In a Flare up!!

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/19/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Any one elses GERD flaring right now.  I have been trying to get back in control for about two months, and I am not being successful.  I have the pain in the upper stomach, at the very bottom of my ribs, soreness in my esophagus, and pains in my back and shoulders.  I am also struggling to not let the anxiety get me.  Tonight I am nervous, shakey and jittery inside.  I can't seem to get a hold on my thoughts.  Any suggestions for turning this flare around so I can calm myself back down?

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   Posted 5/20/2009 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Iamay,
My GERD isn't flaring up at the moment--but I've had some horrible and long lasting GERD inflammation, so I can certainly identify. First of all, calm down. You will get better. That tissue is very sensitive and takes a long time to heal,once it has been burned. You will get better, and your esophagus and stomach will feel normal again. I've even been hospitalized for uncontrolled GERD and life-threatening that was caused by it. It took at least 4 months to heal, if not a little more time.

I know it's a hard thing to live with. If you're anything like I was, you can't eat more than a tiny bit of food at a time.

I don't know what you're eating now, but that is critical. Did you get put on a proton pump inhibitor? Have they increased your dosage to twice a day? Basically, eating carefully and taking maximum doses PPI's is about all you can do. Some doctors also add a Zantac type of acid reducer as well, during the flare up time.

Foods I found helpful were: egg custard (my favorite, and quite nutritious) and yogurt. In order to get enough nutrition, you will also want to try things like squash and mashed potato. Whatever you do, stay away from acidic things. You may be able to handle oatmeal. Cream soups are also comforting. In the beginning of my flare ups the ONLY thing I could eat comfortably was egg custard. The hospital was TERRIBLE. They never even changed my diet. I just and to request lots of custard, which I lived on.

If you fight your recovery, and are in panic mode, it will only increase your symptoms. You need to change your thoughts, and replace the negative with positive. I know it is hard. Believe me, I've been there.

On February 27th, I finally broke down and had the lap Nissen Fundoplication surgery. I will tell you what I was struck with--the recovery from that surgery was MUCH, MUCH easier than the recovery from previously burned espophagus episodes. At this point, I'm GERD free, and very happy with the surgical results.

I wish you lots of luck and patience in getting through this. Lots of us have experienced what you're experiencing.
This is a good place to come for information and support.
Heal well!

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   Posted 5/20/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
PS--the hospitalization was for life threatening asthma caused by the uncontrolled GERD. OOPS!

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   Posted 5/20/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Mornng Iamay,
Anxiety is not fun and it is natural to feel anxious when you are having a flare and you are in pain and just want the GERD to go away and stay away.

Meditation is a great stress buster. Try this and see if it helps you.

Choose a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed by other people or by the telephone.

Sit quietly in a comfortable position.

Eliminate distractions and interruptions during the period you'll be meditating.

Commit yourself to a specific length of time and try to stick to it.

Pick a focus word or short phrase that's firmly rooted in your personal belief system. A non-religious person might choose a neutral word like one, peace, or love. Others might use the opening words of a favorite prayer from their religion such as 'Hail Mary full of Grace', "I surrender all to you", "Hallelujah", "Om", etc.

Close your eyes. This makes it easy to concentrate.

Relax your muscles sequentially from head to feet. This helps to break the connection between stressful thoughts and a tense body.

Starting with your forehead, become aware of tension as you breathe in. Let go of any obvious tension as you breathe out. Go through the rest of your body in this way, proceeding down through your eyes, jaws, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, upper back, middle back and midriff, lower back, belly, pelvis, buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.

Breathe slowly and naturally, repeating your focus word or phrase silently as you exhale.

Assume a passive attitude. Don't worry about how well you're doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say, "Oh, well," and gently return to the repetition.

Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm. After you finish: Sit quietly for a minute or so, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes open. Do not stand for one or two minutes.

Plan for a session once or twice a day.

I hope this helps you, Iamay.  :)   Give it a week and see how you feel. You can do this.



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   Posted 5/20/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise and Kitt....Thank you both for replying. I think I needed some reassurance. I'm not sure why it is that things seems so much worse in the middle of the night when you can't sleep, and you are really anxious. Today I have felt a little better. My first GERD episode was at 33. I just turned 40. So I have dealt with it for a while, but by staying on Nexium, and doubling up when I was having trouble seemed to work. be honest, I have not been eating well, and I have been eating too much, and too late at night. I actually have silent reflux. My stomach hurts, I'm assuming that might be gastritis, but I don't feel the reflux, just the soreness that come afterwards. I know from the first episode that anxiety just makes your symptoms ten times worse, but sometimes I cannot get a hold of it. Hopefully tonight I will sleep, and not be in panic mode....I have barely eaten today, and plan to baby my tummy for a little while. Kitt thanks for the meditation advise. I am going to try that after I fix the family supper. Thank you again!!
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