45 year old male in Washington, DC that was diagnosed with GERD in May 2008. I have radically changed the way I live regarding food & beverage intake and once I was diagnosed I soon found out that all of my family (mother, sister, 2 brothers) have been living with this for years.
My main symptoms are chest pains (radiating to back & arms) & palpitations that will ruin my day or week. There is a definite level of anxiety associated with episodes but I am definitely fed up with doctors telling me to live with it & take your PPI. Also, added to the mix is that I just lost my job and cannot afford insurance so will have to live with Prilosec OTC vs. Aciphex.
There has to be a better way so looking @ starting an alkaline diet (fruits, vegetables, etc.) with DGL Licorice (saw on a post - will try) so I can start dropping some lbs. (approximately 20 lbs overweight).
BTW - have gone through the EKG, Stress Test, Blood work & all is fine (with cardiologist) then moved to Gastroenterologist with ultrasound (spleen a tad enlarged) & endoscopy (esophagitis, scarring in esophagus, pre-Barret's Syndrome if not controlled).
Frustrated but I know dietary changes will help & I hope all on here get the relief they seek & need