I have GERD. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

The sphincter that keeps my stomach closed off from my esophagus is faulty. I was born that way. We saw a doctor about it when I was little and he never told my Mom it was a serious problem. He said I would grow out of it so she never paid it any attention, and I thought it was normal.

Except it’s not. It causes all sorts of problems for me and I’m starting to really worry about my health and the state of my esophagus after being burned countless times by the acid in my stomach.

Four days ago, I was sitting on the couch when suddenly I had really strong acid reflux. I don’t know what happened, I guess I breathed in at the wrong moment, but this time the acid got pulled into my lungs.

I immediately threw myself over the arm of the sofa so I was upside down and began coughing.

I couldn’t breathe, and my chest hurt really bad.

I ended up going to the hospital and the doctor said I had some acid in my lungs.

Now I’m on meds for the next six weeks, and every breath I take is painful and difficult.

It feels like I’m not getting enough air, and breathing deeply hurts very much.


I have to go back to the hospital on Monday to get my lungs looked at.


I’m hoping I can get surgery soon to fix this problem with my sphincter and get my esophagus evaluated for damage.

Either that or speak to someone highly experienced with the issue of acid reflux and the related conditions for advice.

I just feel really angry at that doctor we saw when I was four. This is obviously not normal, and it is obviously not okay.

Sometimes I feel really scared that all the acid damage I’ve sustained will turn into esophageal cancer.

I’m determined to do something about this next year.

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  1. Sting

    I was going to email u, but I know u have said u don’t get to see emails regularly and this is important. GERD is made worse by being overweight, that’s something you can take control of and try to fight it that way. The surgery to fix the loose sphincter is called a Nissen Fundoplication, it’s effective 95% of the time but chances of failing increases with obesity. Just for health reasons, I think that’s something u should tackle in 2014. I know u can do it. The longer you have GERD, the greater your chances of getting Barrett’s esophagus, which can eventually lead to cancer. I’m sure you might already know this but I want you to take this seriously.

    • sugabelly

      Thanks Sting. I was hoping you would comment on this. You’re right. I do need to lose the weight. I have never had as many health problems as I have had in the last five years, all through which i have been seriously overweight. I barely got acid reflux as a child and a teenager until i started college and gained weight.

      Now it’s almost every day.

      I’m really scared that I already have Barrett’s esophagus. I was hospitalized last year for a strong feeling of something in my chest every time i swallowed, and also not beig able to breathe properly.

      The hospital did a Barium swallow and said it was normal. I begged them to do an endoscopy but in the end it was never done.

      I really want to get an endoscopy done so a doctor can evaluate my esophagus visually.

      I absolutely have to lose this weight once and for all in the next year. Absolutely. I’m secretly terrified I will die of esophageal cancer. And it seems to have a low survival rate.

      I’m trying to sign up for Obamacare so I can get this sorted out when I come to America next year.

      Thank you so so much for saying this.

  2. D Truth Uncensored (@frediliamomodu)

    Oh sorry dear, I don’t really know anything about what you are going through but I certainly know how it feels when you are not so certain about the status of your health (It is scary and nerve racking.). See a good doctor who will check you out properly and get to the root of the problem so you can get a lasting solution. Please pray about it too and try to live a very healthy lifestyle: healthy breakfast, fruits, lots of water and all. My heart goes out to you.

  3. Meshel

    Hi dear i love you real much and somehow i feel like i know you. I mean we have so much in common. I battle with my health daily, my condition is such that the cure for one illness triggers the other, the only thing that keeps me going is i know God z got me and no matter what happens God z always bigger. And while i have no control he always has control over me. ND i know he’s got u too nd i know u’ll be fine. My prayers are with you. I love you big as the sky

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