Tuesday, January 4, 2011

day 8 and counting

According to the third doctor (in 8 days) said that it could be a gastric problem. A condition called 'acid reflux', also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which was a word I saw very frequently when researching Costo as they have very similar symptoms. Apparently gastric juice back flows into my chest and burns my esophagus as well as all the food that I eat, which is why my chest hurts so much whenever I have food. 

However the doctor could not tell me why it only affects worse on certain food such as chocolate and kiwi and not wantan mee. I was also told to stop taking medication given for Costo and to take his, which are 3 kinds of pills! 

I woke up this morning with terrible chest pains and backache (slept wrongly I think), and not to mention tummy pain from the stupid monthly thing. Yes I know I can't seem to stop complaining but this is the only way I can release my tensions (hand writing is too long and difficult these days) as people around me gets more annoyed and less believing.

What I really want is a xray scan and Dr House to tell me it's going to be fine.

1 things to say:

David said...

Samantha,

GERD is easily handled. It would be best if you find a doctor who specializes in the human GI tract.

Visit: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gerd/DS00967

Excerpts: GERD signs and symptoms include:

A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), sometimes spreading to the throat, along with a sour taste in your mouth.

Chest pain

Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)

Dry cough

Hoarseness or sore throat

Regurgitation of food or sour liquid (acid reflux)

Sensation of a lump in the throat

GERD is caused by frequent acid reflux — the backup of stomach acid or bile into the esophagus.

When you swallow, the lower esophageal sphincter — a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of your esophagus — relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach. Then it closes again.

However, if this valve relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can flow back up into your esophagus, causing frequent heartburn and disrupting your daily life. This constant backwash of acid can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing it to become inflamed (esophagitis). Over time, the inflammation can erode the esophagus, causing complications such as bleeding or breathing problems.
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One solution that works for many, is reducing meal size. Eating 5 to 6 snack sized meals can reduce or eliminate symptoms for many.

However the care of the proper doctor is required for long term health handing GERD.

Take care.

David