websites.

It all started on Sept 30th, 2017. I went out with my family for a birthday dinner. My life was completely turned upside down that night. I was eating like normal and I accidentally took a whole shrimp into my mouth. I chewed it twice and swallowed it way too fast. There was no shell on it and it wasn’t a mini shrimp. I swallowed it whole because I was eating too fast. All of the sudden, I felt weird. The shrimp was traveling down my throat very uncomfortably and I thought it went down my air pipe. I thought I was choking and I started sweating like crazy. I started hyperventilating and had the worst chest pressure that made me feel like I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was going to die, I thought I could be having a heart attack. My family thought I had a panic attack. After I calmed down, I realized I could breathe but I couldn’t take deep breaths or yawn normally. I tried eating again but I started to get panicky sweats again and got very scared. I had the feeling there was food stuck in my throat and chest. (I’ve never had panic attacks before in my life).

That night, I have never been the same. It is now Nov. 9th, 2017. The week after my panic attack, my throat felt smaller and I had troubling swallowing food or drinks. Every time I ate food, it felt like it got stuck in my chest, no matter what I ate. I starting eating a lot less, like 2500 calories a day to less than 1000. The night I had a panic attack, I slept like I usually did but I had a hard time breathing normally. I didn’t get much sleep. Every other night after, I had terrible pain in my upper rib cages right below both breasts. I couldn’t breathe still. I went to patient first and told them everything. I got an EKG, blood tests, Chest and throat X rays, everything was normal. Nothing got stuck in my throat. Nothing was wrong. They thought I might of have acid reflux or GERD. They told me to take a drug store antacid like Mylanta. I took it a couple of times. I was having so much pain that week after the incident that I went to the ER as well. They did all the same tests and didn’t find anything wrong. I told them everything and they said it was probably GERD or acid reflux. They gave me a GI cocktail to help relieve some pain. It didn’t do much for me and my breathing was still not normal. I went to an ENT and he stuck a camera down my throat and said nothing was there. I went to a GI specialist after and got an endoscopy. The endoscopy was normal. The doctor said I couldn’t rule out acid reflux though, even though there was no sign of damage to my esophagus. He prescribed me some antacid medicine. I never took it. I went to another GI specialist for a second opinion, she told me all the tests they could do and I did a barium swallow. That test turned out completely normal too. They did an ultrasound of everything with my digestive system and didn’t find a single problem. I started to feel better after that awful week and tried eating more and more solid foods. The week after the panic attack I drank a lot of ensure. I slept that whole week propped up too. The week after the ribcage pain went away. I think it was because I wasn’t eating a lot. When I started eating almost normally again, I felt way better but I couldn’t breathe still and I still had trouble swallowing. It doesn’t really matter what food I eat, when I eat or drink anything, it feels like it puts pressure on my lungs or something. The chest pressure and breathing have gotten way worst in some moments. After a day of eating receses candy and ham and veggies, I got this burning sensation near my left breast in between my chest. After that day, I got a sore throat. Eventually I had a fever that lasted two days and turned into a cold. I think it might of started a week or two ago but now I have no appetite at all. I kinda always feel full and I have a cough leftover from the cold. I hear squeaking noises when I breathe inward. The left side of my stomach makes a weird short fart noise occasionally. I have gargling noises that come from a different part of my stomach too. I started taking a medicine the second GI doctor prescribed, pantoprazole 20 mg twice a day. I’ve been taking it for two weeks now. Sometimes when I eat food, I feel like I have to burp but I don’t and it feels like liquid comes up. I burp constantly whenever I eat anything or drink.  I’VE ONLY HAVE BURNING SENSATIONS THREE TIMES MAX. The liquid feeling coming up never burns, it just worsens the breathing. I’ve woken up at night three different times feeling like I swallowed something and it got stuck in my throat. In my head I thought I was wearing a mask, and I swallowed it (I don’t even own any mask).How do I know this is acid reflux and why do I not feel hungry anymore? I never can eat much because I have trouble swallowing and it feels like my life is falling apart. Someone please help me. I’m losing hope. I need help. I can’t do anything normally anymore. I can’t tell If what im eating is hurting me, I cant breathe right, I cant exercise like I use too because I don’t eat enough. I am only 20 years old and 120 pounds. Life is awful. I’ve tried Xanax as well, it did not help with anything. I have to eat all food by grinding up almost to a liquid in my mouth. My chest pressure has never let up since that terrible day.  What is happening to me?

