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No Relief from Reflux - Help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 1, 2007
  • 04:08 PM

I'm 24, and have had reflux/heartburn badly every single night for the past (almost) year now.
Recently I went to a doctor and had a Barium swallow test - that said I was fine.
I had a blood test - perfect.
I heart scan - great!

There seems to be nothing wrong with me except I'm up nights because I can't lie down without getting the feeling of needing to burp that I have no relief from.
I've tried almost every type of GERD/Reflux meds on the market - nexium (esomeprazole magnesium), Zantac and etc.

It's not my diet either - because if I don't eat, I get it... if I do eat... I get it.

I have no other symptoms but the reflux, but I can't seem to shake it.

Please help!

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  • I've had heartburn daily for the past month after probably having salmonella poisoning. I've taken Prilosec OTC for 14 days, and all it did was dull the pain of the heartburn (which was nice) but it also made me gassy and sometimes constipated.Certain days I feel fine. I feel the best for probably the first hour after I wake up in the morning, but after moving around enough I'll get a little bit of heartburn. After eating anything, I will have GERD about an hour later and be able to taste what I've just eaten.Nighttime sucks as it is hard to get comfortable and I really cant stand sleeping at an angle like suggested.I'm hopefully meeting with a specialist soon, and see what he thinks. Most GERD articles that I've found online were written or taken from a 1999 study, so hopefully he will have some updates for me.Good luck with your struggles
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  • I'm 24, and have had reflux/heartburn badly every single night for the past (almost) year now.Recently I went to a doctor and had a Barium swallow test - that said I was fine.I had a blood test - perfect.I heart scan - great!There seems to be nothing wrong with me except I'm up nights because I can't lie down without getting the feeling of needing to burp that I have no relief from.I've tried almost every type of GERD/Reflux meds on the market - nexium (esomeprazole magnesium), Zantac and etc.It's not my diet either - because if I don't eat, I get it... if I do eat... I get it.I have no other symptoms but the reflux, but I can't seem to shake it.Please help!If you haven't had an endoscopy, look into it! That is the only way to see for sure what the problem might be. If I had to guess, I'd say it could be a peptic ulcer.
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  • Could be something other than reflux. I'm not experiencing any relief right now from what is suspected to be reflux. I'm on protonix and taking maalox on the side. My next step is a barium swallow and I'm terrified.
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  • Could be something other than reflux. I'm not experiencing any relief right now from what is suspected to be reflux. I'm on protonix and taking maalox on the side. My next step is a barium swallow and I'm terrified.Don't be terrified!! Get it checked out, but don't assume it's necessarily something worse. Sometimes reflux is like that-- it breaks through all medications, the only thing to do is be patient and watch your diet. Avoid citrus and tomato sauce and especially, avoid caffeine and alcohol. DGL Licorice taken before meals and bedtime can help too.
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  • sorry...I mean terrified of the procedure, not the findings.I don't handle tastes and texture differences very well. I have a delayed swallowing reflex, if that makes sense (that's not a diagnosis...I don't know what else to call it though). I can't just swallow something, I need to hold it in my mouth first. I gag easily with tastes I don't like and I am terrified of vomiting!! I know with this test if you vomit you have to start over! I've never had heartburn or stomach problems in the past, so I don't understand this!
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  • I Also Can Not Lie Flat At Night, Without Getting This Heaviness In My Chest Like I'm Going To Blow Up! I Have Extreme Gas Day Or Night With Or Without Food! I Have Had A Recent Colonoscopy And Endoscopy! The Surgeon Said I Had Gastritis, And Diverticulitis! I Am On 3 Medications , I Take Actoplus Met. Zetia, And Prevacid! When I Get This Feeling Of My Body Exploding And I Feel I Cant Get A Full Breath, I Drink Cold Water, And Start Walking Around The House, If That Doesnt Work I Pound My Back Against A Door Frame Until The Gas Explodes From My Body!after I Start Belching I Then Feel Relief And Can Usually Finish My Nights Sleep Sitting Up In A Chair!
