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marj
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   Posted 4/20/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Im suffering from GERD since last year. Im taking omeprazole and it helps me feel better. But my problem now is nasal congestion. There’s a seething pain in my both nostrils. I visited the ENT doc and prescribed nasal spray and multivits, but after taking the meds for the past week, my nasal congestion doesn’t get any better. Is this GERD related? Does anyone here suffered the same? My nose is not bleeding but the seething pain makes me sick everyday, and I have breathing discomfort bcoz of this. Pls help. What holistic meds I can take to make my nose feel better? Thank you.


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   Posted 4/21/2010 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
marj,


From what I have read, nasal congestion is a symptom of LPR, because the acid relux extends past the Upper Esophageal Sphincter into the upper airways, affecting nasal mucous (the acid may cause inflammation of nasal lining leading to nasal congestion, post nasal drip and runny nose).



I am sure other members will have information for you too.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

speden
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   Posted 4/21/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I sometimes get nasal congestion from GERD. Elevating the head of the bed reduced it a lot for me. I find the congestion is kind of an after effect of earlier exposure to acid, such as during the night, or exercising when your stomach isn't empty. The congestion seems to be sort of a healing response by the sinuses.

It could also be a sign your PPI dosage isn't high enough. Your dose may be enough to reduce your esophagus and throat pain, but your sinuses may still be getting too much acid exposure. You could also try a different PPI medication that is timed release, like Prevacid 24HR. I've had good luck with that.

marj
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   Posted 4/21/2010 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you very much. i noticed that i usually have this seething pain/nasal congestion worst in bedtime. cant sleep in normal position, i need to use at least 2 pillows to feel better. I take ur advice to change my dosage of PPI. im only taking 20mg before breakfast.

couchtater
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   Posted 4/21/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't use pillows, they cause you to bend at the waist and cause more reflux.

Raise the head of your bed with bed risers you can find at your local department store. It needs to be 6-8 inches higher to help prevent some of the acid from flowing into your sinuses.

Talk to your GI about changing your medication to something stronger. If you've got acid going into your sinuses you probably need something that heals damage, too, like Nexium or else.

Joy

marj
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   Posted 4/23/2010 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Im confused about my condition. How can u identify GERD fr Anxiety? i already visited Psych doctor and gave me anti-anxiety meds. I stopped taking meds after few weeks bcoz my anxiety is now manageable. but my GERD always attack almost everyday, aside fr nasal congestion, my heartburn is coming back so bad. I tried having exercise [muscle/abs firming exercise].. is this bad for GERD sufferers? i dont know what to do, GERD and anxiety... I dont want to depend on meds for the rest of my life. please help, any holistic approach to heal GERD? been suffering for almost 1.5 years. thank you! :-(

speden
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   Posted 4/23/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You can tell the difference between GERD and anxiety by the symptoms. GERD symptoms are usually physically painful, like a pain in the chest, sore throat, burning or congestion in the sinuses, and the symptoms tend to occur over a long period of time. Anxiety can produce a lot of different symptoms with some of the most common being feeling worried and stressed, fast heart rate, strange feelings of pain that come and go. Sometimes the pain from GERD can cause anxiety, which is bad because anxiety usually makes the stomach produce more acid, which just makes the GERD more uncomfortable.

When trying to get your GERD under control, it's usually best to not be in a hurry to "fix it". It usually takes a long time to figure out the best way to treat it, so try to relax and take it one day at a time.

GERD doesn't usually go away on its own, so if you want to heal it you can first look at lifestyle changes. If you have obvious problems that make GERD worse, like an unhealthy diet, smoking, or being overweight, those would be things you can change. You should also make sure your PPI dosage is sufficient to allow any damage to heal. If the dose is too low, then more damage is being done everyday than your body can heal, and you will slowly get worse. Once you get the right dose, it can take many months before you really start to feel better since the damage takes a long time to heal.

