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stomach knots + lightheadedness
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stomach knots + lightheadedness


  I'm 25 years old.  Two weeks ago after a few days of feeling lightheaded I went through a very difficult night of severe stomach discomfort, like my stomach was in knots.  My heart was pounding, I didn't sleep all night and I felt weak and shaky.  I went to the emergency room where they took x-rays and some blood tests.  They diagnosed me with constipation and told me to get some laxatives.  After four more days of these symptoms I went to a Doctor who prescribed Zantac.  I still have the lightheadedness/spacey feeling most of the time but not as severe.  My stomach still goes into knots at night when I'm trying to sleep.  I feel weird, like after a hangover.  The Zantac helps the burning but food still comes up into my esophogus.  I've lost seven pounds in the last few weeks.  
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dear jesse,
Several possibilities are suggested by your brief story.  The most likely explanations for your symptoms are esopahgeal reflux, peptic ulcers and gastroenteritis (? viral ? alcohol related).  The weight loss represents an alarm symptom that merits early investigation.  Ask your physician to refer you to a gastroenterologist for consultation and possibly endoscopy.
This information is presented for educational purposes only.  Always consult your personal physician for specific medical questions.
HFHSM.D.-rf
*keywords: esophageal reflux
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