Hello. I'm a new member to this website. I've been having some problems these past couple weeks and don't know where to turn. I'm 21 years old, and uninsured. I was diagnosed with GERD around the age of 11 or 12. I recently have been dealing with a dull pain in my left side. It varies from my ribs all the way down to my hip. Sometimes in more in front of my side, sometimes more in back. I had been taking Prevacid 30 mg for a while, but when I turned 21 I stopped recieving Medi-cal, so I was no longer able to continue getting Prevacid. Also, I had been taking Paxil 20 mg for depression, my doctor was going to ween me off before my 21st birthday, but I was no longer able to go back for check-ups once my insurance ran out. I continued taking Paxil as long as I could afford it... I was scared to go off of it. But eventually I weened myself off of it over 2 months, slowly cutting back the dose like my doctor instructed. Its been about a month since I stopped taking it completely. I had also not been taking anything for my GERD for about 2-3 weeks. I finally started taking Prilosec OTC because the heartburn got so bad. It helped a little. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when the pain in my side started. It would be bad some days and not so bad others. One bad night I decided I really needed to go the doctor to make sure it wasn't anything serious. FYI-- I AM A WORRY WART. I tend to think I'm going to die from the stupidest, imagined things. I went to the doctor. Seeing as I don't have insurance I scraped up some money for the visit. I explained my symptoms to the doc, and as soon as I mentioned GERD she was positive that's what was causing my pain. Still, she did a urine dip, and took blood for a CBC and a test for ulcers (can't remember the name) that's all I could afford. But she said those were the two important ones. All came out fine. She told me to increase my Prilosec to twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. That was it. I left with a much more positive attitude, thinking I would be feeling better soon. That was 3 weeks ago, and my side still hurts. I thought the pain was becoming less and less the first few days, but now i'm back where I started. I just wanted to know if anyone else has had or has this problem. Again, I'm a worry wart. I'm so scared it's some underlying problem that's just gonna jump out and kill me. I can't go back to the doctor for a follow up yet because I simply don't have enough money. I'm reaching out to this forum to maybe give me some advice... anything that you think will help. I've tried to call to at least talk to the doctor's nurse, but they won't return my calls. I understand they are a busy office, but I need help. At the very least an answer for something to take for the bad days when the pain just seems to bug more than I can take. It's not sharp or even like a burning feeling, just more annoying and uncomfortable. Again, if you've had this problem and you have GERD maybe you could let me know how you handled it. Or at very least I can be assured that this is all just GERD related and with my increased dose of Prilosec will fix itself over time. Thanks for those of you who read my short story. I'm sorry I wrote so much.. I just wanted to explain everything. I know stress doesn't help... I'm trying to not be too worrysome. But I kinda can't help it.