How quick can GERD manifest?

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   Posted 4/8/2012 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, new to the forum here. I was diagnosed with GERD about 3 months ago. It has been a little rough. I am a 40 year old male, not overweight, exercise regularly, and live and eat healthy. I had an endoscopy 6 weeks ago. Result was irritation in the stomach and lower esophagus. I have been trying to control it with diet and some herbal remedies. I have tried Prilosec and Pepcid, both of them I can't take. They both interacted with the Dilantin( seizure 20 years ago) medication I take.

My diet is quite spartan, but I can handle it fine since I had already quit eating junk food and most processed food years ago. Things I can't touch are Coffee, tea, alcohol, any tomato products, any dairy product, anything high in fat, anything greasy, anything fried. I also have to watch the amount of food I eat at one sitting. I eat 6-8 small meals a day now.

The most troubling aspect would probably be the anxiety. I never had anxiety issues before( this is coming from some one that went through NHL cancer and a month stay in the hospital with 5 DVT's in his leg). The anxiety at times in the beginning was debilitating, I am coping better now.

Now to my question tongue How quick can GERD manifest in an individual. I'm not talking about each episode, I am referring to the first incident. I went from being fine one weekend, to the ER the next. I had no clue what was going on. This wasn't heartburn. this was constant burping, pain in pectoral muscles, and an overwhelming feeling of dread. I had ate similar things on weekend before and the weekend that it started. I just can't understand how I went from totally fine , to a total wreck in one week. It has been the same since. is this unusual to others experiences? Thank you.

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   Posted 4/8/2012 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, welcome to Healingwell,

My GERD came on very quick - over a few days and was not the result of any particular event or treatment that I can pinpoint.

Have you checked whether any medication you are on can relax the LES or cause gastritis?

I would also check they have ruled out Helicobacter.

Unfortunately GERD feeds on anxiety, even though that may not be the original cause. And the GERD itself can cause it's own anxiety around the symptoms and tests, so you have to tackle both issues as best you can!

New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

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   Posted 4/20/2012 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I woke up one morning in December and had terrible post-nasal drip. I kept clearing my throat and had trouble swallowing. I was barely eating soup and a few crackers the whole day. My GP thought I had a sinus infection and gave me an antibiotic. When it didn't clear up, I went to an ENT who diagnosed my acid reflux and then onto a GI who diagnosed GERD.

So in answer to your question, yes. I woke up one day and just had it. All the hospital techs running the tests found it hard to believe I never had any symptoms of heartburn, but I never once had heartburn my entire life.

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   Posted 4/20/2012 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine came out of no where too. One day I was doing what any other college kid was doing and the next I had reflux. Here I am at 29 finally trying to be more proactive

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   Posted 5/9/2012 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a propension to have gerd since my divorce a 5 years ago but never been bothered so much
After I moved to the two years ago and started to have regrets, my gerd went to the roof
The stress and emotional negative feelings make surely more than 50% of it but somwhere I must have a weakness in the stomach and the sphincter so it is not only stress
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