I am pretty sure I have gastritis, and from the article I read today, people who have gastritis usually have GERD, but GERD patients dont usually have gastritis. I have been reading lots of articles online, english and chinese. At first I only read the english article because I live in the US and I usually go see my family phyisican when I get sick, but lately unless I really dont want to go if it is something common like a cold or a flu, because the only thing my doctor will give me is something I get buy over the counter. And after I watch the movie sicko, i guess I am a little upset about the way I was being treated, because so far seems like I do not have an option to go to see a GI doctor if I dont have a referral from my family doctor, its not like I am not willing to pay, I do have health insurance that I am paying an arm and a leg for each month. I even went to the emergency room because I am feeling so sick and nausea, but the only thing they give me is some pill to get rid of the nausea, they dont even run any test on me to see whats wrong with me. I dont even know if my doctor really wants to cure my illness or just keep wanting me to go back so he can make more money, he dont explain enough about my illness to me to make me understand how I can help myself to heal myself, I have to say that from reading articles and coming to forum like this help me more than my doctor.
Wei-Tai 999 is a chinese herb medicine that works for me, so I just want to share my experience hopefully it can help someone who might have the same issue as me, I am not trying to advertise this medicine cuz I dont work for that company. I just want people to know besides Nexium, Protonix...etc, there are other options that we can look for to help heal ourselves. But I still think going to see a GI doctor is very important for me but I will keep trying that herb medicine for 2 months first. I have read articles that people who have GERD might also have issues with their liver or kidney, it does make sense to me because everything inside our body are connected and if one of them dont function properly, it will affect the other. And GERD is pretty much a combination of decrease function from the kidney, liver and stomach due to our bad habits like smoking, drinking, overeating, stress, not enough rest...etc. It is not something simple like just take this drug to limit the amount of acid in your stomach so it can heal itself, from what I understand so far, people keep having GERD came back after a short while, I guess what I am trying to say is that maybe people with GERD should consider taking some other natural herb supplement to restore the functions of the other parts of their intestines, not just blindly believe that taking one pill can cure GERD. I hope I never offended anybody, I just want to tell others about how I deal with my illness and my point of view, thank you!