Acid Reflux UGH!!!!

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jewelrylady
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   Posted 3/28/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Last night I woke up from a sound sleep to acid in my throat & it was choking me.  I hate that, it just hurts so much & I always think I am going to choke to death on it.  I kept trying to clear my throat & then it would cause some more to hit my throat & burn again.  Every time I tried to lay down it would come back up & so I finally got up.  I had taken some TUMs but they just seemed to add to the acid or Bile & man my throat has hurt all day.  I have been nauseous & sick feeling, flu-like but not the flu.  Any why, does anyone else get this?  I get acid reflux sometimes during the day but mostly at night after I am asleep & I am woken up to trying to get some air through burning acid.  Yuck!!!  I am trying to find what triggers it so maybe I can stop it.  I have been having some trouble with my esophagus & swallowing too.  Any ideas?  Thanks for reading, hugs, Denise

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety  Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.    Prov. 25:11


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   Posted 3/28/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gastroparesis/index.htm

You should see a dr. about it right away. Could be lots of things. My gastroparesis syptoms are nausea, stomach pain, bloated feeling, feeling like food gets stuck when swallowing, feeling full after just a few bites of food - but the sypmtoms are many and vary from person to person. I hope you get some good answers soon.
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jewelrylady
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   Posted 3/28/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Song, thank you for the reply & the link. Do you get stomach cramping after a few bites of food? Man that hurts. I also, have been having episodes where when eating I will notice the food hasn't gone into my stomach but is building up in my esophagus. Weird feeling, then it cramps & hurts until I can get it down into my stomach, I have been known to jump up & down to get it to move. LOL Relief when it actually starts moving. I eat allot less then I used to because I get full very fast. My daughter has scleraderma & she says these can be symptoms of that illness as well. This has just started over this winter. I guess it is time to leave my sabbatical from Doctors & start looking again to see what it is. I am still trying to pay off the last group of Doctors. I am also suppose to see a Pulmanologist because my lung xray last fall showed a film & I have been having shortness of breathe as well. I was hoping that my dx last Fall of CFS was going to be it. Darn!!!! Hugs, Denise

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety  Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.    Prov. 25:11


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   Posted 3/29/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
My grandmother had something that sounds like this. She had a hiatal hernia. She said it felt as if her food got trapped in her esophagus too. The best thing to do is see a doctor ASAP for the proper diagnosis. BTW-I get acid reflux (not nearly as bad as you do, but it still is annoying), and I use Prilosec OTC. This may help while you are waiting for your doctor's appointment to arrive (cause you know that it is nearly impossible to get a same day appointment, LOL). rolleyes BTW-elevating your head while you sleep may help keep some of that acid down.

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon! yeah
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Sherrine
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   Posted 3/29/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to get acid reflux because of Crohn's.  You do want to get help for that because the acid can scar your esophagus.  I used Tums but now use Prilosec and I rarely get acid reflux.
 
Be sure to chew your food well and drink plenty of fluids when you eat.  That helps push the food down to the stomach.  Also, stay away from fatty foods.  That causes reflux for me.  Sometimes too many tomatoes do that too.  Lastly, don't eat before bedtime.  That has helped me.
 
But, as the other members have said, speak with  your doctor and get on a plan to kick that to the curb!
 
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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Denise, I don't get cramping after a few bites, I just feel like I've just finished Thanksgiving dinner! I feel full and bloated right away, and have stomach pain a couple of hours after a heavy meal. I actually expected a dx of hiatal hernia (as Kelly suggests) when I went to my dr. He first said it's just GERD and prescribed Prilosec. He said if it didn't help after a couple of months to let him know. It didn't help at all so he ordered some tests, which showed the GP. I agree elevating your head slightly for sleeping might help. Some gastrparesis patients feel better lying on their right side. (Food moves out of the stomach and into the small bowel from left to right, so lying on your right side gives you a gravitational advantage!)

I hope you can see a dr. soon. In the mean time, try the suggestions for sleeping position, and Prilosec might help ease symptoms. You might also try eating 5 or 6 small meals a day rather than 2 or 3 large meals. Also see if it helps to replace some meals with nutritional liquids (milk, juice, Ensure). Liquids will pass out of the stomach much more easily than solid food.

