Hi all, am a newbie to this forum. Just joined a moment ago. Was searching info about acid reflux once again and stumbled upon this forum. Read one topic and was hooked. Thank God, someone else with acid reflux is having throat pains too!
I'm a 27 years old woman from Finland (Scandinavia, Northern Europe) and I was diagnosed with reflux in June 2005. Taking pain killers for many years and stress due to circumstancs at the moment most likely triggered the outburst, that later was diagnosed as acid reflux. First I was able to live with it quite well. Might say it was the least of my problems (more pain history in my signature).
Until...June 1st 2007. I started having throat pain, that wouldn't go away. At first it was being treated as a simple flu infection. The first 4 weeks I kept coming back to our health center asking for another antibiotic cure. Then they sent me off to the city policlinic of ear- and throat diseases. This was all in the public side of healthcare, which is provided to every citizen. Private docs I can't afford in anything else, than when it's about my joints (read more in the signature). I went there a few times. They did tests and were only able to proof it was some virus infection.
Then came the point they said there was nothing they could do for my case anymore. I was referred and had gastroscopy done. Nothing found. Even after years of taking painkillers daily, there was no visible damage. No hernia, nothing. They said I just had to try go on living my life. Right. I was stunned of the complete lack of empathy in the tone it was said with.
Yeah, go on with your life. Only that it's living la vida loca!! My throatpain is just getting worse, after a brief period it was less. I take anti-acid medication daily and try keep off the bad foods (spicy and fatty foods, tomatoes, citrus juices etc). I don't drink coffee, have never smoked and don't use alcohol. I am overweight, been trying to loose weight for a couple years now. As my pains don't allow me to exercise, the only way to control my weight is watching what I eat. Pains make me incredibly depressed and then I have comfort food. It's a bad thing, but it happens. Losing weight would help a little, so now am trying to loose some again. Maybe this time it will keep off. I've been able to keep the lost weight off a few times, but then it creeps its way back. After my last knee-operation I gained a lot of weight.
It limits my already limited social life to almost zero. I can't talk in the phone with my friends and text messaging and emailing hurts to my hands. Writing this hurts so badly, but it's the only way to reach out and try find help. Many of my friends have disappeared after I couldn't talk in phone anymore after my throat pains started. Some closest ones stuck with, but that's a very small number. I'm not in a dating relationship and am living at home with my parents, due to financial circumstances. Am currently unemployed and finding a job that matces my difficult health situation is a mission impossible.
Am currently searching a private doc to visit and try if they could figure out something the docs in the public side couldn't. Throat pain is pure hell, when it's been going on for far too long. My uttermost understanding and empathy for all of you, who are suffering from the same thing!!
One day at a time is the only way.