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Postby dclark0699 » Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:11 am

I've been to the doctor twice in last two weeks and I'm going again early next week, but I thought I'd see if anyone here has experienced something like this.

Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with GERD, acid reflux disease, and have been put on Ultra-super-duper Pepcid.

Since then I've had problems that are far more troubling.

I'm still 20 years old and still in good shape from being an athlete, but now when I do even the littlest physical activity, I experience stomach pains, nausea, a small bit of chest pain, and this weird anxiety where I can't for the life of me sit completely still. I usually sit there and shake me leg up and down. Before the anxiety part sets in, it kind of feels like dehydration. It lasts for usually between 30-60 minutes after physical activity.

For example, about an hour ago ,I was at this party and danced for like 45 seconds and then experienced all this stuff that is just now starting to go away.

I stopped taking the Pepcid about a week ago, thinking it might just be a bad side-effect that my body is having with it, and while it has lessened, the problems are still there.

I've looked into Ulcers, Acid Reflux, Anxiety Disorders, etc and can't find anything that is brought on by physical activity.

Any one ever had anything like this?

If not, I'm going to the doctor soon next week, so I'll be able to provide help to any future sufferers of whatever this is.
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Postby BitterDodgerFan » Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:14 am

hmm it sounds like you might have a more serious condition than what you've been diagnosed for. if i were you, i'd get checked for everything, like x-rays to look for tumors and other major things.

i've seen a healthy teenager all of a sudden have back pains and unexplainable sweating. he went to the doctor and they found a tumor. you never know, so don't take chances.
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Re: Doctors, Med Students or smart medical people

Postby Metroid » Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:22 am

BitterDodgerFan wrote:hmm it sounds like you might have a more serious condition than what you've been diagnosed for. if i were you, i'd get checked for everything, like x-rays to look for tumors and other major things.

i've seen a healthy teenager all of a sudden have back pains and unexplainable sweating. he went to the doctor and they found a tumor. you never know, so don't take chances.

Tumors? Way to scare the hell out of him dude! :-o :-b

Seriously though he's right, go straight back to the Doc and get yourself thoroughly checked out. It could be something serious like a tumor or could could be something minor like a new food allergy or something you're allergic to in your home...dude it could even be stress. Or the Doc's initial diagnosis might be right on the money and his prescription just doesn't agree with you. Go back tell him whats going on and that you want to get to the bottom of it, maybe a different med is all you need. BTW you should never quit a med or treatment without consulting your Doc first, sometimes our bodies take time to become used to the meds :-?

Anyway good luck man, and I hope you feel better. ;-D
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Re: Doctors, Med Students or smart medical people

Postby dclark0699 » Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:10 am

Metroid wrote:Tumors? Way to scare the hell out of him dude! :-o :-b


Eh, I'm unflappable. :-D O:-)

I had chest and abdomen x-rays done a couple weeks ago because I guess they originally thought it might be an appendix or gall stones issue. I have no idea what all an x-ray can detect, I always thought it was just a broken bone thing. I need to pay more attention during Scrubs, get my medical knowledge :-)
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Re: Doctors, Med Students or smart medical people

Postby blubombers » Sat Aug 16, 2008 9:51 am

A Hiatal Hernia.

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of your stomach protrudes into your chest cavity through a weakness in the hiatus (opening) in your diaphragm. One of its most common symptoms: gastresophageal reflux (GERD). This is a burning sensation that radiates upward from your lower chest or upper abdomen. The most frequent cause of hiatal hernia is an increased pressure in the abdominal cavity produced by coughing, vomiting, straining at stool or sudden physical exertion.

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/hiatal_hernia/article_em.htm
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Re: Doctors, Med Students or smart medical people

Postby Yoda » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:07 am

As everyone else said, if your condition isn't improving then you should go back to your doctor. I would ask him if he can refer you to a specialist in this case.

I hope you get better. I know what it feels like to know that there is something wrong with you but the doctors can't solve your problem.
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Re: Doctors, Med Students or smart medical people

Postby Snakes Gould » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:51 am

could just be your stomach doesnt agree with the pepcid. ive always had stomach problems where i would vomit in the middle of the night, seemingly for no reason, at least once every other week. i still do every once in awhile but i take prevacid and nexium whenever i feel a stomach ache coming on, and im good to go. i got have a bad case of acid reflux. i dont have any side effects, so maybe just change what you're taking.
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Postby studplaya1114 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:22 pm

blubombers wrote:A Hiatal Hernia.

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of your stomach protrudes into your chest cavity through a weakness in the hiatus (opening) in your diaphragm. One of its most common symptoms: gastresophageal reflux (GERD). This is a burning sensation that radiates upward from your lower chest or upper abdomen. The most frequent cause of hiatal hernia is an increased pressure in the abdominal cavity produced by coughing, vomiting, straining at stool or sudden physical exertion.

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/hiatal_hernia/article_em.htm

talk to your doc about possibly having a hiatal hernia. this type of hernia is characterized by symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, and chest pain. and unlike some other forms of hernias, you cant really self diagnose this one. you will need some sort of xray or ultrasound. GERD is something that can be induced by a hiatal hernia, but you seem to have something more serious than GERD. hope this helps
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Re: Doctors, Med Students or smart medical people

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:17 pm

Not to speak ill of doctors, but if you go back and feel like your doc is diagnosing incorrectly, you have every right to insist on answers for more questions. Don't just accept the "by the book" response from your doc if you feel like you're not quite a fit for that book's description, okay? It often helps to have a list of questions/concerns before you go in so that you cover everything when you're talking to the doctor.

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Re: Doctors, Med Students or smart medical people

Postby dclark0699 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:43 pm

I had blood cultures done yesterday and a CT scan this morning - still waiting on the results from both of them.

Anyone had a CT scan? That stuff they make you drink to have it done tastes like urine out of a bladder-infected moose.
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