I am a 26 year old male suffering from Acid Reflux / GERD. I was taking Ranitidine for a few months and that seemed to help at first but it got worse over time and now I'm taking Lansoprazole. It hasn't seemed too effective yet but I just started taking it two weeks ago. I have burps / bloating virtually all day including the morning when I wake up before I even eat or drink anything. I can get the burps simply from drinking water. I sometimes get food come up with the burps and a nasty taste in my mouth, which I presume is stomach acid. From what I've read that is pretty much textbook GERD.
However my concern is not so much with indigestion issues as it is with morning chest pain. Almost every morning I wake up I have chest discomfort / pain in the center of my chest, running where my esophagus should be. However its not a constant pain, it seems to be triggered by movements, and changing positions. Examples: roll over in bed, get in/out of bed, twisting in the shower, etc. However its more of a quick pain, last a few seconds, up to a few minutes, then subsides. I'm not sure what to make of that because from my understanding GERD pain was more constant. The feeling typically goes away a few hours after waking up. I drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially in the morning. Moving around and drinking water seems to help with it over time. However I'm concerned if GERD is causing my chest discomfort / pain or if its something else? Or is the acid reflux damaging my esophagus and that's why I feel the pain?
I have tried the obvious things I've found on the internet. I've tried sleeping with my head elevated which hasn't seemed to make that much of a difference. I've tried not eating after 7pm which doesn't make it go away, but I have noticed when I eat late at night its usually worse the next morning. In general some mornings its worse than others. I also walk after meals to aid in digestion which leads to a burp-a-thon.
I guess my real questions are.
1. Has anyone else suffered from similar symptoms as me?
2. Is my chest pain/discomfort, especially in the morning more than likely caused by GERD/Acid Reflux?
3. Do I need to worry about esophagus damage given my symptoms?
4. What is the best way to manage GERD if that is indeed the source of my chest pain/discomfort?
In February 2014, I started taking Lisonopril for high blood pressure. However two weeks later I had was an apparent allergic reaction that landed me in the hospital with heart attack like symptoms: light headed, shortness of breath, chest pain, throat tightness, rapid heart beat. They performed multiple blood tests, chest x-ray, chest CAT scan, heart echo with stress test. They determined my heart was structural normal, healthy, and showed no signs of blockage. I was released from the hospital but with no real answers to the root cause. My doctor took me off Lisonopil the following day. Ever since then I have had some anxiety every time I feel any kind of chest discomfort.