I had a panic attack about 4 months ago which caused me to have an episode of acid reflux in my stomach area only which caused some pain, i went to the doctor and he immediately without any kind of testing said "oh you are suffering from GERD" and prescribed me a generic brand of prilosec called omeprazole. He told me to take 2 pills a day i think each pill is 20 mg, and he wanted me to take it for 6 months!
I ended up taking them for 2 months, and i didnt notice any improvement towards my panic attacks or anything, instead i actually had MORE side effects like headaches, hair loss, stomach pain, loss of appetite and fast heartbeat. I had a scope done a couple of weeks after stopping the PPI pills and the scope doc said i had no signs of acid reflux at all and said that panic attacks can cause acid reflux and she said I was misdiagnosed. I tend to agree with her as I never had any of the symptoms of acid reflux or anything.
Its been about 2-3 months that ive been clean from those PPI pills but I have all these symptoms now ,.. like severe stomach pain, trapped gas in stomach and chest it hurts and wants to come out but it cant, loss of appetite, headaches, and when i eat i get bloated REAL fast from small to mid size meals and sometimes when i eat I will get a Pounding and racing heartbeat. I think this is a result of the pills i took when i didnt need to, I think I may be very very low on stomach acid now,. or perhaps something else, Does anyone have any insight into this? anyone experience the same problem ? what can I do? am i really low on stomach acid? would increasing my stomach acid HCL relieve me of all these symptoms?