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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 9/22/2005 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
hello, hello everyone! i am a 17 year old girl whom for about two months now thought that i was going to die. i went to the doctors and they said i had costochondritis, then they said i had anxiety, and lastly i went to an ENT and they said that i have a stomach acid over flow.
so i basically feel that something is kinda stuck in my sternum, i have a sort of difficulty breathing during the day, sometimes i feel when i close my mouth that i dont get enough air,  i have a tight chest and neck, i spit A LOT now, i have some mild chest pains, sometimes my eyes feel weird after reading, i cant excersise anymore, and when i eat certain foods i can feel the acid burning in me, and basically I JUST DONT FEEL NORMAL.  TELL ME, IS IT BAD OR NO?
i was wondering if there was anything i can do, or any tests that i can take that can make me get better? i was also wondering if any of you had these related symptoms???  at first i was taking the regular pepcid AC, then i took Gaviscon (WORD OF ADVICE, NEVER USE IT!), protonix, and now im on prilosec.
if any of you can help me, it would be so really nice. thank you for reading this! take care!

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 9/23/2005 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Gee Nikool, I'm sorry you're having to deal with this at your age (or any age.) One thing my gastroenterologist told me is that it may take a couple of months for medication to work effectively. Otherwise, I hope your doctor gave you information such as elevating the head of your bed and changing your diet. If you already know of foods that bother you, eliminate them! Sometimes foods that aren't on the nono list will bother some people.
Pancolitis, GERD, Brain Aneurysm Survivor
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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 9/25/2005 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey nikool --

As with "mingle," I am very sorry that you're having to endure this problem at such a young age.

It's interesting to see how you wrote that you felt like you were going to die. That must feel very burdensome. I'm assuming, from your post, that your medical team is not really discussing whats going on with you. That can be very frustrating.

A couple things of note --- millions of people across the United States and the world suffer from Acid Reflux Disease (or GERD). Certainly by reading from this forum, you can see that many people are right there with you in this fight. The best advice that I could ever give you (as an outsider looking in) is that you need to be honest with your physicians and family. If there are other problems in your life that are bothering you -- you can sometimes feel free discussing them with people that can help. If not, there are a battery of tests and medications at your physicians disposal. Prilosec is a highly effective medication -- for most people. If I were to give you any recommendation -- it would be to see a gastroenterologist. These specialists would be the best people to care for people that have symptoms like yours.

Good luck -- if you have any questions throughout the process, please let me know.

If you'd like more information on GERD ... I'd take a look at the following link:

best, ckgMD

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/26/2005 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
To be honest, I have come to realize that the majority of G.I.s are underinformed pill pushing fools. I recently wrote a book challenging their theories on the root cause of GERD and recommend the best way to relieve this condition is to resign yourself to live on a controlled carbohydrate diet as many people who want to control their weight and improve their general health do. See my post on "Challenge to Professionals". Only ckg has been bold enough to challenge my theory. I maintain an open invitation to all G.Is to discuss / debate my theory that excess dietary carbs (sugars and starches) are responsible for acid reflux.

Best of luck,

My opinions based on my experience and research into this disease.

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/1/2007 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi sweetie!
just wanted to let you know that i have had this same problem that you are talking about. Came to a point that I started taking prilosec and rentidine at doctor's recomendation. I too had shortness of breath and could feel my acids right after eating. my acid reflux is all cured because of only one thing which is 100% natural. Refluxamine, but please read about it and then order it. the web site is
and see for yourself. acid reflux can lead to thousands of many problems. I hope i can be of a little help to you.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 57
   Posted 6/2/2007 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm guessing stress knows no age, but I could be wrong. I have had chest tightness, like someone is sitting on my chest along with sharp pains. When it's happened, I've told my husband, "I feel like I'm having a heart attack, if this keeps up for another five minutes, I'm going to the hospital." He would tell me that it's muscular, I would think back and remember that I had done something physical, and maybe he was right. Then I had surgery, was in bed for 3 weeks and I know I did not over due and it happened. I went to the doctor and told him, he refered me to a cardiologist. Haven't had the test 'cause I have not recovered enough to do the "treadmill test." I assume your doctors did check your heart, young people can have congenital conditions. I'm the type of person who just like to make sure it's not something bad first, if it's not, then I can look to deal with whatever. Check it out that it's not something bad, then look to your stomach. In the meantime, chin up, your young and, hopefully, healthy, eat healthy, exercise, and don't sweat the small stuff!
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