I have many of the same symptoms as several of those on this page. Major chest pain, irregular heartbeat, occasional stabbing pain in left side of chest only, stomach acid that builds up so much I can taste it. I've tried all the OTC medicines for heartburn and none work well. The only things I found to feel better from mild onsets on up are... try some milk and eat crackers to absorb the acid....sit or stand up and lean forward so the air pockets in the intestines and stomach can escape... force myself to throw up then do the milk and crackers... I'm 39 years old 6'1" and 230 lbs which is definitely over weight and even though fairly athletic, should expect health problems based on my size and consumption habits. Every time an episode happens to me, it scares the **** out of me and I have my wife on high alert with phone in hand if I go down. I've also been to Doc and did the stress tests and meds which changed nothing for me. I've found that Dr. House type experiments are not for me. Listening to others with the same symptoms is a very valuable tool and I appreciate all of you that took time to let the rest of us know what you have gone through. Besides staying away from game night at Buffalo Wild Wings, the best tips I've found so far to help the onset of GERD for me is drinking a 16 oz glass of milk or water immediately before ALL meals and adding Potassium supplements to my diet. Thanks, JoeView Thread
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