19 years old, GERD and depressed

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   Posted 3/21/2011 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I've recently had some pretty bad GERD symptoms that has really got me depressed and stressed.

Heres a little background,

When I went to highschool, i was mostly fine, able to eat huge meals or whatever I wanted whenever, but when I went to college (Im a first year right now) I decided I wanted to gain some weight, so I began goign to the gym and upping my calorie intake. I also began drinking a lot of milk. As time passed I developed terrible stomach problems:

Had trouble eating more than 2-3 bites at a meal without becoming full and nauseous
Stopped feeling hungry
Bloated all day

I decided to consult with a school doctor and decided to stop drinking milk. After i stopped, I began getting feeling a lot better, able to eat almost freely again. But occasionally I would get a few days of horrible stomach problems where I couldn't eat at all, and dry heaved all day (especially in the mornings) Eventually I had to avoid going out to lunch or dinner with friends because I was so embarrassed of these symptoms. I'm glad my girlfriend understands my problems and is very patient and takes care of me.

I also had a horrible Post Nasal Drip that causes thick yellow mucus to build up in my stomach in the morning, leading to no appetite at all in the morning.

I feel horrible because I don't want my parents to worry about me when I am away from them in college.

The symptoms are worst when I am didn't get enough sleep the previous night, I am unable to eat anything the next day without feeling really full. A lot of times I feel great, I'm able to eat, but those bad days I have really ruin everything for me, I need to stay in my room all day in fear that if I ate out, I would create a scene.

If anyone has anything to say it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading

EDIT: I also believe this is slightly related psychologically, when I am out to eat, I am often afraid to eat in fear I might dry heavy with only a few bites, but when I eat alone or with my girlfriend, I am fine.

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   Posted 3/21/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Some maybe psychologically, but you do need to talk to your doctor and have him take care of the PND. You might have a sinus infection that's irritating your stomach.
Allso get you some over the counter anti-acid for a couple of weeks. If it helps, then you need to talk to your parents about setting up a visit with a gastroenterologist.
You maybe on your own now but it doesn't hurt to get some help from your parents. Don't worry about worrying them, they are already worried about their "child" being in the "big world". They want to help you.

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   Posted 3/21/2011 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply, I've talked to my doctor and have received nasal steroids for my PND that I am not sure whether it is helping or not. She has prescribed me protonix for a month before which seemed to help while I was on it but symptoms came back towards the end. I am going to ask my doctor next time I see her for a scope, I suspect I might have gastroparesis from my early fullness and not becoming hungry.

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   Posted 3/21/2011 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Great advice - get to your Doctor's for a complete physical exam to rule out any serious problems.
I agree, anxiety my be causing your problems but dealing with the whole picture will help you know what your facing.
Take care,
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