I'm a 49 y/o female, 154lbs and 5'5" recently dx'd with GERD. Truthfully, I am relieved. I thought I was losing my mind with anxiety and heart problems.
My primary symptom was insomnia - - not that I wasn't suffering with chronic coughing, sore throat and general uncomfortability for a long time, just that the insomnia was the most debilitating. My mom passed away in Aug. after a valiant fight with lung cancer. She, too suffered with GERD but I did not understand it. Boy, do I understand it now! Our family has also moved 5 times in 6 years due to my DH's job so there is lots of stress, loss and just emotional upheaval. I've gained 20lbs in a year due to binge eating from stress and trying to stop this weird sensation of air in my chest and in my gut. Add perimenopause to that and I feel like I've been hit with a MAC truck.
I have a sluggish thyroid but my doc won't treat it until my THS is over 3 despite Ft3 and FT4 off the low end of the range. sheeeesh.
I am taking 30mg of previcid, 6 gaviscon tablets per day and have been weaning from coffee for the past 3 days (reduced quantity and half decaf/caf) with a plan to be done by Sunday - - can't add the killer caffeine headache or I'll be finding a bridge to jump off!
I've totally cut out the chocolate, peppermint, tomatoes, and some of the other "offending" foods, as well as reduced the size and portions for the past 5 days since seeing my doctor. No eating after 7pm and I'm trying to remember to breath.
Other conditions: iron deficiency for which I take a slow-release tablet, Vitamin D deficiency for which I take 50,000iu 2 X per week, bio-identical progesterone cream, ambien CR in the evening and a 30 day one-time-only supply of xanex PRN. My Pdoc wants me to start on lexapro which I sense I need but am reluctant to start if my depression/anxiety is more about
this GERD. At this point, I just want to feel better! I STILL don't sleep through the night even with a 12.5 ambien and .25 xanex...I'm up looking at the clock at 4:15. It doesn't FEEL like heartburn, just sore throat and then my mind races about
not sleeping and all I have to do in that day...
Just kind of venting...I feel like I have permanently damaged my body and my stress is just out of control and making it all worse. I am reading as much as I can here but wanted to jump in.
Here are my questions: can someone tell me what LPR is? How long before the previcid really kicks in and when should I ask my doc for a change? Is there anything holistic to do (I saw the AVC thing kkit and will try it!) so I don't have to take this for life? When will I be able to breath deeply and not cough like I have a fur ball in my throat
Anyway, I really, really appreciate all of your posts and how
open the sharing is. Thanks again!
Blessings to you,