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I finally had an endoscopy after having stomach ache, abdominal cramps and dyspepsia. This has all been going on for four months.
The cramping has been attributed to constipation which has been relieved with daily sachets. However I'm now experiencing what can only be on/off acidity and heartburn since Christmas.
I generally get a chest pain two hours after my lunch, I'm still burping throughout the day which has been ongoing. My stomach now also feels like I've pulled a muscle in it.
My questions are:
Would an endoscopy show up GERD? Even if I have only been having sysmptoms for around four months?
What tests can I ask my doctor for if I want them to investigate possible GERD and acid reflux?
Also, I was intially prescribed omeprazole as soon as I visited the doctors but refused to take them having seen how much trouble people had with rebound and with many sites saying they aren't good for you. I will be happy to take PPIs if acidity/GERD is confirmed but I'm worried my doctor won't let me have further tests seeing as I have refused to take the pills.
Lastly my final question is - have I done this to myself? I have had an eating disorder and ate three very healthy/tiny meals a day e.g salads/clean meals with some shop bought soups. The trouble is, I would put loads of cheese on top and then eat a couple of small handfuls of cheese throughout the day for the two months leading up to these issues. I was also having small-ish quantities of chocolate almost everyday preceding this too. Could I have caused my LES to relax permenantly through this behaviour and is there no way for me to strengthen this and make these terrible symptoms go away?
It's had a massive impact on my mental health, my social life (friends have stopped inviting me out because everything involved eating and drinking) and my boyfriend is getting really fed up with me not being able to join him up the pub for a few once in a while as well as me constantly getting upset about feeling sick/bloated and burping after every meal. I just want this to go away and get back to my old routines.
FYI - 28yr old female.
Weight 6 stone 5.
Any thoughts much appreciated.
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