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Night time abdominal &chest pain, nausea. No sleep.

I have gone to the ER many times and have been diagnosed with gastritis, depression, and anxiety. I'm on a bunch of meds and this may or may not be relevant but I have been waking me up in the early hours of the morning (anywhere from 2 - 5 AM) I will have severe abdominal pain, gas, and shallow breathing with a constricted chest. It takes me a long time to fall back asleep, and usually not until I have a bowel movement and my Xanax. It's very frustrating. I follow all the suggestions for eating and sleeping with acid reflux/heartburn. I also take Zantac, Tums, and Famotidine every day to prevent this from happening. I have not been able to see a gastroenterologist to get this TRULY diagnosed because all of the ones in the area are booked until next month or so. Wish they weren't so busy. The ERs haven't helped me at all and it has become worse over the past month.
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replied September 20th, 2014
Thank you for asking

Your issue is likely and classic for functional bowel diseases like IBS. You need more than that. diet and lifestyle modifications is the key here. Routine and proper balanced diet avoiding spices and regular sleep habits also play a role here.

Stress also worsen the situation here.

Seek a gastroenterologist and discuss the odds for functional bowel once diagnosed then management will be devised accordingly. I will help you with the plan then,

Take care
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