help in diagnosing my acid reflux

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I am 19 year old male from south India.I am having severe burning in chest and throat after eating every meal for last six months.My major difficulty is during inhaling air when the burning sensation increases.I also had little difficulties during urinating and also have loosemotion and goes to toilet once in two or three days.When I don't eat food for many hours the burning sensation is still there but is mild.So i mostly eat food once a day.After surfing the internet I found out it is most probably acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux.When I consulted a doctor he told me to do endoscopy at first.But then he told to consult another specialist.The specialist told me to do ultrasound scan and did'nt say any need for endoscopy.Everything was normal in ultrasound.So he told me I don't have anything serious but a little gas problem and gave a simple pill for a week and also told me to eat regularly thrice a day.A week has went by and I have also tried to eat thrice a day inspite of my heartburn just as doctor's advice but nothing seems to improve my condition.I have no idea what is happening in my body.Was the diagnosing method of the second doctor was not correct? Is it proper to do ultrasound for heartburns or shall I do endoscopy as my first doctor told me in the beginning.

Please note that i have a bent-in posture in my back.I don't know if it has anything to do with my heartburn but i have read about the "angle of his" and it causing gastroesophageal reflux.

Please give me some proper advice for what to do next.

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    Get a gastroscopy to make sure. Until then try antiacids like Gaviscon or Maalox taken after meals and see if you feel any relief. It maybe gastritis, which is an inflamation of the stomach, can be caused by certain drugs like aspirin, also can be caused by a bacterial infection, but an ultra sound doesn't diagnose that.
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      Correction, in your case, if you're feeling discomfort in the chest and throat then perhaps it can be esophagitis, not gastritis.
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      "angle of his" is not a disorder, it refers to the angle of the sphincter that connects the stomach with the esophagus, a gastroscopy will be able to tell if you have an uncommon sphincter issue which may cause reflux.

      What do you mean by bent-in posture? If you mean hunching, then I assume that may cause unnecessary pressure on the throat if you have belly fat, I had a similar experience, try to make it a habbit to always striaghten your posture.

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    Remember, I'm not a doctor or medical professional.  I'm just a person that has gone through a lot over the last two years that has shown and taught me a lot about my body.  I truly believe that the "burning sensation" is a serious form of acid reflux.  Something is allowing the stomach acid to work its way back up to your esophagus and that is NOT normal.  I'm not familiar with the bent-in posture, but if a doctor hasn't taken that into account, I would mention it again.  I can understand not wanting to eat to avoid the pain, but then that will just end up backfiring on you.  Normally, when a patient has a physical ailment that can fall under different headings, your primary doctor will just start sending you to any and everyone.  I had the Ultrasounds, which in my opinion is a good way to measure abnormal growths, gallbladder problems, ulcers, etc.  But I don't believe that it will give you a true answer when it comes to GERD (which you MAY have)  It wasn't until "enough was enough" for me that my doctor sent me for an extensive endoscopy that showed everything; including my sphincter not closing tighly when it should, causing acid to seep from my stomach to my esophagus causing the burning sensation and even when I hadn't eaten for hours, there's was this constant pressure under my chest.  I feel that it would be best for you to go for the endoscopy making sure that you write out ALL of your symptoms so that when you get to the clinic (I was sent to a surgical clinic) you will not leave out any information that the doctor will need to know.  Remember, I'm no doctor.  But a healthy body is my wish for you! - Take care.
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