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Last year i noticed a lump feeling in my throat, my grandma first suggested heartburn/acid reflux, Gavisgon and other antacids such as rennies dint do anything, i finally bought some Zantac and after a day or so it stopped. Only last week about 11pm the feeling came back, only this time with a feeling like somebody was squashing ym chest. The pain want excruciating but it was very noticeable and got me concerned. So i grabbed the Zantac that was hiding in the cupboard assuming this would solve the issue. I woke the following morning with a horrible taste in my mouth, later that day i started to regurgitate on an evening followed by constant belching and trumping. I was ow a few days into this and there was no sign that the Zantac was working, i couldnt smoke or eat anything i enjoyed so started to feel very anxious. I did a little research and stumbled across the Chronic condition GURD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) This got me even more worried and i was struggling to sleep. I am 23 and not over weigh, however i am a regular smoker and usually eat takeaways and fatty, quick to make processed foods. As this could be the cause i went onto eating oatmeal for breakfast, followed by chicken noodle soup for lunch at work and in the evening i would go between fish and rich or chicken and vegetables. 2 days had past since the diet change and i though the amount of acid should have reduced by now so i went a bought some Nexium (Esomeprazole) i gave this another two days as it says on the pack it may take a few days to become effective, it didn't work so I took a trip to my local GP. She explained that it sounded like a episode of acid reflux (its not uncommon for these episodes to last days or even weeks she told me) i explained i had no luck with OTC antacids and that my symptoms had changed/ gotten worse. I explained that Zantac was not working this time. The first option she said was to try to reduce the amount of acid in my stomach. I was prescribed 30mg Lansraprozle twice a day (this seemed very excessive for reflux but she was the healthcare professional and not me so i followed her instructions) after a few days of taking this my symptoms dramatically reduced! i was calling it a miracle drug to my friends! i would still be quite gassy and my belly was making all kinds of noises but the chest pain and regurgitation stopped, the only thing that remained was this strange lump like feeling in my throat which was my very first symptom. I have only been on Lansraprozle for 1 week but i am concerned if i have GURD or if its just a bad case of reflux. I have read about the side effects of PPI's and i really do not want to be on them for much longer.
Does anybody have any advice ? I know its not been long but its constantly on my mind and i am worried that i have GURD and will be on this medication for years to come.
Will this medication clear me up and will i be back to normal in a matter of weeks ?
Finally i did buy some aloe vera tablets and they seem to be helping with digestion!
Many Thanks Guys!
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