ALICIA’S PERSONAL STORY

I really feel like I’m living in a really bad nightmare every single day. I’ve been dealing with all this going on six months now. It starts the minute I roll out of bed in the morning. My whole upper body hurts so bad including my neck, back, shoulders, and arms. My chest and stomach feel like something super heavy is sitting on it. And the worst symptom of all is I feel like I can’t breath. My throat burns so bad and I’m constantly burping trying to relieve pressure. I also get hoarse a lot and my throat will start to hurt out of no where. I have absolutely no energy and am so tired and drained that I feel like I could fall asleep standing up. These symptoms come and go every single day. I’ve been to the hospital 5 times in the past six months because I literally feel like I’m having a heart attack everyday. My heart and lungs have been checked and they say everything looks fine. I’ve been referred to a cardiologist and he said everything is fine. Everyone I have seen says it’s GERD and stress and anxiety related. I’ve tried countless medicines Including omeprazole, pantroprezole, Pepcid AC, Tums, Rolaids, mylanta, gaviscon, and I’m currently taking carafate. I’ve been taking it for about a week now but having noticing it being any help. Nothing I have taken or tried gives me any sort of relief. I was woke up last night out of my sleep to my throat feeling like it was on literal fire and I was so nauseous, this is the first time this has ever happened at me during sleep. I can’t even focus and being the wife and mom my family deserve because of this. It gives me so much anxiety. I literally feel like I’m dying and once again having a heart attack. I really hope to get to a gastroenterologist soon to figure this all out and hopefully get some answers and relief. I would not wish this in my worst enemy.

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