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cw484912
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   Posted 9/19/2013 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys!

I've been stalking this forum for a while now but I thought I would post just to see what you guys think of my condition.

Around 2 months ago, I start developing signs of Acid Reflux / GERD. It all started when I had an anxiety attack and for about 5 days or so thought I was experiencing symptoms of testicular cancer (I had really bad testicle soreness). A couple days later, my stomach started acting up. I was in Hong Kong in the time, and was not living a very healthy lifestyle (oily food + alcohol + not much exercise besides walking a lot + hot weather). When my testicular soreness died down, I noticed my stomach was acting up. I was experiencing A LOT of burping and A LOT of bloating. I wasn't experiencing any abnominal pains, which is good.

I went back to Vancouver for a month and have been back at college for another month now. I feel like the abdominal discomfort and degree of belching has decreased, but it's still there. I feel like I get especially burpy after every meal and sometimes when I'm really hungry at night. I don't experience the tell-tale burning in my esophagus and I sleep well during the night. However, I feel I am still stressed and a little anxious about my health and my studies, which may be further contributing to my stomach issues. I talked to the doctor and he prescribed me 20mg omeprazole, and while my gassiness has not disappeared altogether I do feel much better. However, it's really difficult restricting myself to greens and healthy protein (AND NO ALCOHOL!) especially in a college environment. Do you guys know how long this will last? Any words of advice? I'm thinking about getting an endoscopy because (thank goodness) it's covered by the college's medical care plan, but simultaneously I'm afraid of the health risks that can occur during an endoscopy.

Please help! I'm only 19 and I really hope I don't have to live with acid reflux / GERD for a long period of time! Does GERD go away on its own?

Cheer

StephanieJean
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   Posted 9/19/2013 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't say if your GERD or reflux will go away on its own, as everyone has their own story, but I am 29 and I have had reflux/regurgitation off and on with no heartburn for many years with it only getting painful and bad at the beginning of this year. I opted for surgery since I did not improve on the medications, did not want to be on medications my whole life, because I am young, and I wanted to be able to drink alcohol, eat chocolate and enjoy my life more normally.

There are a few tests you can get which should give you a clearer picture on why you are having reflux. I had an upper GI, a barium swallow test, a 24 hour PH study with manometry and a gastric emptying study.
For my Upper GI/endoscopy they gave me propofol and I slept through the whole thing. It was literally the easiest test I had done and they biopsied everything. The only effects I felt after was just a bit of soreness in my esophagus which felt funny, but not bad.

1039smooth
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   Posted 9/19/2013 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I had three endoscopies and they weren't as bad as I thought they would be. You both sound like me in a lot of ways. I had the Nissen because I grew tired of medicines, restrictions, and such.

Moderation is key with most anything. I was a frat boy, so trust me, I know how you feel. How is your weight? For now, you may want to try eating a little healthier and drinking a little less. It's good to avoid things like chocolate, peppermint, fatty foods, citrus fruits, tomatoes, etc. Don't eat late. After you eat, wait a while before you bend over, recline, or lay down. Maybe see if that helps.

I ended up thinking something was up because of a fluttering feeling in my chest. Like anyone else, I thought it was a heart issue. I had Stage 4 esophagitis, a hiatal hernia, and GERD. Barrett's esophagus was revealed later. I'm currently struggling with my surgery six weeks in, so I'm hoping for better days.

I hope this helps.
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