Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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...

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...

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