Testing for GERD

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I am 16 years old and have been experiencing stomach problems for the past 5 months. I feel sick almost daily and often more frequently than this. I find that belching sometimes relieves the nausea for a moment and that indegestion tablets seem to help. I have had many tests done, checking for other things eg. gallstones, infections, intolerances ect. but all of these have came back normal. From what I have read, it seems like most of my symptoms are similar to the ones for GERD. I would really like to have a good diagnosis as I think it would give me some comfort in knowing what the problem is and then I can look at how to try to control my symptoms. Does anyone know any ways for which GERD can be tested?

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    Did you go to a gastrointestinal doctor? Seems like the same symptoms I had when they found a ulcer near my stomach.
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      I haven't yet but I have an appointment on Monday with my GP where I will ask again for a referral. Were you symptoms quite sporadic?

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      I would feel so sick after eating the wrong food or too much, I would also feel sick on an empty stomach, it was like a burning and cramp in my stomach. I would burp alot too.
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      Hey Shawnee,

      i have the same symptoms as you. i took antibiotics for an infection over 3 months ago (nearly four now which is scary), threw up on the last night. It was an odd feeling like acid was rushing up my throat. I then developed a gagging feeling when I ate on an empty stomach, oral thrush (which really didn't help with teh gagging, God it was awful), feeling choked between my throat and stomach, a weird pressure relieved by burping but makes me want to gag otherwise, nausea intermittently, feeling full after large portions so I have to eat little and often now. I get indigestion and the feeling my food is sitting in my stomach if I eat too much, too fatty or too late at night. I had a burning feeling that comes and goes but that's clearing up with omeprazole. Omeprazole has minimised nausea but I still feel weird and not as hungry as I was, although I am terribly anxious about these symptoms so the doc thinks I have developed a food aversion. Do these symptoms ring a bell to you? Please help x

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      Yes , mines pretty managed now , I take omepozol too and try to watch what I eat. I do occasionally drink mix drinks and it makes me feel so sick and that feeling in my throat again. Also fried foods make me feel nauseous thinking about it lol. I struggled with anxiety but got put on an antidepressant a year ago and I feel that helps my nerves alot.
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      Hey shawnee, that's great news on all fronts. I went back to my GP yesterday and have been referred to gastroenterology to find out what's going on. My GP thinks I've caused irritation (or something has caused irritation) to my oesophagus which is causing me to feel like I'm gagging. He said it can take up to 10 weeks to heal using PPI drugs which would account for the fact I don't feel better yet. They've not ruled out an ulcer either but I'm h pylori negative. Did you have h pylori related ulcer or were you negative too?

      This has given me a lot of anxiety. I actually felt great after I saw my GP yesterday because he said my blood tests were great and despite feeling awful I am healthy. Then I celebrated at lunch time with my workmates yesterday by having pizza. Big mistake. Refluxing for hours, felt the tight and gagging sensation in my throat, felt so sick after teh build up of this that I had to take buccastem, which works fantastically but I only take it in desperate cases. I am so uncomfortable all the time. I hope there is a reason and cure for my reflux because I will admit my life will become a struggle if I'm dealing with this long term. I'm going from being anxious to being quite depressed about it - but now the anxiety is subsiding at least I'm getting a better sleep!

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    It could be anything or it could be nothing. Go to your GP and tell him to reffer you to a gastroenterologsti. After you see your specialist he will tell you what to do next.
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    Have you had an Endoscopy? If things don't settle ask for one and also get them to test for Coeliac Disease, it is often overlooked, just to negate it as it can have consequences if left undiagnosed.

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