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I was diagnosed with GERD over a year and a half ago and have been taking omeprazole ever since. I’m a 20 year old college student who can’t eat after 6 pm if I want to sleep that night. I have been to my doc several times but he has yet to refer me to a GI. I don’t have health insurance anyway which is why I haven’t pressured him to. My symptoms include dysphasia, occasional heartburn, slight regurgitation, and I self diagnosed IBS. I can’t eat lettuce, anything with a hint of tomato or anything spicy, and I’m lactose intolerant. I also get sweaty and shaky when I try to eat one of those food items along with other symptoms, and I have to sleep sitting down to get any sleep period. Over this year, I’ve discovered that stress and my anxiety makes it 10x worse and ranitidine & gaviscon are my best friends. It has been a pain living like this. I’m 20 years old and I can’t enjoy eating without stressing. My boyfriend and my family are the only thing getting me through this. I know it sounds like I’m being dramatic, but it sucks thinking if I’m ever gonna get better. I’m also worried it might be esophageal cancer or any of those scary things. To top it off, I also suffer from POTS. Will I ever get better? Is it possible that this is something worse?
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