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Gastritis with heart palpitations,burping ,anxiety and stress - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can i help you?
User :   hello im a bit worried about 4 weeks ago i woke up with chest pain and eneded up in hospital about 3days later
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Ok
User :   they did xray on my chest, and checked my blood for enzymes
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Ok
User :   about a week ago i kept havin dis pressure on left side of my chest that would shoot up to my neck and my left jaw
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Ok
User :   i eneded up in hosp for a day they did bloodwork,ekg,CTScan,Xray and stress test everything turned out fine
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Ok
User :   meanwhile while i was having these problems everything i was eating i was regurgitating
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Ok
User :   so they found nothin with my heart and told me to see a GI Dcotor... im worried right now cuz my left hand keeps gettin tingly like needles and my left leg
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I shall help you in this.
User :   and i constantly have this pressure on left side of chest
User :   my heart rate has increased alot
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Do you have any medical illness like diabetes, hypertension?
Doctor :   Are you there?

User :   not that i know of
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Ok.
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Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you notice any weakness of limbs?
User :   yes i do
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Ok.
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Do you sweat a lot?
User :   not really
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Ok.
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I shall brief you now.
User :   this uncomfortable feelin in my left arm started like 3-4 days ago
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Your problem is mostly related to stress and anxiety.
User :   really? im sumtimes just wwatchin tv and very relaxed then i go and like move and my left arm just feels weak
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Since all your tests including ECG and chest are normal, the cause for pain is not an cardiac event?
Doctor :   It is the probable cause, since all your tests is normal.
User :   and my increased heart rate even at relaxation?
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Anxiety and stress can cause gastritis that can lead to the regurgitation of fluids.
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SInce the ECH is normal it does not seeem like an cardiac event that has caused the heart rate to increase,
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Have you followed?
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The other cause for this is hypothyroidism.
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I mean hyperthyroidism, Since your symptoms are acute and
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YOu do not have other symptoms like sweating it is also unlikely.
User :   well its since i been having this problem with my stomach/esopheagus that i been having anxiety attacks,increased heart rate,palpatations,burping alot
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Are you following?
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Yes.
User :   and well yesterday i was eating started to feel very week and my body started feeling very very hot
User :   can GI problems cause palpatations and everything?
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The anxiety is probably cause for your symptoms.
Doctor :   It is the other way round.
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anxiety and palpitation can cause Gastritis, burping and regurgitatio.
User :   no but ive never had anxoety atacks in my life till i started feelin pressure on left side of chest
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I shall suggest you few measures.
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Anxiety can come at any time.
User :   because im always scared its my heart then i start having this chest crushing feeling,cant breathe and feel like im passing out
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The fact that you feel some thing is wrong in the body in itself can cause such syptoms.
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Yes this is what i mean.
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the moments of anxiety where you feel there is something wrong in the heart is enough ti cause these symptoms.
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Have you followed?
User :   yes i see , i start thinking about congenital heart defects and all
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Yes, these are known as the mental stressors.
Doctor :   You need to stop worrying about this.
User :   i dont know how to calm down tho because sumtimes im minding my own business not even worried at all then i feel this pressure and my left arm feels weird
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Since all the tests including the cardiac enzymes are normal it is unlikely to be a cardiac event.
User :   I went to GI doctor and gettin an endoscopy in a couple of days he thinks that medications caused me to have problems with stomach
Doctor :   I shall explain it to you again.
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You are having these problems because of anxiety.
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anxiety are causing two problems in you.
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1. Gastritis
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2. Panic attacks.
User :   well i think ur wrong in the whole panic attack because i been having them ever since i started having GI problems
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Panic attacks are the episodes of anxiety related symtoms such as minor changes that trigger a chain of symptoms.
Doctor :   symptom such as numbness or GI symptom it self can trigger the events.
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So you may be right that the GI symptom has triggered the events.
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Have you followed?
User :   yea but i never had anxiety until my stomach problems and chest pressure started i obviously have sumthing wrong with my stomach/esophaegus my GI doctor told me already
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Ok.
Doctor :   I shall suggest you the measures of treatment now.
Doctor :   May i know your location?
User :   im just worryin about my tingly hand and the pain i have in my jaw could dat be cuz of my GI problem that my left side of neck hurts and jaw line
User :   staten island new york,
User :   im 22years old
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GI problem do not cause numbness of limbs.
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Have you followed?
User :   how bout my jaw and neck that i just mentioned
Doctor :   Numbness any where in the body are not caused by GI disturbances.
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Have you followed?
User :   no my neck and jaw are not numb it hurts to the touch
Doctor :   The symptoms of GI gisturbance include pain in the chest, abdomen, vomiting, loose stools and constipation.
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It does not cause symptoms of the face, jaw, neck or limbs.
User :   so what can be causing my jaw and left sided neck pain?
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Pain or numbness are caused commonly by either a neurological problem in an eldrerly with risk factors.
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such as diabetes, hypertension.
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It can be seen in young individual where anxiety and stress is the common cause.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
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Since in your case all the factors have been ruled out, the probable cause is psychological.
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Have you followed?
User :   really
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User :   even to the touch?
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Yes they can happen even to touch.
Doctor :   I shall suggest you these measures for the treatment.
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1. Tab prilosec otc one tablet a day for 7 days to help the reguritation and burping.
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2. When these episodes happen there are few measures that can prevent attacks from happening, such as
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mental counting, breathing exercises.
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3. Avoid stressors.
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You can do that by going out with friends, music, relaxation exercises, meditation an so on.
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These are the behavioral treatment that i have suggested.
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If these do not help you , then i would recommend you to take professional help
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from a clinical psychologist.
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Have you followed?
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Are you there?
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Are you there?
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