If you ever had sharp pain in your chest, it might be caused by Acid Reflux Disease, which can be misdiagnosed often. Watch Barbara talk about her experience in finding out that she had Acid Reflux Disease and what's she is doing to deal with it.
I'm Barbara. I'm 47 years old, and I was recently diagnosed with Acid Reflux disease. It started, ironically, the symptoms two years ago when I raced myself to an emergency room hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. After many diagnosis, tests that they ran, they said 'no, it's probably just stress'. And from then, I saw my regular doctor and they did the same type of thing. They said 'are you an anxious person? Seems to me that you may have something related to anxiety', and I knew something was wrong, it wasn't anxiety. It was something else. I read on the internet that there was some symptoms that kind of mimick heart attacks, especially for women. They are often overlooked, and one of them was Acid Reflux, which is sever pain in the chest area that can radiate to the back, and worsening at night. I decided to go see a doctor and get a GI series, which they actually go down an endoscopy and look, and sure enough they said that I had classic reflux disease. Had to stop red wine for a while, which is one of the indicators. Caffeine, red wine, and acid foods. I had to watch that. I did go on one of these acid reducers. And then after reading about it, it depletes your body of calcium and iron as a side effect. I stopped that and started to exercise more. Watch what I was eating and listen to what other symptoms. I've had very minimal symptoms after that. So I would encourage every women to listen to their body. Get a second, or even maybe a third diagnosis as I did, and research on the internet. There's good information out there.
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