stomach pain and heart burn

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mady
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   Posted 10/8/2009 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, I got a heart burn problem from last 1.5 years. When it was first occurred, I took medicine and it was became ok after a week, but due to my mistake i ate spicy food. So it started pain and I got severe pain whole day for few days, I went to a doctor and he suggested me to do a ultra sonic,. So I did it ,report was very normal. I was continue on medicine. But i didn't felt well any time. after few days, doctor again told me for an ultra sonic, for a confirmation. SO i did it again, but the same normal report. All the things normal. But i have same heart burn effect right now too.
When my stomach is full of food, then no problem, but when it starts emtying, i have a problem, another problem also developed was when I sleep, If i turn little bit on right or left side, I gets the pain. I have to sleep straight. So can you suggest what problem I Have???

speden
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   Posted 10/9/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you probably have GERD. Your doctor does not sound very knowledgeable if he's ordering ultrasounds. GERD will not generally be seen in an ultrasound. You should have an endoscopy done by a gastroenterologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Have you elevated the head of your bed? If you have GERD and are sleeping on a flat bed, you will cause damage to your esophagus and that could be what is causing your pain.

speden

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mady
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   Posted 10/9/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, speden , thanks for your reply.
I didn't elevated my bed. But I am sleeping on a flat bed, so i will have a heart burn. What do you suggest, what I need to do now???
any medicine, Is there any serious problem that i could get???? Please i am much worried about this.

speden
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   Posted 10/10/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mady,

You should see a gastroenterologist and have an endoscopy done. This will show how much damage you have to your esophagus and you can decide how best to treat it.

You can make lifestyle changes to reduce your acid exposure. Change your diet to contain less acid triggering foods, such as red meat, fried foods, etc. If you are overweight, then exercise and diet to get down to a healthy weight. If you smoke or are around people who smoke, get away from the smoke.

Avoid eating anything within two or three hours of going to bed. Do not drink a lot of liquid near bedtime. You want your stomach empty when laying down since if there is any food in your stomach, it will make more acid. For dinner, eat a light meal that will digest quickly. When you eat, chew your food fully so that it will get out of your stomach quickly. Eat small meals more often rather than big meals that will fill your stomach. If you eat meat, eat it as early in the day as possible since it takes a long long time to digest and leave your stomach.

Place some blocks under the bed to elevate the top of the bed 8" or more. This will keep the acid in the stomach at night instead of leaking up into your esophagus. Sleep only on your back or your left side, never sleep on your stomach or your right side.

During the day, never bend over. If you need to reach something down low, squat down instead of bending over. When your stomach is full after eating or drinking a lot, avoid jumping around or driving in a car, as this can splash the acid out of the stomach and into your esophagus.

Usually someone with GERD has a deficient LES valve, so your stomach is sort of like a glass full of acid with no lid on it. To keep the acid inside you want to keep the cup not too full and you don't want to tip it over or the acid will spill out.

The lifestyle changes will help a lot, but usually will not cure the problem. In those case you will also need to take medication to reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces. This is where the gastroenterologist will be able to tell you what medication to take.

speden

couchtater
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   Posted 10/10/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healingwell!
 
I agree with speden. You need to see a GI and have some of the evaulation tests done.

1. Baruim swallow (done in different positions)
2. Endoscopy (doctor looks inside while your sedated)
3. Bravo test (can be inserted at the endoscopy)
4. manometry test (also know as a motility test)
The only unpleasant test is the manometry, but it's a mind over matter thing. rolleyes
 
Lifestyle changes will help to some degree, but if your LES is defective it will not cure itself even with medications. Medication only treats the symptoms not cures it. If you have to go the way of surgery there are many options:
1. Nissen (the older method that many doctors believe in)
2. EsophyX (It's newer and is done without stitches through the mouth)
3. Linx (which is in trials right now, it involves a magnetic bracelet around your esophagus)

GERD is not the end of the world, so don't panic. Just relax and breathe. Stress makes it worse. scool
 
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