Hello Selma and everyone, hope you are doing alright. I think this forum is a great resource and I have decided to post my story here
I'm an European living and working in the UK. 25 years-old. 5'9'' and 143 pounds. Around September 2008 I started having indigestion symptoms with heart burns and pains just below my left breast occurring once in a while. I decided to contact my GP who put me onto Ranitidine and after couple of weeks I started feeling better, nevertheless somehow the meds stopped working and I was feeling sick again so I went back to my GP and he suggested me a breath test for H-Pylori bacteria, or whatever its name is, who came back negative. I was put on omeprazole 20mg once a day. I started to take ome in late November- early December 2008. I was doing relatively well and around mid February got back to my GP who reduced the dose to 10mg advising me to take 20mg should the symptoms become worse. A couple of weeks went by and started to feel indigestion again along with this chest pain just below my left breast, so I swapped to 20mg but now this is not working anymore as I got not only indigestion symptoms but also a bad sore throat for over a week now, soreness in my abdomen area and a bloating sensation as well. I do feel like a dragon as I am writing…
So it’s the end of April now and I am visiting a gastroenterologist who, I believe, is going to perform and endoscopy and few tests.
I just feel extremely scared as I’ve got a nice job and relatively good life, except for this, and I have been reading about GERD, hiatus-hernia and its symptoms, treatment and complications, including surgery, and I know I must have it due to how my body feels and the issues I have been going through this past months. I wanted to share my story with all of you and try to get some feedback and help.