Please help my miserable stomach!
February 18, 2012 1:33 PM Subscribe
I've had pretty much constant heartburn for a few months and I've completely miserable. What can I do and do I need a new doctor?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm only 22. Previously I've only gotten heartburn on the rare occasion of tons of stress and coffee. I woke up one morning with pretty serious heartburn and a tight feeling in my chest. Tried tums and Zantac 75 mg for a few days, didn't do much.
My doctor gave me Nexium for a month, things slowly seemed to be getting better but I started to get horrible stomach cramps and an extremely heavy feeling in my stomach, like my food wasn't digesting. I stopped the Nexium, the stomach cramps got better. My doctor put me on Zantac 150 mg. At this point I had no symptoms for a whole week which made me ecstatic but before I could catch a break the heartburn started again. What the hell!?
I've been following the doctor's diet instructions carefully, I no longer eat tomatos, citrus, or spicy food, I've cut out alcohol and caffeine except the occasional cup of tea, stopped smoking, and now sleep on four pillows without much effect.
It also seems like I get heartburn differently than most people do - instead of getting it for a couple hours after a meal, I have it when I wake up in the morning and continuously throughout the day. Eating can sometimes make it go away for a couple hours. I also have really bad constipation, probably from cutting out orange juice and coffee.
After all this, I have a few questions:
I talked to my doctor and he told me to just follow the diet and keep taking the Zantac until I feel better. Is he full of it? Should I go get a test for h.pylori or a gastro referral?
Is there anything I can take for constipation that won't irritate my stomach?
If I do have GERD, why aren't the GERD medications and diet changes working?
Am I doomed to feel like this forever? To be honest this is making me pretty depressed, I know that GERD/heartburn gets worse with age and I'm so young. I used to be quite a partier and I don't have much of a social life anymore because I can't bear to go out and be around people drinking/smoking when I can't partake myself. I'm also in burning pain constantly and it's hard just to focus at work, it just seems that with GERD I have such a miserable life ahead of me.