Hello...does this sound like GERD?

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ZLSJ
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   Posted 7/25/2009 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
 
I am a frequent poster on the Ulcerative Colitis board. Thought I'd come straight to you folks on this one though.
 
I've had a bit more heartburn the last few days, nothing too crazy though. I went to bed last night and woke up with a yucky taste in my mouth (Bitter/sour taste ...not sure) around 2:15 and regurgitated. Ran up quickly thinking I was going to vomit but only spit up some phlegm. Now my throat is sore and I keep coughing up this stuff...doesn't appear to be blood.
 
Sound like a classic case of GERD? Is it common to have an attack so sudden? Should I whip into emergency to confirm just what it is I' m coughin up?
 
By the way, I have Ulcerative Proctitis, IBS, as well as a small hiatal hernia for what it's worth
 
Thanks for any help!

Post Edited (ZLSJ) : 7/25/2009 4:54:42 AM (GMT-6)


dencha
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   Posted 7/25/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ZLSJ,
Welcome to our little corner of Healing Well! It sure sounds like GERD. I've been a GERD sufferer for 20 years or so, but never had the severe GERD issues you're describing. I do know that many here have. Hopefully someone who has your specific symptoms will check in soon, and respond to you. I've read lots of posts here that sound like what you're describing. My symptoms led to severe asthma, so I had the surgery in February, and have experienced real relief.
Good luck finding an answer to your question. I'm confident you will.
Again, welcome!
Denise

couchtater
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   Posted 7/25/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations! Sounds like GERD! eyes
Hang in there. There is plenty of help and information out there and here. idea
 
I don't think you don't need the emergency room right now unless your bleeding or in pain.
 
First, find a good gastroenderologist in your area who can work you up and find out how bad it is. You may just need more medication. rolleyes
If he mentions surgery there is two kinds of surgery. smhair
 
One is taking the top of your stomach and wrapping the top around your esophagus to strengthen the LES called a Nissen.
The other surgery is the Esophyx procedure. They go down your throat with a special endoscope and basically staple the top edges of your stomach around your esophagus.
You can find both on the internet for further research.
 
I'm chosing the Esophyx procedure. I'm working it out now to see the lead doctor in this area and hopefully have my surgery before the year is up.
 
Joy yeah

ZLSJ
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   Posted 7/25/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again,
 
Thanks for the advice/info.
 
As the day goes on, no heartburn, no yucky taste, throat is feeling better. Would that have been an acute attack of GERD? Is that possible?
 
I guess I'll wait and see what happens to me tonight when I hit the pillow.
 
What Over the Counter meds should I take? Pepto?

dencha
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   Posted 7/25/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ZLSJ,
If you can elevate the head of your bed (you can get bed risers at Bed Bath and Beyond--I saw them today, or a medical supply store, or even bricks or blocks will work--the risers are more stable, though) When you are sleeping, you're laying down, and your dysfunctional LES valve allows the acid to reflux into your esophagus. If you elevate your bed, gravity will help to keep the acid in your stomach.

Using a pile of pillows isn't the same, because it can actually put pressure on your stomach by bending your body there, thus sending more acid up to your esophagus. You can also try a wedge, which is available at medical supply stores, but they still aren't as good as elevating the head of your bed. They can bother your back, too, if you slide down on them.

Whenever I have a reflux episode, I've always used Maalox. It seems to coat the stomach/esophagus nicely and give relief. Plain old water can be great, too. If you take an acid reducer med, (Prevacid, Prilosec, etc.), take it at dinnertime. Also, try not to eat within 3-4 hours before going to bed.

Good luck! We're here to help however we can!
Denise

ZLSJ
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   Posted 7/27/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
My attack seems to have been a one night kick.
 
The night it seemed to hit me so hard I had KFC with our families while on vacation, and throughout the evening I consumed about 6 of the new Bud Lime beers. I do get heartburn from too much lime but never really thought this beer tasted that "limey". So I think I can pinpoint the cause but I've never had a painful attack like that. The heartburn was there, but the reflux (the gagging and the acidy taste) had me so scared. Throat is still a bit on the tender side.
 
Thanks for all the support!

dencha
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   Posted 7/27/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I think fried food is especially bad because the grease creates "slippage", which makes it that much easier to reflux. I know when eating fried foods my reflux was much worse.

As I said, you might notice a big improvement with the elevation of the head of your bed. It'll take a little while for the burned tissue to recover. You'll want to be a bit careful with your eating until it's healed.

Good luck!
Denise
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