How does Gerd work?

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 3/5/2012 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   


This is my first time posting, and I will try and be quick. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I started having difficulty swallowing before xmas. Since, it has gotten worse or so I believe. The inability to belch properly, shortness of breath, congestion, and of course swallowing. I was a smoker for about 15 years, then a tobacco chewer until Jan. I also have a pretty consistent history of panic disorder and anxiety, but don't take meds for it.  I just had an upper GI done today, but the symptoms sound similar to GERD (hopefully that is all it is).  My question is, is GERD something that flares up, or is it a just something that remains constant, because since noticing the swallowing problem before xmas, I would go weeks where everything seemed fine, then boom....a combination of the swallowing problem and massive panic resulting from this symptom.  My concern is that I did not feel any heartburn just the swallowing issue and tightness in my that normal?  Other than these symptoms, I am a fit 41 year-old.  I exercise almost daily and don't eat crazy.  As stated earlier, I do have anxiety issues, but this is the most concerned I have ever been.  Any input on my ramblings would be appreciated


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   Posted 3/8/2012 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply. I got my GI results back and have a hiatial hernia and GERD. My doctor has me on Omeprazole for about a week now (which has not worked), but at this point, I am just relieved that it was not something else! My major concern is the swallowing. The heartburn seems manageable, but the inability to digest food properly is the problem. Anyway thanks for the input and I will check out the link.

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 3/8/2012 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey rsarj,

GERD is good and bad on some days unless you do something major like diet change, surgery.

Hey Vic,

Do you suffer from GERD? Or are you better now?
Are you trying this naturally or with medicine

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   Posted 3/8/2012 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   

When you had your upper endoscopy, did the doctor find any inflammation of the esophagus? Damage?
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