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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/6/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all,
     I am a 49 year old male who has recently been diagnosed with GERD. Here is my story. about 2 and 1/2 months ago I starting getting a tickling sensation in my throat and thought I was catching a cold. Around the same time I started getting a pain in my chest and noticed that I was burping alot more than usual. The tickling sensation led to very harsh coghing (especially at night).After the problems persisted for a few weeks (at this point I was rather sure that this wasn't just a cold) I went to my family doctor who diagnosed me with GERD. He prescribed Pantoloc (40mg once a day) for me. My situation has improved, but I still get acid shooting up into my throat causing me great discomfort, the chest pains have also subdued but are not completely gone. My last visit to my GP, this week, and he now has me on 40mg of Nexium once a day. I did go for a barium meal test and it showed no abnormalities (ulcers or hernia), so my doc tells me to be patient, (no pun intended) and try Nexium for a while. I have another appointment with him in a month, and I just hope that I will be better by then. Is it normal to have these symptons for so long?
     I have problems with anxiety (although I am no longer taking any medication for that) and I was 30 pounds overweight. I use to smoke 4 to 5 cigars a week, and drink beer and scotch every time I smoked a cigar. Since I have had this illness I have lost 20 pounds due to my changed lifestyle (walking an hour every night and eating healthier food) and have not had a cigar in over 2 and a half months (man do I miss those Cubans). I will have a couple of beers a week but I still have not had a glass of scotch since I had this illness. Another of my bad habits was eating big meals just before going to sleep, needless to say, doing that now would be a disaster.

Acid Prone
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 6/7/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Bobcat, your symptoms can continue for awhile. The PPIs like Nexium take time to work. Hang in there and see how you feel by your next doctor's visit.
Good luck. You seem to be doing the right things.

Mary Lynn

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 6/7/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply Mary Lynn. The internet, and in particular forums like these are a great therapy for illnesses. Somehow, when one knows that they are not alone and can read how others have dealt with their problems, it can be of great relief and give us motivation to overcome our issues. I hope that you have overcome yours.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 6/7/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I too have GERD - and COPDk, and find that pneumonias are dx'd aspirant for me a lot. I'm getting checked for sleep apnea, too, incase I aspirate when I wake up multiple times during the night. Right now, I'm doing everything I can do to prevent this reflux/pneumonias. I've had 7 of 'em since September 2007, 3 of 'em in spring of 2007, and 8 of 'em between 9/04 and 5/05, nevermind others I've forgotten :/ I sleep on a hospital bed with my head up - hae tried everything but sleep standing up! I'm also diabetic thanks to prednisone - dunno if that plays a part. My sugars are under control sometimes and then at times, they're all out of control...I had two >700, three or more >400 a smattering >200, etc. and a LOT >150, so...

Just keep keeping on!

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1952
   Posted 6/10/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   

I have LPR (reflux into the throat), and 40 mg of Nexium per day wasn't enough to stop my symptoms. Now I'm on 40 mg Nexium before dinner and 300 mg Zantac at bedtime, and all's well. If you don't get some relief within the time frames others have suggested, you may want to ask your doctor about a treatment for LPR.

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