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sunshine323
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   Posted 3/1/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
This morning, I experienced the strangest sensation - I was on my way to clinical, and right before I left, I'd taken my birth control and a peppermint oil capsule with 4 crackers and a glass of water. (I know the peppermint oil is supposed to be on an empty stomach, but I didn't really have very much time this morning). I was in a hurry cause I was running late, and gulped the water down and probably swallowed a ton of air with it. So on the way, I get this really weird, nauseous sensation, and felt something sort of like cold liquid, I guess in my esophagus. There was no pain, it wasn't heartburn at all ... it continued for about an hour, maybe, maybe 45 minutes, and then just sort of went away.
Is that typical of reflux? I didn't feel any burning sensation at all - it didn't feel like acid, just water. I didn't taste any bile or anything like that - it wasn't that far up....

I don't know what it is!! any ideas? and any ideas on how to make it better?

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   Posted 3/1/2007 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like it may be reflux. Unfortunately I cannot take peppermint of any kind because peppermint causes reflux to be worse. It sounds to me that being in the location you described that it was in fact heartburn.
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   Posted 3/1/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it sounds like you were refluxing your water. Have you had an endocopsy to check for valve or hernia problems? I'd stay away from the peppermint capsules, as those are supposed to relax the esophagus and valve and make it easier to reflux.

sunshine323
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   Posted 3/1/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Is it normal for heartburn not to actually burn?

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   Posted 3/1/2007 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, when people have reflux they don't always feel the burn. A friend of mine all of a sudden just pukes (but she has a pretty severe case). It can be pretty unpleasant.
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sunshine323
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   Posted 3/1/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
hmm. what helps it? H2s and PPIs?

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   Posted 3/1/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup! I think H2s are more for ulcers... But they do the same thing as PPI's. You can always try OTC stuff like Tagament and/or Prilosec. Maybe see your doc about something better like Prevacid if it continues.
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   Posted 3/1/2007 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
H2 were originally used for ulcers before they realized most ulcers were from a bacteria. They still help with the acid as that is what they used to think caused ulcers and in the case of some ulcers they can be caused by drugs like Advil, Aspririn and then they still prescribe things like Tagamet along with other things. I quit the PPI's because they are not saying that they may cause bone loss long term. They were never meant for long term use so just now are starting to see side effects. I find the Tagamet(cimetidine) works great and you can take it just before you eat if you forget.

Definetly stop the peppermint. First thing my Dr. took me off of. However, I am guilty of using the combo peppermint, fennel and ginger when I am really going thru a bad time with stomach other than acid but the one I use is supposed to disolve in intestine, not stomach. Really not sure of that so might only use a couple times because everything tastes like peppermint and I think the acid starts back up anyway.
 
It could have been the water backing back up since the valve was allowing it. Just sort of flushing up and back. I have had something similar when I drink water and I have a lot of trouble with the valve.

Post Edited (Canyonbabe711) : 3/1/2007 8:27:24 PM (GMT-7)

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