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#1 smac0719

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:17 PM

I saw my Gastro today and he can't confirm what is causing the chest pain, but agrees that it could be esophageal spasms (thanks everyone for the input as I would have never known to ask him to consider that!!!). Unfortunately, he said there wasn't anything he could do to confirm it since he would have to "see" the spasm occur during a scope? He didn't see any damage in my esophagus from the reflux and up'd my dosage of reflux meds to help with the pain. The stomach biopsy was normal and the polyp biopsy from my colonoscopy was also negative for pre-cancer cells :).

I still suffer from bloating, constipation, cramping and gas as well and he said it was just a condition of the sclero. He suggested I take a soluble fiber supplement and cut back on as many green vegetables as I could without sacrificing nutrients. He said our bodies don't digest them well and can contribute to the gas and bloating. Who would have thought?? Everything I read of a holistic nature says I should be a vegetarian, but what would I eat? Do I juice the green stuff?

Glad from a medical standpoint that I have no "serious" GI issues, but from a food standpoint I'm just plain 'ole confused :blink:
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 04:32 PM

Smac, I'm probably coming to this post late. For the chest pains, have you ever been checked for pericarditis? It is painful and definitely worth a look if you haven't already

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:41 PM

Hi smac0709,

With chest pain, it is not worthwhile to take any chances. I had an episode of chest pain and my doctor right away asked me to go to emergency room. I had to stay overnight. They went over all the symptoms for heart problems and ruled out nothing was wrong with heart. Also, they put a nitroglycerin patch on my chest and pain went away. Now my doctor asked me to keep nitroglycerin tablets with me all the time. Anytime I get chest pain, I dissolve a tablet or two in mouth. If it esophageal spasm, it will go away.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:58 PM

smac,

I was thinking the same thing YFChoice suggested - Pericarditis.

I have had what my doctor said were most likely esophageal spasms. It was like the most intense heartburn I have ever experienced and came on suddenly. Nothing I had at home helped it.

What does your chest pain feel like? Is that a stupid question? Sorry. It's late. :blink:

Anyway, I also have all the GI problems you describe pretty much daily. Sometimes us sclerodermians will develop a bacterial overgrowth from dismotility in the bowels.

Coincidentally, I have been taking the same antibiotics for my cellulitis in my toe that they prescribe for bacterial overgrowth and I have had near normal bowel movements since being on them. Pretty cool :rolleyes: doctor said antbiotics "may cause diarrhea" but for me they stopped it! :lol:

So glad your tests were normal!

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:39 PM

You don't mind if I add my penny worth here do you?

I had severe chest pains which emulated a heart attack and it was gall stones! It came on suddenly and usually when I drank milk or ate ice cream. It gave me a bout of pancreatitis -- hence the intense pain!
I wasn't aware that I had gall stones until that moment. I was admitted into hospital with chest pain -- told I had pancreatitis -- asked if I was an alcoholic? No way! I had an ultrasound and they showed up.
Symptoms were. Bloating, heartburn, sweating and the feeling of tightness all around the upper abdominal area.

Maybe it's an idea to mention this to your doctor and see if he will do an ultrasound!

Best wishes
Barbara xxx

#6 Sheryl

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:14 AM

Barbara, are they giving you anything for the pancreatitis? Are the doctors going to have you on a special diet to possibly prevent future gallstone surgery? Are you in the waiting game?

Smac, strange what we are and aren't suppose to eat. With gastritus and diverticulitus I am not suppose to eat corn. That is regular corn, corn on the cob and popcorn, or homney. I am suppose to eat the green vegetables for my anemia. If you juiced broccoli, would it even taste good. Juiced broccoli doesn't even sound good. We may have to hope one of our vegetarians out there will tell us what they juice and don't juice? Things that retain good flavor and what you need to add to help inhance food. We are looking for some advice here?
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:42 AM

If it's esophageal spasms, then Nitroquik will stop them in minutes. It's the same medication used for people with heart palpations. It has done wonders for me. I don't go anywhere with out it.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 10:02 AM

Smac0719

Glad to hear at least that your tests didn't show any serious GI problems.....and that your colonoscopy is a good report! Hopefully, you'll be able to figure out the solution to the food escapade!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 12:11 PM

Thanks all. I had a thread a couple of weeks ago about my chest pain ordeal. In a nutshell, I started experiencing pain and dizziness around Sept 07. I had a full cardiac work-up then and they said I have a premature beat. This pain was different, it starts in my back and radiates to my chest. s quickly as it comes, it goes but it stops me dead in my tracks from whatever I'm doing. I was sent to the hospital a couple of weeks ago due to an abnormal EKG, but I think it was my primary's machine that was abnormal as the EKG's in the ER were fine. I was admitted anyway and the heart and lungs were ruled out. They then checked me for gastro issues and here I am.

I don't have gastritis or diverticulitis. The u/s of my abdomen didn't show my pancreas clearly so I'll ask about pancreatitis. Barb, I thought it was gallbaldder too as I had most of the symptoms. That was ruled out too. I think they ruled out pericarditis as well.

Sheryl, I'm with you on the juiced broc. Love it raw and cooked though. Bought the book Juicing for Life. Hopefully that will give me some ideas but will take suggestions from experience too!! :)
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 02:06 PM

Hi Smac ,

When Gareth was diagnosed with esophageal spasms, the doctor gave him nitro pills....the little ones that you put under your tongue when you think you're having a heart attack. They stopped his spasms real quick. It's a med you could ask your doctor for and take when the next attack occurs. If they help, great, but if it isn't a spasm or heart attack then the pill won't hurt you either.

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret