I have been suffering from episodes of pain and discomfort in the epi-gastric and chest area. It feels like I am going to have a heart attack, it is a pressure/discomfort in upper abdomen and back between shoulder blades with palpitations, difficulty getting a deep breath and feeling lightheaded. It seems to come on as an "attack". I find that it happens most during my walks for exercise, when bending over, before or after meals, and also before bowel movements.
I have had several tests run: blood tests all normal, abdominal ultrasound normal, several EKG's normal, Echocardiogram showing MItral Valve Prolapse, Endoscopy showing gastritis, eosinophilic esophagitis, incompetent LES. I have been taking Achipex in the AM and Zantac in the PM plus really watching what I am eating. It seems to be OK for awhile and then it seems like out of the blue I will get one of these attacks. I'm not sure what else to try, the Dr's haven't been very helpful. The last few episode I went in feeling terrible and left feeling the same way, their only suggestion is to double up the medicines for GERD.
I am starting to think that the episodes are being caused by esophageal spasms, is there any way to treat those other than doubling up the Gerd medications? Could it have to do with delayed food allergies? I have also noticed that I have low blood pressure usually about 100/60 could that be contributing to these problems? I feel like the GERD medicines are not really helping and I have switched between several brands I don’t like the idea of just taking medicines if I am missing the real problem.