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.