Hi HealingWell community. I've been somewhat of a lurker here for the past six months or so, and I finally got around to making my own account. I wanted to post this thread just so I could tell my own tale of Acid Reflux/G.E.R.D - along with my numerous other messy ailments. The outpouring of support and kindess seen here still amazes me.
Well, I'm at the ripe age of 17 - soon to be 18 in twenty eight days. I've had my fair share of health related issues since I was born. I came into this world three months early, only weighing 3 lbs 11 oz. My lungs weren't fully developed, so I underwent extensive steriod treatment - which my GP thinks may be the root of a long list of health problems (just a theory she has). When I was little I was a pretty sickly child. When I was 7, I was hospitalized with Scarlett Fever. The infection spread to my ear canal, and was so bad that I am now actually deaf in my left ear.
When I was 9, my family and I found out that my cholesterol levels were nearly triple what they should be. My LDL was around 240 - keep in mind this was at nine years old! I was not obese or severely overweight, nor am I now. I'm around 5'6 and weigh 143 lbs. My Triglycerides were normal, about 148 or so and they continue to be about that range. My grandfather also battles high cholesterol, and from an early age he too has taken mediciation to manage it.
It took several combinations of different drugs to get things managable, I remember having to swallow 6 pills at one time - take some pills with a lowfat snack, etc. I was taking Lipitor, and had been for a few years until my GP switched me to Niaspan.
Anyways, this is where my GERD and acid reflux comes into play.
It all began when my doctor switched my cholesterol medicine, not sure if that really had anything to do with it or it was just timing. A few days after Christmas '10 I woke up in the middle of the night with an intense pain behind my sternum. I could literally feel the acid slowly creeping up my throat. I was scared to death, considering I'm an emetophobic - which doesn't really help during all this.
I was hit with a huge urge to go to the bathroom, and must had sat on the toilet for what seemed like hours. I downed Alka-Seltzer, chewed on Tums - I took anything I could think of just to get rid of the pain that I was in. I think I woke up around 1-1:30, and by 4 AM I was so exhausted I crawled back into bed and went to sleep.
The next few days were peaceful, and I figured it must have been something I ate. New Years eve came, and I was feeling fine until about 7 or 8 at night. I was at a party and left early because I was feeling horrible. I rang in the New Year in my bathroom, drinking Alka-Seltzer instead of champagne.
From then on I get the same symptoms every week. Burping, diarrhea, pain under my ribs, the bad taste in my mouth, the acidic feeling churning in my stomach - ugh. Laying down only makes things worse, and lately I go downstairs and watch TV, sitting up because I feel like if I lay down I'll choke. I have trouble swallowing and anxiety attacks and insomnia on top of that.
It never lets up - and if anything my symptoms have become more frequent and more intense. I thought at first it was my gallbladder, and it may indeed be - but I changed my mind when I read that high cholesterol doesn't cause gallstones.
This is starting to take over my life. I've taken so many antacids and pepto's and such that I've given myself a B-12 defficiency.
I've tried just about every acid-reducer out there. I've tried drinking tea before bed, gingerale is the one thing that seems to soothe my nerves during a flare.The only thing I can say to describe it: This sucks. I'm really at a loss. I used to be so vibrant and full of energy - now it takes everything just to get out of bed. I can barely go anywhere without worrying if I'll have a flare-up. I haven't hung out with friends in so long.
I'm down to eating things that are only green, steering clear of anything that might hurt my stomach - but even lettuce and juice are starting to feel like they're ripping me open from the inside out.
I'm a mess, and in the Fall I'll be going off to college - this cannot continue.
I don't know what to do anymore. I want to feel 100% again.
Is this happening to anyone else? I just feel so alone.
Thanks again for all your help,
Post Edited (socialghosts) : 4/9/2011 12:25:50 AM (GMT-6)