How do you heal a inflammed esophagus?

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Halls
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   Posted 8/3/2007 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in so much pain. I can keep the acid reflux, but I can't seem to get my hurt esophagus better. I almost feel like I need to eat nothing for a good week or two, and fast or something. That sounds horrible, but I can't figure out how else I can help this get better.

I see the Gastroenterologist in 2 weeks. Who knows what he will suggest. I can't take any meds for heartburn and am completely miserable.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 8/5/2007 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Why can't you take any meds for heartburn. They are all a little different so sometimes you can't take one but you can take another. Somehow you have to heal the esophagous. Stay away from chocolate, coffee, anythng mint and alcohol to begin with and stick with chicken, fish, mashed potatoes, rice and noodles and see how that goes. No applesauce as it is acidic, no citrus, tomato sauce. Just sort of a bland diet and see if it helps. Eat lightly, also.

Halls
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   Posted 8/5/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't take PPi's, acid blockers, or antacid's! Believe it! It is horrible! The PPi's and the acid blockers I have the same side effects which are intolerable. The acid blockers I get very dizzy.

I feel helpless!

Halls
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   Posted 8/5/2007 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
How long after a torn up esophagus does it take to heal it?

firstone
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   Posted 8/5/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
If its just dizziness you feel then I suggest you take it... I would rather be dizzy than hurt my esophagus more and get into more pain.....

Halls
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   Posted 8/5/2007 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Well the dizziness is so bed I can't cope. Have you ever been constantly dizzy? It is horrible. I can't trade one sucky thing for another.

I'm going to try Pepcid AC as I haven't tried that H2blocker before. I have taken Zantac and can't take it. I'm hoping there will be a difference. I am going to take it tonight before I go to bed. I know they don't last but about 12 hrs so maybe if I do have side effects I'll sleep right through them. And if that works I will take it every night at least!

friendlygal
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   Posted 8/6/2007 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Halls, which PPI have you tried again?  I take the PPI to protect the esophagus from damage.  But for the symptoms themselves, I'm trying now homeopathic/naturopathic cures.  And, I think that they will eventually work for that kind of thing.

Halls
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   Posted 8/6/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
what are your homeopatheic cures you are taking?

I have tried all the PPi's and get all the same horrible side effects.

My PCP thinks I need some type of desensitive therapy done so I can take a PPI. Not sure how to go about doing that though. I have tried to take a 4th of a PPI and got the side effects just the same as when I'm taking the whole thing. GGGRRR!

firstone
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   Posted 8/7/2007 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
So you would rather hurt your esophagus than be constantly dizzy?. What if your esophagus gets damaged to the point sugery is needed?.

If all i get is dizziness from ppi's i would feel pretty lucky... dont get me wrong, dizziness sucks but would you rather have, a sucky side effect or damaging an important part of your body?

Halls
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   Posted 8/7/2007 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you ever been dizzy? No, I don't want to hurt my esophagus to the point I have to have surgery, I'm just looking at others way to help it without having to suffer dizziness or other wacked out side effects to medicines.

at wit's end
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   Posted 8/10/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd much rather deal with the dizziness than pain in the esophagus which could end up barrett's esophagus or esophageal cancer. Just make sure if you do take them don't take them before driving.

CathyA
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   Posted 8/11/2007 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Apparently you people haven't experienced much dizziness. I wouldn't tolerate it either Halls. I've had mild dizziness for several months and it was very depressing.
I get horrible headaches from PPIs and I just won't take them.
I wish I had some suggestions for you. All I can say is maybe figure out whats happening with your diet that might be causing some of the reflux.
Also.....I wonder if you might have a nerve problem. Some of us feel alot of pain, because of some crossed wires in our neuro system. I'm wondering if something like neurontin might help??? Good luck Halls. I'm really sorry for your troubles.

dany1982
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   Posted 2/8/2012 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Can you please let me know how did you heal without the ppis. I'm having horrible side effects from them and H2 blockers  also and I'm struggling to tolerate one. How long did it take for your esophagus to heal. Did you take something else? I'm keeping a good diet for 2 months now, but looks like that it's not enough.


mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 2/8/2012 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Dany, you've picked up an old thread here, might be best to start a new thread with your query and give a bit more background to your particular situation.

I had to try 3 ppis before I found one I could live with - have you tried different ones already?

Welcome to Healingwell!

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

dencha
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   Posted 2/8/2012 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dany,
Welcome to Healing Well! I agree with Mudmagnet. You should start your own thread asking the questions you have. Here's the link:
www.healingwell.com/community?f=45

Before I had my Nissen surgery, I often got gastrits, which set off esophagitis. Believe me, I know how hard it is to live with, and how hard it is to heal.

Whenever I had esophagitis it would take at least 2 moths to heal, and I would lose 20 poumds or so. I was able to take PPIs (Protonix 40mg twice a day, and Ranitidine 300mg at night.), but once my stomach got going, they didn't really seem to work that well.

When I had my bouts of esopghagitis, at their worst I could only tolerate egg custard, and only a little of that. It is extremely important that you eat only smooth and bland foods. No spices, nothing at all rough that could scratch your irritated and healng esophagus. No alcohol, of course. A "good diet" isn't enough. You need to make it a smooth and very soothing diet.

Do you have the head of your bed elevated to protect your esophagus when you're sleeping? It should be elevated 6-8 inches. That way gravity can help keep the acid in your stomach.

If these problems are reoccuring, and you can't take PPIs, you are probably a good candidate for a Nissen surgery.

Have you seen a GI doc lately? If not, you should.
Again, glad you've joined us! Be sure to start a new thread so others can easily find your post.
Best wishes,
Denise

Post Edited (dencha) : 2/8/2012 7:22:42 PM (GMT-7)


dany1982
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   Posted 2/13/2012 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I just posted it in a new topic. I don't now what happen that I can not tolerate the ppis anymore. I took them two years ago with no problems. But after that I did a treatment with lupron and I think that is messed my immune system. I did not know that it did that because for one year I didn't have to take any medicine, but now that I need to everything seems to give side effects, even the carafate. I'm doing some tests now to see if they can find something, if not I'll have to go the a bigger hospital to see if they can find something.
Anybody did some treatment to tolerate the ppis?
thank you

MrRoundel
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   Posted 2/14/2012 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
For the record: While I don't have the dizziness that dany1982 is complaining about, I do have occasional headaches that I'd attribute to my taking Prilosec. Other side effects are constipation and insomnia. As of now, I'm dealing with those effects. Can one safely mix motion sickness pills with PPI's? If so, that might help.
Best of luck.

dany1982
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   Posted 2/14/2012 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
MrRoundel
Thank you for posting. How do you deal with the insomnia? How many hours do you sleep? Do you take any medicine?
The over the counter stuff doesn't work so I got a prescrition for Ambien, but I don't want to get addicted to it.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 2/14/2012 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Dany-

I am going to add these replies to your new post and lock this one since it is so old. I hope you understand. I also will add something to the title to get more attention to it.

Take care,
Bill
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