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16 y/old experiencing chest pain for around a year. Acid reflux?

Hello there, I'm new to this forum. hey This will be long, I apologize.

Around this time last year I started to experience chest pain. I'd wake up in the mornings and it'd be at its worst, with nausea and an acidic taste in my mouth. Eventually we managed to book an appointment at the nearby doctors and I was diagnosed with acid reflux. The woman gave me Omeprazole and it worked wonders, no more symptoms! But then I ran out...

Around the time I was starting to run out my Dad became very ill. In the end it turned out to be gallstones, and all is well now. But this meant my Mother had to do all the work around the house, as well as her job, and it put a lot of stress on her as my Dad was constantly being taken to hospital. I didn't want to stress her further so I left it, thinking I'd be okay.

Boy, was I wrong. Around October - November 2011 the symptoms I was previously experiencing hit me twice as hard. I was vomiting, short of breath, more acid-y etc. I couldn't walk a flight of stairs without feeling like cr*p after. In the end I got another appointment and more Omeprazole... It still hasn't helped since. I thought maybe giving it some time would help but it hasn't.

Then, a few weeks ago I went back just about my chest pain. It became more severe. It didn't go away when I lay down (That made it worse), it would be on the right and left side, it would radiate to my arm, shoulders and back and I'm having difficulty breathing. One time, the pain was so intense I thought I was having a heart attack (Ridiculous, I know).She said she'll book me in for a chest x-ray at hospital, then some blood tests. I had my x-ray on the 6th of June and finally got my results back about half an hour ago. They found nothing wrong and the doctor said no further examining will be required... So, that's my blood tests gone. But why? Why would she dismiss me so easily?

I may sound pathetic, and maybe it'll go away when I'm older. Or I'll learn to control it somehow, but I'm so scared. I feel alone in this, like no one wants to help, or cares. My parents get annoyed when I bring it up as they're sick of my constant moaning.. But it's just my way of trying to speak out. To get my point across that I'm ill and want further examining. Does that sound selfish?

So, my question is, can acid reflux really cause such an intense chest/sternum pain? And what do you do when you're having an 'attack' of pain? Thank you. wave scared
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replied June 21st, 2012
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Has anyone done any blood work or EKG on you in the past year? If so what were the results of those? You can always request your labs from your Doctors office if you need to. I am not a Doctor of course but really don't think you are having heart problems but always say it is better to be safe and make sure.

So with that out of the way....Yes GERD can cause some God awful issues including everything you have described. If it makes you feel any better at all I can't tell you how many emergency room trips I have taken because I was sure I must be having a heart attack. Eventually I was diagnosed with GERD along with some other gastro issues. It is very normal to have chest pains, back pains, burning etc etc

You aren't alone in the way you feel at all. Gastro issues can play very heavily on your emotional state and it becomes very frightening and for some leads to anxiety issues and stress (sometimes it is stress and anxiety that caused GERD in the first place), which only elevates the GERD problems. What I would recommend first is asking your parents to take you to a gastroenterologist. Ask them to read your post here and they can read mine as well if you want them to. Don't be afraid to show them or talk to them about this.

To help alleviate your problems if this is GERD:
Take your medicine everyday!If you can't knock it out sometimes you can take a pepcid, have some maalox, or even tums on top of your Omeprazole. Some folks have to switch meds because one type stops working. There are many other varieties out there.

Next, this is going to be tough at your age but you need to be very aware of your diet. Avoid acidic foods like tomato based products ie pasta sauce, pizza sauce, citric fruits and juices. Avoid really fatty greasy foods, fried, pepperoni, chips etc. Try lean meats only for awhile, chicken fish or get your protein with eggs, nuts, veggies instead. No chocolate, no sodas, no caffeine and sometimes even milk can be a bad thing because it causes extra mucous which can irritate as well. Sometimes apple juice is a good drink to have since you can't have a lot of other things, it has pectin in it which can help coat the stomach. Start writing down what you have eaten everyday and note when your GERD seems worse with certain foods, and then try avoiding those.

Get yourself some concrete blocks or a bunch of books and prop your head board up. You need to get it elevated about 6 to 8 inches at least. If your parents will listen you can have them buy you some plastic bed risers that will do the trick. Propping up on just pillows doesn't do the job that elevating the head of the bed will do. This helps to keep the acid down in the stomach where it belongs.

Most of all darling, remember that you are going to be okay. Even grown adults are very scared when they have these symptoms. Tell them to take you to the gastro doctor because terrible GERD can lead to some other health issues which I am not going to mention because you don't need to be more frightened right now. If they don't listen then talk to someone else in your family who can maybe help or a guidance counselor/teacher at your school. You deserve the best of care and to be checked by a specialist.

For more help you can go to some other websites. healingwell has a very good GERD forum. You can google foods to avoid with Gerd and foods that are okay to eat with GERD.

If you need any other help, feel free to message me here, I think it comes to my email.
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replied July 7th, 2012
GERD - Rapid Heartbeat - Chest Pain - Asthma
My teen started having chest pain out of no where. Took her to two cardiologists who performed EKG's that were normal. Echocardiogram was also normal. Even took her to ER and said all was okay. Her Blood pressure was higher than normal and was experiencing rapid pulse rate. Not giving up I took her to pulmonologist. Asthma was diagnosed. Took a while to straighten it out. Long acting slow release asthma medicine. And yes she has GERD, we learned that around the same time. Other GERD symptoms we still have on 80mg Prilosec but chest pain and rapid pulse are under control from asthma medication
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replied July 7th, 2012
My teen started having chest pain out of no where. Took her to two cardiologists who performed EKG's that were normal. Echocardiogram was also normal. Even took her to ER and said all was okay. Her Blood pressure was higher than normal and was experiencing rapid pulse rate. Not giving up I took her to pulmonologist. Asthma was diagnosed. Took a while to straighten it out. Long acting slow release asthma medicine. And yes she has GERD, we learned that around the same time. Other GERD symptoms we still have on 80mg Prilosec but chest pain and rapid pulse are under control from asthma medication
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