I have had problems with eating all my life. I have never been listened to until this year. I am now 50 years old and it's only because I have been debilitated by painful swallowing that has gotten worse year on year and I said no more to antacids and proton pump inhibitors because they made no difference, that I am finally getting somewhere.
I have suggested many times that I actually have food allergies. I have often had adverse reactions to foods, medications and everyday household items. No one believed me, until a couple of years ago I was covered in hives, head to toe!
Now, perhaps, I will get the help I need to get well, whatever that might feel like. I can't remember a time when I actually didn't feel ill, tired out or in some sort of discomfort or pain. This is my 'normal'! Still got a long way to go, but I think I'm going in the right direction now.