GERD, or something worse? (been to doctor)

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   Posted 8/21/2014 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

Linda Sue
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Date Joined Mar 2014
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   Posted 8/31/2014 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
You should probably go to a gastroenterologist referred by your primary care doctor to be tested and find out what the ROOT problem is and go from there. I'm sorry you are in such distress.

There are many posts here addressing all sorts of gastro problems and you can find advice and answers. Best of luck to you.

Linda Sue

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Date Joined Jul 2014
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   Posted 8/31/2014 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Peter.

Its best to see Gastroenterology and ask to do test on you for endoscopy, manometry, 24hr PH monitor, stomach-emptying test. As well about your food, you do must stop eating chocolate/sweets, fizzy drinks. Eat healthy food, like vegetables and high fibre foods and water that is very good for your health as always and ofcourse a cold milk the best. Fizzy drinks isn't a help for our body at all, its sugar and to much gas, I learned my lesson a lot and now I am trying to improve it. Listen my friend, eat healthy food and do exercise all the time and as well visit Gastroenterology to make test on you, always look after your health!
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