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.