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Hi, I was told I had GERD when I was 17, I was never formally diagnosed via endoscopy but the doctor diagnosed me regarding my symptoms. I took omeprazole for a few weeks and it didn't help, and so, unaware how serious GERD could be I foolishly stopped taking my medication. From memory, although it is a little hard to remember, I mostly had issues with burping. I burp every day without fail, I seem to be able to burp from thin air. At the end of a car journey I burp. I also get these weird internal burp things, not sure how to describe them and I am sorry for how disgusting this sounds. Heartburn, I do recall getting but it wasn't constant, I usually felt very bad when it happened. When I went to uni I believe it picked up a bit. I rather stupidly ate lots of tomato products which set off heartburn, I have done this until third year (now). I barely ever drink, I don't smoke, I just obliviously ate the wrong things and never thought anything of it. Sometimes I was stupid enough to nap, I still did this in third year, I would quite often wake up with a burning feeling in my throat. In third year I started to get chest pains, and rib pains. I thought there was something wrong with my heart but was told by another doctor that I had gastritis. I really don't know the difference between the two. I was given omeprazole again. This time I have taken my omeprazole every morning, I forgot two days running though. I feel like I am having a super bad flare up at the moment and am stupidly only just starting to realise that I should have tried to sort this out years ago. I ate tomato risotto the other day and my stomach killed, 2 spoonfuls of coffee and again it killed. At the moment my stomach doesn't seem to like anything. I also wake up in the morning with a sore throat, and at the moment I do have a hoarse feeling, and a lump sensation there. I am only 21, stomach disorders do run in my family but I have been reading all about barretts oesphagus. I am super concerned that my obliviousness to the seriousness of this may have caused irreversible damage. I am also concerned as I know I developed this pretty young, and I know you are more likely to endure damage if you have it longer. I am super anxious about this and was just wondering if anyone could talk to me about their experiences? I am scared that it is too late
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