sort of funny and sad gerd story

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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/2/2012 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had gerd since I was about eighteen and it has never bothered me until recently. It has been six months where my gerd has been so bad I had to quit school and try to heal. I tried real hard to stay in school but the constant burning and the urge to throw up was too strong. This all started after I ate hot dog and bean mixture my mother made, the next morning I woke sicker then anything. I thought the feeling would pass but I ended up going a week without eating and went to the ER.

They gave me an iv and antacids to take saying that I would get better. I took the pills for seven days and instead of better I got worse and had to go back to the er because of bad stomach pain. This time they gave me a hard time claiming that it was my fault somehow, saying that I had emotional stress and to continue taking the medication. They treated me like I was making up the pain or making it a bigger deal. This angered me in the greatest sense, I'm sort of care free and enjoy seeing the best in everything. At the time the only thing was the acid giving me stress. Leaving disappointed they didn't do anything to help I still tried to push to get better.

Only it got even worse again and I had to quit school because of the constant pain, the worst was the nausea. Everytime I rode in cars it makes me sick, walking for long periods makes me nauseous and feel as if I'm about to faint.

So everyday for six months I have had a hard time eating, nausea, dizzy spells, tight throat, jaw and ear pain, and a lot of built up gas that causes pain. I don't have the insurance to get checked out any further but the constant pain really is too much. Every day I try my best to keep the smile and I really want to get back to my life! Especially get back to school>.<Gerd is such a tricky thing, it tricked me for one day and i had no pain. I thought i was cured but the next day i almost passed out. Heh It feels as if gerd is a living thing inside you just like those comercials with the green mucus blob.

Can anyone give any suggestions or advice? Right now I'm a poor 110 with barley any strength, everytime I eat it comes back up. I have bad pains in the middle of my stomach, headaches, and those dizzy and nausea spells. Just a little relieve would be good, it feels as if gerd not only gives you acid but takes your joy too!

(sort of sad and funny, on that one day I felt good I did something foolish and confessed my love, but because of the next day I got worse the person probably thinks I ran on them! almost like something from a book, so I'll keep trying my best to get back to them)

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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 2/2/2012 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Otaku,

Firstly, welcome to HealingWell. We all help each other out here, so I hope we can give you some good advice :)

There's only so much you can do without a doctor's help. It sounds like you are suffering quite a bit and to me, personally, it would be worth it to see a doctor despite the cost. You're saying you've been suffering every day for 6 months and that it's too much. What else has to happen for you to go back to the doctor? They WILL NOT all treat you like the snippy one you had. Most doctors are aware that GERD is a real disorder. However, it's always worth it to self-evaluate and see if maybe stressors in your life are causing adverse effects.

I'm guessing you're in the US? If so, call hospitals and doctor's offices and ask what programs they have for uninsured patients. You can even try to get on MediCal if need be, but there's only so much advice we can give you here. I am living abroad so I can't speak too knowledgeably about it, but check out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Maybe there's something in it that you can benefit from?

If it is acid reflux, all we here can tell you to do is to try different things. Here are a few tips we give to newcomers, but be aware that some work for some and some don't.

-Raise the head of your bed 6-8" (the whole head of the bed; just using pillows usually doesn't work)
-Avoid GERD "trigger" foods, such as tomatoes, chocolate, coffee, tea, spicy foods, and citrus fruits
-Don't lay down for 3-5 hours after eating
-Avoid wearing clothes that put too much pressure on your tummy
-Get down to a "normal" weight (you can use the BMI for reference, although it's not perfect)

There are drugs you can take called Proton-Pump Inhibitors (or PPI's) but without a doctor's supervision you shouldn't use them for more than 2 weeks. Ask you pharmacist to show you which ones they are. Some of the common ones are pantoprazole (Protonix), omeprazole (Prilosec), and esomeprazole (Nexium). There is another class of drugs called H2 Blocker's (we call them H2's on this site, usually) which are drugs like Pepcid and Zantac. The other medicine you can take are antacids, like Tums, or Gaviscon. However, be careful taking these as each drug comes with it own side effects (which you can see on the label).

There are also several homeopathic remedies, but I personally haven't found any help from these. They are supplements like Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) and drinking tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before eating.

I personally have found the most help from diet, weight loss, exercise, and prescription medication, but I still have problems here and there.

I know this is a lot of information, but if you're going without medical advice, all of this will hopefully be useful for you. But, if you do these things and it's not helping you, I implore you to go back to the doctor. It could also be possible that something else is causing your symptoms. While we are a wise group, none of us are medical professionals.

Take care! Please, look through our posts to see if there's anything that pops out at you and helps you, and feel free to ask any questions you may have.


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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/2/2012 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the help so far, you have given me alot to think about.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 2/2/2012 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and what awesome advice you have been given by Ashley.
I agree with her that you need to see a Dr.  Emergency room Drs. only deal in acute medical situations and you will be billed by the hospital which will be a lot more money then making an appointment at a clinic with a PCP. ER Dr's priority is to perform a medical screening exam to  determine if you have  a medical emergency and from there patients are referred to their own physicians. 
I know how hard this must be for you as it has disrupted your whole life so do make that appointment and work at finding out what is going on with you.
I do hope you keep talking with us as we have your best interest at heart.
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