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Reflux help

  • Posted By: dr_noooo
  • August 7, 2007
  • 02:49 PM

Hello everybody,

For the first 17 years of my life i hated going to sleep with a pillow and as a result in my 20's i started having CHRONIC pain in the bottom of my trachea, itchy feeling in my throat and a general annoying feeling from head to chest.

Today after 4 years i feel the same (from time to time
) + i have salty/acidic mucus when the pain is in its peak.

Generally i'm a healthy person, rarely sick, not smoking, not fat but does love to eat and never gave up on coffee, chocolate or wine.

After reading about it for a while i came to the conclusion that i have to stop eating certain foods.... my questions to you are:

1. Did any of you guys had the same thing and had a diet that helped + healed the burnt esophagus?

2. Do i have to take medications?

3. Am i stuck with this for the rest of my life?


Thanks!:cool:

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  • Anyone? i'll give you $1 for each sentense... :eek:
    dr_noooo 3 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 10:19 PM
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  • Are you currently taking medication for reflux? I take Nexium, a PPI, to decrease the production of acid in my stomach. I was taking 20mg a day, which is less than the standard dosing for reflux. That wasn't helping me, so I was increased to 40mg a day, 20mg before breakfast and 20mg before dinner. This is the first thing that has made a difference for me. I recommend that you talk to your doctor about using a PPI like Nexium, Protonix, etc. to try to supress the acid production and allow your esophagus to heal. Then I guess you procede from there as to what you want to do. It will probably take you several months before you feel better though. I tried the diet thing...that was just miserable, as I like my spicy foods (occasionally) and citus juices (with Saturday and Sunday brunch):-) Also, it didn't help me anyway.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2007
    • 03:42 AM
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  • Hi,My father suffered from your symptoms for a long time. He was finally diagnosed with acid reflux problem and a mild hiatal hernia which let the acids come back up.There probably are some natural/homeopathic remedies, but doctors told him to:Try to increase water intake, a glass every 2 hours during the day will help.Avoid eating too close to bedtime. (nothing 3 hours before going to sleep)Avoid greasy foods, and rich sauces. Sometimes red meat can aggrevate. Sometimes acid in orange juice made it worse.Always try to sleep with his head elevated, either by raising the bed (at pillow end with something under feet of bed, like bricks or similar) OR by using several pillows to make sure his head and upper chest area is raised.He found it hard to sleep like this at first, but it got easier.They gave him Nexium, which worked like a miracle to heal the ulcer-like sore he had developed in his esophagous.He has stopped taking the Nexium a few times, but his symptoms returned so he resumed. He does not need to take as much as he did at first. He tried over the counter Prilosec and a few others which some say do the same thing...but for him, only the Nexium worked.When he lost a little bit of weight, it really helped.Also, try to strengthen stomach by doing some easy exercises that will add to muscle tone there. If you know of a hands-on (therapy type) chiropractor who uses some accupressure techniques, that can also be helpful.There IS relief, so don't give up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2007
    • 05:52 AM
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  • Thanks guys, i really appreciate your help. :)I will try the magic of Nexium, its frightedning how common this problem is among people around the world...
    dr_noooo 3 Replies
    • August 12, 2007
    • 01:19 AM
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  • My brother had horrible problems with heartburn (maybe 3 years). Then toward the end of that period it got really bad. I thought I would have to take him to the ER a time or 2 b/c the pain was unbearable. He was on meds for a while to get the symptoms under control and get rid of ulceration. Ultimately, he realized that caffeine started the problem and then potentiated it. He was drinking those hi caffeine energy drinks daily (eg: NOS, red bull,...), which seemed to trigger the problem. He gave that stuff up, but realized that pepsi/coke was still a problem. He gave those up to for a little while as well (1.5 months?) and started exercising regularly. Now (~5 mo later) he has virtually no problems with heartburn! He still drinks pepsi/coke, but limits intake and he is not taking any meds. Controlling elements of his diet and taking meds helped, but what seemed to get rid of it entirely was exercising regularly (he does running and weight lifting). Hope this helps!
    lsoroosh 51 Replies
    • August 12, 2007
    • 04:18 AM
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