'Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD

Acid reflux started nearly year ago i have become so depressed over this

I'm going to admit that here and now that since this acid reflux started nearly year ago i have become so depressed over this, and i was never depressed before. The fealing not being perfectly healty is awful. I had to stop doing things that i love like eating all the food that i want to eat and this has affected my ability to exercise like i want to because now i have astma and the ppi's are making my less energetic. Can't wait to go through surgery and get well again, but it will take time. I never wondered how bad acid reflux can ruin people's life, but now i know. This is not cancer in know but still enough to make you upset, know some of you here feel the same. My message to you, try not to let negative emotions get a hold on you like in my case, make's everything just worse. Good day to you all out there:-)

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Elizabeth Rudd Greene
Read everything you can on low stomach acid and probiotics, including the replies to Miriam Mustafa-Ragoobir's post a couple of posts down the page

Jóhannes Svan
I have big sliding hernia and asked my GI doctor about this. He's say's to low acid is non sense. These guy's are professionals. Should i not believe him?

Shannon Tosh
I agree with probiotics..I got a really good one and it has helped...I have also started drinking 1/2tsp of baking soda mixed in water 2-4 times a day as
Avril Ramsden Know how you feel Johannes. Its like having no zest for life anymore. Friends have stopped even asking me out for meals because they know I cant eat the same or drink alcohol. I didnt know ppi's made you less energetic....maybe that is part of my problem. Life just seems to pass by.

Ana Ingles
Totally understand how you feel. Me too, I have an haitus hernia and other issues that all started last year...its been 1 thing after the other and its incredibly hard to cope with so much. One has to be super strong to stay positive! And I was always the most enthusiastic active person...but I think thats why it is so hard...the pain and fear is so debilitating that I cannot be as active as I was...nowhere near as happy as I was ...and its a huge shock and so hard to accept...And from your words I think you seem to feel the same way. If I could make a wish...I would wish for health for everyone...Everything else we can work hard for...but without health...how can someone enjoy their life? Im still trying to work that out! My strength are my children ...

Jóhannes Svan
Same here, have one 6 year old daughter and another child on the way. My wife has been my suportive rock through this all

Ana Ingles
Jóhannes Svan you're very fortunate:) My husband just feels all one has to do is to get one with life and not let them anything affect them...no matter what...However those who are unwell, know its not that easy...and if anyone comments again on how much weight I've lost ...

Tina Barbatsalou
:/ i totally understand how u feel.my worst was the period before the diagnosis. I didnt know what i had and i had to wait two months before i go back home. I was afraid to have an endoscopy Alone in a foreign country. Now i am way better and i can eat but with caution since only my les was slightly weakened. Good luck for your surgery and may all pass soon .

Amanda Ball
I started wheezing like crazy while doing Crossfit a year ago. That's how my journey with this mess started. Thought it was exercise induced asthma, then later was told it is vocal cord dysfunction. Had my larynx area scoped and signs of reflux were found. Have an endoscopy scheduled for early October and my gastro suspects the wheezing and breathing struggles during exercise is from a hiatal hernia. I've been doing so much waiting for appointments and in the meantime I stopped working out, missed out on hikes with family and had to stay behind when my husband climbed 2 14,000 ft mountains. I've now gained some weight from not being as active (thyroid issues as well) and am in limbo while I wait for more answers. I'm an easy going, fun loving person, but there is for sure a certain amount of sadness this can bring to your life. I know it's not the worse thing to deal with, but when your lifestyle is changed and you can't control it, it sucks.
Add the waiting for appointments and answers and It can really bring a persons spirits down. I want to get out and live life, not sit on the sidelines :(

Jóhannes Svan
I feel your pain, now it started while you were in crossfit, do you think this hiatal hernia that you possibly have is from to much straining on your core. I was doing heavy lifting at the time it all started, i asked my GI doctor and he said it is possible from heavy squating or deadlift, to much pressure on the diapraghm and it popp's open without feeling it right away.

Amanda Ball
Jóhannes Svan my GI Doctor suspects the heavy lifting/squating/deadlifts, etc. are triggering the release of acid. Hard to say if heavy lifting caused a hiatal hernia (if I have one) or if the lifting brings on acid release and I had the hernia already. After my endoscopy, they are inserting the ph chip for the 96 hour test and she wants me to go to Crossfit on those days and record my activity. Burpees, cleans, rowing all set me off into wheezing fits almost instantly.

Jóhannes Svan
Ok 96hours, i will only have 24h acid test. Why does the body release more acid while hard work, did the doctor tell you why?

