Months later I was still at my wits end with no hope of relief in sight, by now I had actually began to unwillingly accept that I was never going to live a normal life again or even any version of what used to be normal for me.
Unfortunately for me I had to reach my lowest point of despair before I was finally willing to listen to a friend Barry who had been trying to get me to try what he had done to overcome his severe acid reflux.
What Barry was suggesting I do, was make what seemed like such a small change that I just wrote it off as being completely insignificant.
But when I met Barry that day in the shop and he could see that I was in pain, he just asked what did I have to lose from just giving what he was suggesting a go, even just for a week.
All I can say is that it was as if fate made us bang into each other that day, at the exact moment I felt so horrific and finally took on board what Barry was suggesting I do.