I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this?
My cardiac symptoms are classic, chest pain, extreme SOB (I have pulmonary disease and get SOB, but this is much more pronounced), extreme fatigue and some left arm tingling.
I also have silent reflux and have Barrett's esophagus. I have tried all the meds for reflux, but I have adverse reaction to the meds. I also had a Nissan Fundiplication, where they took the top of my stomach and wrapped it around my esophagus to keep the acid from coming up.
My cardiologist states that if I get"nutcracker esophagus" which is spasms in the esophagus, it uses the same nerves and mimics cardiac symptoms. I finally went to the Er when I had severe symptoms after doing a Xopenx nebulizer treatment. My sister who is a retired paramedic, states I look cardiac when these symptoms appear, but the young female ER doc wrote it off as "anxiety" because my breathing was so difficult I was almost to the point of hyperventilation due to not being able to breathe. They ran all the tests which came back okay, so she diagnosed me with atypical chest pains and anxiety, gave me some ativan (sp) and sent me on my way. I have trouble believing it is a esophagus spasm when the symptoms come right after my breathing treatment. I don't seem to get them after eating which would make more sense because it is supposedly a reflux reaction.
When I have these symptoms it doesn't feel like my esophagus, it feels cardiac, but no one can ever find anything. My cardiologist says he can't rule out small vessel disease, but I am to the point that I don't want to go to ER or doc when I get these symptoms because I don't want to be labeled 'anxiety" and not be taken seriously.
Any thoughts or experience with this?