I hope you’re as well as can be.
I had some heart worries recently so made an appointment with my GP.
I saw a new (ish) GP at our local surgery and I have to say he was superb.
He listened to every word I had to say about all my off symptoms and asked so many questions, more than I’ve ever been asked before to be honest.
He examined my stomach, as one of the symptoms was a flutter or spasm in my abdomen every now and then, especially when being active.
I also had an ECG.
The ECG showed a missed beat every now and then but he said that was perfectly normal and expected in most people.
We sat down and he threw a curved ball at me. “ I think you have a hiatal hernia”
I was a little stunned and have to admit I didn’t know what kind of hernia that was. He explained about the stomach moving up slightly through the diaphragm allowing stomach acid to come back into the oesophagus (apologies if that is spelt incorrectly)
Suddenly many of my weird and wonderful symptoms made more sense!
I asked about the chest pain and he was the first doctor I have ever encountered that mentioned it may be pressing or interfering with the vagus nerve. I’ve read many articles about the vagus nerve and watched countless videos on exercises for it but never heard it mentioned by one of my doctors.
The breathing problems, again could be the vagus nerve or the stomach pressing on the lungs a little.
There was not much info about the exhaustion but that could be a mixture of the PsA and being in pain for so long each day.
Although I was dismayed to hear I have yet another condition to deal with I was also pretty overjoyed that it wasn’t anything more serious.
I’ve been given a months worth of PPI’s to take, to reduce stomach acid, then we see what it’s like after that.
If things are no better then it will be camera down the throat to have a look but he would like to do everything to avoid that if he can - something I wholeheartedly agreed with 😊
He and I hope by just breaking the cycle of acid production, coupled with my already started gluten and lactose free diet, I may get a little relief and begin to feel more human again. I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed anyway.
It seems the go to treatment in the US is surgery but in the UK it seems to be the last resort.
Over the counter antacids do not touch the pain in my abdomen, chest and throat so hopefully the new PPI’s will help without bringing too many side effects with them.
Has anybody else had similar?
Was the outcome good?
Thanks for reading