Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

I have been dealing with "undiagnosed" digestive issues since I was 25. I have spent a majority of my 20's and now the beginning of my 30's suffering and living a life controlled by digestive motility disorders.

It all started with not being able to go to the bathroom for weeks at a time, nausea, noticeable and uncomfortable bloating (look pregnant/clothes not fitting), painful stomach cramping, chest pains and gurgling/trapped air in chest (unable to burp), weight gain, and increased stress and depression levels. It has ruined events and vacations, my attendance at work, my self-...

Deb

Gastroparesis the beginning. I believe my journey began in 1989 with the first migraine, but I didn't realize it. The first migraine I had was a reaction to Indocin. I thought, at the time! And it may very well have been! What you also need to know? Is that I was an avid exerciser, biker, jogger, and really worked at being healthy. Always had sinus and constipation issues but did my best to get around those without slowing down and you would not see me near a doctors office~~ until it interfered with my life! Which one winter it did with pleurisy... My Dr just shook his head, when I said...

I used to be 100% healthy before i was 20. Then i started using lots of heavy drugs for a few years and abusing them got me a little confused but i managed to keep some balance..tho one day someone lied to me and i ended up taking 5 times more amphetamines (derivative) than i wanted to and the next day i woke up with acid relux symptoms (my guess is the nervous stress caused by this insane dose of stimulants triggered a hiatal hernia.. and thats what they found after an endoscopy. Anyway the good news is that the severe throat burn caused by the avid reflux (+ nasty ecigarettes and normal...

April of 2009 changed my life forever. I'd just finished exercising and was hungry. I ate something with cheese on it, the next thing I knew, I was having the WORST stomach pangs. I'd had stomach problems all my life, but nothing like this. The next thing I knew I had diarrhea and projectile vomiting at the same time. My 9 yr old daughter called 911 because her mommy was screaming in so much pain. It was after this that I was diagnosed with GERD and IBS. From that day forth I stopped eating pork, beef, dairy, and fried foods. I had to figure out what triggered this episode and to NEVER put...

HI, I have been wondering for some time why I had a chronic cough for 16 years! I have been to numerous doctors for it. They have given me Advair thinking it was some king of Asthma. Also allergy medicines for allergy because I also had post nasal drip with it. I too thought the post nasal drip caused my cough and curious enough I used the Advair for years thinking it was helping somewhat. I saw a chest specialist and went through 2 bronchoscopies, CT scans, Allergy testing, and a scope down my throat for acid reflux. Nothing was conclusive. I cough when I talk, get excited or laugh. I...

Before I tell my whole backstory, I want you to know, I have found a way to manage my GERD and it can definitely work for other people, too. Two years ago, I found this treatment, and my GERD symptoms went away completely (I could drink coffee, alcohol, eat spicy food again). I'm back to having bad acid reflux symptoms-- but that's only because I was supposed to take the stuff on an "as needed" basis, and instead, I ignored whenever I felt slight symptoms again. So it's my fault. When I was 18, I started feeling scary pain in my chest on a daily basis, and went to a...

Hello; I am a 69 year old woman who when I was just 18 years old I had a Duodenal Ulcer. The doctors did not know then that a Duodenal Ulcer could be caused by bacteria. My ulcer was. It was caused by H-Pylori. Never knew until 15 years ago. They found it anti-bodies in my blood and for some reason they put me on a two week horrible treatment. Months later they tested my blood once again and saw anti-bodies. A second treatment caused me to have 3 Seizures. Scared my poor husband half to death. I later researched and found out that the only way to know if you have h-pylori is by having...

I had just finished the electronics technician school for submarines in Groton,CT when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Not wanting to lose another submariner, especially a freshly trained one the doctor convinced me to stay in the Navy. I was in prime shape, running 10 miles a day and the doc told me if I keep working out, I had nothing to worry about and no further treatment was needed. Unfortunately, I have type one diabetes and require insulin which I did not receive in the Navy. This led to many complications. Food would rot in my gut and I threw up countless times daily. After 3 years...

It was mid October 2013 and I was instantly awakened by that burning sensation and painful tummy ache that kept me up all night. I later find out that this was as a result of too much pepper sauce in my food that night. By the morning, I felt much better and ignored the rude awakening of the night before. Two wakes later, the symptoms returned! Now even more painful and more frequent. I could not understand why. I visited the district clinic and was given omeprazole and painkillers. Those didn't help. The symptoms persisted. I was beginning to dread when darkness falls. I had no social...

I have suffered from nausea and stomach aches my entire life. But I did not tell anyone about it until 2008. My parents were aware of these symptoms, but it is difficult to really figure out what's wrong with you when you're just a child. I was terrified about telling them, because I had heard stories about people having gastroscopy (I had never been to the hospital before). But it was awful living this way, not knowing what was wrong with me. In the beginning I thought everyone had these issues, because I haven't gone through a whole day without nausea.
I had the gastroscopy in 2009...

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