GERD can make you feel absolutely rotten, and it does seem to change in character over time (at least that's my experience).
For example, I've had really bad GERD for about
four years and was on Prevacid for the last two or three. Last week I decided to discontinue the Prevacid. As expected, the GERD got much worse. On Sunday I finally decided to take my anxiety medicine. I never would have expected this, but most of the GERD went away. It was better than when I was taking the Prevacid, in fact.
This weekend I've experienced a little bid of GERD backlash, but nothing too serious. I've been eating pizzas and stuff, too, so it's no surprise.
But, anyway, GERD can change over time. When I first started experiencing it, the only symptom was "burps of fire". That eventually became pretty rare. Sometimes my GERD would present itself as horrible tastes in my mouth that were impossible to get rid of. Occasionally as stomach burning. Sometimes esophagus burning. Sometime just general upper GI tract discomfort. I never had many "heart attack" symptoms but it wasn't unusual to feel a pressure and mild burning behind my sternum. Also, at times I'd regurgitate. Swelling, nausea...common. "Full stomach" when it shouldn't be full...that has caused me a lot of trouble.
I's an odd condition to have, for sure, and one that would be horrible for a person with a health anxiety disorder. Luckily I got to know GERD pretty well before I started getting paranoid about
my health. Otherwise I'm sure it would've driven me nuts.
Post Edited (debaser) : 3/25/2007 1:58:08 PM (GMT-6)