Puzzling and painful backflow

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   Posted 3/2/2011 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all, my name's Jess and i'm 21. I've been experiencing some unpleasant symptoms that I wanted to run past some people who may have had the same experience.
When I was 18, for the first time, I went to Spain for a couple weeks and had a huge change in diet (don't know if that's connected) and noticed near the end everynight I'd get a heartburn sensation that radiated to my upper back coupled with occasional burping and backflow of acid up into my mouth. It was incredibly painful but it passed after a month or so and didn't bother me again. Until now, three years later almost.
I've gone to uni and yet again had a rather drastic change in diet. Back at home my dad would make a lot of healthy, but rather olive oil heavy and spice heavy food. At uni i've used it as my chance to cut down on fat and quite honestly my diet here is pretty simple. I don't really add a lot to what I eat and everything's rather plain, but very healthy.
I've started going home more to visit my mum and check she's ok, and the strange symptoms have come back. When i'm at home this burning chest/back sensation, coupled with the feeling that my throat has had a tonne of acid poured down it is becoming unbearable. I went back to uni a couple days ago and I feel much better but then I had some of my flatmates spicy bean dish and literally a couple hours later i'm in hell. It's either always heartburn pain in my chest or round the back, but it always feels acidic. I was wondering if this sounds like GERD, or just a massive intolerance to diet change that i've put on myself by having a very simple diet? What can I do to alleviate it, or is it likely to go away on its own? I also have asthma and my asthma often feels worse when I'm having one of my acid episodes.
Any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you :)

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   Posted 3/2/2011 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning
The heartburn sounds like GERD but wondering if heatburn is your only symptom  ?
Here is a link to a site that may answers some of your questions:
You can skip the email course advertisement as there is much free info on this site.
Also the members have great input into diet and keeping a journal of what you eat.
  • As always, you can visit the GERD - Heartburn Resource Center located at http://www.healingwell.com/GERD/ for all this and more.
  • Again, a warm welcome to HealingWell.



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       Posted 3/2/2011 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
    Hi midgley,

    Welcome to Healing Well! I'm sorry to hear you're suffering! It sounds like you're on the right track, and if you're also an asthma sufferer, you'd best take these symptoms seriously. I also have asthma, and like you, when reflux has been a problem, my lungs have suffered.

    The pain in your back sounds a lot like gallbladder problems, although I'm sure some experience that pain with reflux (I never did). With gallbladder issues, bile reflux can be a problem as well...it's also very sour tasting, like acid.

    Can you get in to see a GI doctor so you can be diagnosed? I think that would be a very good idea.

    Of course your diet will hugely effect any GI problem you are having. If you search "GERD triggers" (and perhaps even "gallbladder triggers", although at your age, it's not as common, but certainly not unheard of) you can learn about ways to avoid some of the problems you're suffering from.

    As I said, you can get into serious trouble with asthma and reflux. Over time, as my GERD worsened, my lungs got dangerously involved, and I was on lots of medications to keep me breathing. Some who suffer from extreme reflux for years get permanent damage to their lungs. Just keep in mind that if you're getting lung symptoms, you need to take them seriously.

    Two years ago I had GERD surgery because of my severe asthma symptoms. Thankfully it worked, and my lungs are much, much better.

    I'm glad you've joined us! Good luck with finding answers to your problem!
    I'm sure others will be by to share their own experience and support!

    Take care,

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    Date Joined Mar 2011
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       Posted 3/3/2011 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
    Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to go sign up to the campus health centre today and I feel much better informed now. I've got an underactive thyroid that has been slipping to lower levels and apparently gallbladder issues can happen quite a lot with us slow of thyroid folk so I suppose it would make sense. I've been staying away from fizzy drinks and I feel much better for it so i'm sure it's something that can be regulated. Thanks again for all the info :)
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