Hi all!! I'm a 23 year old woman and while I haven't been diagnosed with GERD, I'm currently going through tests for frequent heartburn. Here's a little background info...
November last year I had an endoscopy/colonoscopy and was diagnosed with IBS, having suffered from frequent abdominal cramps, diarrhea. I was put on 40mg of Prilosec a day (I'd also been getting reflux and heartburn), 10 mg of amitrypteline, and Levsin for when I had cramps. Following the diagnosis, I was told to make an appointment with the gastro doc for the following month to discuss treatment/biopsy results etc. Well, I was promoted at work, got busy and never went to the follow up appointment. In February, I went back to 20mg of Prilosec a day of my own accord. My symptoms seemed to be controlled at this point. I had changed my diet, given up caffeine, spicy foods etc.
During this time, I'd been getting frequent sore throat/swollen glands and eventually went to an ENT doc. He monitered it for a couple of months and was baffled. Eventually, he decided it was my tonsils (despite the fact that they were only mildly inflamed) and asked if I wanted them taken out. I decided against a tonsillectomy since it wasn't the definite cause and is very painful surgery as an adult.
Then, doing some research back in June, I saw that refulx can cause frequent sore throat (funny how these specialists sometimes fail to see the bigger picture). I went back on 40mg Prilosec a day. I was getting regurgitation at night but since I didn't really have heartburn, I just dealt with it. Then in July, I got agonizing cramps one evening, just below my rib cage. It was completely different to IBS cramps, raw and gnawing and happened every time I ate over the next few days. I made an appointment with my gastroenterologist but by that time the pain had subsided, it had lasted about two weeks. I went to the gastro last week and explained everything. Following this pain, my reflux/regurgitation seemed to worsen and I was occasionally getting that gnawing pain, as well as a very sore throat and that 'lump in the throat' feeling when I ate. He ordered another endoscopy and that's what I'm waiting for right now. His thoughts were that the pain was a severe esophageal ulcer that was now healing and that it may have caused inflammation or I had slowed emptying of the stomach (IBS can effect the stomach too), causing food to stay in my esophagus. Needless to say, he said that I should not be getting heartburn on a 40mg a day dosage of Prilosec. Right now I'm getting frequent regurgitation, heartburn and that raw pain below my ribs and well as that blocked feeling in my throat/difficulty swallowing.
I'm going for the endoscopy next week and am really curious to see what they find. I really don't want to have to go through any more procedures, nor does my husband want me to (he's a physician so in his eyes, no procedure done on his wife is a simple one). I think he's more worried than I am just because he knows too much. Anyway, I guess it's got to be done and the long term implications are a lot scarier if it's left untreated. I think I've left it long enough and that maybe the IBS symptoms have overshadowed it for a while now.