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rysesa
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   Posted 7/14/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
My ent diagnosed me with acid reflux disease. My biggest problem
is getting to sleep at night. I constantly feel the pressure (lump in throat). I toss and turn,elavate my head, sometimes my skin begins to feel like its crawling. After about 3 hours I do fall asleep. Next day I feel sleep deprived. Am on Nexium 40 every day. I was wondering if anyone was taking any sleeping aids to help at night?(Lunesta ect.)  Thanx  rysesa
 

Mr.T
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   Posted 7/14/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I can sympathize with you.  I had the same problem and still do even after surgery.  I asked the doctor to prescribe me sleep meds to help for the same reason.  He did without problem.  The biggest problem is trying to stop taking them and then you have to take more because they don't have as much effects as when you first take them.  You just have to wacth it.  I have been taking them for way to many years, but can't seem to sleep without them.  The other thing you should do is keep a large glass of water next to the bed so you can push down that lump once and awhile with the water.  Works, sometimes.  Talk to your doctor, hopefully he can help you.  Good luck.

rysesa
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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Mr T for your advice. I was hoping to hear from someone like you who had first hand experience with sleep aids. Im suprised I didnt get more replies because its horrible trying to get to sleep and not being able to. The commercials say they are safe and nonaddicting, but I trust your words. Thanx again.

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   Posted 7/15/2008 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to Healingwell Rysesa :) Do you elevate the head of your mattress when you go to sleep? This can help with the lump feeling - btw, that is absolutely horrible isn't it??? I can't raise my mattress unfortunately since I have a waterbed but I have been thinking about the wedge pillow.

As for the sleeping pills, I have been on some form of sleeping pills for the past 6 years due to chronic insomnia. My insomnia isn't due to my acid reflux but some other issues. I tried Ambien, Ambien CR and found that I was doing strange things in my sleep and I didn't like that idea so I switched to Tylonel Simply Sleep. That is basically Benedryl without the antihistamine. But my words of advice is even though it says that it's not addicting, your body can become accustomed to it if taken for long periods of time. So I think occasional use of this should be fine. I've heard that happen to many people in which their sleep aids just stopped working. That is what happened to me too. I was on Ambien for almost a year but after 3 months of being on it, it didn't work for me so I had to stop for a couple weeks and start again. Worse couple weeks of my life though I tell ya! :)
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   Posted 7/15/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Please make sure that you aren't just sleeping on extra pillows.  That can actually make things worse.  What you want to do is use gravity to keep the acid out of your esophagus.  Get a slant pillow or put blocks under the legs at the head of your bed.  Also, based on the structure of the stomach and esophagus it is best to sleep on your left side vs. your right side (if you are a side sleeper.)
 
You can find the slant pillows at a medical pharmacy.  It should be 7 or 8 inches high at the thickest part.  This has helped me a whole lot! 
 
Good luck!

rysesa
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   Posted 7/15/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks cindy and sherry. I ordered the propuppillow from ARJmedical. It was their deluxe model at 170.00. Kinda expensine but if it helps it will be worth it. Does the lump in the throat feeling go away after being on the Nexium and elevating the body at night? If so how long does it take? thanks

Red_34
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   Posted 7/15/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
How long have you been on Nexium? I know when I started Prilosec it took about 3 days before I noticed a difference - not a right away poof it's gone feeling but a lessening. And it took about a full week before that feeling was completely gone. I found too that if I ate a lighter meal in the evening then the lump wasn't as bad. I also avoided certain trigger foods after a certain time - usually about 4 hours before I go to bed works for me. And water, I had a tendancy of drinking a lot of water before bed. Not good for someone that has stomach issues. Now that I've been on Prilosec for umm 1 year I think, I no longer have that problem nor do I have to limit my food intake in the evenings anymore.
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rysesa
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   Posted 7/16/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherry,Ive been on Nexium for only 6 days. Ive had acid reflux symptoms for 8 months. Just went to doctor last week. When it first hit me I thought I had heart problems. Iwas having trouble breathing, Icould not get that deep breath. I went to my regular doctor and he did blood work ,ekg, lung test where you blow into some kind of tube. I told him I still felt like I was choking. He said it was just stress. So 8 months later I still had lump feeling
and trouble breathing. I made appt. with ENT doctor. He did nose scope and
said I had ARS. Tommorrow is cat scan of neck area(dont know what they are looking for) and then barrium swallow.

SUZANNE63
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   Posted 7/17/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
RYSESA,
How do you cope with the breathing? I am going through my worst period with GERD at the moment! I've just had my meal (very light one) and already I can feel my breathing is changing. I start with yawning as it's the only way to get a deep breath. I think it is a stress thing as I had a really bad night last night and lay awake for hours. Now evening is approaching, I think I am getting anxious about feeling ill again!

rysesa
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   Posted 7/17/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean. I used to dread the nights. UPS just delievered the propuppillow. Will give it a try tonight. Instead of just trying to go to sleep and laying there for hours I read and it takes my mind off of it. Doesnt always work though.

percycat
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   Posted 7/25/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Rysesa,

I had breathing problems with my reflux (actually LPR) and it took quite a while to figure out that that was the culprit. My first ENT doctor prescribed me 40 mg Nexium per day, as yours did, but it didn't always help. A second ENT kept me on that at dinner time and added 300 mg of Zantac at bedtime and now I'm doing fine again (except when I cheat with trigger foods).

The bed propping and wedge pillows don't make much difference one way or the other for me, but then my worst times were always when I was sitting up at a desk or in the car anyway.

Good luck to you. I really hope you can find a combination of treatments that work well for you.

percycat
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