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.