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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by gooseman1991, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. gooseman1991

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    Guys I have been suffering with GERD since this past May. Thought maybe we could share advice with each other through this thread. I did some searching and I don't believe this has already been done. I attribute mine to beer and coffee primarily. I don't seem to have the acid taste in my mouth. My problem is these tiny burps that won't go away and recently soreness in the roof of my mouth along with a scratchy throat (also GERD related according to my research). I have tried the Rolaids and Tums though they don't seem to make much difference. I have also tried the 14 day stuff such as Prilosec, Pepsid AC, and just recently started Tagamet. It seems to come and go but this past week it's been pretty rough. There is my story, share yours with me.

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    IDK, I never heard of it. Perhaps if you quit beer & coffee for a week you could narrow it down more. Also, I'll bet your not drinking enough water:)
     
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    I side with more water.
     
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    I have tried the apple cider vinegar cure for acid reflux and it seemed to work, but I also tried my darnedest to reduce stress so that may be it also. People all over the net swear by the apple cider vinegar so maybe give it a shot. The theory behind it is that your body is over producing hydrochloric (stomach) acid and a good shot of weaker acetic (in vinegar) acid is enough for your body to tell itself "hey I got acid, no need to make more". Also, it may aide in digestion. Besides, if you keep taking antacids, your food my now get fully broken down. Next thing you know, your always tired from lack of energy (usable broken down food calories.) Oh yeah, if your a side sleeper, sleep on your left side as it is a much greater uphill climb for stomach acid coming up at night. These are a few things that works for me. Hopefully you'll find something that works for you. Gerd sucks! Good luck! :)
     
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    The theory that GERD is caused by an excess of acid is primarily incorrect. If your stomach isn't acidic enough, the valve that shuts off your stomach from esophagus doesn't close. This allows what acid there is to rise up and create the problems you are experiencing and also causes the mis-conception that you have too much acid. Medications to reduce or neutralize the stomach acid may give some relief but ultimately make the problem worse.

    As evolutionglitch said, a shot of vinegar is usually enough to give things a kick in the right direction. Hydration is also important but try to keep it to a minimum during mealtime. You don't want to be diluting that juice, just let it do it's job.

    Good luck and I hope it gets better for you soon!
     
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    Gerd sucks. Been dealing with it for over a year. Tried everything. Prilosec, nexium, etc. All made my stomach bloat and hurt. Doc put me on zantac 150mg every morning and night. Once I did that for about two months things got a little better and I just take one every morning now. Mine was super sore throat and dry cough. I also elevate my head to sleep at night. Other measures...I did a elimination diet. Every two days id introduce a new food and see how I would react. My big triggers were acidic foods like coffee and red sauces and citrus. I had to change my diet as well. Smaller portions..dont eat for four hours before bed etc. A lot of trial and error for me. But mostly have it under control now. I know when I mess up! It is a disorder not just bad heartburn like some people think, and needs to be regulated. It can lead to lots of other bad stuff. I doubt water is the issue. It is a acid production issue.tv
     
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    My Uncle suffers with GERD and he's been to the doctor and specialists plenty of times with no luck. He recently tried Gaviscon liquid it works for him. A few months ago my wife had some seriously bad acid reflux she took the Gaviscon and it went away and stayed away. It comes in liquid or tablet form, we prefer the liquid. It neutralizes excess stomach acid and also form a barrier to keep the acid in the stomach where it belongs. It's available OTC and is about $5.00 per bottle. Hope this help as GERD sucks, sorry to hear you're suffering.
     
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    Great responses guys. I have pretty much quit drinking coffee except. I am really just a weekend beer drinker but I think I'm going to "try" and lay off it completely for a few weeks. Actually being on a diet and trying to be a somewhat health conscious person I drink a good bit of water. The apple cider vinegar is next on my list!
     
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    Have you been to a Doctor about it? I didn't know I had a problem until I went to an ENT for a different problem and they noticed a "cobblestoning" at the back of my throat. Turns out, that means my throat is scarred from repeated reflux. Up until then, I thought it was normal to burp painful acid into your throat once in a while.

    I was on Ranitidine for a while, but I was still getting a bad taste in my mouth, so he recently stepped me up to Omeprazole (Prilosec) nightly and that seems to be working. I don't know about the rest of your health, but loosing weight (less weight pressing on your stomach when you lay down) has helped me, as has elevating the head of my bed, and sleeping on my side when the reflux is bad at night.

    It's definitely worth talking to your Doctor about. It runs in my family, my great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and I all have bad reflux problems.
     
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    I went through a period with terrible heatburn at night. Prilosec helped but it didn't eliminate the cause. I didn't like taking it either because it messes with B12 absorption.

    The solution for me was going on a low carb diet, especially minimizing wheat and other grains. I didn't do it to solve the heartburn but it was an amazing positive side-effect which occurred prior to any weight loss. I haven't popped a heartburn medication for about a year - except for the few times I've hit the wheat pretty hard and then it's fireworks all over again. Maybe try it for a few weeks. :)
     
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    I've been dealing with GERD for nearly twenty years. Started on Zantac 75, then after a few years went to Zantac 150, and finally about 6 years ago my doctor switched me to Prilosec.

