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confused: do I have GERD, gastritis or LPR?
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confused: do I have GERD, gastritis or LPR?

My stomach has been bothering me since Jan12. My doctor told me I probably have gastritis & put me on Zantac 150 2x a day for the next 3 weeks.
My symptoms:
-stomach gets noticeably more unsettled when lying down.
-sometimes stomach pain in but it is mostly a feeling of constant "butterflies" or a heavy, unsettled stomach.
-burping very often
-taste of food in my mouth that I ate hours ago, even the next morning
-lots of saliva, have to swallow a lot when I'm trying to sleep, minor feeling in throat

Since starting on the Zantac (it's only been 3-4 days) I've noticed that my stomach just feels way worse. I feel heavy and icky, very tired, BUT I feel a lot better when lying down. In general, however, when I'm up and about I just feel bad. The moment I sit up in the morning I get a weird feeling in my stomach. I'm still burping a lot. I've noticed that food seems to be affecting me more, and I didn't really notice a correlation between what I ate and how I felt before the Zantac.

I've had Eustachian Tube Dysfunction for about 10 months now. I'm starting to wonder if I have TMJ as well which might explain these digestive problems, since apparently it's linked with LPR.

Also my chest has felt consistently heavy, sometimes a jabbing pain, on the left side since about December. This might be due to a blow I received and the fact that I've been blowing my nose constantly (valsalva maneuver) to relieve my ETD. My doctor says it's probably costochondritis - not a GERD symptom. I've also started having panic attacks since December but I think I've got it under control by breathing through them. I've done 2 EKGs & appear fine.

Finally, there is a major history of diffuse gastric cancer (from age 27) in my family. I'm 22.

I haven't had any heartburn. I am confused. What's wrong with me? Am I treating it correctly by taking the Zantac? Are the side effects normal? I know GERD, LPR, etc can occur concurrently, but what are all my symptoms indicative of?
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Your symptoms are indicative of GERD.
You can get it confirmed with UGI endoscopy and 24 hours pH monitoring.
If you dont find relief with zantac, you can take Prilosec which is a better medication.
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