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Bad heartburnk, feel like insides on fire

Posted In: Gastrointestinal conditions 7 Replies
  • Posted By: lilcee
  • March 20, 2009
  • 10:20 PM

I've been having heartburn for a few weeks now. I went to a Dr and he thought I was having a heart attack and sent me to the ER. They said it wasn't my heart and sent me home with prilocec. That helped a little but I have a lot of pain in my upper ad and still burning inside. Yesterday I went to the Gasterologist and he scheduled me for an endoscopy for April 6. That's two weeks! Tonight I feel like my insides are on fire and if I touch my upper abs, it feels hot when nothing else does.
He gave me nexium which I plan on getting tomorrow and also a prescription for reglan which I'm afraid to take. I saw a lot of bad side effects with that one.
My question is, how do I get rid of the burning feeling inside. I feel like I'm on fire. I don't know if I can wait two weeks for the tests. I'm scared it could be cancer or something like that.
Could it be an ulcer? What should I do?

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  • Sorry for all that you're going through. Unfortunately, all you can do is either wait it out, or call them and see if they can fit you in sooner. It does take awhile for the meds to start working. Sometimes a full week. I'm also taking Nexium, and I noticed a difference in about 5 days. The test should reveal what is going on. Try not to think the worst, as heartburn can burn pretty bad from what I've heard. Currently, I'm taking the Nexium for nausea, but I did have some heartburn a yr ago, and the meds healed whatever was going on. I was able to go off of them after about 6 weeks. Good luck to you!
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  • Thank you for your kind reply. I tend to worry too much since I have two brothers who had cancer. One was pancrius cancer. I woke up this morning with bad stomach ache and feeling like I'm burning up inside. I have no fever, just feels like I do. I"ve also been itchy. I try not to worry about things, but when I feel so bad all the time, it's hard.Thanks again.
    lilcee 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • It's definitely good that you're getting checked out, but the body can really turn on you when you're stressed out. Believe me, I know. I was told years ago that I might have Lupus and suddenly I had all of these horrible symptoms that were getting worse each day. As soon as I saw a specialist who told me that I did not have it, every symptom began to disappear. I'm not saying that your symptoms aren't real, but you can definitely make them worse by worrying, which is hard not to do. I was also worried about my pancreas w/all of the problems I had a year ago, and a blood test revealed that everything was working correctly. Not sure that a blood test is the best test for that, but it certainly eased my mind. Make sure you mention your families history to your Dr. I'm sure you have.Last year, I had the same procedure that you'll be having as well, and all checked out. I even had it done without sedation (which I wouldn't recommend, by the way :-) Anyway, I wish I could say more to ease your mind. Just know that the test you'll be having sounds like the one you need, and you should have your answers. If the test reveals nothing, you might want to get tested for H. pylori bacteria. I tested positive for it recently, and had to take two antibiotics and an acid reducer to kill the bacteria. If left untreated, it can cause ulcers and even stomach cancer down the line. It is also a simple blood test. H. pylori can cause a lot of weird symptoms and can literally make you feel like you're sick. I was having nausea at night that was increasing into the daytime, and I NEVER feel that way - so I knew something was wrong. I also had the extreme hunger/gnawing stomach sensation you get when you haven't eaten in awhile - all symptoms of an ulcer. I know your symptoms are a bit different, but just wanted to mention. Hang in there and if you get a chance, let us know how your test went.
    motwinsplus1g 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hmmm... I pushed reply and my my response disappeared. I wonder where it went... Oh, well. here it is again ;-)It's definitely good that you're getting checked out, but the body can really turn on you when you're stressed out. Believe me, I know. I was told years ago that I might have Lupus and suddenly I had all of these horrible symptoms that were getting worse each day. As soon as I saw a specialist who told me that I did not have it, every symptom began to disappear. I'm not saying that your symptoms aren't real, but you can definitely make them worse by worrying, which is hard not to do. I was also worried about my pancreas w/all of the problems I had a year ago, and a blood test revealed that everything was working correctly. Not sure that a blood test is the best test for that, but it certainly eased my mind. Last year, I had the same procedure that you'll be having as well, and all checked out. I even had it done without sedation (which I wouldn't recommend, by the way :-) Anyway, I wish I could say more to ease your mind. Just know that the test you'll be having sounds like the one you need, and you should have your answers. If the test reveals nothing, you might want to get tested for H. pylori bacteria. I tested positive for it recently, and had to take two antibiotics and an acid reducer to kill the bacteria. If left untreated, it can cause ulcers and even stomach cancer down the line. It is also a simple blood test. H. pylori can cause a lot of weird symptoms and can literally make you feel like you're sick. I was having nausea at night that was increasing into the daytime, and I NEVER feel that way - so I knew something was wrong. I also had the extreme hunger/gnawing stomach sensation you get when you haven't eaten in awhile - all symptoms of an ulcer. I know your symptoms are a bit different, but just wanted to mention. Hang in there and if you get a chance, let us know how your test went.
    motwinsplus1g 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi thankyou for your reply and thankyou for letting me know about H. pylori . I will keep that in mind if the tests don't show anything.
    lilcee 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am having the same feeling. At certain times my insides feel like they are cooking. Especially, my heart, upper abdomen and chest. It is a really scary feeling. It happens at night when I am sleeping and I am continually swallowing something and it leaves a horrendous taste in my mouth. I cannot drink enough water.... It is extremely painful and I do not feel as though I am in control of it. Usually, I am not under any type of stress when it occurrs... it just suddenly happens and I cannot do anything to stop it. I have ignored it for a while, but lately it has become unbearable... I have thought that I have had a heart attache too, but EKG came out okay but I'm still worried about it.JH
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  • It's most likely acid reflux/GERD. 2 years ago I had really bad pain and thought I was having a heart attack, turned out it was just GERD. My stomach would also hurt really bad, I'm now taking Famotidine and it's helped a lot.What food have you eaten? Because you may want to stay away from the spicy and greasy food since that'll make the heartburn worse, soda and coffee won't help either.
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