I'm new on these forums and thought I'd pop in and ask a few questions, and perhaps some support.
I'm 25 years old and I've recently been diagnosed with a hiatus hernia, as well as GERD and bile reflux. I've had many symptoms, from constipation to pain under my ribs on the left side, bloating, nausea, acid reflux, pain/burning sensation in the chest, regurgitation and excessive belching.
The last of those, the belching, is slowly but surely driving me mad. When I eat or drink, within 10 minutes and for at least an hour or two after (sometimes more), I belch probably 5 times a minute, at least. It's not normal burping/belching either, it's just air. Sometimes it comes all the way up, sometimes I just feel and hear it gurgling back and forward a few times in the stomach/esophagus.
I've been on Omeprazole for the past month and a half and it's not really helped at all. I worry that the belching has also in part become somewhat of a nervous tic, as I find myself forcing it as soon as I feel pressure in my stomach. Most of it isn't volontary however and it doesn't matter if I try to "hold it in".
I realize there are plenty of things I've yet to try, other medications, more diet changes (already cut out dairy and gluten), probiotics, medicating the bile reflux, surgery etc. but right now I just really wish someone whose had similar symptoms could tell me that they've been helped by SOMETHING. I don't understand why this symptom is even happening, and sometimes I feel like the Omeprazole has just been making it worse.
I've had bad luck with doctors and had to fight for three months to find someone to even believe there was something wrong with me beyond "stress".
It's making me really depressed and reluctant to spend time with people because the belching is both embarrassing and uncomfortable. It also makes me anxious because I worry that it will never go away, and I'm reminded that I'm not well as soon as it happens. Since I'm on sick leave from university I don't really meet a lot of people day-to-day, and the illness kind of becomes more of a focus than I'd like it to be.
So, has anyone had similar symptoms and found some relief? If you have, feel free to share what helped you, it's always good to have tips/thoughts to bring up with doctors.
It would be very reassuring to me to hear that it can get better. So many stories on the internet are the negative ones, and I've probably read too much of those, to the point that I feel like this will never go away and I will always feel this way...
Thanks, and I'm sorry for the excessively long post. Guess I needed to vent