Brand new here, came across these forums while Googling up some info on GERD and Zegerid. Looks like some solid posters and good info, so I thought I'd take a whirl at posting some of my concerns about GERD and what's been happening between my neck and belly button the past few days. I should start by clarifying, I think I have a touch of hypochondria, and I've been spending way too much time on Dr. Google, I think... I'm also very prone to anxiety (which probably contributes in no small part to my GERD) so I have a hard time separating, in my mind, what constitutes being proactive about the symptoms I'm showing, and what constitutes needless stressing.
Okay, so here's the deal:
-28 years old
-In 2005, was diagnosed with early onset Barrett's syndrome after an EGD and told to get EGDs regularly.
-Spent the next seven years moving around, dropping off on my PPI regiment, not eating particularly well, and likely drinking too much. No EGDs. Some mild episodes of GERD here and there but I stupidly ignored most of them.
-about four weeks ago I woke up feeling terrible and started panicking about the possibility that I'd neglected myself for too long. Immediately scheduled an appointment with my GI that morning.
-Came home that night and felt worse and worse... Ended up vomiting pretty profusely, felt better, went to bed.
-Felt fine the next few days. Girlfriend convinced me I'd had a stomach virus. Decided to postpone GI appointment so as not to interfere with work schedule.
-Over the next few weeks/days (so, most recently), been having some serious stomach issues off and on, but still pretty persistent... Nausea (esp in the morning and evening), diarrhea, fatigue, decreasing appetite, some shortness of breath... Though strangely, not much heartburn or reflux.
-Woke up yesterday with profound nausea, bright yellow diarrhea (sorry for the overshare), zero appetite, and a lot of fatigue and mental confusion.
-Convinced myself I was dying after some Dr. Googling--either of liver disease, kidney failure, esophageal cancer, something...
-Left work, went to urgent care. They ran some bloodwork--all came back good, except my CBC showed that (according to them) I was "definitely fighting off a virus."
-Girlfriend is convincing me I'm a hypochondriac and that I once again have a stomach bug.
-Went to GI today (called them in desperation this morning and they worked me in.) Was basically told, all I can do is wait until I get an endoscopy (which isn't until April 11) and take Zegerid in the AM, and Zantac in the PM.
So my concerns are thus...
-April 11 is a long way away.
-I have symptoms that don't seem particularly like an upper GI tract deal (though I have some of those too) and those freak me out more than anything else.
-I want to get a handle on this ASAP, because I am trying to finish grad school, work two jobs, and student teach, and it's all coming to a head between now and May. If I wait for the endoscopy until April 11, am feeling awful that entire time, then get the EGD and am told nothing turned up, but my symptoms are still persisting, it'll be back to the drawing board, which means waiting to see more doctors to be told I need more tests which I'll then have to wait for.
Basically I guess I'm wondering... What do you guys do/have you done when you've had to wait for appointments, tests, procedures, and then play the game ALL over again if none of those yield any answers?! This isn't like having a cold, where you can try to go about your life and keep slogging through it--this is debilitating.
Sorry to ramble so much... Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks so much.