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  • I'm 24, female, and now a little underweight, though when I first got sick I was normal weight. I was recently diagnosed with a reflux problem, although rather than getting heartburn I vomit. For six months I was vomiting probably 10 times a day and it didn't seem to matter what I ate. Initially my doctor put me on a BRAT diet thinking that it was justa stomach bug. I forget exactly what the letters stand for but it was dry toast, unsweetened applesauce, and soda water for a week. Even then I was still getting sick. It also didn't seem to matter what time of day it was although it seemed worse at work than at home(I'm a waitress.) I would also have sharp pain mostly on my left side right below the rib, though sometimes the pain would be on the lower right where the appendix should be. I started taking nexium every day and though it seemed to make my vomit less acidic, and thereby less painful, it didn't actually solve anything.I took many tests, but eventually they looked at my gallbladder the same day they did a barium test. Now I want to warn you that if you're worried about getting sick due to this test, I certainly did. Then again, I was vomiting anyway. It was kind of cool seeing the barium go into my stomach and then go half my up my throat and then I'd force it back down, and then it'd go backup again... They didn't seem surprised when I couldn't hold it down anymore and had to run off to the bathroom. Anyway, apparently my gallbladder was no good so they took it out. That only lessened my problem though. I was throwing up maybe twice a day instead of ten times a day. I do want to note though that assuming that I was supposed to be better after the operation I had stopped taking the nexium. When I went to see my doctor he said 'Well why did you do that?' Anyway, he looked at my barium test then and explained that I also had a reflux problem.So I went back to taking nexium and I'm also on a VERY strict diet. I limit my meals to 1 to 2 grams of fat if any, I don't eat anything spicy, nothing carbonated or caffeinated, no alcohol and I also have to be careful with acid things. No tomatos, no potatos, and while some berries are fine too many is not. No soup except in very small quantities because too much liquid at one time is no good. I've also recently added yogurt and cottage cheese to my list. I also can't eat more than half a plateful at one time so I have to snack all day long. Now while this may sound like a very sad way to live, I only get sick once a week or so (sometimes I even go a few weeks without getting sick), and it's usually because I tried something new and I need to add it to my list. I have a friend who's a yoga instructor and he really wants me to go see an eastern doctor about an hour away, but he says it will cost about $300 and with about $20,000 in medical bills already I just can't afford it. Anyways, the point that I wanted to make was that at least for me, the reason why it didn't seem to matter what I ate is because there's so many foods that I can't eat. Even on the brat diet I was eating chicken broth and drinking soda, both things that I can't do. For me it's just been a matter of changing my lifestyle. No more boxed dinners. I'm actually becoming a decent cook because I have to make everything form scratch. My biggest issue is trying to keep my weight up. I've started eating every chance I get at work as well as bringing in homemade shakes with me. It seems to help. While my solution hasn't exactly been the best solution, and the pain still persists (its much like getting a cramp after running for a long time...), at least its working for now.
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  • To all those with Acid reflux or IBS issues.... life can be much better! I had alot of the same problems with reflux and also IBS. Dr.'s just want to prescribe something to cover symptoms instead of actually finding out what the problem is. It is really frustrating. I have taken a number of medications to find that the side-effects made me even worse. I finally decided im done with medicines that destroy the body. I wanted to find a solution. I search for natural ways to fix these problems. I came across two websites that have changed my life. I recommend Drnatura.com. They have a colonix program that you can do yourself for a reasonable price (100% money back guarantee). I started by cleansing my digestive system with their cleanse and since then I have been using Acacia Tummy Fiber from helpforibs.com. I feel like I have gotten my life back. I was to the point of being miserable EVERY day no matter what I ate or didnt eat. It was a no win situation. I couldnt figure out why I am so young (24) and having so many problems. I just wanted to be normal again (this all started when i was 21). I now take the Acacia fiber on a daily basis and have a normal life again. Im not "healed" I have just learned the BEST way to deal with the symptoms. It is natural and causes no harm to the body. PLEASE if you are having these problems, realize that it can get better, your not stuck like that with no help in sight. Try these options, they have saved my life. Anyone with questions about what I have done to gain a "normal" life back, feel free to email me at kaymsee@hotmail.com.
