Is this acid reflux? Is this heartburn?
December 19, 2013 1:05 AM Subscribe
YANAD - but I went and saw a doctor and I'm still a little confused about things! The medication isn't helping and the symptoms aren't "standard", so is this reflux or something else?
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I’m 28 and a generally healthy female (but a grad student, so I am somewhat sedentary and often stressed). For a while, I was feeling pretty nauseous after eating big meals and also felt a weird constricting feeling at the back of my throat. One doctor put me on PPIs for only a week, and I ate fairly mild foods (staying away from all of the acid reflux triggers you see listed online) and felt fine for a few months. The throat constriction feeling came back (but not the nausea), so I went to see a different doctor and she told me to take Ranitidine 150 mg twice a day. I’ve been doing this for about a week and a half, and the throat thing is still sticking around. Another symptom is that when I eat something and have to stand for a long period after (I work in retail part-time), my stomach muscles are insanely tight for about an hour or two and it is really uncomfortable.
I also haven’t experienced anything heartburn-y (in that I have no idea what heartburn actually feels like, but haven’t experienced any burning in my chest per se). I have had a couple of occasions where my (mid to left of mid) chest has felt strange - like a vague pain that comes in and out, occasionally with some shooting pains (sorry - I’m not feeling it now so it’s hard to describe!) This happened once while I was working out so I went to the doctor AGAIN, and she ruled out anything heart related, and chalked it up to a possibly strained muscle + some acid reflux. My muscle didn’t feel sore at all, so I wasn’t sure if it was just the reflux alone?
So my questions are: from your own personal experiences with reflux — does this sound like reflux to you, even though my only symptom is my throat and stomach muscles feeling tight (usually after eating large meals/particular foods but sometimes just out of nowhere)? Should I still be experiencing this even though I’m taking Ranitidine 150mg twice a day?
AND: do those chest pains sound like heartburn? Google tells me heartburn should be a warm, burning feeling but I’m wondering whether some of you have experienced something different!
I’ll probably going back to the doctor yet again, but it’d be helpful to hear what your experiences have been. I’m getting a little frustrated trying to avoid all of the foods that supposedly trigger reflux with few results. Thanks mefites!