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Ailie
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   Posted 2/2/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I had gallbladder out 10/28/08 along with emergency ERCP for stone stuck in common duct. Since then I've had burning in stomach, chest, esophogus, even on back - like fluid is moving around. Dr dx gerd - been on many things - currently taking Aciphex with no relief. Dr scheduled another ERCP for possible missed stone in duct on 2/25/09 - but I don't know what I should eat - afraid I will make burning worse. I've been mainly eating small amounts of lowfat food, like chicken breast, veggies, fruit, etc. but lately with stomach burning all the time it's hard to know what to do.
Any food or drink suggestions?

Chipsygrl
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   Posted 2/3/2009 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Allie

I am glad you asked this question because I am also having difficulty with eating. I hope someone answers b/c I spend a lot of the time researching this and all I find is what not to eat...and the list is extensive. I am losing my appetite because I am afraid to eat ... I eat bananas and yogurt and am drinking a lot of cold water. I find frozen fruit (berries, mangoes) helpful but I think only because they are cold. I'm not sure if the pain actually goes or if I'm distracted for a bit. Today is the first day that I haven't eaten a meal, only picked at food.
I had an ultrasound and x-ray done today (my doctor thinks I may have a pelvic hernia)... and I go back on the 10th to talk about an endoscopy.
I also hope someone has some suggestions as to what to eat or drink. Someone mentioned cabbage juice somewhere in here... could someone please explain this further - I will try just about anything. I apologize if it has already been explained in advance.
Thanks for being the first to ask Allie
Wendy

Ailie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I read on another site to avoid cold water. I've been drinking warm water which helps a bit - I heat water like I'm making tea, but don't add tea! (which I heard is bad for acid-reflux). I ate some fresh strawberries and blueberries yesterday which seemed to make it worse. Warm soup is not bad, but everything has been hit and miss with me. Do you have the burning pain or a different type of pain? Mine feels like warmth or burning. It's weird that warm things don't bother it, but I read cold icy drinks slow down the digestion, which leads stuff to sit and then could make the acid reflux worse. I'm at my wit's end over this - I will try bananas today - thanks!

Chipsygrl
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   Posted 2/3/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
it is funny you mention the cold water tip - I use to be an avid runner and I read somewhere that if you drink room temperature water - you wont need to expel it as quick as you would drinking cold water. I applied this theory to my ultrasound yesterday and it actually worked so well that they made me sit for another 10 min b/c my bladder wasn't full enough. It wasn't uncomfortable at all as it is with cold water. So, it makes sense that it slows down your metabolism/digestion/absorption etc. I am going to stop and see if that helps yet the cold was a little soothing on my throat. I will be drinking it like tea..without he tea (I heard ginger tea with honey helps as well)
Yes, I most definitely have burning in my back (lower part on both sides and in-between shoulder blades), also in-between the bottom of my rib cages (near sternum) and up my throat and feels like I have something stuck in my Adams apple area (off and on depending on the burning). My abdomen sometimes feels tender right under the sternum. I am convinced this is stress related as I experienced something really traumatic recently and whenever I try to talk about it, the burning increases and it becomes very difficult to swallow. It gets worse really quick and I can feel the acid creeping up my throat. I can feel the burning in the front and back but in the identical spots (hope that makes sense). shocked painful because nothing seems to ease it. I do however, fall asleep sitting up. I have noticed when I am able to sleep and when I wake up it is not that bad....yet gets worse throughout the day and by late afternoon it is painful/burning again. My doctor checked my spleen, pancreas, gallbladder and liver etc., through a previous ultrasound but didn't say much (no news is good news I guess). you mentioned your gallbladder was removed...is all this connected or separate issues? It is funny because when I read the title of this forum (GERDS: heartburn) I was thinking it was so much more than the title suggests! The more I read the more I think I am in the right forum - very helpful...THANK-YOU :-)

