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Acid reflux?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 31, 2006
  • 10:34 PM

I keep having a burning sensation on my lips and or my tongue which becomes white & sometimes a painful palate and or throat with difficulty swallowing.
After a PH test the result was that my stomach produces a significant amount of acid. Is this related? Can you help?

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  • As someone with Acid reflux, I would say yes, and if its that high up into your mouth you should start taking measures to control it.-Avoid acidic foods such as lemons, oranges, tomatos, sodas, -completely. Yes, this means no pizza.-take stomach pills like pepcid; acid reducers.-perhaps consider an acid reduction pill - but these dont work for alot of people.This means you will have to cut these foods out of your life signifigantly if you want to give your body time to heal. I have acid reflux and I got a very bad undiagnosed case of it, it burned away at the lining of my esophagus and caused the valves to my lungs to misfunction, and I got stomach acid in my lungs. That was not a fun hospital trip.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 1, 2006
    • 02:21 AM
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  • Hello, I spent years going to the ER for severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, chest and arm pain, and dysphalgia(difficulty swallowing).I too had the ph test for acid-reflux in which 1-5 is bad. I was a 1-4 90% of the time. I also took a barium swallow test where they watch the contents go down your throat. The last test i took was a test where they stick a small hose in your throat and squirt water to see if it goes down(dont know what its called).I was taking 2 nexium a day(or prevacid) they are all generally the same, but i am told some people react differently to each. It didnt work for me(because it wasnt the acid as much as it was the Lower Esophegeal Sphincter(LES) being contorted by a small hiatel(spelling?) hernia.Bottom line, I had a Nissen Laproscopic Fundoplication done by Dr. John Lipham at Chapman Medical Center in Orange County. He did a great job and i was out of the hospital the next day! This procedure fixed my hiatel hernia, and tightened the LES to prevent the passage of stomach contents to my throat.I wanted to wait a few months before i commended this operation. It was my first and I am drinking orange juice again...yipppee. The breathing thing doc says was the acid irritating the nerves on the bronchial tubes. The arm pain was referred pain from my esophagus and so was the difficulty swallowing!Also, the severe abdominal pain i had was not from the reflux beleive it or not. I had been to the ER at least 10 times over a 9 year period and finally ended up going 2 nights in a row. They did an Ultrasound on the second night and wouldnt you know it I had gall-stones. Now I had an ultrasound a year earlier and they saw nothing which would normally be no big deal, however, when the dr took my gall bladder out he told me i had 51 gall stones!!! Yikes, you would think they would have spotted them earlier. If you have severe stomach pain right under the your sternum and a little to YOUR right it may be worth having an ultrasound or 2 to check for gall stones.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 05:19 PM
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