When is heartburn not heartburn?

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I've been searching for some help with my situation but can't seem to find anyone in a siilar boat.

For the past 5 weeks I've had a burning feeling deep in the centre of my right chest. It feels like it's half-way between my chest and my back. It comes on around 11am and stays all day. 

My doctor put me on 60mg of Omeprazole a day as he thought it was heartburn. It did nothing. Nothing at all. It's not the same feeling as indigestion/acid reflux. I've had that when I was pregnant and this is different. It's not food or drink related, it's not worse when I lie down and it's pretty much every single day, all day. The only relief I get is when I'm asleep.

Occasionally I'll get one full day when the burning stops and I feel amazing ... and then the next day, BAM, it's back. It's really getting me down and my doctor just keeps saying I have heartburn but I KNOW it's not that. 

Has anyone else experienced something like this?

I do have health anxiety but this has been five weeks of hell and I'm not convinced it's just my anxiety causing this pain.

Thanks in advance.

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  • Posted

    None of the ppi worked for me - finally they diagnosed me with acid BILE reflux gastritis even though I never burb or have bile coming up

    They put me on motilium and it helped 

  • Posted

    PPI just need more time to be effective, I spent a year on PPIs on daily basis until I fully recovered (Hopefully)
    • Posted

      I had very wrid symptoms that heartburn comes when I exert myself or run for an amount of time. Did a lot of heart tests (although I'm still young) and everything was fine. Did an endoscopy and it was also good. Then I realized that symptoms come back when I suddenly reduce my ppi from 40mg to 20mg hence it caused a confusion. So started decreasing it gradually from 40mg to 10mg over around 6 months. Now I feel okay and I got back to exercising with no symptoms.

    • Posted

      No, I believe it was caused by two factors:

      - not being patient enough until the medicine is effective.

      - Reducing the dose suddenly by half

    • Posted

      I took ppi for a month and got off and have been for about 2.5 weeks but few nights ago was awakened with horrendous burning pain. I had no idea there are repercussions with getting off a ppi.

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