Btw when I take hard steps or jump off something, the front upper part of my teeth hurt really bad. I read that may be because they are connected to my sinuses or something? I am allergic to sulfur drugs and I have celiac disease. I’ve had it since I was 17. I do not eat gluten ever. I have never experienced any of this in my life. Can that onset event trigger acid reflux all of the sudden???

 

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    You need to calm down and break the panic cycle - xanax should have helped . Get something stronger - ask doctor for motilium - it helps move everything through your system fast - 
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      I only had one panic episode. I take Xanax when I do feel anxiety, but even then I feel chest pressure and its hard to breathe when I eat food. It gets worse with some foods too. I know it has something to do with eating. I wake up with gurgling noises in my throat and a bad taste in my mouth.
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    I think this may be anxiety.

    The first episode - you either choked or it got stuck in your oesophagus - it triggered your first panic attack.

    I think that is just coincidence - I think you would have got this anyway even without this shrimp episode.

    Anxiety is very common - it can create these symptoms of chest tightness and breathlessness. You can even get the chest tightness in isolation without fear.

    I dont think you have reflux - you’re young and thin. Reflux is generally caused by haitus hernias, which young thin people dont have. In addition you dont have reflux oesophagitis and you dont seem to have improved on antacid and PPI meds.

    To control your anxiety - its difficult. But firstly let me assure you - you have been thoroughly investigated - if not over-investigated. 

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      Yes I realize that, but it is mostly "scary" for the elderly with heart problems. I was on it for a short time at her age, and it helped. It was only a short time.

       

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    Think all that lot is anxiety. I'm nearly 50 now and I can still remember like it was yesterday nearly choking on a boiled sweet as a child!! If the medical side have ruled out the 'nasties' then surely thats good?!!

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    Apologies, I couldn’t actually read all of our post... 

    I wouldn’t like to underestimate anxiety, which, I think Ben1994 correctly suggested, but I too think you need to calm down. 

    Also, 2,500 calories for a woman is quite excessive. So, additionally, think it’s not a bad thing for your health that you’ve cut back. I do believe 2,000 calories per day is the recommended amount.

    Deb

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    Hi Erinn!

    Your experience was certainly a very scary one! I'm so sorry that you ever had to deal with all that!

    I was thinking about a shellfish allergy. Could THAT be a possibility?

    Something else I thought about was the shrimp TAIL. Could you possibly have swallowed THAT? If so, it MIGHT have scratched your esophagus or further down toward your stomach. I have an ulcer which sometimes causes pain as you mentioned.

    Please let us know how you are doing.

    Sending prayers of strength and calm and knowing answers tonight!??

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      I didn't swallow the tail. I've eaten shrimp my whole life. Thank you for your support and prayers.

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    Erin,

    I am certainly no expert in reflux, but from everything I've read, it doesn't sound like you have it.  

    I can tell you first hand how STRONG our minds are, and panic attacks can make you feel just like you're feeling in your chest.  The more you worry that something is wrong, the worse the pain feels.  Our minds can actually create pain from worrying and anxiety.

    I know you said you have taken Xanax and still had the feeling.  But maybe you need to take more of it on a regular basis (with approval of your doctor of course).  Or maybe ask for valium or klonopin, which are longer acting and take them daily for a few days.  I know these meds can be very addictive, but they can really pull you out of an anxious state of mind.  

    They ran all the tests on you and don't see anything.  I really think it's anxiety taking hold.  I've let it do that to me from time to time in my life.

    Jane

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      Well said, Jane .

      I don’t hold with taking any drugs, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue for Erin, who clearly has some kind of chemical imbalance.

      Deb

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    Hi Erin I’ve had a similar experience and I suffer from anxiety and diagnosed with GERD almost 2 years ago. When I was first trying to control it, I had an episode like this. I know it’s annoying when people say “it’s all in your head.” Trust me. I’ve been there, but try to get your mind off of those thoughts and you will feel so much better. Also just know that it can take some time before that sensation goes away, especially if you worry about it. Best of luck!
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    l don’t think you originally had a panic attack, l think you just choked on shrimp, really really badly and the experience frightened you and threw your body out of wack. l would bet you just need a little more time to recover and things will go back to normal. You probably just strained muscles in your chest and you could be feeling leftover anxiety from the scary episode. And weight and height don’t really effect reflux so it is possible that’s what your feeling, I’m not sure it would come on so quickly. All of this seemed to be triggered by the episode and l truly think you just temporarily have thrown your body out of wack. Keep getting tests done to rule out bad stuff and you’ll be in my prayers. 
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