Hi there, new here - I've been having severe acid reflux issues since last August which have taken a big toll on my daily life. I spend most of the average day loudly belching - often to the point where the gas balloons up at the base of my throat and makes me cough - and experiencing stomach gargling and pain seemingly regardless of what I eat and usually end it with a very sore throat having not accomplished much of merit because I've felt so debilitated by it all. It also comes accompanied with bouts of chest/left arm pain - a big health anxiety trigger for me despite being in my early twenties and being checked out several times for cardiac problems.
I had an endoscopy two months ago which came back fine - they did discover I have a Schatzki ring but said it was ultimately inconsequential to my issues - and an ultrasound to rule out gallstones or anything of the like. In terms of medication, I think I've been prescribed practically every acid reflux prevention med there is to try for a bit - omeprazole, lansoprazole, ranitidine, esomeprazole, and metoclopramide - and none of them have done much to control the issue, lansoprazole and ranitidine in particular made me feel a lot worse. I've just been given pantroprazole as the last med my GP is willing to try as I refused domperidone because of the small risk of cardiac issues that would've probably sent my anxiety through the roof. I also had bloods done to check for dietary things like celiac which have all come back fine.
I'm waiting to see a gastrointestinal specialist which I was referred to by my GP prior to Christmas who can hopefully help me make progress but in the meantime I'd love to hear from some friendly folk who have also experienced similar issues that might be able to share a few pointers on how they cope with it. I understand that feeling stressed out about it all likely isn't helping but it's difficult not to be when it's been the focal point of my daily routine for so long.