And probably never had.
I was "diagnosed" with it 6 years ago.
I use air quotes because my particularly-genius Gastroenterologist says doctors like to throw the GERD diagnosis around like the common cold.
One quick look and some acid backing up and BOOM BOOM POW you have reflux disease.
Like how I threw a little Fergie/Peas in there.
Nevermind mom, i'll explain it later.
I have had no classic signs of GERD for 6 years.
All the noise is in my stomach and that isn't GERD.
So after my EGD-or endoscopy-or esophagogastroduodenoscopy if you're medically inclined, I learned I had a severe case of gastritis and duodenitis. Inflammation big time in my belly. Over time, an attack like I had could lead to major ulceration.
What caused it...well acid of course. But, not because I have GERD, but because my stomach is weak on healing itself. But what's causing all the acid?!
I gave a specimen sampling of my .....waste...to look for something called H.Pylori Bacteria. Something common in causing acid build up and recurrent pain.
Well that test is pretty 50-50, so I'm having another test in a few month to rule out the bacteria-cause. If I indeed have this growing in my stomach a serious case of antibiotics (not in the penicillin or sulfa families) will be necessary.
If not, the cause of this major stomach attack is probably brought on by stress, or possibly just a weak stomach lining caused by overuse of ibuprofen. I'm a Motrin-mama and always have been. Doctor says that over time I could have just ripped apart my stomach with it, it does that to people!
In the mean time the Omeprozole (Prilosec) I've been taking has been healing my stomach.