Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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...

When I was in second grade in 1995 I started to have stomach issues. I was never a very large child and didn't have any weight that I could afford to lose. Over several months I lost so much weight I almost had to be hospitalized. All I knew was every time I ate I felt so sick- so I'd eat just a bite or two and stop. My mother was pushing my pediatrician for answers. His response after switching me to a lactose free diet (which didn't make a difference) was that it was all my head. I also endured a barium x-ray of my GI tract. I remember the technician telling me I did better than most...

I started having symptoms of GERD when I was 15 years old. I am 16 now. Last summer, all I would eat was frozen pizza and processed foods, my weight was average for a teenager so I never really worried about gaining weight from eating poorly. Suddenly, every morning was terrible for me. As soon as I'd wake up, I'd cough and gag almost to the point where I was throwing up and I had heart burn after/during eating. It has also gotten to the point where I don't like eating. I haven't had pizza in a year because I know my consequences.. Sometimes I wish that I could eat like a normal human...

Hi i am sophia I am 13 years old and i was diagnosed with GERD when i was 6. Hearing all these stories of the effects of GERD have had me thinking of how not so bad my life actually is. When i was very little i used to brag about having it. Now GERD is just a daily part of life. I take a pill twice a day, and I have a lot of stomach aches. sometimes it worries me when I hear about the heartburn because I always feel it in my stomach. (I am seeing a specialist about that next week) but my parents just say its because I am young, but I don't think that is why. I throw up after eating...

First off thanks to all of you that have shared your stories on here. Very nice to know that i'm not alone in all of this.

As for my story, I'm 29 years old. I was diagnosed with IBS following a colonoscopy back in 2003. In about 2006 i started having GERD like symptoms as well, which has only got much worse over the last couple of years. Looking back i know that this all started when i was about 14. Had my first real "attack" when i was 16. Out of no where i got severe stomach cramps and back pain all through out my left flank area followed by painful diarrhea. From that day...

Since childhood i had some episodes of gastritis (diagnosed when i was a teen). It got much better when I went to college and got older. Still, I had occassional issues over the years, especially during times of high stress- and there has been much of that. About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with GERT, they said it was moderate, but i avoided all dairy except some cheese and had few symptoms. Four years ago i had an unknown food allergy- (bananas and avocados it turned out)that made me so ill i had an endoscopy. Then they said I had a fairly large hiatal hernia that may eventually need...

HI EVERYONE,
I JUST STARTED READING YOUR STORIES AND I AM SO SORRY YOU ALL DEAL WITH THIS SAME AWFUL DISEASE. I AM AWARE THINGS CAN ALWAYS BE WORSE, BUT THIS ISN'T ANYTHING TO "SNEEZE" ABOUT.
I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH GERD ABOUT TWO YRS AGO AND THIS PAST YEAR IT HAS GOTTEN WORSE!! I TRIED A COUPLE OVER COUNTER MEDS WHICH I TOOK AT THE HIGHEST DOSAGE, THEN I WAS PUT ON NEXIUM AND THAT TORE MY STOMACH UP (COULDN'T TAKE IT)AND NOW I AM ON MY THIRD DOSAGE OF PROTONIC. IT HELPS A LITTLE, ONLY DURING THE DAY.
IT IS EXTREMLY HARD TO CHANGE 55YRS OF EATING HABITS. I AM TRYING. I ALSO...

Both my parents have stomach deceases so I was bond to get one. My started when I was 10 or 11 years old. I had caught the regular flu bug but it was different it also had a pain that I could never describe. After I had gotten over this flu that's when the acid reflex started. It was off and on for many years then it got to the point that it was everyday. I was about 15 when I started having it every day to the point were I'd be curled up balling my eyes out and nothing would work. Finally I started getting tested on. The tests were not very fun some of them triggered the pain....

For the past few months I had been having a problem swallowing my saliva. I webt to my doctor a few weeks ago and she said it was acid reflux. So i thought ok i can just take some otcs and I'll be ok. Wrong!! I didn't realize how much this eould affect my life. It's like my life has done a complete 180. I'm only 23 and I'm mostly in good health other than this stupid acid reflux. I went from being able to virtually eat what i wanted without problems to having to literally eat and drink in fear. And I'm on vacation and omg it's been terrible. I had to ride a plane and i think the plane ride...

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