Ailie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
My burning is definitely related to gallbladder. I've had gallbladder symptoms for years. In 9/08 it got so bad I finally had ultra sound which showed stones. about a week before the surgery in late October I noticed my stomach was "warm" and empty. Surgeon had me on Pepcid ac which helped. After surgery (and emergency ERCP for stone stuck in common duct) the "warm" feeling started again, Pepcid stopped working, then onto Prilosec, Prevacid and now on Aciphex - nothing works much. The warm feeling is now a burning feeling and has gotten worse and worse. So I'm scheduled for another ERCP for possible missed stone in duct. Gallstones have a connection to acid reflux - definitely in my case. I never had heartburn a day in my life until this - and now it's ruling my life! I've had a few weeks since the surgery where I've been completely fine, but most of the time it's burning all day. I'm able to sleep ok, except for last Friday night when I kept waking up cold - I notice if I stay really warm at night I'm ok - several blankets, etc. I had no idea so many people have acid-reflux for a variety of reasons. I'm just horribly confused and depressed - after having gallbladder out I never thought I'd feel much worse than before! What specific area was ultra-sound for that you had yesterday?

Chipsygrl
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   Posted 2/3/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ailie,

Sorry you are having such a difficult time with the gallstones. One would think it would get better after removal...
The ultrasound I had yesterday was for my pelvic area. My hip hurts a lot and I get a sharp pain in my groin pelvis area. My doctor thought I might have a sports hernia. The x-ray was to rule out arthritis in the hip. What I find both a relief and strange is the pain that radiates. My mother died of lung cancer when I was a teenager and when I first started getting pain in my back, I was too scared to tell anyone in case it was lung cancer. I finally had to tell my doctor and she said that gallbladder can cause back pain and so the tests began. Bloodwork (CBC, iron, dehydration etc..etc...ruled out a lot of things). I was also tested for H.pylori, would explain everything but came back neg.
Luckily ( or unlucky - depending on how you look at it) I have been on and off medication for reflux for about 10 years but not with this much problem. I would take ranitidine for awhile and it would help immediately - I would stay on it for a bit and then for years went off it with no problem. It has only been the last 2 years that it got to this degree - around the time I experienced trauma...
My doctor would have told me if there was something wrong with my upper GI ultrasound (liver, spleen, pancreas, gallbladder etc)..and she didn't say anything.
The last ultrasound only takes 2 days for the results to get back to her however I have an appointment on the 10th so will probably find out then unless something is really wrong.
I understand your frustration and depression to a degree even though we have different issues. I have had more tests this last couple of months than I have had in my lifetime. I am fortunate. The confusion of not knowing is scary and the burning is off the charts. Nor did I realize how serious reflux is and the myriad of problems it can cause... scary.
When you get cold at night do you have a fever??

Ailie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
No I don't have a fever - in fact I've never had a fever connected with my gallbladder, in fact I don't think I've had a fever since I was a child. If I get really chilled again, I'll take my temp for sure, but I doubt it. What is the test for H. pylori? Maybe I've developed that in the past few months since the surgery. I'm grasping at straws I guess. Still waiting for specialist to call me back with answers to my questions. I want to know how long to keep taking Aciphex - since it's doing nothing, or if I should take something with it? I don't mind having non-invasive tests, but another ERCP scares me - anesthesia and it's a delicate procedure. My specialist is an expert at this I guess and has performed many of them, but it still can be dangerous.
I just ate a banana, and had some plain chicken earlier - it doesn't matter what I eat I think - I still have the burning! And most times eating anything makes it even worse.

