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Hi there, I want to make this as short as possible.
I was diagnosed with GERD last year after being hospitalised for 5 days. Barium swallow and Endoscopy came back normal (however this was at the start of my GERD related troubles...)
When I shine a torch down my throat it doesn't look great, my tongue is slightly swollen and while my swallowing has improved, it is still a constant issue every day of my life.
I can deal with the constant vomiting of whatever seeps out of my stomach, I can deal with restricted eating and swallowing food more slowly, but I am out of breath all the time. Not a day goes by where I don't feel like I'm going to die from how tight my chest feels.
Doctors think it's my asthma. I tried to tell them my asthma is well controlled and I haven't had an attack in about 7 months, but they wouldn't listen. She put me on Prednisidone for four weeks which I stopped after two days as they were making me delirious and almost suicidal. I felt normal again after stopping them.
I honestly don't know what to do anymore. My acid reflux is ruining my life and I'm only 25.
Not eating causes a flare up.
Typical bad foods such as pizza, chocolate and fruit are fine. (I had dominoes with my BF the other night and had no issues at all!)
Vegetables are very bad and every time I have broccoli or sweetcorn my reflux is awful and I get the feeling like they're stuck in my throat.
I have tried to give up dairy - nothing improved.
I have tried to rule out gluten - nothing improved, if anything my symptoms got worse.
I am currently trying probiotic tablets and I drink a glass of almond milk before bed which seems to help. I have not woken up vomiting acid or gasping for breath in a couple of months now. I was also put on Mirtazipine for depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation. For a while I was terrified of sleeping as every night I'd wake up with acid stuck in my throat and I'd honestly feel like I couldn't breathe or get a breath in.
What else can I do? Doctors see that my tests were normal and don't care. I have been referred back to my gastro clinic at the hospital but I was warned an appointment could take eight months...
Any other advice is greatly appreciated.
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