I’m severely frustrated at this point in time, and after my appointment next week I think I’ll be trying to find another doctor and get a second opinion. Can anybody out give me any help please there. I have recently been diagnosed with GERD after suffering for a while with almost constant heartburn and a feeling of a lump in my throat.
In people with these problems, abnormal muscle activity in the esophagus prevents food from moving through the esophagus normally. Esophagus muscle problems include uncoordinated muscle contractions (esophageal spasm), high-pressure contractions or squeezing of the esophagus (nutcracker esophagus), and missing contractions caused by nerve loss (achalasia). The doctor may use tiny tweezers (forceps) in the endoscope to remove a small piece of tissue for biopsy. A biopsy viewed under a microscope can reveal damage caused by acid reflux and rule out other problems if no infecting organisms or abnormal growths are found.
By the time the antacid stops working, the H2 blocker shall have stopped acid production. Your doctor is the best source of information on how to use medications for GERD. The main symptoms are persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation. Some social people have GERD without heartburn. Instead, they experience pain in the chest, in the morning hoarseness, or trouble swallowing.
Pregnancy tends to aggravate heartburn because the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is weakened during pregnancy. This weakened (LES) resolves after delivery of the baby. Pregnancy also distorts the organs in the abdomen and the increased abdominal pressure from the growing fetus causes heartburn.
My doctor refused to listen to me and told me that young people do not have intestinal disorders and that I simply had an eating disorder since I was losing weight. However, the symptoms continued to control my life, I felt sick everyday, and I lost 20lbs. I was diagnosed with GERD four years and Iâ€™m only 21 ago. It is very hard and I feel that people who say â€œit’s just heartburnâ€ are very ignorant. This is a lifestyle on it’s own.
How is heartburn diagnosed?
The LES is a muscle at the bottom of the food pipe (esophagus). The LES opens to let food into the stomach. It closes to keep food in the stomach.
The aches and chills last one day and may not come back for a week or two but everything else remains. Every day I live with the fear that I will aspirate one last time and die. The stapling caused more problems than imagined and none of them were even discussed as being a possibility.
Our doctors here in Africa don’t have much experience in diagnosing these problems. I have been suffering from heartburn, constipation, severe bloating and generally GI discomfort since my teenage years.
This test can show normal results when acid reflux is present even. Itâ€™s used to look for complications of GERD often, such as inflammation, ulcers, or a precancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus. If you have severe, crushing chest pain – or pain in your left arm or jaw – seek emergency medical attention, since it may indicate a heart attack. It’s important to make sure your chest pain isn’t being caused by a heart problem before focusing on a diagnosis of GERD. People who are having a heart attack – or certain other heart problems – also often experience chest pain.