I am a 19 year old girl (almost 20) not especially in shape, though I'm working on changing that, and enjoy working out. A few days ago I went on a hike, a really easy one. I didn't even make it to the top because i started feeling out of breath, light headed, dizzy, and really nauseous. I sat for a bit, and the nausea went away, but as I started walking I still felt dizzy. I sat down at the bottom for a while, and drank juice (it helped a lot). Today my throat feels really tight, and I feel sick to my stomach (I already at some tums). I keep burping. Aside from the episode hiking, I've had the rest of these symptoms on and off for a while. I did exercise today, just for an hour and not too intensely. I felt ill increasingly towards the end. What do you think may be wrong with me?
Welcome to the forum. I am really glad to help you out. The symptoms which you have described are suggestive of gastritis/ GERD due to acid reflux from the stomach. It is usually after eating a heavy fatty meal and sedentary lifestyle. It can also be caused by drinking too much alcohol, prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or infection with bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
Eat small nutritious meals at frequent intervals instead of a heavy single meal. Exercise frequently and take your dinner atleast 2 hrs prior to bedtime.
Take some OTC antacid like Mylanta. You can also take ranitidine or omeprazole. Also keep your fluid electrolyte balance optimum by drinking lots of fluids.
If the symptoms worsen then it may be due to H.Pylori infection.
You need antibiotics in that case after prescription from a physician. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
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