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Hi, I don't know the ins and outs of what I have but I can tell you I am 21 now and for about 4 years I have been constantly burping. Sometimes this would follow with heartburn. When I was 17 I was told this was acid reflux, was given 10mg omeprazole and it didn't work. Not really knowing much about this disease I ignored it and stopped the medication. 21 years old now and it has been getting worse, I am waking up every morning stomach ache guaranteed and my voice disappears, sometimes my throat is tickly and I cough. The most alarming thing I ignored was I have trouble swallowing food- this has happened for well over a year. I thought maybe at the time it was anxiety, but I need to gulp water with almost EVERY bite, sometimes if I don't concentrate properly food gets stuck at the back of my throat and I panic. I still can't tell if this is anxiety or not. I went to the doctors a month ago they felt my stomach and said I had gastritis as they felt inflammation. At the moment my throat is sore every other day, it tickles and sometimes I cough. I came back and was given 40mg omeprazole (I was only on 10) I need to pick this up from my prescription and try this out. With hindsight I realised I should have chased up the doctors all those years ago, but I was at school and thought maybe I would grow out of it. It seems not. I wake up in the morning with stomach aches, and sometimes I am being woken up at ridiculous times like 4/5 am with stomach ache and severe nausea. Very recently I have had a bad flare up and this is when the sore throat and all came in. I think I am going to need to get a camera down my throat and all that and I am scared- I have emetophobia so the idea of gagging is just horrific to me. I am really concerned they are going to look down my throat and say I have extreme damage or barretts or something and I am going to wonder why I didn't sort this years ago. I am quite worried, has anyone experienced similar issues?
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