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Friday, December 05, 2008 NegaBarbie, Community Member, asks

Q: Can you have acid reflux without a lot of heartburn?

Here is some background on my problem.

It just started all of the sudden with the feeling of not being quite able to take a deep breath. There was also some indigestion. I went to the ER twice in two days, once being diagnosed with acid reflux and being given some ranitidine..

They also noticed some funny spikes on my EKG's and made me an appointment for a stress test with a cardiologist. They also did a chest x-ray and all was clear.

The stress test came back normal, and even after I went to a GP, he took blood and put it through all kinds of paces, found no high blood sugar, my kidneys were fine...

The second ER doctor I went to diagnosed me with anxiety, which my GP seconded.

I have been taking clonazapam and citelopram on and off since August.

I don't really think it is anxiety or panic attacks because I have never had such a thing in my life before and tried to tell them that the reason I was anxious was because I couldn't get a good, deep breath. I am scheduled to go back to my GP next month, and I think I am going to have him refer me to a good gastrointerologist...Was just wondering if anyone out there has had similar symptoms. I still think it might be acid reflux or a form of it. Anyway, thanks for any and all input...No stomach pain and very little heartburn.

Just a lot of belching and feeling like if I could only throw up and get rid of what is causing it, I would be fine...LOL!

Thanks, Barbara

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Kathy, Community Member
12/ 8/08 11:36am

Barbara, I came across your post while searching for info on acid reflux /sinus and ear problems. I haven't found my answer yet, so I will probably post a questions and see if anyone responds. Meanwhile, I wanted to tell you that I was diagnosed with acid reflux (GERD) about 4 yrs. ago. I was shocked because i never had heartburn. I did have a constant sore, scratchy throat though. I didn't get a chance to try any meds / Rx for it yet because I got pregnant, had a rough first year of motherhood, and then was diagnosed with breast cancer. For all these years I put treating my Gerd on the back burner, but now it is really bothering me as is seems to be affecting my ears and sinuses. Then, a friend's husband was recently diagnosed with Barretts esophogus(sp?) and has a hole in his throat that needs surgery. I didn't realize how bad this could get. Anyway, sorry for rambling. I mostly wanted you to know that even though I didn't have the usual symptoms of heartburn, etc. my ENT said that under 10% of people with GERD do not have the burning and / or heartburn symptoms.

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By NegaBarbie, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/04/10, First Published: 12/05/08