GERD: What do I do and other options

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/19/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
After a year and a half of an annoying cough and my voice disappearing I was diagnosed with GERD.  Since then, I tried several medications including generics including omeprazole, ranitidine; Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium and finding increased esophageal pain, I am now on a new which does not seem to have the side effects.  For the first couple of days it did take care of the problem and I felt great...but then the acid in my throat and raw feeling in my esophagus came back and it occurs even in the daytime.    I have been trying Gaviscon, which helps but does not eliminate the problem.  I have not yet seen anyone but my primary care physician. 
Any suggestions that I can try myself?
Any suggestions that I can suggest to my doctor?

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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am so glad you found us.

I am sure some of the members will be along and have some information for you re your questions.

Again a warm Welcome



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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Narol,
I would recommend seeing a GI doctor if you can. Until I started seeing mine my regular PA had no good answers for me. A specialist in this filed would be a wise choice. I am on Protonix twice a day , have you tried this one ?? It does work well for me most of the time. The last two nights I have been miserable after work and then it hit tenants at my building I manage are still feeding me halloween, and I have a weakness for chocolate , but I know it is the absolute worst offender for me ,. it brings my acid reflux to an all time painful high !!!
I hope you can find a good doctor.....God bless, ANNE

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   

You need to talk to a GI doctor.  It has taken me about 3 years of going back and forth to differant doctors before I finally got one to perform the tests for GERD.  He did the scope down my throat and said I had a hiatal hernia and did a delayed emptying which did determine that I do have delayed emptying.  He then gave me medications.  None of them worked for me.  He would change tell me to elevate my bed and watch my diet.  Still had the same problems but then they began to get worse.  I had several bouts of severe chest pain and was life flighted to the hospital because they thought I was having a heart attack.  I had several cardio tests done and they confirmed it was not cardiac related but must be gastro intestinal.  I finally got an appointment with another GI who did scehduled some further testing, took me off the medications I was on since they weren't doing anything for me.  He told me he would find the problem and we would figure out how to fix it.  Gaviscon was the only thing that had helped me at all, but even it doesn't help like it used to.

I also have the cough and constant clearing of my throat, I have the feeling of something caught in my throat.  Keep a list of what you are eatting, when you have your attacks and what your symptoms are.  This will give you a starting point when talking to your GI.  The GP that sent me to the GI is a fantastic doctor and instead of trying medications all over again, he sent to a specialist.  I regret not having asking for a second oppinion, when I was not getting anywhere.  Good luck to you Keep us posted as to what happens


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