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 :)