Pillows for gerd sufferers.

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notreason
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   Posted 3/21/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My gerd gets really bad when I sleep with only one pillow. So I use 2. But my neck is constantly sore.... So I decided to get a special pillow, or matress elevator. Anyone ever tried these? Have any reccomendations?

I'm looking at this right now.

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or maybe something from here.

http://www.propuppillow.com/Ordering1.htm

marthamae
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   Posted 3/21/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I got a foam wedge pillow from amazon.com for about 25 bucks. It came with a blue cover in about two days. It works great! Haven't tried anything else. Good luck.

pushinupthedaisies
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   Posted 3/21/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
i sleep w/ a wedge pillow.  it took some getting used to but i could never sleep w/o it or i feel like i might die. 

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 3/22/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I sleep with 3 memory foam pillows under my head, it seems to help some...... smurf .....
But Im liking that image of what you put up there, that looks nice and cozy, how much is it?
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notreason
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   Posted 3/22/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
It is a mattress genie.

http://www.amazon.com/Mattress-Genie-Lift-System-Queen/dp/B0009MFQ08

Seems to get pretty good reviews on Amazon.

$99 for twin 119 for full 129 for queen, etc..

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 3/22/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
It looks real nice, but I bit pricey for me sad
......... smurf ........
Excema, hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue
Fibro-05--Had surgery one left knee, then on right knee, they are doing better!!
Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04
GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08
Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Effexsor, Erthomyicin, klonipin, occasional phernergan
Im marrried w/2 children, one with mild autism and Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa
MY son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, he takes ,Topamax,150mg Zantac-acid reflux,
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
God plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..."


dakotagirl
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   Posted 3/23/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I've used a wedge pillow when my symptoms are bad. Got it at bed, bath and beyond for around $20. Another option that docs recommend is raising the head of your bed on a 4x4. Same type of idea - but my hubby would NEVER agree - thinks he'd slide off...

Whatever method you use, make sure it elevates you from the hips up - any lower and you could be "crimping" the esphogus and causing yourself more issues.

Good luck!
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sheryl=jk
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   Posted 3/24/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Really dakota, it has to be above hour hips!! I was very sick last night, ate bad, for Easter, I had four pillows under my head to keep the food from coming back up my throat. I had already thrown up three times, due to my gastroparesis,(slow empting of the stomach). So I just kept shoving pillows under my head it helped.  But I will say they werent above hip level, only way I could do that is in a recliner, which our was so old it broke. And my husband would sleep on the deep of an incline.  So my 4 pillows maybe be doing me more damge than good? It stopped me from vomiting anymore, so I thought it wass helping confused
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
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Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa
Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..."


friendlygal
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   Posted 3/24/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Sleeping with two pillows is not good for GERD, it can make it worse.  A mattress genie is good to use.  You inflate it and it plugs in and goes under the mattress...

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 3/24/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I had four pillows last night, it finally got the food to stay down, that and the reglan and phenergan.
whats it doing to the esophagus with the pillows?
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
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friendlygal
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   Posted 3/24/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you sure the pillows helped?  I was told that pillows make it worse and that you need to raise your bed...

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 3/25/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Well you should probably raise your bed, that what the experts say. but my hubby aint goign for that.
But the pillows really do help me, and sleeping on left side like they say. We are all different.  Trust me I would raise the bed if it wouldn't bother my husband.... smurf ....
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery one left knee, then on right knee, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional MigrainesReglan,Protonix,Prozac,Effexsor,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..."


friendlygal
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   Posted 3/25/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Yeah, I guess that I can see why your husband would be bothered by it.  I bet he wouldn't be bothered by it if you had a mattress genie.  Believe me, I thought it would suck too.  But then I got one of these and it is barely raised at the head when it's in the position for people who have acid reflux.  It's like getting an adjustable bed, only cheaper...

If you think that the pillows help, then that's great.  I guess the doctors are wrong that it doesn't.  At this point, I definitely don't think that doctors are G-d, I'll tell you that.


pushinupthedaisies
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   Posted 3/26/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Raising the bed is supposed to be much more beneficial than the wedge pillows. We have our bed raised, and honestly, you don't notice it. I do also have to use a wedge pillow with pillow on top.

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 3/26/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Until I can affrod that genie, wich did look pretty nice, I will admit, Im gona have to stick with my pillows, they do help me, there not hurting me as far as I can tell, I know when I was sick sunday night, when I raised my pillows even higher, it really helped alot. I dont know what the doctors are saying, they know best, but no dr has told me not to use pillows. What is it suppose to be doing thats harmful? confused
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery one left knee, then on right knee, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional MigrainesReglan,Protonix,Prozac,Effexsor,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..."

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