This is my first posting ever and I would just like to say that I have been reading all of your messages and am very comforted by the fact there are people with the EXACT same problems as me.
I am a newbie to this site and GERD. I am 24, and have had two minor stomach issues in the past, but was stricken with serious GERD on April 5, 2006. The worst part: I am completing my MA overseas, in Scotland. I have no supports.
My lifestyle has not been great as of late. I am perfect weight, and eat relatively well, but I think the eating after 10PM, school stress, coffee for lunch, spicy foods and sit-ups caught up with me.
I went to two doctors here in Edinburgh, b/c I didn't want to take any medication, but both recommended...wait for it...PPIs. I know this is a sensitive topic, but I'm giving it a go. I was in a huge amount of pain on the 5th and 6th, so both docs said I should start with the Big Guns.
Anyway...I have been on them for six days and am feeling much better. Although I did have a slight relapse tonight after dinner. I am planning a major lifestyle shift...so my only concern now is getting off the PPIs. I'm really scared!
Hope to get to know you all better soon!