Deteriorating Acid Reflux in 19yr old

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I am a 19 year old female who has been suffering with silent acid reflux for about 6 months now but it's getting worse every day. My first symtoms were excess burping in the evening with occasional severe nausea that would last from 2-3 days at a time which would stop me from wanting to eat. After a couple of months I visited a GP and was given a months supply of Lansoprazole and was told it should settle my stomach down and make my acid reflux go away.

After about 2 weeks I came off it, feeling better. I still had some excess burping every evening, especially when standing up/ sitting down and moving in general, but it wasn't bad so I didn't revisit the doctor. After a couple of months, I started having increased trapped air in my stomach again (it was always gurgling, I was burping constantly and feeling very down about it.) I visited a different GP who told me to take Omeprazole for 3 months (20mg to be taken once in the morning), also saying that my stomach should calm down and acid reflux should stop by the end of it given my young age. I've been on it for 2 months now and my acid reflux has been getting worse. I also had a blood test for H. pylori which came back negative.

I have done all the steps I can to reduce it- I have raised the head of my bed by 6 inches, I only have very small meals which I have without a drink, I have cut out all fruit juices and only drink milk and water since everything else aggravates it, I have cut out my corn flakes cereal from my diet as that seemed to give me morning reflux so I have porridge instead. Alcohol, spicy foods and tomato sauces are all off the table. Cutting out all these foods has been especially difficult for me because I am also gluten intolerant, so my diet is incredibly restricted now. 

I've been having unconfortable sensations in my chest of trapped air in my stomach, often when I try to burp I can't, or I get a sour taste of acid in my mouth. My throat has been very sore some days, with a sensation of a lump in the back of my throat, this was especially bad before I went onto Omeprazole. I am unsure if I have "silent reflux" or not because although I don't have a burning sensation, I have been having bad discomfort in my chest usually lasting from the moment I wake up to the moment I sleep. I can't even take a few sips of water on an empty stomach without belching. I dread standing up, bending over, sitting down or doing anything active (apart from walking) because I know it'll make me feel sick and belch. 

Does anyone have advice or has had a similar experience to me? Please let me know!

Not sure if this is related or not but I read somewhere that singers are more prone to getting a hiatal hernia and for years I was a keen singer, last year I finished my grade 8 and was in several choirs, and also was a main role in a musical so I was singing a lot every day. My singing hobby suddenly stopped when my parents stopped paying for singing lessons and I finished school, so I wasn't singing at all for about 5 months before I started developing acid reflux. 

I have always been a healthy wait and a non-drinker, non-smoker. This isn't the first annoying health problem I've had, I also have a life-long eye condition called Blepharitis, I've had a post nasal drip for 3 years and the onset of my gluten intolerance came on 2 years ago.. Why are these spontaneous health conditions springing up on me!? I'm only young!

I plan to get another appointment with my GP, tell her the Omeprazole isn't working and ask for more tests, hopefully including an endoscopy. I'm really hoping that I can get this GORD/GERD sorted as soon as possible, before I get other complications from it. It would be horrid to live for years with this, I empathize for any of you who have.

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    Can I ask do you also get very painful stitch like pains under your right hand side ribs almost takes your breath away?
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      No not exactly, I get some stinging pains coming from the bottom right hand side of my ribs (my left side) and it feels like they're coming from my rib bones, but get them only occasionally.  They don't take my breath away- they're quite mild. Only get them for a few minutes at a time and haven't had them for at least a week. I used to get them more frequently and wondered if they were related but I'm not sure they are now

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    Hi there, I'm in a similar situation I am 20 and suffering badly from silent reflux, maybe it's your gluten intolerance making the reflux worse?

    I'm not sure if there is medicine for celiac disease maybe ask your doctor or if you can afford see a natural doctor.

    And have you thought about probiotics and gluten free digestive enzymes? I have read of people curing bloating and gas with that.

    All the best

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      Hi it's great to hear from you. I'm sorry to hear you've been suffering from silent reflux too. I have been tested for celiacs and don't have it, I just have harmless gluten intolerance which I've inherited from my father. I did start to cut out gluten a couple of weeks after my acid reflux started so I may try getting on it again to see if it helps my reflux get reduced! I haven't yet considered probiotics or enzymes, thank you for the suggestions, I will do some research smile

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