For the past four months I have had pressure in my chest (localized in the middle) almost constantly during waking hours. The pressure varies in intensity-to the point where it is very uncomfortable. I also feel it in my throat occasionally. I am also burping more than usual. I did not experience any burning at first, but did for awhile after starting an exercise regimine (conincidence?). The burning in the past few weeks has subsided. I have tried Protonix and Prilosec, as far as medications, and all the other recommendations for someone with reflux. I am not overweight. The pressure has not responded to any medication. Tums did help the burning when it was a problem.
My past history: I have been diagnosised with a hiatal hernia, GERD, and IBS. I had H. Pylori over a year ago. At that time I was experiencing a dull discomfort under the sternum. They did a battery of tests: CT scan, EKG, HIDA scan (gall bladder function), and endoscopic procedure. Nothing was unusual except for a slight hiatal hernia. The doctor put me on Zelnorm (not sure why, didn't want to take it) which actually cleared it up. I had a bad side effect to the Zelnorm-shortness of breath-so stopped the medication after two weeks.
My history since this started: The symptoms came on abruptly with a cold. I had what appeared to be three colds back to back. The last one turned out to be strep. I was given Omnicef at that time.
I went to the doctor this week and she said I have a little bronchitis with a sinus infection that is working against the reflux. I have been on Levaquin and Omerprazole. The frequency of the symptoms seems to have decreased some, but is not gone. I don't know if this is a gastro or something else. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.