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female, 27 years old. diagnosed with depression & anxiety. currently taking Sertraline 50mg. symptoms of acid reflux, upper back pain. symptoms have been with me for a week+ worse durning the night. below i have tried to describe my symptoms in full but please excuse my bad writing. any advice is appreciated.
upper middle back pain and right shoulder blade pain. feeling in right shoulder feels like a tight knot with some frequent stabbing pains. pain radiates down into right arm. deep breathes give me a shooting pain in my right shoulder blade. pain starting to radiate up into my neck and causing tension headaches (feels like the back of my skull is being squeezed) slight jaw and ear pain but nothing concerning.
sharp tight chest pains in middle of chest, mostly at night. feels like i'm having heart palpitations and shortness of breathe. (these have been very scary to deal with as i'm scared i may have heart issues and very close to rushing to the ER) presumably from gas in my chest caused by acid reflux, feels like i have a burp stuck in my chest which i cant get up and becomes painful. feels like acid is always coming up my chest. when i actually can get a burp up, it's a belch 5 times in a row and is painful in my chest. will sometimes get a cold/burning sensation in my chest.
constantly feels like i have a lump in my neck which is painful but no physical feeling of a lump (could be globus sensation caused by anxiety) constant mucus in the back of my throat which i can't seem to cough up, constantly swallowing it down but just comes back, gets very annoying. horrible sour taste in my mouth too which i cant seem to get rid of despite eating gum, brushing teeth , using mouthwash.
complete loss of appetite. i am very nauseous and have no appetite. i cannot seem to stomach eating or thinking about food. was worse at the start of the week but have now started slowly introducing food back in but very slowly as i can't seem to finish just one slice of toast before i get nausea again. no puking though which is a good sign. i always seem to have a burning sensation in my stomach aswell which i can't tell is hunger pains or the acid in my stomach.
fyi: i have been to the doctor already 2 times. 1st time, doctor said the pain in my back may be a pinched nerve and prescribed me Tramadol 340mg (first night trying it made me feel very spaced out and just horrible so i refuse to take it. i'm very weird about taking pills so excuse me) and also a gastro tablet Pantoprozole 40mg (these didnt seem to do anything for me so stopped taking them) started taking Nexium control 20mg and they seemed to calm down the burning sensation in my stomach but thats about it and taking a tablespoon of Gaviscon every night before bed. been taking 500mg paracetamol for my back pains but no relief. 2nd time i went to the doctor, still complaining about back pains and acid reflux symptoms. told me to continue taking Nexium but to up my dose to 40mg and to continue taking the Gaviscon before bed as the Gaviscon seems to be really helping calm down the feeling of acid in my chest at night. and referred me to a physiotherapist for my back also have a blood test for next week. i really do not want to rely on PPI's for the rest of my life as ive heard that PPI's can destroy your stomach and coming off them can cause rebound acid reflux. symptoms are all still there and feel like nothing is really working. i am starting to think this is way more than just acid reflux and could be a hiatal hernia, LPR. maybe even my gallbladder or pancreas, pneumonia. i know that anixety can make your reflux far worse than it really is because you are overthinking everything but the hypochondriac in me is still really paranoid that it may be something serious. if symptoms become worse or are still there by the end of the week, i am going to make another doctors appointment to ask to get tests done.
please excuse my panic writing as it may not be very clear. any advice is greatly appreciated.
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