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tgal
03-22-2011, 08:39 AM
Hello everyone! I wanted to share something that happened to me because I think others may be tempted to do the same thing.

As most of you know I had been having that cold feeling inside my chest for a couple of weeks and I finally was able to get to the doctor yesterday. He became very nervous when I told him about it. He checked my lungs and then he said "any other strange things going on?" In my most chipper voice I said "My GERD has been really bad the last few days". So, he called the nurse to take me to the EKG room and then I went into his office. He looked sternly at me and said "Mari that is NOT GERD that you have been having. The cold feeling in your chest and the things that feels like GERD was your heart talking to you!". WOW. I have the GERD thing all the time so has it been talking to me all the time? I was in shock.

Turns out that I don't have regular heart disease where their is a build up of crud in my arteries but instead I am having angina due to spasms caused by the inflammation.
I am posting this as a post because I know so many of us have GERD and we get to a place where "that is the least of our worries". Don't dismiss the indigestion. It may be much more important then you think!

One more thing.. turns out that shortness of breath or "not being able to get a good breath" was another sign of heart problems. Don't let those things go

SandyR
03-22-2011, 08:49 AM
THANK YOU for finally going to the doctor for that! And THANK GOD he knew how serious this was. I was very worried about you and am so so relieved to see you finally went. Please please don't ignore your heart again. It's the only organ that will stop all the other organs from working so let's make sure it's in good working condition and paid attention to. Now what is he doing for all this? More tests? Drugs? Hospital?

rob
03-22-2011, 08:55 AM
Good info Mari. I'm glad it wasn't obstructed arteries (one bypass for someone I care about this year is enough). Did they prescribe you nitro? What's the overall outlook?

tgal
03-22-2011, 11:34 AM
THANK YOU for finally going to the doctor for that! And THANK GOD he knew how serious this was. I was very worried about you and am so so relieved to see you finally went. Please please don't ignore your heart again. It's the only organ that will stop all the other organs from working so let's make sure it's in good working condition and paid attention to. Now what is he doing for all this? More tests? Drugs? Hospital?

Actually I don't have to do the tests again. This is the first thing that sent me to the ER back in Nov 09. I had been ill for a long time but I didn't do doctors so I ignored most everything for over two years. I just accepted that I was getting old until I started having chest pains at work. I finished the day out because I was alone at the office and then went to the ER. My BP was 278 over 140 or something. They did an EKG and it was fine. They referred me to a cardio so in Jan of 10 I went. He was very good. I had a stress test and an ultrasound. I also wore a monitor for 2 days. Nothing found. I also went to every other specialist but that is another story

The doctor today said if everything then was completely normalin Jan 10 (especially since they did the Ultra sound with and without contract) there is no way for it to completely blocked in a year. He also said that my body has all the signs of inflamation (ie vasculitis on my legs and arms and raynauds) then it is no stretch to know that the same thing that blocks those arteries is the same thing that is happening at my heart. I also told him the line on my last MRI that noone seemed to care about. We discussed my MRI which is most likely what is happening to my brain. He said it makes perfect sense why everything is showing normal. The tests would only show if the heart was having a spasm at the moment. He even said that he couldn't understand why the specialist never told me this!

Anyway (I can't be brief anymore LOL) He said that we will have to deal with the underlying issues however he doesn't want to do too much at once because if there is a problem we don't know where the problem is.So this time he dropped my ammitriptyline back down to 150 due to side effects) and added the nitro. The reason I made this post is because last night when my "Indigestion" started I took a nitro and it worked. I know so many here have GERD and I don't want them to ignore that pain if it is persistant.

tgal
03-22-2011, 11:47 AM
I think I actually closed this by mistake. If someone else closed it I am sorry!

serand4
03-22-2011, 12:00 PM
Wow! I am SO glad he caught that! You're right about deciding the GERD is the least of our issues. Tell me something (and it's weird, but whatever), when you experience the "GERD", does it have a soapy taste? I know the bitter, disgusting type, but over the past several months, I get this very soapy taste and I wonder if it's not more of some type of infection. And I have dealt with the chest pains, not necessarily cold but have wondered many times if I should see a cardiologist. My BP has never been as high as yours, but is quite high for me 140/110 instead of my usual 120/70 though my EKG is always normal.

I recently posted that I got into one of our top doc hospitals so I may see if they want to have a cardio doc look at me too. It's people like you that share this important information that may save some of our lives!

I'll keep you in my prayers and thank you for sharing -- don't be brief. We need all the info we can get!

tgal
03-22-2011, 12:16 PM
Although I am no doctor I would suggest going to the doctor with ANY type of indigestion that is new or out of the ordinary. I thought this was the same one as usual just more severe. I am lucky enough to have done all of the heart related tests and I highly recommend it for anyone given a GERD diagnosis. It is really important to know that you don't have blocked arteries and to know when GERD isn't GERD

mystiejm
03-23-2011, 09:06 PM
I am so glad that you got to the doc!!! Sorry to hear what was wrong but glad that you were able to see the doc. Great reminder not to ignore your body!

Peridot20_Gem
03-31-2011, 08:53 AM
Hi Mari,

I'm so happy the Doctor was able to sort your breathing out and diagnose what was wrong, are you on a spray now for under your tongue as my hubby as angina and uses a spray to help him quickly recover and a great thread for alerting we all.

Hugs Terri xxx

Saysusie
03-31-2011, 11:29 AM
Tgal;
I remember you posting about the cold feeling in your chest and I remember my alarm when I read that post. I am so happy that you went to the doctor about this issue and that you got some definitive (albeit unwanted) answers.
Thank you for your post advising us that we should not take any symptom for granted or dismiss it as unimportant!
I am happy to hear that you are now listening to your heart and that your condition can be treated. Please continue to take good care of yourself OK!!

Peace and Blessings
Namaste
Saysusie