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Gas, Heart Palp, Chest Pain, Numbness for 10 months all occurring after eating

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  • Posted By: Gastro88
  • November 6, 2006
  • 10:14 PM

34 yr old male
6' 175lbs now 160lbs
Never had a health problem besides asthma and allergies which I have grown out of.

Since Feb. 06 I have been having severe pain, bloating, gas, heart palp and some numbness in my fingers/hands/arms all while eating or within a few hours. Pain occurs in abdomen(like cramping) & in various areas of my chest(sharp) then I pass gas or belch and the pain & symptoms subside. After this happens I feel tired/exhausted.

Doesn't matter what I eat-doesn't happen all the time. Seems random like something is working intermittently or gets tangled, squeezed and effects my vagus / vagal nerve to produce the heart palp and numbness. It always happens after eating.

I have been to ER because I thought it was a heart attack-all normal. Had a GI doc do a endoscopy & colonoscopy-normal/ found polyp results in a week. Had just about every test and all normal.

Latest BIG episode: after eating, driving down the road, had chest pressure, bloating, and felt like I had to but couldn't belch or pass gass, then heart started racing and my fingers to my elbows went numb stinging tingling. I kinda became disoriented and pulled over right away.

An hour later virtually same thing happened. Happened a few other times since then with a varying degree of symptoms and level of discomfort.

Has anybody ever had anything like this or know anyone with similar symptoms?

Please help-

Thank you!!!!

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  • Did they talk about celiac disease to you? This is also known as sprue. It is an intolerance to the gliaden in wheat, barley, rye and any products containing even a trace of gluten from harvest to final product. Some people show no symptoms until it finally shows up as a strong intolerance. Continued exposure to gluten in the diet causes atrophy of the villi in the small intestine and weight loss. It is often described as appearing shortly after birth (6 months or so) in children, but then the symptoms may disappear for a long time and show up again later. Some people never show the symptoms until sometime in adulthood. It is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. People from Scandinavian ancestry seem to show a higher incidence of it. There is a blood test (anti-gliaden) test for it and I've even heard that they were developing a breath analysis test for it. Sometimes it can be identified from a stool analysis according to some people, but I have not seen that test offered or mentioned in most of what I've read. The convicting diagnosis seems to finally come from a biopsy of the small intestine to examine the condition of the villi, but I don't know how long after onset of the disease the villi display sufficient atrophy to make the diagnosis definitive.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
    • 04:47 AM
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  • I have had some of the symptoms you describe which started about 18 months ago. In addition my heart rate and blood pressure goes sky high and I get pressure and numbness around my mouth, nose and eye area (usually by this time I have made it to a bathroom and am sitting on a commode). If traveling, I may have to stop 2 or 3 times before I can finally have a bowel movement. After my bowels finally move, like you, I am totally wiped out and have to lay down for awhile. I described this to my pcp and she said it had to do with the vagal nerve; so, now when this occurs I go with the flow and try not to worry about it.My older sister has now started having the very same symptoms and has gone through tests with all negative results. Her gyn referred her to a gastroenterologist to get to the bottom of it. Her appointment was yesterday and I had told her to let me know when she found out what was wrong because I would know what my problem was too. As soon as she told the doctor her symptoms he told her immediately what it was and gave her medicine which she was picking up today. She wasn't sure she understood him correctly but pretty sure he said it was a 'vascular' migraine. I cannot find any information on a migraine that would cause all the symptoms we have experienced and yet not cause an actual headache. If anyone has heard of a 'vascular migraine' that affects the digestive or intestinal system I would be grateful for any information.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
    • 07:20 PM
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  • You don't really grow out of allergies.. that's an old misconception many doctors still cling to because the obvious allergy symptoms tend to decrease with age. Get to the allergenist and figure out what you're allergic to. Avoid those things like the plague. The longer it goes on, the worse things get. Too many doctors advise patients they will "grow out" of allergies or that they can "cheat every once in a while." Its BS.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
    • 07:28 PM
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  • I too suggest to go and get some allergy testing done, allergies can cause similar symptoms.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • November 23, 2006
    • 00:10 AM
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  • I know this isn't the answer for all of your symptoms or what is CAUSING the symptoms, but I know from experience that the racing heart, numbness in the face and arms/fingers can be from PANIC attacks. Look it up!I've had this happen to me a lot...I THINK I'm having a heart attack, so I start panicking...although I don't realize I AM doing it until after. Next time you feel that star to happen. Sit down, FORCE yourself to breathe slowly...deliberate ins and outs.... You can also rub your neck with your hands at the same time - seems to help for whatever reason.As for the cause of all these problems...I dont know. We sound like we're in the same boat. I'm almost convinced my liver is failing and i'm going to have a heart attack...and I'm 26 and otherwise pretty health. Don't smoke, excercise, etc...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 1, 2006
    • 07:49 PM
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  • Hi there.I completely agree with the agony a person goes through when he gets this problem of bloating, heart palpitations and numbness around mouth and arms. I ve got the same problem for a month and was very curious to find out the reason.I consulted my GP he said its because of a panic attack and asked me to go for further examinations. I know everything is normal because on my visit to India i got all the examinations including 3d echo of heart done and found everything was normal.But still my problem continues. Id be greatful to anyone who could let me know why does this happen. One day i fit into size 14 blouse and the other day even size 16 looks small with the bulge around my stomach.if any one could answer my question id be thankful.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 27, 2009
    • 10:07 PM
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  • Has this stopped? Have you found a cause? Word for word you are describing my life for the past 4 years.
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