GERD & Heartburn Support Group

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is defined as chronic symptoms or mucosal damage produced by the abnormal reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus. This is commonly due to transient or permanent changes in the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach. If you are afflicted with GERD or heartburn, join the group and find support.

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  • napellet

    can't stand the pain anymore

    I can't stand the pain anymore.  I have done all that I am supposed to do with diet and medication and nothing helped and am in constant discomfort and pain.  I don't know how to get from one minute to the next.  I don't know what to do.  I don't know why I am posting this except that I am so tired.  I can barely sleep or eat and my next specialist appointment isn't for a month.  I don't...
  • Sotonowl

    Hi everyone

    I hope those people with the later posts on here are feeling better now. What a depressing condition this is. I've only just joined the forum so I can maybe pick a few pointers up from other people.The person at 104 lbs must be so distraught. I think most people on here probably live in the US, would that be a fair assumption? I live in the UK so maybe, if we share a few things we might be able...
  • sapienzagrace

    Help me!

    I have probably the worst heartburn/reflux in my family history. This all started about a few months ago and the doctor told us that we should check for Celliac's disease and do an endoscopy. Me being only 17, my mom did not want me doing the procedure so we just did the bloodwork. It came back negative so she diagnosed me with reflux/GERD. I have flare ups about 4-5 times a week, maybe even...
  • Hello,  this is my first post.  I am at my wits end with GERD...honestly don't know what to do anymore.  Nothing works.  Anyway, one of my main issues for the last month is throat irritation.  My throat feels bumpy, like I have little sores or a coating on it...spreads to the sides of my tongue too.  Also a fair amount of phlegm.  And is often itchy.  Does anyone else have these...
  • kate85


    i feel like my GERD has taken over my life and has decided not to give it back. How does every one else deal with it?
  • rossvic

    Metallic taste

    I was doing super good with my diet, I eliminated sugar, dairy and wheat for about 40 day + but thinking I could have them again because I was feeling well, I started eating again, these foods.  Since, then I started to have this terrible sour/metalic taste in my mouth, I think it my be related with this change, I just need to know some feedback if this could be related me falling off the wagon?...
  • Pollybizz


    Good Morning,Has anyone ever had a hernia that is causing GERD? Mine has been on a flare for so long they want to do a scope (already checked for pilori) to see it it's a herniaI don't see the connection but they seem to feel that's what it is. Surgery required?Thanks for any help you can give
  • charliegundam

    Newly diagnosed gerd

    okay so at first they diagnosis i have acute gastritis for almost a month nothing work on the medication.. so iwent to another doctor telling me i have gerd.. my doctor change my omeprazole to rabezole because he thinks in not responding to omeprazole and also antacid. I only eat oatmeal ing the morbing and night at lunch i each heavy meal to compensate the oatmeal which is only plain.. i will be...
  • emmab

    what to drink with gerd

    Hi, I'm new to the group. I'd appreciate suggestions on what cool drinks help quench thirst if water hurts one's stomach.I've had GERD for 20something years and took protonix for 15 years before anyone was aware of ppis' long-term use side effects. I was off protonix for 6 years by taking supplements to increase my stomach acid, during which time I had endoscopies that showed I was fine, and...
  • kim1216


    is it possible to have had chronic GERD for over a decade and not develop Barrett's esophagus or cancer? Can it stay as just GERD? I'm going for a scope for the first time after having chronic GERD for over 13 years. I have been on PPI's for 13 years. 
  • RobinCH


    Hi all,I started having severe acid reflex just about a month ago, it came on all of a sudden.  I bought prilosec and took it for two weeks.  It was 90% better, but you are only supposed to take it for two weeks.  The third week the acid reflux came back so I went to a gastro doctor.  He wants me to go for an endoscopy.  I have not made the appointment yet but was hoping to get some feedback...
  • Jannahjess

    Memorable flare ups

    Hey all! I had to join a support group of some sort because at this point I'm feeling like no one close to me can relate to what I've been going through. Was diagnosed with gerd 3 years ago, but only recently have had a few memorable flare ups. They freaked me out so I stopped eating for the most part, going from 210lbs to 150lbs in five months, surviving only off of protein shakes. I am totally...
  • SunnyS


    I was diagnosed with Gerd when I was 17 years old. Out of no where I couldn't eat anything without wanting to go to the bathroom immediately after. I would occasionally get bad stomach aches as a kid if I ate something bad, but nothing this bad. I went to the hospital and wasn't able to eat anything for my 3 days of being there. It was awful. I went through all these tests and it came back with...
  • ganderton

    GERD and panic attacks

    does anyone else have panic attacks that seem to be triggered when you have a GERD flare up? I'm on omeprazole and am waiting on an appt for an endoscopy but it seems when my throat starts bothering me, I get real panicky and it doesn't go away for hours. It feels like my throat closes up but that is from the panic attack. I tell myself it is only the GERD and will go away but the uncomfortable...
  • Hi all, I tried searching the discussions before posting to make sure it hasn't been asked before and didn't see the exact circumstances, so I apologize if it's been asked before. I'd really appreciate your thoughts.I have been on ranitidine (Zantac) 150mg, twice a day, since 2011 and it has worked great. I'll have an occasional flare up, but only a few days of clean diet then I'll be back to...