I have had GERD, reflex, chest pains, lump in throat for the past 23 years, but i have had IBS for about 8 years. Considering it's all part of the GI track, maybe one problem leaves you suceptible to other GI problems. Maybe it's just conincidence. I know there a lot of people with one and not the other. I really don't know, i'am guessing.
NH66, are you saying that you had all these symptoms for 23 years with no relief? I am very sad about my debilitating lump in my throat and constant fatigue.
How did you find out you had GERD? Did the biopsies in the endoscopy show that?
What has helped your IBS?? I want this all to end for me!!! I don't want to think that I will have this for so many years!
My symptoms come and go, i could have all of them for a few days then they will go away, then they come back. I am NOT a doctor person. I just went to the doctor for the first time b/c of mild chest pain i had for 2 weeks. That's when she said i had GERD. I remember waking in the middle night thinking i was having a heart attack, but i was young so i thought, no this must be heartburn. That happened in my 20,30, now 40s. I don't recommend being as stupid as myself. With the IBS, i have had that for about 8 years. Had my first scope last month. I never would have gone to the doctor, but i started having lots of blood with BMs. I guess i am one of those people that likes to stick my head in the sand.
indersonu, thanks for the hope. I actually now think that I can have oranges and tomatoes, etc. So we don't all have the same thing.
I am thinking that I have IBS that is causing the GERD-like symptoms. I was taking prevacid twice a day, but I am not going back to taking it until the results from the PH-testing and manometry come in. I want to know for sure that I have acid reflux before taking anymore PPIs. The PPIs damaged me by constipating me terribly. My esophagus looks normal so it could be that the barium results stating that I have GERD are false. The barium swallow showed reflux which is correct. But it might not be acid that I am refluxing. I am refluxing food though, for some reason and I want to get to the bottom of what is going on.
Hi.. I had gallbadder removed 02 to discover high blood pressure and panic attacks followed. Lorazapam took care of the high blood pressure, I take a low dose of .5 mg at night. complete hysterectomy in 89 from endometriosis(sp) As long as I can remember I've had stomach problems.. I've had 2 colon and 1 egd and told I have ibs along with reflux.. Over the last 2 years I've had stomach cramps along with cold sweats it seems about once a week. I go to the bathroom sometimes 10 times before immodium takes effect. Then after immodium I don't go for 2 to 3 days so I try not to take immodium. I've learned what to eat and not, but its hard to stay on a very strict diet especially at work. I've been taking nexium a little over 2 months for reflux, and have discovered a miracle vitamin called GBPLUS!!! for ibs!!! this is why I've joined healingwell.. to tell everyone with ibs and reflux about this wonderful vitamin. I was ready to go to the hospital because I couldn't keep any food down and was starting to vomit from acid and had lost 7 pounds in one week! I also have degenerative disc disease and oste so my back doctor actually put me on the vitamin. He explained that the gallbladder stores bile that the liver pulls from to digest our food. When your gallbladder is removed they leave the tube and sometimes the liver can't get enough bile.. soo he said I needed bile and low and behold he was sooooo right!!! the minute I put one of these in my mouth I could feel the acid being obsorbed(i need spelling lessons!! lol ) I've been taking the gbplus about 2 months and have gained 8 pounds, but this past friday I had a bad ibs and reflux day.. I had mac donalds twice, taco bell once and spices all week along with coffee... i was sooo bad and i paid for it dearly.. for 2 to 3 hours at work I went to the bathroom along with chills and sweats and stomach spasms. Today is sunday and I'm still not well from friday. It hurt real bad to take a deep breath last night and still today but not as bad. I've doubled up on the gbplus and have taken a few gas x strips. I think I had sooo much acid to come up my throat that it burnt it and maybe flowed into my lungs.. I've heard of severe gurd getting into the lungs and that is dangerous.
I will close for now.. I hope anyone who has reflux or ibs or both try this vitamin.. it soo far has been a life saver for me!
I do want to add that I took hyomax for ibs 2x a day and it worked great at first. I was told that it would relax the muscles in my stomach. I asked what about my heart since it was a muscle, would it affect it? He said no.. my general dr about a year ago did an ekg because she thought she heard something and she said ekg came up bad. I've had all heart test including dye through leg in 2003 so I didn't go back to her until a few months back. she did another ekg and wanted to do all these test all over again. so i went to a heart dr who said ekg didn't look that bad. I started doing research on the drug hyomax and in some cases it has caused.. bad ekg, dropping of blood pressure, sweats and heart palpitations.. thank God I quit that drug and found the vitamin GBPLUS!
Post Edited (John Suhr) : 5/8/2010 12:25:28 PM (GMT-6)
There is definitely a relationship between GERD and IBS. I was diagnosed with GERD 10 years ago and have taken various medications for it....Nexium for 5 years before I started having very bad digestive problems and after many, many tests, I was told I had IBS-C. When I get backed up my heartburn and reflux is terrible....my doctor verified the connection. I don't know if the years of acid medications had anything to do with my IBS but a specialist I saw did tell me that my chronic constipation probably had alot to do with the start of my GERD and now the IBS.
Chicken or the egg? I don't know but it's definitely hard to deal with both of them at the same time. I have become intolerant of so many foods and some of the things I can eat for one problem don't agree with the other problem. I've lost 25 pounds this past year. I'm taking Aciphex in the morning and a 150 Zantac before dinner plus numerous other things for the IBS. I'm looking for a miracle!!
I'm new here and was really interested to see that there were others that have both and trying to figure out if there is a connection.