I hope you find relief.
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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Sometimes I get this 'thing' that when I first start to eat, the food feels like it's stuck somewhere in my throat and I want to burp to get it to go down.  Doc told me is was 'aerophagia'...the swallowing of too much air from eating fast or being anxious all the time...which I am.  I can't finish eating until I burp..it even hurts in my back...like if you swallowed wrong.  This can also cause bloating and stomach distention along with the belching.  I notice a lot of us with fibro and anxiety have a hard time swallowing and end up with some pretty annoying symptoms...thanks fibro!  You're a pain in the ***!

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Marlee2
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   Posted 3/29/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Denise, you need to put pillows under the head of the mattress so your not sleeping flat. Get to a doc as soon as possible for a scope of your esophagus and stomach. I had GERD so bad I was aspirating in my sleep and not only almost choking to death but getting pneumonia. Stomach acid was not meant to be in our throats or lungs. I had surgery for mine 10 yrs ago but they have improved the procedure since then. They wrapped the upper part of the stomach around the esophagus to make a new valve. Mine is only a one way valve and I can not vomit now but like I said they have improved it a lot since I had mine done. But Prilosec or something like it may be all you need. I took Nexium for a long time but our ins stopped paying for it and will only pay for Prilosec.
 
Mayo and sweets were what bothered me the most. Sweets were fine as long as I didn't eat them before bedtime oh and cinnamon, I went years without eating anything with cinnamon in it and boy have I made up for it since the surgery. Mayo still bothers me some so I limit it.
 
I have a hard time getting dry things down since I have so little saliva so I have to be careful and drink a lot while eating. Before I gave up meats due to the gastroparesis I had a hard time getting some meats down. I got rice stuck not long ago and it wouldn't go down but thank goodness I was able to get it back up which was a first. I know kinda gross but some of us have this problem.
 
To do the test for gastroparesis you eat radio active food and they watch to see how long it takes to digest it. They only made me lay there for two hours and I still hadn't digested it. I have had no problems since I gave up dense meats and of course any raw veggies that are hard to digest.
 
I haven't had that full feeling after a small amount of food for quite awhile but I'm not sure that is a good thing. tongue
 
Song are you on any meds for GP???
 
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   Posted 3/29/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope - no meds. When I first was referred to the gastroenterologist he said there were meds available, but after a few more tests to confirm GP he said there are no longer any meds, that they've been taken off the market. So he just told me to do soft foods and liquids, no fresh veggies or whole grains, no red meat. He just said if it ever gets bad enough that I can't keep food down he would put in a pacemaker.

I was hoping you would see Denise's post since I'm sure you know more about GP than I do. I only just heard of it two weeks ago when the doc tried to do an upper endoscopy and my stomach was still full of food although I hadn't eaten for 7 hours!
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jewelrylady
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   Posted 3/29/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your replies.  I am going to make an appointment with my GP as soon as I get up tomorrow.  I was nervous about going to sleep last night so I stayed up really late so, of course, I slept late today.  I am going to take your suggestions & elevate my head in bed.  Also, I am going to talk to my Pharmacist tomorrow & make sure I can take Prilosec with my other meds & then use that until my appointment.  I think I will write down each of the different dx's you guys gave as possibilities & talk to my GP about each.  She is very good at listening & is always interested in what I find out on the Forum, (She & her colleagues have quite a few Fibro patients) she says it gives her a good starting place.  In the meantime, I am trying very hard to eat slowly & not gulp air & chew my food well.  It really helps to know that this may not take years to dx.  I always have a tendency, anymore, to think of all the time & money & I just don't want to do that, ya know?  Oh & Marlee, I figured out that I had eaten a big gooey cinnamon roll covered in frosting the night before I had the episode, (yup, I splurged on my diet) not too long before bed.  Also, I hadn't had any of those problems since I started on the diet, it's something I will tell my GP.   
 
Hugs to all, what a wonderful group of people, Denise

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety  Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.    Prov. 25:11

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