I am a 25 year old male. gained about 40lbs over 5 years, not to bad but i dont seem to be loosing it either! I was an athlete, always active. Then i had kids(which i love very much) and became unemployed for about 1 year now. Ever since then like i said ive gained weight and also been experiencing heartburn/gerd symptoms. First it was feeling of my food sticking in my throat, happens sometimes but not as often.Then the heartburn would come with it,not everyday but when it does,feels like a blow torch in my throat.Now i seem to have this buring sensation just below my breast bone around my sternum area and lately has shifted to my left side. i also have back left side pain. I use zantac when i feel these symptoms, tylenol and lately pepto bismol and drinking veggie juice( i cant seem find just cabbage juice?). They all seem to work for a short term but nothing for a long time. People keep telling me to use prilosec but you see i am from Canada, where its just starting to make its way into this country and have not seen it on store shelves.I also do not have a family doctor and not like the states i cant just call any type of specialist without any referal.I dont want to go to the ER and wait 6 hours and a walk in clinic probably doesnt have all the stuff to do tests? I know i am making excuses but for one i think i am too young for any heart troubles. Maybe if i lost weight,stopped occasionally smoking, and ate a little better maybe this would all go away? Sorry for the long questions.Any advice would really help me. thanks!!
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