If you exercise, you should be careful to only do it when your stomach is empty, otherwise it will force acid up out of your stomach. And don't do things like touching your toes since bending over can cause the acid to come out of the stomach.

marj
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   Posted 4/23/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you. but sometimes you cant just help yourself but to get miserable. Everyday you struggle from pain and discomfort. have you tried drinking lemon grass juice? does it help? im back into taking 40mg risek 2x a day accompanied with domperidone. My friends and family think im going gaga over my condition. They dont seem to understand GERD, they thought everything has to do with my mind. Pls advice. thank you.

speden
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   Posted 4/24/2010 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't tried lemon grass juice. The only things that have helped me are taking PPI medication, changing my diet and lifestyle, and keeping my stress level low. If you haven't been able to get your GERD pain under control, have you been to see a gastroenterologist?

marj
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   Posted 4/24/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
yes, i undergo endoscopy procedure last year. He prescribed me 40mg omeprazole 2x a day. im sick of getting back to the GI doctor for he will just prescribe the same thing. I myself, try to see what meds will work for me. my GERD is coming back.

marj
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   Posted 4/24/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
i already changed ,y lifestyle since last year, no more coffee, sodas, spicy foods, tomatoes, chocolates.. i just weigh 102 lbs. im skinny that's why im wondering where the GERD coming from. its coming back and i really feel the discomfort almost everyday.

couchtater
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   Posted 4/24/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
You probably have a weak LES and or a HH. These are only cured with surgery.

Joy

marj
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   Posted 4/26/2010 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
OMG i heard suggery doesnt help, it'll just make things worst. I have HH and i duno what to do with this condition. I've been reading other's posts and some suffered long time, even half of their lives... so depressing. How/When can we live a normal life again? :-(

speden
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   Posted 4/26/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marj,

I think one step you should consider is letting go of the idea that you can live a "normal" life again. You will probably have some GERD symptoms for the rest of your life. That is now "normal" for you. Once you accept that, you will not be so stressed out by it and can just focus on minimizing your symptoms as best you can.

Some people have pretty good success with surgery. The ones that have a successful outcome don't usually post about it on the internet. So there are more successes than failures.

I think you should try a stronger PPI medication, such as Prevacid 24HR or Nexium. Since you have problems with your sinuses, I'm guessing most of your sinus damage is happening at night. So I'd suggest you take you PPI medication before dinner and again at bedtime. You probably don't need to take any in the morning. You can buy Prevacid 24HR without a prescription, but for Nexium you'd need to get a prescription. Also make sure you have elevated the head of your bed at least eight inches.

marj
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   Posted 4/26/2010 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks Speden! Im still in the process of accepting this condition, im feel depressed lately because i almost quit my job for the discomfort and pain everyday. Now, aside fr my sinuses, my cheekbone are also hurts.. feels like burning in my cheekbone area. is this GERD? but i don't have burning sensation in throat.. Does it mean that there's a possibility of acid flow in my sinuses without any discomfort in throat? thanks.

martinm
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   Posted 4/26/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
hey marj
I have bad sinus congestion everyday,
ive tried every sinus product and sometimes they offer relief sometimes not
and like you i have no burning in the throat..
unfortunately i dont have the answer yetbut it makes it a chore to get through the day

couchtater
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   Posted 4/26/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm one of the people who had success with surgery.
I spent six years suffering and doing all of the "right" things. I finally got frustrated and started trying to find a solution. It took taking stronger medications to make me realize I needed the surgery. I've been very happy with the surgery.

Joy

marj
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   Posted 5/8/2010 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
hi Martin!

I tried taking anti-anxiety meds, as previously prescribed by my neuro-psychiatrist. it helps me to breath normally. i dont know if i should conclude that clogged nose without throat burns is associated with anxiety.

mrsdoubtful
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   Posted 9/11/2013 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I was diagnosed with anxiety and gerd.

Anxiety gets worst when accompanied by GERD. Nervousness can cause acid reflux... some people wouldnt understand it until they experience it. Anxiety + GERd = worst feeling ever.

You have to learn how to control and manage anxiety . So the best thing to do is to consult a psychiatrist who will help you with that. Like learning the abdominal breathing technique .. i would suggest for you to buy a book about anxiety ...

Second there might be an underlying condition which causes your gerd. In my case i always have Acid reflux attack with back pain only to found out that i have gallstones.. They removed my gallbladder so now the only time i have acidreflux is whenever i ate oily food and spicy one i experiences gerd and look for the bathroom immediately.


Just have a stress free life.. if you cant avoid it then pamper yourself with massage every week .. clear your mind from worries ... have a positive outlook in life.... Be thankful for all the blessings..
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