I have been struggling with Acid Reflux for about 3 weeks now. I'm only 29 and usually in very good shape. I mean, just a month ago I was running around playing basketball like I was still 16.
When this all started, I was sitting up one night typing a letter when suddenly I felt like I couldn't swallow. I felt like something was stuck in my throat and would not let air through. I rushed in the other room and told my girlfriend that something was very wrong and that we had to rush to the hospital. The whole way there, I felt like I was dying, like I was slowly sufficating. I was even reassuring my girlfriend of how much that I loved her as if it was our last good-byes.
When we had finally arrived to the hospital, I kind of calmed down and ended up waiting in the ER for my name to be called. When the doctor had finally called my name, he took an X-Ray of my throat and seen nothing wrong. He decided that I had an allergic reaction to something and gave me an I.V with steroids in it. I later heard that steroids is the worst thing for acid reflux. Then he sent me home.
That next night I had a really bad sensation of not being able to breathe, I was breaking out in hot and cold sweats, shaking, and had a terrible feeling of something being stuck in my throat. i couldn't sleep and decided to go to a different hospital. That hospital had mentioned nothing of Acid Reflux and said that I was having anxiety attacks. The doc there had told me 'the old breathing into a paper bag trick' and try to take it easy, than sent me home.
The next night I was feeling the same and returned to a 3rd hospital. During all of this time, I had been sleeping in the day and feeling like I was dying.
Finally, the 3rd hospital had told me that I had Acid Reflux and prescribed me to Omeprazole and Pepcid.
I had never been settled with the fact that I couldn't breathe so I ended up going to the ER about 10 different times in a matter of about 3 weeks.
The most typical diagnosis that the doctors gave me were Anxiety and Depression.
I forgot to mention that the very first night that all of this happened I quit smoking cigs. Thats because the feeling like i was going to die scared me senseless. So, some docs even said that I was also having withdraws, which I believe, especailly since when you have Acid Reflux, you have to stop alot of things, like drinking soda, or eating all kinds of different foods, and like I said, stop smoking. I also lost 15 lbs in 3 weeks. I only weighed 150 to begin with and am 5'11.
I dont lie around weak all day anymore, even though I do sleep some hours out of the day still exhausted. But I definitely do still have shortness of breath still. I scares me badly and I think that it actually is giving me anxiety. I still get a sore throat, but the burning in my throat and stomache have settled down a whole lot.
I know one thing, it is very scary to have acid reflux, especially in the beginning when ya dont know what in the hell is wrong. Im still not totally convinced and worry all of the time.
I know that the internet sites like this one has really helped me in coping with this and maybe has convinced me that this is Acid Reflux.
If anybodys wondering why I dont see a real doctor, it is because I have no insurance and it also takes a month or longer to get in. So, im still trying. Until then, I guess I'll keep bugging the E.R.
The only synthom that bothers me now is the shortness of breath, which is constant! Does anybody know if this ever goes away and if so usually how long?
Also, the shortness of breath will also fatigue me. It's not just a sensation. I actually get fatigued. Is this normal? And also, does anyone know the best way to conquer this sickness? Thanks