Sudden reflux problem

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nicekitty
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/24/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I never experienced heartburn or reflux problems before saturday of last week. I was taking antibiotics (amoxicillin) for what the doctor believed was strep throat;it was never confirmed by a test but he said the white spots on my tonsils looked like strep. I had a painful sore throat and I had lost my voice. The sore throat and laryngitis developed suddenly with no reflux. I also had the flu. In addition to taking the antibiotics, I also tried to treat some of my flu symptoms and sore throat pain with benadryl(diphenhydramine HCL), guaifenesin, cough suppressant, advil (a few times), and aspirin (a couple of times; not at the same time as advil). The doctor said there was no problem with taking these medications at the same time,

After one day of taking these medications I developed a reflux problem so great that it forced me to stand up from a lying position. I was lying down a lot since I was so sick with the flu. I had a chronic cough that lasted 5 days. I literally coughed all day and even eating a slice of bread would trigger my cough. My esophagus was definitely inflamed It is difficult to tell what problems were caused by the flu or the the strep throat and what were caused by the reflux episodes.

My laryngitis,coughing, sore throat and flu symptoms are now gone, but I still have the reflux. My symptoms do not affect my stomach or chest. I feel the reflux coming up then it hits my throat and I feel it under my right ear. It burns my throat. My throat is feeling sore from a reflux incident that I had tis morning and yesterday. Sometimes I feel pain under my right shoulder blade when the reflux strikes. It is not as bad as it was last week. I went an entire day drinking only water and taking antibiotics last week and I still had reflux that day.

I found this site through my internet research. I am now so depressed as I feel I have developed GERD and there is no cure for it. I have read through many pages on this forum and there does not seem to be much hope besides medications, which eventually destroy one's health. It is not possible to remain healthy long term without stomach acid. Stomach acid kills harmful microbes and help to digest food and assimilate nutrients such as calcium.

Two days ago, I got DGL from the health food store. It has helped a lot, but the reflux is not gone. I suck on 2 or 3 tablets three times a day and before bedtime. I am not eating solid food, because my throat is still inflamed from 5 days of continuous coughing and I am sure also the reflux. I drink water and diluted carrot juice with a little soymilk and eat bananas and well chewed whole wheat bread. Last night I chewed 2 rolaids before going to bed and when I refluxed, it did not burn as badly and I was able to go back to sleep. I have also elevated my bed with bricks. I am hoping that the reflux is a temporary problem that occured from taking the medications together. I have not taken any medication since friday morning. Has anyone had a similar reaction? Can the flu, or strep throat cause an inflamed esophagus or reflux? I want to give my body a few weeks to heal before I go to the doctor about it. It has been only seven days since the problem started.

I am scared because my ex-boyfriend had reflux and took prilosec. He became very unhealthy and developed infections while on it, but he felt stuck because his reflux was so bad. Now I understand how much he was suffering. Since the real problem with acid reflux is a malfunction of the valve that should keep the acid from flowing upwards, I don't understand how the ultimate solution is to stop the body from producing the necessary stomach acid.

bokbok
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 2/24/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
hi there i would not worry about knackerd valves as there is probally not that many people have that problem, most its a hernia or ulcers, i dont have nothing wrong with me and i get reflux a lot i weight 80kilos in weight and go to gym 4 days a week dont drink much if there is not something they cannot see after a endoscopy your buggered. get a endoscopy then you will know if there is a problem. axiety really plays on reflux . good luck

Post Edited (bokbok) : 2/24/2008 5:51:01 PM (GMT-7)


marthamae
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   Posted 2/24/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I would give it some time. It sounds like you had the "perfect storm" of things happen to you to cause a really big upset to your digestive tract. It will take several weeks (at least) to get things settled down again.

Try some of the natural remedies--just like you are doing--and eat smart and drink a TON of room temperature water. Try not to panic. This stuff takes time. Also, give a liquid antacid a try.

Relax and do some things you enjoy like watching movies or reading or getting out for some fresh air. See if your boyfriend can give you a back massage! :)

If you don't feel better after a while, you can figure out which steps to take next. But hopefully, things will have improved a lot really soon.

nicekitty
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/25/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to the two of you for replying. I am still so scared. I hope this is just a temporary affliction for me. I seem to have the reflux only when I am lying down, even if I have not eaten for a few hours . It burns the throat so badly it is scary. I now have a painful sore throat from a few refluxes last night. I drank a couple of ounces of aloe juice this morning and it was soothing for a couple of hours. I ate crackers today and my stomach felt fine but I am so afraid to go to sleep now. I am so sleep deprived, I can't think straight. This is bad because I am taking a college course that is very demanding.

MarthMae, what brand of liquid antacid do you recommend? All the ones I checked out in Walmart and Rite Aid had aluminum in them. Dr Weil does not reccommend antacids with aluminum.

In my experience, sleepong on the left side does not prevent the reflux. That was a suggestion from an older posting.

marthamae
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   Posted 2/26/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I take a generic antacid from WalMart. It does have aluminum in it. I think most of them do. Just don't take too much or you'll get diarrhea. My doc has no problem with me using antacids as needed, but that is my doc, of course. Yours may be different.

Yes, I would sleep on your left side. Try a pillow under your knee. It should help your tummy empty better and things from backing up. Keep trying it. Also you can get a big wedge pillow--check the internet-- or prop your mattress up underneath with pillows or your bed on blocks. There's info all over on how to do this. You need to slant yourself up.

Crackers are good. I love crackers.

Can you get something mild to help you sleep from your doctor? Frankly, if you are not sleeping, nothing is going to go well. I don't like to take meds either but sometimes you need short term help. Or perhaps he would recommend Tylenol PM or something like that. You need to get some rest, so you can cope better. Ask him what he thinks.

Hope you feel better. Hugs.
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