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Hey guys, this is gonna be quite the read cause I feel like there's a lot of info that could be important, but could also be pointless, but I don't wanna leave anything out.
So these symptoms have been ruining my life for the better part of 7 months now, and I'm having trouble believing Reflux/GERD is this neglected by physicians when it is a huge problem (if what I have is either of them).

So let me just lay out some history real quick, I used to be addicted to Dr Pepper from the time I was 9 until the time I was 16, when I decided to quit because it was making my acne horrible. I then decided to try coffee, and fell in love and have been drinking it ever since with no issues from the time I was 16 until about June 2018 when I was 20. Now, the first actual symptom, which I'm going to lay out as extreme fatigue (instant- as it comes randomly one second out of no where and strikes hard) actually occurred November 2017, so almost a year ago, when I was working a graveyard shift at my old job. I used buy energy drinks and drink them on my break every day at the same time, when one day I drank one and didn't feel the effect that I usually feel, and actually felt nauseous and super fatigued instantly after taking a bite out of a pop-tart. I chalked this up as me not eating enough prior and doing so on an empty stomach probably made it bad (especially since I'm very lightweight). This was coincidentally about a week after a heavy piece of furniture hit me in the head, so I thought it could also be a concussion symptom, but I couldn't be sure and didn't have medical insurance at the time. Anyway, months passed and I felt fine after that one incident, and went back to drinking caffeine, though redbulls would still make me fatigued quick, but coffee was never an issue, nor was alcohol as I could drink both fine and feel good.

Fast forward to late May/early June, and I started noticing that when I drank coffee or any type of energy drink, I would feel bloated and have a sick butterfly feeling in my stomach (coincidentally I hit my head really hard AGAIN a week before these symptoms started, but once again, wasn't knowledgeable about concussions at the time, so didn't think much of it, and thinking about it now, would concussion symptoms really last this long?. Now, this is where things picked up fast, as one day it was that, and the next day I drank another one and it was almost like it was hitting my gag reflux as I was drinking it and it felt like something in the right side of my throat was being tickled and triggering a cough like reflux, which got more and more aggressive every time I drank coffee that week, but I was addicted so I didn't wanna just cut coffee out. About a week later, I went to eat at Chik-Fil-A on my lunch break for work, and the second I took a bite out of the sandwich, I had to run to the restroom and coughed about 30 times in 5 minutes and felt like I was going to vomit, but nothing came out, and this persisted for about a week until the point where I actually did begin to vomit after eating food. At this point, I was certain I had either an ulcer, gallstones, diabetes, or some type of issue because whenever these 'episodes' (for lack of a better term) would occur, they would be super sudden and cause vomiting, nausea, loss of concentration, a tickling ringing sensation in the right ear, metallic taste in my mouth and the feeling of a knot, horrible anxiety/panic attacks like I was going to die, and soon noticed every time it happened, my penis would shrink up (not sure what this is caused by, but it was present in all the cases where this happened). Also, I have a constant feeling of butterflies in my stomach and it feels like there's a weight in my stomach at night or after eating sugary foods. Every time I've tried drinking alcohol I feel like I'm going to vomit, and same with most drinks, so I stick to water to be safe.

I did blood work for HPylori, diabetes/regular tests, ultrasounds, MRI's for possible MS, endoscopy surgery(after having black stools earlier in November), and everything turned out normal (slightly elevated cholesterol and bilirubin levels), even the biopsy from the stomach was fine. I was hoping it wasn't acid reflux because every source says it's permanent and I can't imagine living like this for the rest of my life.

I'm at a loss. Is Acid Reflux/GERD really this bad? I've tried Omeprazole and Pepcid and neither seem to help the neutral symptoms, so I stopped taking them because they didn't help when I drank coffee either, so I had to just completely cut coffee out altogether, which I really didn't wanna do, but it seems like the only thing I can do at this point.

Anything you guys can think of?

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