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Hey guys, 20 year old male previously very healthy athletic person but 14 months ago came down with a virus that i never recovered from which impacted me massively. I have had many health problems since then, including stomach problems and gerd.
In July 2014 i was diagnosed with duodenitis and gasritis after an endoscopy no Heli bacteria. They prescribed me omeprazole and i have been on those types of PPI's ever since, they did initially help my symptoms but now they don't really do anything but i can't just stop taking them or i will get a rebound effect. My reflux has been on and off and never really troubled me TOO much.
However my reflux the last 3 weeks has been awful, it really came out of nowhere. Ony 5 weeks ago i was at a friends stag do and had 3 beers for the first time in over 9 months and an all you can eat chinese and surprisingly it wasnt bad at all, so i was really happy and thought i was making progress! Fast forward two weeks and my stomach all of a sudden is majorly acidic, constant gurlging and i can feel the acid coming up into my throat, i have had bad phlegm buid up, blocked sinuses and a sore throat with constant need to clear my throat. The symptoms ease throughout the day but then come back at night, with the constant gurlging when i'm laying down, i don't eat 3/4 hours before bed, take ranitidine before bed and have raised my bed up too. So i struggle to see why i am having these symptoms. I saw a ENT 3 weeks ago who did a nasal endoscopy and said i did have acid reflux and just to try PPI's and gaviscon ( been doing that for 8 months) But ever since then the reflux has been bad, if there is a connection i'm unsure. But this is the worst reflux i've had in my life and as my immune system is low, i'm worried about the potential risk of damaging my throat.
My diet before this last 3 week painful stint was not too bad, I was doing pretty good just avoiding the things that would aggrevate my stomach/reflux, acidic foods, fatty, caffeine etc. But i could still have dairy, snack on digestives, have tomato based foods and as i said even the chinese went down okay. Now i'm literally having bland fish, plain pasta, lentil soup, fruit and veg etc and its just not easing up, i use esomperazole 20mg every morning, ranitidine at night and sometimes gaviscon but none of them ease the reflux.
I am slightly stressed as the doctors think i have chronic fatigue which limits me to doing exercise and playing football which i love, but even on days i feel slightly better the reflux can sometimes be worse!
I really would like to get a stomach endoscopy as I want to see if my stomach is still inflammed and could be the cause for the reflux, if my stomach is fine then i know its stress/dietary related but i am sure my stomach is still damaged and i want to know why and how bad!
Anyway, if anyone read all that, then well done! :P And i would appreciate any suggestions as i'm 20 years old and really can't be doing this for the rest of my life because i'm missing out on a lot in life because of this and i don't want any permanent damage to be done or anything worse!
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