I have been dealing with a lot of issues for the past 6 years. It started with an eventual diagnoses of Neurocardiogenic syncope, followed by a non funtioning and diseased gallbladder. Then, several doctors later, gastrogaresis. Daily, I dealt with strange feelings in my head, palpatations, nausea, dizziness, loss of memory, headaches, spasms in my chest. I went to 17 doctors in all! I took a little piece of the puzzle from each doctor. I have been on aciphex, prilosec, reglan, miralax, etc. The problem isn't always too much acid. You can have GERD and have LOW stomach acid. Often, people with gastroparesis don't make enough acid. The inhibitors may be doing more harm than good if this is your problem.
The Neurocardiogenic Syncope is often mistaken and diagnosed as anxiety. It's not. The drugs they put you on to treat the anxiety do nothing to make it better.
The stomach, heart and brain work closely together.
I went to an osteopathic specialist last week. Get this....it's my back and my diahphram. My diahphram was up too high and my stomach has been in an odd position, probably since I had my last child 8 years ago. I carried her strange and high. She was twisted and very much in my ribcage. The vagal nerves have been shifted and bunched up there. I have also had a few neck and upper back injuries. The sympathetic nerves run through the back with all of the other nerves. The vagus nerve can be effected if the neck is kinked. The heart, lungs, stomach, intestines...all of them are contolled by nerves that come from your brain, through your back and connect with the organs. If there is a significant kink or an injury that was not treated right, it can throw everything off. I have a problem with the small vertebra in my neck, t-4, t-6 and t-8 (I broke t8 years ago and a chiropractor didn't xray before adjusting it 3 times a week for 2 months...it went undiagnosed until months later.)
Dr. Joy adjusted my back, neck and soft tissue and organs. (osteopathic dr.s focus more on the balancing of the body and they work the bones, nerves and soft tissue and even organs to make sure everything is functioning together. They are a little more easy on the spine, but still make adjustments to it without just 'popping and cracking' everything.)
I haven't needed the beta blocker, anxiety medicine, sleeping pills, laxative or gas relief since then. I have felt normal. I haven't had the gas pressing into my chest, making me feel like something is really wrong. I haven't had disturbing feelings or palpatations.
I wish I would have gone there first...6 years ago when this all started. I'll see her 4 more times for more adjustments. I see a light at the end of this tunnel and I owe it to God for leading me to the right place and keeping me strong through these very trying years.
*****Had a bad attack and had to get back on the beta blocker a few days after I posted that...my heart fibrillated. At the ER, I got the ever-so-popular diagnoses of 'palpitations and anxiety". I wanted to choke the doctor....pressing on for the answer!
Edited November 30, 2009 at 9:30 pm