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I'm 23 and I have never experienced anything like this before. I have been traveling and was sick for about 2 weeks with pharyngitis. After finally recovering from this sickness, a new problem started and I started experiencing heartburn especially bad at night when I lay down to go to sleep. I've seen a few doctors and all have told me it is GERD and given me medications - Omezaprole 20mg, gaviscon liquid, air-x -which I have been taking for a week but my pain persists. It seems to be getting worse for me. I now have a dry sore throat, lump feeling, cough, ear pain, chest tightness, heartburn, burning sensation in my whole upper body. I also feel stiffness/soreness in my neck/back. I have little appetite and can not sleep well at night so I feel extremely fatigued during the day. It's really affecting my mood and causing me anxiety. I'm generally pretty healthy and I don't eat spicy foods, generally just drink water. I usually do drink coffee but I haven't since being sick. I don't feel the heartburn is triggered from eating - I am eating just so I can take my medication but not generally very hungry lately. It's been every night that I have trouble sleeping. I've taken sleeping pills some nights but I don't want to rely on them so I try not to. I feel like this is never going away and I just have no energy during the day and haven't felt like myself. I just want to get back to normal but I don't know what to do. Please help!!
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