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I'm 17 and I have been having heart burn on and off for the last few years. It hasn't really been a problem but this last weekend it wen't really bad. I haven't had it for around 5 days but my throat seems kinda irritated but has been getting better.

I never had really bad acid that caused me to choke or throw up or any really bad symptoms. I still want to get it checked out.

The thing that worries me most is the upper endoscopy. I have bad anxiety issues especially with anything to do with my mouth and throat. Do you think I will need to get one done?

If I do, what can I expect? I'm extremely nervous about it.


Try over the counter Prilosec. I also take Acid Ease,Digestive Enzymes,L-glutamine powder(take this morning and bedtime with an 8 oz. glass of water)Don't lie down right after meals, sit up for at least 2 hours afterwards. Use a bed wedge to raise your head while sleeping and try sleeping on your side rather than your back or stomach or buy bed risers to put under the head of the bed.Stay away from spicy,acidic,gassy, greasy and fried foods. drink water instead of soda and eat a high fiber diet.Drinking at least 64 oz. day of water and 25-35 grams of dietary fiber helps to absorb and neutralize stomach acid as well keeping your bowels to empty on a regular basis.Keeping yourself from getting constipated helps you not to get bloated and put pressure on your stomach which tends to push things up towards the esophagus which pushes the stomach acid back up into your throat. As far as having the endoscopy done it doesn't hurt because they give a spray in your throat first to numb it and then they start an IV with versed in it to make you sleepy and cause amensia so you won't remember or feel the scope going down or them pulling back out and it's done in about 20-30 minutes. You must have someone drive you to and from the procedure because of the versed they use during the procedure. I found having the IV started hurt more than anything else and that's only because the nurse I had wasn't good at putting the IV in. Don't let anyone stick you more than twice in the same spot and pull the IV needle in and out. Tell them to get someone else to do it if they can't get the IV by the second try.

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