First, I am going back to my MD on Monday. Trust me, this hurts way too much to play around with.
The story is that I have had several attacks of very severe chest pain. The first time was after a fatty meal that ended with tons of chocolate and was not as severe, so I thought it was prolly heartburn, although it was the worst damn case I had ever had, not that I have had heartburn much. That was in September. I thought it was over, but I have had several more attacks, usually a few weeks apart, and usually not so closely linked with bad eating. A month ago, my MD gave me a month’s worth of Nexium to try. No problems until last night, which was my second night without the Nexium.
All hell broke loose last night. I was fine until midnight when I decided to have a snack before bed–two graham crackers with a bit of cream cheese and a half glass of skim milk. I fell asleep within 10 minutes of eating that and then woke up an hour later in pain. I got up, took 2 TumsEX, got back in bed and dozed off, but then woke up a half hour later in severe pain. I found I had one more Nexium left so I took it, but I also remembered that one time before, sleeping pills had helped, so I took 10 mg of Ambien, too. Almost exactly 20 minutes later during which I alternately sat up and paced the floor, the pain lessened and then 5 minutes later it was gone completely. This is typical of me. These pains come, are horrible, and are suddenly gone.
Here is the part that puzzles me. Although some of this fits the pattern for heartburn, other things don’t. The location of the pain fits, but I don’t understand why sleeping pills or pain pills (another time I had some leftover perscription pain pills) work so well in stopping this and especially why they work so suddenly. Also, I just feel pain–no burping, no gassy or acid-y feeling, nothing. It just doesn’t feel like the minor heartburn I have felt when I was a kid and overate. I also break out in a cold sweat when this happens. As I told my MD, if I hadn’t known better, I would have thought I was having a heart attack. In fact, one time I put on the heart monitor I use for the treadmill just to see and my heart rate was nice and steady, so I assumed that meant no heart attack. On the other hand, there are things that make me think it is heartburn–it occurs exclusively at night when I am lying down and the Nexium seems to have helped.
So what do you guys think? I am going to the MD, but I would like to educate myself first on any other possibilities. In particular, something I read last night on hiatal hernia made me think that might be the problem, but I don’t know. Any advice and suggestions you have will be appreciated.