I’ve had stomach problems ever since I was a little girl. It was always hard to articulate to doctors because I didn’t know what heartburn was. I had severe pain in my throat, stomach, and often had diarrhea after eating. They checked me out for ulcers, problems with my colon, and eventually diagnosed me with irritable bowl syndrome. In my teens they started showing commercials for acid reflux medications, and I realized that’s what had been going on with me in the first place. I find out that not only did my grandfather have it, but his father died of esophageal cancer, due to complications from acid reflux.
So I went to the doctor, told them my history, explained what was going on, and asked for a prescription for the acid reflux medication. Instead of prescribing it, the doctor said “Well if you would just lose weight, you wouldn’t have this problem.” That was like a slap in the face. Never mind that there’s a history of it in my family. Never mind that I have records of a family member DYING from it, the reason I have acid reflux disease is because I’m obese. She marched me over to a BMI chart and pointed out that at 5’3 230 pounds, my BMI was 40. And somehow, if I were lose 120 pounds, my ailments would magically go away. I have never been more offended by a doctor in my life, and to add insult to injury she refused to prescribe the medication! I ended up buying the over-the-counter version and taking that. Low-and-behold, my heartburn went away, and I’m no longer at risk of my esophagus being eroded from stomach acid.