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Pain after swallowing, pressure, heart racing

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  • Posted By: Aeelliott
  • March 6, 2008
  • 00:05 AM

Like several other users on this board, I have stomach pain after eating, but it has been going on for over 1 week and so I have had time to record the symptoms, which I'll list here.

NOTE: Please only reply if you have had these symptoms AND a doctor diagnosis, as I am only looking for suggestions as to what kinds of tests I should be asking my docs for (They are typically mystified by my symtpoms, or at least they act like they are)

It begins right after eating with a sharp pain and pressure in the centre of my chest. This is relieved slightly by belching. I also get a pain in my lower stomach, in the same area where I had a duodenal ulcer several years ago.

The feeling of pressure then makes my heartbeat more noticeable. It often starts racing and/or I start to get more PVC's than usual (I am already prone to these)

I feel nauseous, dizzy and sometimes short of breath (this could be due to the PVC's).

There is a pain right in the middle of my back that comes and goes with the pain after swallowing, but it is intense and dull when it comes.

When I went to the hospital in the midst of having these symptoms, they recorded a fever whch mysteriously disappeared after about an hour and a half. I have also been getting night sweats with it, which wakes me and then always goes away very quickly. My blood pressure, which is normally low, was up during the episode but normal after.

I have noticed dark spots on my stools as well although these only appear sometimes.

When the symptoms go away they go away completely, without warning and I feel like nothing is wrong at all. When the symptoms come on it's equally unexpected but almost always follows eating something (most recently it was dried figs that set it off)

In terms of treatments, I have tried muscle relaxants w/ tylenol, in case it was a pulled muscle. I have tried ibuprofen in case it was pleurisy (this was suggested by a doc). I have tried increasing my pantoloc (which I am still on, since I have a history of GERD and ulcer) this was suggested by another doc. I have also tried drinking water and jumping off a stool, which is supposed to work for hiatal hernias. Yet another doc thought I might have one as I did some heavy lifting when I moved. I have also tried starving myself. This seems to be the most effective but least practical thing.

All these treatments have helped somewhat, but not one of them stops the symtpoms once they've started.

In terms of tests, I have also had a lung x-ray and an ECG taken while experiencing these symptoms, and both were clear. I am also going to get a barium stomach x-ray next month. I'm just not sure I can function with this pain and possibly no food eating until then.

I am a 30 year old female with a history of GERD, sciatica, paroxysmal AF arrhythmia and occasional bouts of athsma. I was treated for a stricture last year and, while I've noticed some similarities with that in these symptoms, the tightness, pain and feeling of food going down slowly are much lower, near my diaphragm.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this; I hope some of you have been down this same route and will be able to shed light on what I should do next.

I am open to suggestions for natural remedies, providing you've tried them and know they are not dangerous!

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  • Also, I suspect that if this is GERD related, that my muscle relaxants (methacarbamol) may acutally be making the symptoms worse. Please let me know if you have heard anything like this about the drug? nb, I realize that the chances of someone having my exact symptoms are small, so perhaps my original post should read "Please only reply if you have had similar symptoms and a diagnosis..." Hope someone can help!
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  • Do you have any psych symptoms like anxiety disorder, depression or more serious dxs? If so, and you have abdominal pain you should be checked out for porphyria.Personally I think you have enough symptoms to get checked out for it. http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/p/porphyria/symptoms.htm You should also have your duodenal ulcer disease status checked out. http://wrongdiagnosis.com/d/duodenal_ulcer/intro.htm Like several other users on this board, I have stomach pain after eating, but it has been going on for over 1 week and so I have had time to record the symptoms, which I'll list here. NOTE: Please only reply if you have had these symptoms AND a doctor diagnosis, as I am only looking for suggestions as to what kinds of tests I should be asking my docs for (They are typically mystified by my symtpoms, or at least they act like they are) It begins right after eating with a sharp pain and pressure in the centre of my chest. This is relieved slightly by belching. I also get a pain in my lower stomach, in the same area where I had a duodenal ulcer several years ago. The feeling of pressure then makes my heartbeat more noticeable. It often starts racing and/or I start to get more PVC's than usual (I am already prone to these) I feel nauseous, dizzy and sometimes short of breath (this could be due to the PVC's). There is a pain right in the middle of my back that comes and goes with the pain after swallowing, but it is intense and dull when it comes. When I went to the hospital in the midst of having these symptoms, they recorded a fever whch mysteriously disappeared after about an hour and a half. I have also been getting night sweats with it, which wakes me and then always goes away very quickly. My blood pressure, which is normally low, was up during the episode but normal after. I have noticed dark spots on my stools as well although these only appear sometimes. When the symptoms go away they go away completely, without warning and I feel like nothing is wrong at all. When the symptoms come on it's equally unexpected but almost always follows eating something (most recently it was dried figs that set it off) In terms of treatments, I have tried muscle relaxants w/ tylenol, in case it was a pulled muscle. I have tried ibuprofen in case it was pleurisy (this was suggested by a doc). I have tried increasing my pantoloc (which I am still on, since I have a history of GERD and ulcer) this was suggested by another doc. I have also tried drinking water and jumping off a stool, which is supposed to work for hiatal hernias. Yet another doc thought I might have one as I did some heavy lifting when I moved. I have also tried starving myself. This seems to be the most effective but least practical thing. All these treatments have helped somewhat, but not one of them stops the symtpoms once they've started. In terms of tests, I have also had a lung x-ray and an ECG taken while experiencing these symptoms, and both were clear. I am also going to get a barium stomach x-ray next month. I'm just not sure I can function with this pain and possibly no food eating until then. I am a 30 year old female with a history of GERD, sciatica, paroxysmal AF arrhythmia and occasional bouts of athsma. I was treated for a stricture last year and, while I've noticed some similarities with that in these symptoms, the tightness, pain and feeling of food going down slowly are much lower, near my diaphragm. Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this; I hope some of you have been down this same route and will be able to shed light on what I should do next. I am open to suggestions for natural remedies, providing you've tried them and know they are not dangerous!
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  • Do you have any psych symptoms like anxiety disorder, depression or more serious dxs? If so, and you have abdominal pain you should be checked out for porphyria.Personally I think you have enough symptoms to get checked out for it. http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/p/porphyria/symptoms.htm You should also have your duodenal ulcer disease status checked out. http://wrongdiagnosis.com/d/duodenal_ulcer/intro.htm thanks! I've never heard of porphyria but will definitely ask the dr. for a blood test if they don't find any explanation when they do my barium test (this is a test for finding ulcers and other stomach problems, in case you are wondering) Luckily that will be in 3 days, so I won't have to wait too long :cool:
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