Hi, i'm new to the forum. Here is my story

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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 10/26/2010 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
So I just discovered this forum, and after a few hours of reading I decided to make this post to introduce myself. I am 23 years old, and just recently started on PPI (omeprazolum). I started having heartburn for the first time around February this year. It only lasted for about a week, but it was quite intense. However it all suddenly stopped before i had time to schedule an appointment with my doctor. I watched it carefully, waiting for it to come back, but it didn't so i forgot all about it. I felt fine for months, but started to get the occasional heartburn before the summer which i used to buffer with calcium carbonate pills. Around 4 weeks ago it suddenly got worse again. I started having heartburn and nausea every day, to a point which it kept me from sleeping. I went to see my doctor about 2 weeks ago, and he put me on the omeprazolum (20mg in the morning, 20mg before bed). Now I feel a little bit better, the heartburn stopped. I still feel nauseous though, and have the lump in my throat feeling almost all day.

The nausea has kept me away from school for a week now, but i better get back soon if I don't want to fail any classes due to absence. I am a 3. year medical student. It's a quite busy study and I don't really have time to declare myself sick and deal with the problems away from stress and tests. I came to this site to read about other people's experiences and how they deal with GERD, maybe to learn some tips and tricks people have acquired through living with these ailments.

I have to say that the amount of posts here is quite overwhelming. I'm slowly reading through the forum, but if people have some tips they want to share, please do (as it will take a long time to cover all the posts). I also have to say that I really respect people who decides to become experts on their own disease. I have met too many people during my studies who do not want to learn about what's wrong with them, and have just given up. Of course that is their own choice which I respect, but I have always felt that the prognosis its better when the patient is motivated and involved in the treatment. After all you are responsible for your own well-being and health.

When I first started studying medicine I got sick with mononucleosis (MONO, aka the kissing disease) which forced me to interrupt my studies and go back home (i study abroad). After that I had major problems. I got something called Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (similar to ME) and was confined to bed for over a year with almost no social life. I still hadn't recovered when i finally decided to go back to my studies, but I was so tired of letting my disease determine my life so I decided to hell with it, I want my life back. The first two years of medicine was quite hard, I was feeling sick all the time, but i slowly recovered because I never gave up.

So I managed to beat the post viral fatigue syndrome, you bet I'm gonna beat this GERD stuff (if thats what i have). I hope all you people out there never give up, even when your disease makes you feel worthless and the future seem dark. And that you never stop supporting each other like I've seen you do in the forums.

I apologize for writing such a long message for my first post.


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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 171
   Posted 10/27/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
This IS a great and VERY supportive forum. You're in the right place! : )

Everyone here has helped so much in getting ready for the Nissen surgery I'm having next Tuesday.

I would have been clueless if not for them - and way, way more scared.

Others here are more experienced than I am but to me those sound like the symptoms of GERD that most of us share.

(I personally dont have the throat problems but have read so many posts where it is described....)

For me it's the reflux that is so bad - I've been reduced to a liquid diet with some soft bland things on occasion - but even that comes back up repeatedly. Anything I swallow, even water, comes back up repeatedly.

Just know that you're not alone! Everyone here will help you prepare to take the next steps in doing something about your GERD.

Welcome to the party! lol : )


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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 10/27/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the club,
You have wonderful insight for a future doctor. Don't lose it! :)

I went through three years of coughing up gunk because acid was getting into my lungs. I didn't really do much diet modifications while I had my troubles, because they doctors couldn't figure out why I was coughing so much.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 10/27/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and please know you will find many wise and caring members here. 
I would suggest you see a GI physician regarding your sx to see if you may need an endoscopy if your sx continue make you feel ill. 
Also you are in a high stress field and school can put a lot of pressure on you so remember that you must take care of yourself,  exercise and watch your diet.  I know for me Diet Soda causes heartburn.
Again a warm welcome,

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