I am so glad I found this forum. It is by far the most useful of all the websites I've visited during my struggle with GERD.
As I am typing this, desperation overwhelms me. I would just close the blinds, turn off the phone and never see anybody again, just drown in my misery.
I am an otherwise healthy 30 year old male, ex professional athlete and GERD has broken me into pieces in the last year and a half. It all started with a simple cold that just never went away. It was about
a year and a half ago, I just got sick and although my other symptoms went away, the tennis ball in my throat seems to be here to stay. The doctor I went to immediately suspected GERD.
From there it was just downhill. I have developed difficulties breathing, constant sore throat, wheezing and overwhelming fatigue that kills any desire to do anything or go anywhere. I have been on medication for a couple of months but it only offers minimal relief. It helped a bit with the breathing, I am not struggling for every breath, but the throat inflammation is still there and I basically feel like s... all day long.
I am following the diet (even though I read about
a study conducted at Stanford in 2006 that concluded that evidence supporting the thesis that diet works for GERD are weak at best).
I have my upper bed elevated although it is causing me the world of trouble with my lower back and there is zero chance that I will be able to sleep like this my whole life without ending up in a wheelchair. Also, I can't sleep in the same bed as my girlfriend since the elevated bed gives her terrible headaches, I am guessing it's circulation issues.
So, basically I am a 24/7 professional GERD patient. Each move I make is pre-determined by my condition. I lost all capability for pleasure of any kind. I am a shell.
The worst part is how dismissive my doctors are about
my pain and suffering. It is unbelievable to me that they all have the story about
things being in my head. So, imagine this, just had a gastroscopy and the diagnosis was GERD and a hiatus hernia. So, that's the diagnosis. But when I complain that I have these common symptoms of GERD I get the talk about
finding my inner strength and always that darn sentence "Don't think about
They found no esophagitis and little inflammation in the stomach. No Helicobacter and the hernia is small - about
The bottom line is, I am planning to loose some more weight that I gained in this period and if that doesn't work, I just refuse to give life up like this. I will probably have the Nissen and accept all the risk that go with it. If I get the constant diarrhea, I will just stay home forever. That's what I am doing now, anyway...
Sorry for the long post, my mind is a mess right now...