Hiya, i'm 25 years old and i've been suffering with GERD for about 4 years now and it has got worse over this period. It started off as adrenalin rush which I wasn't aware of at the time but is caused by stress/anxiety, this made me go to the gym for 2 hours a day and walk my dog for an hour in order to burn off some of this energy caused by adrenalin... in the process of doing so i use to forget to eat, i dropped about 3 stone in short few months. My family then recognised my problem as i began to have panick attacks everyday sometimes every 20 minutes... had the paramedics out a few times as i'd never heard of panick attacks, felt like a heart attack almost!!
I was forced to leave my job as i suffered from insomnia, stopped socialising as i had no energy to actually get up from my bed, I was out of breath all the time and had heart palpitations and could barely even swallow my own saliva let alone food or water as a result my body suffered major dehydration. This went on for 6 months until i slowly began to drink water more regular and eat a little, I soon realised i had developed a fear of swallowing food :( I could almost manage soft food like soup and then slowly went onto mashed potato but i would be full after a couple spoons. Its taken me 2 years to be able to sit at a table and eat a meal i still struggle. I have now developed GERD which is taking over my life, I know this is caused my stress/anxiety but i was also taking alot of medication on an empty stomach which could have effected my stomach acids and I now have acid reflux and panick attacks just before eating which closes up my throat and stomach like I am being strangled.
I am alot better than before I now have the job i've always dreamt of and do try to go to social gatherings that involve food so my confidence has grown but the GERD means I cannot eat food with bits or it comes back up like my body rejects it. I also get very dizzy and feel like my head is going to explode immediately after swallowing food or drink.
Some days I am so tired and lethargic I get really upset thinking why me? But from reading these forums I have realised there are alot of people suffering and I wish everyone the best and hope we can all find a solution, meanwhile if anyone would like to share their experience with me I would be much appreciative :)