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pandacrazy
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   Posted 1/18/2009 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had heartburn so bad this week that it has gone up into my sinus at night and caused burning and bleeding. I also have a sore throat that feels burned and swollen. This morning I woke up 3 times gasping for air. I already know I am close to having sleep apnea and I think the swollen throat has pushed me into that catagory. I'm already taking Nexium, Prilosec and gaviscon break through formula. I even tried the Nexium 2x a day and it didn't help. I had to quit taking that 2x a day as it caused severe short term memory loss. I am at a loss as to what to try next. My stomach doc is doing a EGD and the Bravo which plants a little probe in my esophagus to monitor the reflux for 48 hours to see is it is really acid coming up. I've already had the Nissan surgery that only worked for a year so I don't know aht they can even do any more. My lung doctor wants it dealt with as is is damaging my lungs and making my asthma worse. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Barb  
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a certified dog trainer!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


Gabby123
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   Posted 1/18/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Panda,
 
  Im so sorry to hear about your reflux problems.  I know how nasty this disease is.  Have u ever tried a low carb diet?  That seems to help a lot of people.
 
-Gabby

pandacrazy
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   Posted 1/18/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
No I haven't tried that. I'm not sure how well that would work for me as I have to suck on candy to swallow alot of times before I lay down. If I don't I start chocking on stuff that comes up right away. I don't do the candy with sweetners any more because they caused more problems with my heartburn. I developed a problem after the Nissan surgery in which my esophagus does not push the food down any more so to clear out my esophagus I have to swallow many times to clear it out and thats where the hard candy comes in. I use stevia to sweeten my tea. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a certified dog trainer!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


Gabby123
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   Posted 1/19/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Barb,
 
   I would try the low/no carb diet for 2 weeks just to see if it helps you at all.  That means just proteins and vegies, basically, and later on you can add stuff like potatoes and rice ect.  Just see if that helps your reflux.  Unfortunately I have gastroparesis and it doesnt really help with my condition at all.  But I would seriously give it a try, Ive heard people have been cured by doing this
 
-Gabby

pandacrazy
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   Posted 1/20/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I might try the low carb thing. I saw my PC today and he said my sore throat is from the acid not an infection and he gave me sucralfate to take for a few weeks and he switched me from prilosec to pepcid because he said it was pointless to take Nexium and prilosec as they are almost the same thing and work the same. He said it was better to attack the problem from 2 different angles versus the one. He couldn't understand why the GI doc put me on both of those instead of the 2 different kinds of GI meds. I'm beginning to wonder about my GI doc. I think he is just sick of me and my stomach problems. Oh well I am off to try to get some quality sleep in my lazy boy. Lol. I'll take any kind of sleep  smurf I can get at this time. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a certified dog trainer!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


yuckygut
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   Posted 1/21/2009 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
panda, there is a newer line of beverages out called Haldi, and they have done wonders for my UC and GERD. They are based on some kind of a highly activated curcumin, from turmeric. I have been off my protonix for 2 years now. You can get them at whole foods or at haldi4health on the web. I think the drink coats and protects the cells lining the esophagus. And good luck to your son, is he overseas or stateside?

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yuckygut

stkitt
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   Posted 1/21/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Panda
Hello and I am so sorry to hear of all your problems.  As far as your GI Doc being sick of you, maybe a second opinion from  another GI Doc is called for here.
 
Please continue to advocate for you as this is your life and your body.
 
I am sure you are very proud of your son and he trains dogs.........wow.  I am the Mother of an ex marine so I know that proud feeling.
Hugs to you
Kitt
 
 


 

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pandacrazy
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   Posted 1/21/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Yucky and kit, my son is stateside in North Carolina. He's already been over to Iraq once and came back to a cheating wife and an empty bank account. His daughter had been dumped in Tennesee with her other grandmother. He has primary custody. He's a diesel mechanic teacher and my daughter is the dog trainer. I would prefer not to change docs until after the scope as I trust him to do that right. I've had alot of issues with not being medicated enough during procedures and feeling the pain and he completely knocks me out with a general now. My Lung doctor wanted me to switch GI docs, but I think it would be better if they worked togehter to solve the problem. I found out that they did talk to each other so that's a start. I don't like being the go between 2 doctors. With all my problems I am so sick of doctors and wait until my problems are impacting my daily life like now before I go see them. What happened to the days when you had one doctor. I have like 8. I will have to look into trying that drink. I am willing to try any thing at this point. I had to quit taking the nexium today as it was really affecting my job. I had to go to the store today for supplies for our Valentine party and I couldn't even focus. It took me twice as long to get everything I needed and I kept forgetting what I was doing at work. The nexium 2x a day wasn't really helping any way. I think the sucralfate is helping a little bit. It might take a while though. Barb


My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a certified dog trainer!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.

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