Hello, first off I am new to these health forum things and I apologize if this post is a little long.
I believe I have GERD, although I have not been officially diagnosed by my Family Practitioner or any specialist, the research that I have done with finding out the symptoms have matched up with mine. My symptoms include, pain in the center of my chest (underneath the breastbone), burping or bloating after eating, lack of appetite, morning nausea most importantly, and sometimes shortness of breath (not sure if that last one is just stress about all of this or what). Yes, I have seen a doctor about my pain in the chest because I was originally scared of it being a heart issue, I have not had an EKG done or anything of that type, but he gave me a 5-day sample of Dexilant. After taking it for 2 days now the symptoms have seem to of gotten better. Now I feel that after reading other posts, people had symptoms way more severe than mine. Such as their pain being so severe they can't get up or it prevents them from doing more things, i would described my chest pain more like an annoyance than anything. People vomiting is another symptom that I have not been able to relate to. I have had acid reflux in the past, but I found it a nuisance, so whenever it happened It had happened, I took some tums to relieve the issue, and then stop eating the food that caused it. I had officially eliminated the foods that caused Acid Reflux issues in my diet (90% of the time), and all of this "GERD" stuff hadn't really been much of an issue until last Friday.
Anyway, that is just a general background. My main question is...
Can GERD be cured completely? Or will I have to treat it with medication and a healthy lifestyle forever.
I am really scared of all of this, but I feel that I have caught it early enough to where I will just have to take medication for my esophagus to heal and for it all to get better. But then there is the other side, where I notice it when the symptoms flare up, but then I just have to mitigate the symptoms for a lifetime with medication and healthy food choices. All of this is really scary and I would really appreciate a quick response....