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emkaye
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 25
   Posted 6/20/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought I would introduce myself. I have already posted two threads, but here is my history...
I am 36 and have not had heartburn until two weeks ago. After exercising (bending backwards) I could feel the acid in my stomach roll up my esophagus. That night I experienced the worst sore throat ever!
Since then I have been having a sore throat and heartburn.
I went on Protonix 40mg 2x/day a little less than a week ago. This is helping me sleep through the night which was almost impossible a week ago. Now my reflux is worse during the day brought on by stress and anxiety. I really do think that PPIs can cause anxiety and it appears that others on this forum have the same experience. I also have a history of NSAID use for migraines which I have completely eliminated. I'm sure this also plays a role for my recent flare-up. I get so depressed because I feel so crappy but my doctor assures me that I will heal, but must wait it out. I am considering taking an antidepressant to ease this anxiety, but unfortunately most SSRIs take weeks to take effect and have some pretty bad side effects the first few weeks. I just don't know if I can handle all of this!
I look forward to chatting with everyone on this forum!
Em

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/20/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Emkaye,
It will take a long time for your esophagus to heal. I've had many episodes of burned esophagus, and I'm sorry to tell you that it takes a long time to heal that delicate tissue. It's important that you eat carefully while you're healing--nothing rough(like popcorn), either. Stay away from alcohol and any other irritants. You will get better...once your esophagus/stomach feel better for a couple weeks, try introducing those other foods into your diet. If you do well...great! If not, you'll know you need to take it easy a little longer.

I'm sure you'll get lots of good ideas from members here.
Good luck, Emkaye!
You will get better. Try to be patient, and keep a positive attitude!
Take care,
Denise

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/21/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Em and welcome to HealingWell's GERD/Heartburn Forum.

I am sorry you are feeling so down re your GERD but I do agree with your Doctor to give the medication a chance to kick in.

You are right, the AD meds take 4-6 weeks to kick in and you may be OK once the GERD settles down so I would give it a bit more time.  However, if you still feel you would like to try one of the ADs do talk with your physician.

We have a great depression forum here also if you want to talk about your feelings with the members of that forum you are always welcome.

Take care,

Kitt


 

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LdyJane
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 903
   Posted 6/21/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome emkaye, you've met the wise and wonderful Denise and Kitt!! You can safely add Rolaids during the day to help with the heartburn, this may give you the relief you need to calm your anxiety too. Hopefully, together, this will give your esophagus the time it needs to heal.

Good luck,
Janice

emkaye
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 25
   Posted 6/22/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all and thanks again for your kind words.
Is it normal to have good days and then bad days???
I have really good days when I hardly am bothered at all and then I have a bad day which creeps me out.
I have been on the protonix for a week now 40mg 2x/day. I know it is helping but it just seems weird that it would get better and then get worse? I do have some good news. The oral thrush (white patches) in my mouth caused by gerd is almost completely gone now. I guess I should be thankful for small victories!
It kind of is depressing that I can only eat bland food. Three weeks ago I could eat anything I wanted with no heartburn! Grrrr. Maybe this is a wake up call that I need to modify my diet although weight isn't an issue. I only weigh 115 lbs and am trying my best to maintain my weight through all of this.
Thanks again for all your support and advice.
Em

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 6/22/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Em,

With either GERD or Depression you can have good days and bad days as I know this first hand  :-)

It is important to remember on those not so good days that you will be back to having a string of good days so keep on putting one foot in front of the other.

Also giving up some foods we like to eliminate the pain is worth it to me and I am sure you will be able to add back some of your favorites once your GERD is under control.  Just go slow.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

Kitt,
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