    Lifestyle changes include: eating supper at least 3-4 hours before bed time, cutting out acidic foods like Mexican and Italian for dinner (can still eat them for lunch), losing weight, and cutting down on the acidic and acid-causing foods in general, such as chocolate, ice cream, and carbonated drinks.

    But when I get some acid going near bed time, the only solution I have is to sleep nearly upright. Merely elevating the head of my bed isn't enough, I have to be sitting up pretty straight. I spend at least one night a week, sometimes more, sleeping on my sofa till about 2-3am.

    I don't need Tums all that often, since I take Prilosec; I usually need Tums only after I've eaten too much, or eaten excessively acidic foods like lasagna or tacos.

    This condition blows. Sometimes literally - many times I have had severe night-time heartburn that has refluxed all the way up my esophagus to the point where I aspirate it, and wake up choking and vomiting. And let me tell you, that's painful - the acid from severe heartburn burns your lungs if you aspirate it, and it's looks and smells disgusting, and worst of all, it's stickier than saliva, so if you vomit, it'll stick to your mouth in strings like a cobweb. It often travels up the sinuses as well, and it burns your nose, too. Sorry to be so graphic, but it's a truly awful experience, and if you have GERD and don't get it treated by a doctor - don't try to manage it yourself - then that experience may be in your future.

    My condition has gradually gotten worse and harder to manage as I've aged. I fear that I may eventually need a surgical correction to strengthen the lower esophagus and prevent stomach contents from coming up so easily. I hope not, as surgery is never something to be taken lightly and always has risk, and usually some kind of side effects, but I can't rule it out.

    I hate this condition.
     
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    The acid reflux can lead to a host of other problems. Has been directly attributed to throat cancer (everything leads to cancer). My fathers throat cancer was the first.
    Over a nine month experiment I found it was beef that was causing mine. I quit everything for a month, then would reintroduce one thing at a time every few weeks until I figured it out. I was very scared it was going to be my wiskey.
    Since I'm old(er) I'm trying to moderate most things nowadays.
     
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    Pretty much agree with everything said so far. Been to a specialist, who wanted to operate ... Not ready for that yet. I take prescription Prilosec every morning. Still drink lots of coffee, eat what I want, but as others have mentioned I cut off eating or drinking anything four hours or so before bed. Usually have lunch as my big meal. Always use at least two pillows in bed. If I ate late for some reason, I'll do the 'sleep sitting up' as WillCAD suggested.

    Also, an old country doc I know told me to try this and it has been very helpful: I have found that a 'preventive strike' of a half teaspoon of Arm and Hammer baking soda mixed in hot water (until the crystals desolve) and gargled cuts the acid. Also, if you do have one of those reflux 'almost-throw ups' then gargling with this cuts that acid burning feeling. I used to use chewing gum with baking soda in it, but they've stopped making it. Give the baking soda gargle a try. If it works for you then I've done something good. If it doesn't, then no harm done ... and, you can still use the baking soda to take that mystery smell out of your fridge!
     
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    GERD is a nightmare. I have had three really bad bouts with it, the first time I thought I was having a heart attack. It felt like my chest was in a vise, I was terrified and had my wife take to the emergency after hours clinic.

    Apparently stress + GERD = REALLY bad chest pains. I was on Prilosec for a couple weeks, but I hate taking drugs, so I stopped and mostly have no problems now. I did have two other episodes, but not nearly as scary knowing it's only GERD. The trigger was onions. It took a while to figure it out, and I can eat them sometimes, but in very limited quantities.
     
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    anyone tried the piece of peppermint candy trick it seems to help me . Also i herd one of those packets of mustard from fast food restaurant will help too .
     
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    I'm on Protonix for it and it is way better than prilosec. See a Dr and don't be afraid to try different meds. I've also heard cutting caffeine can help.

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    According to my doctor (when I had a similar condition), what you're describing is not GERD, it's classic heartburn. It seems to happen when stomach acid becomes frothy like a soda pop, and the froth rises up through the esophagus into the throat. Because it's mostly gaseous, not liquid, you can't re-swallow it, and it just keeps coming up. The pain comes form the fact that the froth is acidic, and it burns all the way up, and from the fact that the gas causing the froth is under pressure, like a shaken bottle of Coke.

    Besides taking acid-reducing steps (such as Prilosec, Tums, and eating plain white bread), I also have some success treating such heartburn using gas-reducing meds like chewable Gas-X. Gas-X acts to break the surface tension on the many small bubbles that make up the froth, eventually causing them to combine into larger bubbles, which you can then belch up and reduce the pressure on the esophagus.

    And yes, my experience is that my incidents of heartburn and GERD will be more frequent and worse when I am in periods of increased stress.

    Myths. Neither of those is remotely effective for someone with severe heartburn or GERD. In fact, the mint will actually make the condition worse.

    Cutting caffine was one of the first things my doctor told me to do when I was first diagnosed all those years ago. It does help, because caffine and cafinated drinks are triggers for both GERD and classic heartburn. I don't drink coffee, but I was a big soda drinker in my youth, and those fizzy carbonated beverages, even the caffine-free ones, are definitely heartburn and GERD triggers if drunk to excess.