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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

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Hello, my name is Tanya and I'm 31 and I've been reading this message board since May 2005 when I first found out I had GERD. In fact after reading the sympoms of everyone on here is how I determined that was what I had.

For four years I had Pleurisy on a regular basis, along with bronchitis about 3-4 times a year. My doc thought I had asthma and that perhaps it was causing these problems and had me on asthma meds for about a year, none of which helped me at all. I would get stabbling pains in my chest, pain in my neck, back, and arms. I had shortness of breath and stinging sensations through out the whole upper part of my body. I really thought that what ever I had was for sure going to kill me. Everyday I had chest pain and there was no way to relieve it. I went in again and with all the same problems and the doc said it was stress, so put me on some meds for that which made me CrAzY. I stopped taking that and I was once again in the dark with what was going on with me.

Over those four years I had chest x-rays, CT scans, asthma tests, allergy tests all of which came back fine. The docs had me thinking that I was a hypochondriac and that it was all in my head. I was really starting to question myself and if perhaps I was causing it. The fact remained thought that I was feeling pain and that pain was real. So I got on here trying to get some answers and found this board. I wasn't for sure GERD is what I had, but it sure sounded like it, so I told my doc and he put me on Prevacid. It starting helping within 2 days. I couldn't believe that I had gone though four years of pains and meds that were perhaps making me worse and the whole time it was reflux. I ended up getting an endoscopy done which confirmed GERD and a hiatal hernia.

I took the Prevacid for a couple of months and then I started having really weird side effects, like uncontrollable shaking, headaches, cramping, and vision problems. I did alot of research on these meds and found out that when tested on lab rats they found cancerous tumors in their stomachs, and now there's research being done that there's a possibility that these meds may actually cause esophagus cancer. Not to mention that with all PPI's there's the possibility of it causing pneumonia.

At this time I thought that in order to control my reflux I am going to have to do 1 of 4 things. I will have to either 1. Continue taking meds that who knows what it will do to you in the long run. 2. Have surgery which doesn't sound too promising. 3. Find the root of the problem and try to control it. or 4. Sit back and do nothing and let in consume me.

I chose 3.
I stopped drinking coffee, alcohol, soda, orange juice. Stopped eating chocolate, foods high in fat and started eating right, drinking half my body's weight of water a day, and NEVER eating after 6:00 PM. Plus finding a way to cut down on stress helps too (walking worked for me). I eventually got to where I could go jogging which I wasn't able to do before. I have to admit though it has not been easy, not being able to drink what I want or eat what I want, but when weighing the options, this one seemed to be the better one of the four and it's worked for me. There has been a few times that I've thought that maybe I could re-introduce myself to things that I've wanted like coffee & chocolate, but the fact is that once you have GERD, chances are you will always have it and your life will never be the same as is was before you got it.

I'm sharing this because I know that if you want something bad enough, it can happen. You have to be committed to changing your lifestyle and stick with it, because as we all know the results of ongoing uncontrollable GERD can be life threating.

Good luck to all of you :wave:

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