Had to reply to your thread. I have had trouble with reflux from water off and on now for years. There is no pattern that I could find. It causes some of the worse reflux I have, aside from what coffee does lol. I get it whether I have eaten or not. No matter what type of bottled water or well water. Lately however (past few weeks) it's been at its worse with no end in site. I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia a few months ago, I don't know if there is a link to that or not. I finally broke down and made a doc appointment today. Will be seeing him tomorrow. I have been having persistent continual heartburn for quite some time and the last prescription I got didnt work as well, so going back for yet another one. I'll ask him what he thinks about the water thing and come back with the info okay.
Had my appointment, on new meds...but told have to start tests, beginning with Xrays yuckkky procedure. Could take at leat a month for the appointment as we (in New Brunswick) have a shortage of Barrium. Anyhow...got flustered about tests and forgot to ask about why water causes heartburn. Will look it up on internet though and report any findings.
I missed your reply somehow...sorry. I had an endoscopy about 3 and a half years ago...but somehow, my specialist neglected to tell me about the hiatal hernia. My GP just told a few months ago when I complained about the constant heartburn and how it's only getting worse. The xrays are to see if I have any ulcers in my...ummm, esophagus??? I can't remember exactly and my husband wasn't with me LOL (my husband usually followes me to doc visits as I am so forgetful thanks to fibro). Anyhow, I have "restricted" just about everything at one point or another over the past few years. I haven't really seen any diff. When the GERD decides to show its ugly self, there isnt much I can do. The hiatal hernia seems to affect people in so many diff ways. From what I hear, Im one of the lucky ones. I found relief through meds (Pariet in my case). My mom in law also found relief through meds, but a diff med for her. So maybe you can switch your meds if you are still suffering a lot. I guess the burn and pain can get so bad and constant some sufferers actually opt for the surgery - which from my understanding is a last resort. I actually tried to find some info on the water causing heartburn via internet and it directed me to this thread LOL. That makes US the most knowledgeable on the subject. All the other sites say that drinking water actually helps heartburn. Do you know much about hiatal hernia? Here is a fairly good link. It's a start anyhow. And I certainly will ask my doc about the water. I am very curious now.
I wish you success in controling that heartburn...it is possible, trust me. BUT you need to be persistent with the docs. Maybe you can ask for some GERD med samples, so it wont cost you a fortune trying out meds until you find the right one for you. Remember, look at the side effects too. I found a week was a good tryout time for me - kept the TUMS close by. If a med is going to work, you should feel the diff within a day or two. Remember, reflux can cause permanent damage to your esophagus so you do need to get it under control. Keep in touch, let us know how you make out...what works and what doesnt okay. I will do the same.
Finally, as to my "quote"...I borrowed it from a client on ebay who sent me an email. I felt it fit me quite well LOL.
Big hugs going your way sweetie.
Post Edited By Moderator (~Jennifer~) : 10/6/2005 7:11:35 PM (GMT-6)
Asked my doc about water causing heartburn and he said he had never heard of it. Told him all sites I found said water helped with GERD, to which he replied that wasnt necessarily a whole truth either. I had to get a prescrip for my daughter so I thought I'd ask a pharmacist about it since they were promoting heartburn awarness at this specific pharmacy. She said she had never heard of water causing heartburn either. I explained it wasnt necessarily that it caused the pain to worsen, than that the pain was so instant after drinking. Sometimes, the heartburn started before I was even done with the drink. As we discussed it, she said the only thing she could think of was the consistentcy of the liquid that maybe the culprit. She went on to say seniors sometimes have to thicken any liquids they swallow. So, maybe that is a possibility. She said it sounded even more possible since I have hiatal hernia and that the water would stay "up" eaiser. Makes sense? Anyone care to share what they think of this theory please? Im in a rush right now but just wanted to make the quick note.
Harperspaceuk - I havent been in for my tests yet. My doc had told me surgery is an option, but not one he is comfortable with for his patients. Ultimately, it will be my choice and I can already tell you what the answer to that is - no way!! LOL
ps...I looked at your site and just wanted to warn you that it is against the rules of HW to post a link that is an advertisement. I cant remember which one but it is listed in forum rooms in the yellow bar on the right hand side of this window.
Post Edited (dmomhere) : 10/6/2005 11:08:41 AM (GMT-6)
Hello, I have the same problem. I get heartburn right after I drink water, especially at night. So, I found this and thought it might help.
I know I don't drink enough water but I'll start trying.
Quoted from: http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/water-for-detoxification.htm
Heartburn is a signal of water shortage in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a major thirst signal of the human body. The use of antacids or tablet medications in the treatment of this pain does not correct dehydration, and the body continues to suffer as a result of its water shortage.
Tragedy: Not recognizing heartburn as a sign of dehydration and treating it with antacids and pill medications will, in time, produce inflammation of the stomach and duodenum, hiatal hernia, ulceration, and eventually cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, including the liver and pancreas.
Hi, I have been reading all of your posts and I am glad to find that I am not crazy or the only one who suffers with this problem. I have tried all kinds of water products like FUZE which is just flavored water. I tried putting sugar free prod. like crystal lite in my water and nothing works.
I have found one thing...I can drink Perrier or any type of seltzer water. As a matter of fact I have found that if I do get heart burn from water, if I drink some seltzer water it takes it away in just two sips.
Needless to say I am at BJ's wholsale every 2 weeks buying perrier by the case. LOL
Hope this suggestion helps!