Hi again. Sorry forgot to mention something. I wasn't sure if this was related or not, but every time I start to get these symptoms I suffer from night terrors for several days, or even up to couple weeks. I wake up sweating no matter how hot or cold my room is. Usually when I have a nightmare, I can wake myself out of it, but when I start to feel ill like this, some days I can't even roll out of bed. It's a struggle to even open my eyes or move, and my limbs are tingling-feeling extremely numb. I just woke up like that this morning. Please help.
hi, sorry to hear you are feeling poorly...have you had your thyroid checked yet?? might be worth asking about, how has your weight been???
No, I don't think U R a hypochondriac. It could be that because UR depressive, you may need to be on meds for it. If u are, then it may be the medication too. I get headaches when I get my depression meds dosed and it usually goes away in a week. I also find out that if I sleep too much I will get a headache(although I am sleep deprived now). So it could be lots of factors. If you are not seeing a Psych then I would recommend U see one and mabe he can help you regulate your Depression meds and help U with the headaches.
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The symptoms could be exacerbation of the GERD. It could also be hiatal hernia. Treatment is a combination of drugs to reduce the acid and lifestyle changes. You will need to take a combination of medications (under medical supervision) like a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole, lansoprazole or pantoprazole empty stomach in the morning and an antacid gel after meals for complete relief. Possibility of H pylori infection too should be looked into by a carbon urea breath test and a combination antibiotic tried. Many a times a persisting H pylori infection can be the cause behind acidity not responding to treatment.
Life style changes that will help include: Avoid heavy meals and eat frequent small meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, smoking, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Avoid lying down for least 2 hours after food. Maybe these tips will help you.
If these tips do not help, then liver function test, pancreatic enzymes, and HIDA scan for gall bladder should be done. Food intolerance and inflammatory bowel conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s, celiac etc should be considered.
You should consult a gastroenterologist (a specialist who looks after the diseases of our digestive system) or a physician for this if these tips reduce your symptoms. You may need upper GI endoscopy for confirmation and to know the degree of damage.Take care!
Thank you so much for your comments. I'm happy to report that I'm feeling much better-it's amazing what a couple days of rest can do. I'm not sure what I had though....these symptoms occurred a couple months ago and disappeared. I just hope it doesn't recur. Thanks to doctornee medical. Your suggestions really helped-I was shocked at how elevating my head helped with my headaches. I'll definitely get some tests done though to see if I can get to the bottom of this.