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Hi, just for small background details im 18 and living in the UK but from the US
In early high school I noticed one day that if I had a carbonated drink that my stomach acid would rise up to the top and I would get really nauseous and had many days that I couldn't do anything. This went on and on, me thinking this was just something that was there but would go away. Eventually I realized this was a serious issue and made an appointment with a gastroenterologist. I tried acid reducers, which I quickly ditched because they weren't working right away, as well as other, more natural remedies which more just masked the problem rather than fixed it. The gastro eventually had me do an endoscopy which he then told me that he could see the line in my stomach where the acid had gone up to but it wasn't there anymore so I was ok. Being a kid I blindly took the doctor's word as truth and continued on, but quickly realized that the problem had not gone away. It's almost been 3 years since I noticed the symptoms at first , and I'm still dealing with this problem on a daily basis. The main symptom is nausea, it's just a nagging annoying thing that makes me irate and sad, but almost never gets to the point where I throw up. Other symptoms are extreme tiredness and loss of appetite. I labeled it as acid reflux at first just from reading about it but I honestly don't know anymore, I don't experience heartburn at all which makes me think that it might not be.
I know the solution might seem obvious to those who are reading this, to just go see a doctor, which im working on getting sorted out right now. The reason i've been hesitant is because of how confusing this process has been, hearing different things from different people, alongside all of the other things I have to worry about as a teenager growing up, I haven't really known where to turn. This stomach issue has escalated problems I already have like depression and anxiety; having physical problems make the mental ones feel that much worse. Like I said im gonna work on going to a doctor, its not that easy going to one from a country you're not from, but just wanted to reach out and see if anybody else has had a similar experience and if there are any pointers you guys can give to help me out. This is my first time asking for help in a public setting like this so just wanted to give it a try.
Thanks to anyone who replies or even reads this, I appreciate it.
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