I have had GERD for over 20 years. Over the years, I have taken, Prilosec and, most recently Nexium. I seldom have burning now.
I do get what feels like a bubble in my esophagus. It hurts, but does not burn. It hurts VERY, VERY bad. Sometimes it feels like a basketball. At first, I took all sorts of antacids to try to rid myself of the pain. Many times that would work. At times, I had to resort to taking baking soda (last resort).
One day I was out with no antacids and only a bottle of plain water. I started gulping the water. It worked! Every since then when I get the bubble, I swig 6 or 7 gulps of water and viola, the bubble is gone.
I have not been able to tie the problem to any particular thing, such as food or stress. I have had it during the day, while I was answering email, while I was at a movie, in my sleep at night.
I have not been happy with my GI doctor and plan to ask my primary care doc to recommend a different one. This one has no clue what to do for heartburn. He just keeps adding different meds.
I would like to get off of Nexium because I have been taking it for over 10 years.
Any ideas what I should do or what I should ask for?