Amanda Ball
Jóhannes Svan no, Doctor didn't say... but thinking the pressure in the abdomen combined with HH may be opening the LES?! Like I said, I'm in that terrible 'just sit and wait' mode. I really hope I get some answers from these tests in October. I feel like a human game of whack-a-mole! Everytime I figure out thing, another pops up!
Best of luck with your surgery!!! I'll let you know what I find out in October. I'd love to get back to heavy lifting one day :)

Jóhannes Svan
Hope it works out for you:-)

Diana Foster
I feel the same way. It is a long road to feeling normal again . Not there yet but I keep trying with diet and medicine.Most people don't understand when I tell them .They think "heartburn" and a little pill will fix it! No way.It affects your whole life. Lots of things get put on hold.

Robin Tuck
Sorry to hear that you are having a tough time. Sending you positive healing thoughts.

Miriam Mustafa-Ragoobir
I understand totally when this reflux first came on I went into a depression because nothing was helping me i also quit smoking and that made everything worse I try to stay positive and not cry daily just occasionally. Everyday I'm in pain or I'm trying some new thing or other. I was a health freak before now I've gained weight from only being able to digest simple carbs stopped exercising because I don't have the zeal but I don't give up I keep trying because I just know I'll be close to normal again someday 😆

Related post: I'm 19 (soon to be 20) and I've had GERD since I was 17

Jóhannes Svan
You have to go through surgery, not a single person i have talked to say they regret it, a complete life changer 95% of the time. I will go before christmas

Miriam Mustafa-Ragoobir
For me right now I'm not sure I want to go there but after I try some more maybe one day that might be the way for me....'

Miriam Mustafa-Ragoobir
Good luck on surgery and hope all is successful👍👍👍

Jóhannes Svan
I look at it this way, you only got certain amount of time on this earth, why waist time not feeling at our best if you can actually fix it with one little surgery. I have tried everything and the clock is ticking, don't want barrett's to nock on the door after few years. But thank you for best wishes, hope you find relief soon in some way.

Jessica Nicole Chiles
I competely understand. For me the PPIs block B12 which when low it decreases my energy, causes me depression, paranoia, shortness of breath. I am in the same boat, I was exercising regularly and now I dont even have the energy to get out of bed to go to the gym. Stay positive!!!!

Jóhannes Svan
What about taking b12 supliment?

Jessica Nicole Chiles
I was getting b12 injections...my B12 was super low...you may want to consult with your dr...PPIs block B12 and for some this can be a big problem...the best way to get it is sublingual or injections but dont supplement until consulting with your dr as that will skew your B12 blood levels. Look into B12 deficiency symptoms to see if this may be your issue. Hope that helps.

Shannon Tosh
If you are taking B12 orally, take it at the opposite time of the day.

Lena Hagstroem
try being a singer with this shit....lost my voice for almost 3 months and then had to relearn how to use it......

Vicky Lucas XX
Yes it does get me down too. Down......understatement of the year :/ It's not like I'm out for meals and drinks every night. But when you can't really eat most of the stuff on the menu, and one glass of alcohol makes you bad again, it pees you off big style. I do feel like my quality of life has gone. I thought the GERD was improving actually. It hasn't been as bad since last week. But then we went out with friends at weekend, and yep, its came back. Not as bad, but bad enough. The feeling of pure acid breathing in my mouth and throat. The wheezing. I do think the Lansoprazole I took for 2 months made it a lot worse when I had to stop it. Read that it's something to do with your stomach acid coming back in with a vengeance after it has virtually been non existent. So, it's back to eating bland crap again. I hope you get good results with your operation. Don't let this beat you down. Although I know it's easier said than done. :( x

Lucy Scuccimarra
Couldn't agree more with your post, this is such a harsh condition to live with no one can believe how much it affects your normal life, be strong and positive things do get better.

Denise Grimes
Are you getting the LES bypass surgery? I have heard that some people have long term side effects. Have you heard about the new procedure where they strengthen the muscle around your LES to prevent the reflux? I heard that it is in trials in some hospitals and I found this website: www.stretta-therapy.com. I am going to wait before I get surgery.

Jóhannes Svan
Hey Denise Grimes. It say's Proven effective from 4-10 years. Isn't that why to little time? Do you have to let them do it over end over again?

Denise Grimes
Not sure. I just heard about it last week and still trying to find out more about it.

Jóhannes Svan
Thanks for sharing, i will also ask my GI about this and learn more about this new one☺

Angel Winter Grant
I understand! My 12 year old has very severe GERD and I am at a loss most days on what to feed him and how to help
him. I have at least 1 autoimmune disease and probably have another one and eat gluten free. My issues seem mild in comparison to him at least I can drag myself to work most days. He is constantly sick it seems.

Denise Grimes
I found some videos on youtube. And the Stretta Therapy website has information also.

Julie Lane
I'm so sorry. It can be a very debilitating health condition. I really hope with surgery you'll find some relief.

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