Greetings everyone! First time on this forum.
I've suffered acid reflux on-and-off for probably 5 years now (I'm 26 --- so since 21 perhaps).
But it's not frequent. IE, I may experience it for a few days, maybe 3-4 times in a period of 12 months. I've had week long stretches (of that burning acid feeling up the throat, especially when hungry, eating carbs, a night of drinking) --- but that hasn't been for at least a year or longer. Usually only happens when drinking excessively/ eating complete crap for a while, which I must change, I know.
The reflux sucks, but I understand it.
That's why this CURRENT predicament I'm in has me baffled. The doctor I went to (general practice) claims it's acid reflux/ GERD yet again, though the symptoms are COMPLETELY different this time.
For starters, I haven't had my "traditional" acid reflux symptoms for several months.
I HAVE been eating and drinking like crap again -- one particular night, I drank a bunch (not wasted, but tipsy) and ate two slices of cheap pizza.
The next morning, I was bloated and not hungry at all. Fine -- I ate the pizza late last night.
The strange part --- I haven't felt hungry since then -- 8 days ago. Not remotely hungry. Even when fasting for 13-15 hours. I know my body WANTS food, and I don't feel full, and I can easily eat food without issue. But absolutely no hunger or impulse for food. No stomach pain either.
Then I started feeling a tightening/ numbness in my throat, and a weird pressure/ tightness on the right side of my neck, significantly. Went to the doctor, they said it was classic symptoms of GERD, prescribed 300 mg of Zantac each morning for 7 days.
Thing is -- it very well may be, but I haven't gotten better. And though the GERD explains acid numbing/ tightening my esophagus, I don't feel that acid/ burning feeling like my typical reflux from months ago. If this is an extra severe case, why didn't I ever feel my classic symptoms?
I'm wondering what the people here think. Might I have something else, or am I paranoid?
Should I eat vegan for a while? I've already stopped drinking alcohol and coffee and soda completely since that night and probably for a long time.