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Hi, brand new to the forum and as i'm sure most people when they first come here are, I'm feeling a little exasperated at a lack of diagnosis. I can understand it because there's multiple symptoms and of course they all seem to overlap.
Firstly, in 2011 at the age of 24 I weighed in at 21st 2lbs and had a lot of problems with acid heartburn and regurgitating undigested food. The doctors put me on Lansoprazole which I found useful because it took the acid edge of the regurgitating of food. I changed my diet and began exercising more, which made me even more determined to lose weight because I was looking a hell of a lot better too!
By the time the Endoscopy and Barium X Rays came around, I'd already lost 4 stone so all the symptoms had gone. I'd stopped taking the Lansoprazole because I wasn't regurgitating food anymore. I went on to lose 7 stone and have had no symptoms for 3 years.
Moving on to Ocotober 2014 and I had sort of a gnawing pain in the stomach, a mix between pain and hunger. I managed to sleep through, but in the morning the stomach ache had got worse and whilst at work was coming on in waves. Around midday one of the waves of pain from my stomach went all the way up my throat, into my chest and in my back. It worried me because i'd never felt such a weird sensation, so with the chest tightness and arms tingling my dad instantly rang an ambulance.
They took me to hospital and despite reassurance i'd done the right thing, I felt like I was taking the mick because I was clearly in a lot better condition than most of the people in A&E.
They tested my heart and did a few bloods. Everything seemed ok and I felt much better so they released me and I went home.
I went to see my GP about a week later because for that week i'd experienced tightness across the chest, stomach ache and regurgitation of food. No heartburn this time, but I put that down to be at a healthy weight. The GP said she suspected the incident was a panic attack and that the other symptoms i'd had since were anxiety. I'm an alpha male in some ways but would completely buy into the whole stress/anxiety issue because i've had friends suffer from stress.
Since then i've developed significant breathing problems where my breathing is now laboured 100% of the time.
The breathing is by far the worst symptom of all which I need rectifying as soon as I possibly can, but alongside the breathing i've got the following symptoms
- Food & Drink just sat in stomach for hours (Not for 3 weeks)
- Stomach Ache (constant for 2 months)
- Difficulty Swallowing (once or twice a day for the past 2 months)
- Tight Chest (Not for 6 weeks)
- Acid Regurgitating when bending over or when over eating. (constant)
- Breathing Difficulties (constant)
- Lots of Belching
- Feeling of trapped wind. having to wriggle around to burp for relief.
- Bad acidic taste when brushing back of teeth
- Burning sensation in top of mouth and nose when breathing in through nose.
I had an endoscopy 2 weeks ago which found 'nothing serious' but i'm awaiting my next visit to see the stomach specialist for a follow up.
In the meantime i've been on Lansoprazole for the acid which has taken the acidic edge off the regurgitation, although the regurtitation still occurs along with all the other symptoms
I also got sent by a GP to a therapist for anxiety and after an initial assesment they said they didn't think I was anxious at all and to pursue the medical route. i'm not an anxiou person at all but I have had a lot of changes recently. House Move, Bigger Mortgage, I'm a newish dad (11 months now), Having to live away from my GF & son whilst my new house is being sorted, a lot of work to do on the new house, very busy and understaffed at work whilst living with my boss (& dad!). So I'd buy into stress, but it seem every route I go down is a dead end.
Any help would be massively appreciated.
Also, I don't drink or smoke at all. Starting to think I should drink to chill out! But with the stomach problems i'd rather not exacerbate them!
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