'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

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

Thank you for the add. My name is Mikaela, I'm 19 (soon to be 20) and I've had GERD since I was 17, back in January of 2016. I did swim team throughout high school, but throughout the whole month of January, there wouldn't be a single practice I could swim through without getting out to throw up in the bathroom. It started out as stomach acid, but then progressed to vomiting food during the day, and stomach acid at practice in the afternoon. It got to the point where I was afraid to even eat, and my boyfriend and my mom would constantly argue about me not eating. She would always say that I'd need to eat at least something, and boyfriend would always return with "Well How can she eat when she's constantly throwing up what she does eat". Finally, at the end of the month was when I went into the doctor and got prescribed with some acid reflex medication. However, when we arrived to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription, my mom noticed that we could get the over-the-counter stuff for a lot cheaper, and it was generally the same thing as what was prescribed to me. I took those whenever I would start feeling nauseous or throwing up, and they did the trick for me for a while. Now, it happens every once in a while, and will come in waves. I understand that diet and exercise is probably a huge roll of why I'm still suffering from it, but it's hard to exercise when I'm always working, never have the energy to exercise, and when I do get to rest, I just wanna relax, not exercise, I'm also on my feet practically all day at work. It's also hard to eat healthy when I'm almost never home, and when I am, just wanna lay in bed and relax (or I do other chores around the house). Due to diet, lack of exercise, and medications I was taking back in September of 2016 (one I'm still on) I had gained about 30lbs in about a year, and since 9/2017, I have gained yet another 10. I also suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD (all which I see a therapist when needed), and a few other disorders I'm not quite comfortable sharing at the moment, as I just came to terms with myself that I actually have these disorders. But, thank you for taking the time to read this, I know it was long, my story with this topic is pretty big.


Cthrn Peartree
Mikaela, from my experience with this, you need to take it one step at a time and only do what is manageable for you. Start with diet as it’s a huge part of it. With exercise, just choose to take the stairs whenever you can and maybe lift weights for...Lihat Lainnya

Mikaela Benson
Well, I work in retail, so work can be stressful sometimes. I also have a crazy schedule. But thanks for the advice, and will look into trying some of these things in the near future.

Cthrn Peartree
Mikaela Benson yoga really helped me if that’s your thing. There’s a good app - down dog.

Related Post: based on some folks experiences with PPI's is that it worsened or induced their reflux.

Rachel E. Tucker
Hi mikaela you sound like me. I’m in college and work 30 hours a week. I don’t eat how I should for the acid reflux to get better so I live off ranitidine and Tums . I gained 30lbs here at college so I’m hoping in May when I graduate I can start my journey to loose it. I think it really has something to do with why mines been so bad recently ! I also have anxiety disorders so that doesn’t help either. I think that if you can get a planner and write your schedule down you can also schedule pockets of time to make yourself a good lunch for work and stick it in the fridge for the next day or make a protein shake for breakfast. Also writing in that planner when you have 10 mins to do activity. If you’re sitting on the couch just lifting your legs up and down while watch tv is something or doing arm circles . Just something to get started until you get to a place mentally where you feel ready for a gym or pool again. This is my plan for myself until May anyway. I wish you the best and I’m sorry you’re having such a rough time right now💕

Michelle Bunney
Could I ask what are u diagnosed with? The reason I ask as I've been suffering a few weeks with acid reflux and it's getting really bad once aftet eating. The doctors did blood tests and it's came back abnormal for thyriods. I would never thought I had thyriod trouble as I've always had problems with just ibs. Bur I've been losing alot of weight and was thinking if ur putting weight on could it be down to your thyriods? Just my thought as I'm going through more blood tests at the minute. X

Yvonne Brewer
Diet changes help me a lot. I was fit back then. My biggest 200lbs. After losing my baby at 19wks and 3days almost 5 months pregnant that’s when things started to change. I too didn’t know what was wrong with me. I started off with vomiting my bile. Then stomach pains follow. Spasms. I was prescribed Bentyl to help with spasms and it did. But also made me more constipated. Was eventually prescribed Prilosec and ranitidine. Didn’t work but made me worse. I started to look at the things I ate/drink. And my diet changes had help me a lot. Basically everything I can’t have I stay away from. I don’t work out. I am down to 130. I don’t have setbacks really. Only when I eat things I know I shouldn’t like pizza. I’ll have it now just light sauce.


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