Hello, my name is Gilly and I am a 46 year old married mum of 4. I have recently been diagnosed with CREST. I would really like to just hear about other people who have it. The physio at the local hospital laughed when I said I had CREST and said 'That's highly unlikely dear, it's very rare' I am waiting for an echo and barium swallow at the moment. Is it common to be choking on food and having terrible heartburn? I have lost over two stone in a few months. Also, I am in constant pain and have terrible bowel problems. I also have fibromyalgia and am never sure if my symptoms are that or CREST. Sorry to moan but I have nobody else to tell. I don't want my family and friends to worry. So, if you have any advice, please feel free to give it to me. Thanks.