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Hi everyone, this is my first post on this forum as I'm getting pretty desperate for help.
I'm a 21 year old college student and I've been sufferering from GERD and gastritis since mid December. My symptoms are an almost constant sore throat, burning in my chest, and pain towards the center of my back as well as an unpredictable stomach as far as bloating and random cramps. I had an endoscopy a few weeks ago which confirmed that my stomach was slightly inflammed but no other issues.
All of this seems to be a mystery to me as these symptoms came on almost suddenly and I'm a healthy/active 21 year old guy. The only thing that seems to get rid of the GERD is when I remove grains from my diet, but I can only eat so many sweet potatoes and so I've been losing weight (I'm already very thin).
When these symptoms started, I was relatively stressed out from work and I was also borderline binge eating before and after work because I was trying to put on weight and we don't have much time to eat on the job. I had increased my consumption of grains as well as nuts to try and get in more calories. I've cut back on both since, with relief from the GERD (but not the stomach bloating/cramps) when I totally eliminate grains from my diet. I also try to eat smaller meals throughout the day now instead of 3 big meals.
I've always been a pretty postive person and therefor I'm not letting this condition keep me out of the gym and from socializing with friends, however it is disheartening to see myself getting weaker and having to order vegetables and meat everytime I go out with friends who are all getting burgers and a beer.
(NOTE: I've been prescribed omeprazole which I stopped taking after 2 weeks because it seemed to be making things worse. I've also tried digestive enzymes, ACV, and HCL)
Sorry for the long post, but any help is much appreciated!
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