Sometimes, Maryam, you can make yourself sick with eating crappy food. Perhaps that is all that has happened, and you will not have GERD forever. But this is a great wake-up call to take better care of yourself and eat healthy, balanced meals.
Is there a reason why you have stopped eating three meals a day with a healthy snack in between? Are there problems at home that make it hard for you to eat breakfast, make a sack lunch for school, have dinner with your family? I'm sure there are lots of good ideas on this forum as to how to make this easier for you so you don't have to binge on chips, fast food and ice cream.
The medicine you're taking should help but it might take a month, like your DR said. You won't become addicted to it, but it won't help if you go back to those bad eating habits.
My daughter is 14.5 and has GERD forever. She eats healthy meals and usually feels great, but sometimes, especially with her monthly cycle, she has bad days and has to take maalox to feel better. You can make better choices and feel better, too, I am sure of it.
52 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Pentasa (3g/day) generic Colazal ( 9 6 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), psyllium (2 tsp daily), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11. Scope in 8/11 found no evidence of inflammation!