P-Fit
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   Posted 2/3/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Ailie said...
I had gallbladder out 10/28/08 along with emergency ERCP for stone stuck in common duct. Since then I've had burning in stomach, chest, esophogus, even on back - like fluid is moving around. Dr dx gerd - been on many things - currently taking Aciphex with no relief. Dr scheduled another ERCP for possible missed stone in duct on 2/25/09 - but I don't know what I should eat - afraid I will make burning worse. I've been mainly eating small amounts of lowfat food, like chicken breast, veggies, fruit, etc. but lately with stomach burning all the time it's hard to know what to do.
Any food or drink suggestions?
Try some organic aloe vera juice. That may help.
Dee-38yrs old wife and mom of 3 boys
UC/PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression/Fibromyalgia
750mg colozal/.750mg clonazepam, 7mg Lexapro
1,000mg canasa/Fioricet/Nexium 40mg
Triple Strength Fish Oils/Colonoscopies-4
 


Chipsygrl
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   Posted 2/3/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria that some experts believe causes ulcers along with additional stomach ailments.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicobacter_pylori

Here is somewhere to start researching as there is a lot of information available. If your doctor is good at what he does then I suspect he has already tested you for this. It was a simple blood test however it is not always detected and a breath test or stool test is necessary to confirm. I only had a blood test so when I go back to my GP I will ask for one or the other - whichever is easier. I have bouts of eczema on my face (rosacea sp?) itchy but nothing major. I also get migraines from time to time and I have had an ulcer. They say that this is what causes ulcers in most people... but I'm no expert and am only repeating what I have read. They give you omeprazole (because the acid makes it difficult to get rid of) and two types of antibiotics. Some people are resistant to getting rid of it and some aren't.... I was hoping I had that because it seems like a simple solution compared to everything I have been reading on here.. so...the search continues to figure out what the issue is.

Hmm.. bananas didn't help.... someone also suggested bread (no butter) as bread absorbs acid. I'm just throwing out suggestions for you to try and have no idea what I am talking about as I don't know much about gallbladder removal and side effects. Hope your doctor calls you back. In Canada, we have something called tele-health.... a number you can call to speak with a nurse (usually they tell you to go to the hospital though rolleyes) Not sure if you have something like this....

Chipsygrl
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   Posted 2/3/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
just did a quick search

someone suggests "homopathic product called zypan"

again...I know nothing about iT

(oops sorry, didnt know we couldnt post links to sites...) blush

Post Edited (Chipsygrl) : 2/3/2009 6:26:52 PM (GMT-7)


Ailie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Someone else recommended zypan to me - I will have to look into it. I've been drinking aloe vera for since around christmas. I thought it was helping at first, now it's not doing anything, but I've heard it's supposed to be good for healing so I still drink a small amount twice a day.
The specialist is probably waiting for me to have the ultra sound before he calls me back (Thurs morn). Still, I think because I've called twice with burning pain getting worse and the aciphex doing nothing, he should call me at least to recommend something else. If I don't hear from his office today I will call my surgeon tomorrow. She has a wonderful assistant who always gives excellent advice and has called me on her own just to see how I was doing.

camagu
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   Posted 2/4/2009 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tried a few different kinds of aloe vera juice. One was clear,odorless and tasteless. Exactly like drinking water. Then I was told that GOOD aloe vera tastes horrible. (it does). does anyone know if it matters;is one type better than others?

P-Fit
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   Posted 2/4/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
camagu said...
I have tried a few different kinds of aloe vera juice. One was clear,odorless and tasteless. Exactly like drinking water. Then I was told that GOOD aloe vera tastes horrible. (it does). does anyone know if it matters;is one type better than others?
I just got Lilly of the Desert aloe juice. It had good reviews and is certified organic. www.lilyofthedesert.com
Check out their site. I put it in grape jucie because it was nasty by itself.
 
Dee-38yrs old wife and mom of 3 boys
UC/PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression/Fibromyalgia
750mg colozal/.750mg clonazepam, 7mg Lexapro
1,000mg canasa/Fioricet/Nexium 40mg
Triple Strength Fish Oils/Colonoscopies-4
 


Ailie
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   Posted 2/4/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Someone mentioned Aloecure specifically made for heartburn. Right now I've been drinking berry flavored aloe vera juice - for two months - I first thought it was helping, but nothing helps anymore.

Drinking warm water helps a bit. At least I'm able to sleep - get a break from the burning.

I finally talked to my specialist and told him aciphex wasn't working after 4 days, so now I'm trying zeregid - first day.

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