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  • I'm 24, and have had reflux/heartburn badly every single night for the past (almost) year now.Recently I went to a doctor and had a Barium swallow test - that said I was fine.I had a blood test - perfect.I heart scan - great!There seems to be nothing wrong with me except I'm up nights because I can't lie down without getting the feeling of needing to burp that I have no relief from.I've tried almost every type of GERD/Reflux meds on the market - nexium (esomeprazole magnesium), Zantac and etc.It's not my diet either - because if I don't eat, I get it... if I do eat... I get it.I have no other symptoms but the reflux, but I can't seem to shake it.Please help!Try reading about sleep disorders and sleep apnea. Your symptoms are common for that. Lying down starts the problem. Do you snore? If yes, that is one symptom. Tell your doctor about what happens and if you snore, esp. if you can relate to the symptoms on the website.http://www.talkaboutsleep.com/
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  • I'm 24, female, and now a little underweight, though when I first got sick I was normal weight. I was recently diagnosed with a reflux problem, although rather than getting heartburn I vomit. For six months I was vomiting probably 10 times a day and it didn't seem to matter what I ate. you may want to to look into information on gluten intolerance or celiac disease. a brat diet would still include gluten, and gluten or wheat intolerance have gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, vomiting, abdominal pain etc.
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    • August 28, 2007
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  • sorry...I mean terrified of the procedure, not the findings.I don't handle tastes and texture differences very well. I have a delayed swallowing reflex, if that makes sense (that's not a diagnosis...I don't know what else to call it though). I can't just swallow something, I need to hold it in my mouth first. I gag easily with tastes I don't like and I am terrified of vomiting!! I know with this test if you vomit you have to start over! I've never had heartburn or stomach problems in the past, so I don't understand this!it sounds more likely that you are suffering from a defect or obstruction. reflux is often over-used as a catch all for any gastrointestinal symptoms. an endoscopy might help, i would definately suggest consulting with an e.n.t. specialist and NOT a gastroenterologist
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    • August 28, 2007
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  • it sounds more likely that you are suffering from a defect or obstruction. reflux is often over-used as a catch all for any gastrointestinal symptoms. an endoscopy might help, i would definately suggest consulting with an e.n.t. specialist and NOT a gastroenterologistAt the time that I wrote this I was terrified of the upper GI series. I was sure I would gag on the barium and possibly vomit. I ended up having the test (and only gagged one time!) and I handled the barium fine (I was unable to drink all of it, but I managed to get most of it down. The only problem I had with it was that it gave me horrible pains in my stomach for the rest of the night.) The upper GI was unremarkable. I've also had a CT scan of my neck. All of these tests were because I was having the feeling of something caught in my throat, like a golf ball (called a globus sensation, I now know). The doctors (My GP and ENT) are working on figuring out what the actual causes is, but for now I take 2 20mg nexium per day and on this dosage I have minimal symptoms. Both of my doctors have suggested a gastroenterologist. I guess my next step is a double pH probe study (They said I'd need two probes because of the location of my symptoms, I believe), but I cannot get this test in the area that I live in for whatever reason. The have also discussed the idea of me having an EGD to check out what's going on. I'm not too worried because things are much better now than they were before though.
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    • August 30, 2007
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  • I googled alkaline foods...and found a complete list of foods that neutralize stomach acid.I carry a bag of almonds with me. (Almonds are about the only alkaline nut) Eating 3 or four generally gets rid of the heartburn.Eliminate foods that require your body to increase acid for digestion. Those foods are also listed on the internet. No carbonated beverages, no alcohol, no chocolate or caffein.Green veggies, potatoes, avacados are good. There's an entire list of alkaline foods and acidic foods online.It works! Try it.
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