I'm usually not the type to go posting on a health forum but I'm open to suggestions. I have been having GERD symptoms which exceed your typical heartburn or indegestion. As soon as I eat I usually get excessive bloating and GAS, repeatative belching, chest pains, neck pains, abdominal pains. These symptoms on ocassion have spawned a panic attack when they get severe enough to make me think something is seriously wrong. I've been to the ER several times over the past 10 years and each time the EKG,ChestXray,Cardiac Blood Work up, all clear. My primary care physician ran blood work, abdominal utrasound, neck ultrasound, Hpylori test, and it's all clear. I quickly scheduled a visit with a GI doctor suspecting GERD or Ulcers, he did an Upper Scope (EGD) and that was clear as well. I now have a 1 month event heart monitor and taking anxiety medicine as suggested by my doctor to see if that helps. I've lost about 15 pounds in 2 weeks time, mainly because I am scared to eat much for fear of the symptoms. I've tried some papya enzymes and Ortho Digestive Enzymes and they seem to be the closest thing to help. Both the GI and regualar physician suggest I take prilosec which seems to trigger too low acid to where I am no digesting food correctly. Here's some of my symptoms:
Within 1 hour of eating:
Belching (up to 5 times a minute)
Lay on my left side at night
Feeling of constant air bubbles coming up my esophagus but getting trapped causing chest pain
Ear Popping, Headaches on temples
Tonsils feel irritated, throat feels like extra skin flapping when I swallow.
No bloody stools or vomiting
Foods that trigger the worst reactions (Which i no longer eat or drink):
Tomoatoes, Tomato based pastas, pizzza etc
Wheat, Milk, Dairy, Soda, Cafeine
I am fully aware that anxiety and panic disorders can cause many of these symptoms, I can get all of these symptoms in full relaxation in a non stress environment. It is usually the pain or discomfort that triggers anxiety about a medical problem that is undetected or missed. I'm not really sure what to do next, I'm taking the approach to try the anxiety treatment but have serious concerns that this is something digestive related that we just haven't quite figured out. I've read about almost every digestive disorder out there and the only thing that matches seems to be GERD however the GI doc says no.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
30 yr old Male, Non Smoker, No Drug Use, No other medical history other than hernia surgery at a small age.