Posted 23 August 2004 - 11:37 PM
I wanted to see if anyone out there has experienced any of the same symptoms as me. I was diagnosed with GERD 6 years ago after having stomach pain for a few years. As long as I have taken my medicine (Prilosec for most of the 6 years), I have been alright. My doctor has switched me to other GERD meds in between, but the Prilosec seems to work best for me. Anyway, for all of these years, as long as I have taken my medicine, I have been alright. However, I had a flare up on Mother's Day this year due to what I thought was eating cucumbers on my salad. I had painful GERD, burning and pressure like I needed to burp really bad. This lasted a full 24+ hours, despite my taking my Prilosec and Maalox, and Rolaids. Since then I have had at least a few flare ups a week. I tried Aciphex for a few weeks, but it induced diarrhea, and so did Nexium. Regardless, neither one helped, so I am back to taking Prilosec. I can eat the most mundane thing-plain toast and water, and have pain all day. It really seems suddenly no medicine is working for me. Well, about a month after my first bad GERD flare up, I began experiencing my heart racing. Not skipping beats, just beating faster. Normally my heart rate is around 75-80, but it will go up to 100 (my doctor said 60-100 is normal), and has been up to around 130 or so on a few occasions. I have a blood pressure monitor, and my bp is always fine (110/70-120/80), but my heart rate is up-usually 110 or so. I know it doesn't sound like much, but after being used to my heart beating 75 or so, 110 feels like my heart is beating out of my chest. It is not due to stress-I can be watching TV and it will start. I can wake up from sleep from it. There is no rhyme or reason to it. Normally it lasts a few hours, and then I am fine. My doctor has put a 24 hour heart monitor on me, and it came back fine, and I had a treadmill test today, and the doctor said it was perfect-no blockages or anything. My heart was fine. I am convinced that these two things are related-the flare up of the GERD and the heart racing. My gastro doctor wanted to do a endoscopy (my one and only one was 6 years ago) and a flexibly sigmoidoscopy ( I also have IBS), but was afraid to do so because of them not knowing why my heart is acting berzerk. I am curious if anyone else out there has experienced anything similar, and if you ever found any kind of connection. I would appreciate any insight anyone might have.One other thing, I am noticing for some reason rice seems to make my heartburn worse. Does anyone else have this problem? I would think rice would be easy on your stomach.