Does anyone know of any good relivers for GERD?

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JamieLeigh1993
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   Posted 1/9/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Well guys, problem is, I'm getting sick of GERD now.

I'm 16 years old, and I've been having troubles with GERD for about 3-4 years.

I wake up every morning, feeling nauseous, and dizzy, and I have to sit at the end of my bed for a second to let the blood go to my head before I get up. Trouble is, I have anxiety, and I'm frightened to death of being sick, so when I feel sick in the mornings it really isn't nice for me and I don't like it to be honest.

Also, if I stay up late and I begin to get tired, I get terrible reflux and the back of my throat really burns, feels like someone's sticking a cactus down my throat, which also isn't very pleasant.

I would like to ask another question too, do any of the other GERD sufferers here get pain in the intestine area? I thought I could've had appendicitis at first, because the pains are a lot more frequent on the right, but the same pains began to happen on the left hand side, and as GERD is related to your digestive system, I've come to associate these pains with GERD, due to your intestines also being part of your digestive system.

And yeah, I haven't really tried any of the GERD reliving products yet, so does anyone have any recommendations to make so I can go out and try something? Because I genuinely have had enough of it now, it's not exactly an extremely terrible condition to have, but I do find it rather irritating and it's not the most practical thing to have.

couchtater
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   Posted 1/9/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
First elevate the head of your bed six inches.
You could start with tums.
However you need to talk with your parents about these feelings. Tell them you need to see an Gastroendologist. I know you are scared, but this is important. I'm still scared of doctors, but I go to them because I know I need them to keep me healthy.
The GI will run a few tests, none really so bad, which will help determine how to help you.
Please talk to your parents and let them know how you are feeling. Please.

Joy

stkitt
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   Posted 1/9/2010 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn Forum. I am sorry to hear you have been having issues for 4 years.



I have to agree with Joy, please do talk with your parents as you need to see your physician for a medical screening exam and to perhaps have some testing done to make a dx of GERD.



Also you may want to check out our thread at the top of the forum re " Do I have GERD?"



Again a warm welcome.



Kitt

JamieLeigh1993
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   Posted 1/10/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your replies, and I do appreciate them, although I already know that I have GERD, I was just asking a couple of questions related to the problem, so do any of you have any answers to the questions I asked?

couchtater
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   Posted 1/10/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I get a lot of gas problems. I swallow a lot of air thanks to my GERD.

Joy

babygirl10150
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   Posted 1/10/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I would start at the bottom and work your way up to see what works. Start with tums or something like mylanta. If those don't help I would try zantac. It that doesn't help try prilosec or prevacid OTC. After that I would see if you could get a rx. A GI would want to do some tests which aren't bad at all.

Have you changed your diet? That seems to help alot. Stay away from triggers such as caffeine, greasy fatty and fried foods, anything acidic such as tomatoes and most fruits. You can google gerd diet.
Michelle

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Stormienite
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   Posted 1/11/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Well guys, problem is, I'm getting sick of GERD now.

I'm 16 years old, and I've been having troubles with GERD for about 3-4 years.

I wake up every morning, feeling nauseous, and dizzy, and I have to sit at the end of my bed for a second to let the blood go to my head before I get up. Trouble is, I have anxiety, and I'm frightened to death of being sick, so when I feel sick in the mornings it really isn't nice for me and I don't like it to be honest.
 
You may be light headed from low blood pressure, anemia, or many other things - including med side effects.  My GERD has never made me dizzy.  I would also elevate the top of your bed so reflux won't come up into your esophogus.

Also, if I stay up late and I begin to get tired, I get terrible reflux and the back of my throat really burns, feels like someone's sticking a cactus down my throat, which also isn't very pleasant.
 
I would stop eating around 6pm along with no caffeine or acidic foods.  My throat has been burning constantly lately.  Really the only thing that helps is really cold drinks.  Like uber filled w/ ice.  I've also heard milk soothes it so I'm gonna try that here as soon as I'm done.

I would like to ask another question too, do any of the other GERD sufferers here get pain in the intestine area? I thought I could've had appendicitis at first, because the pains are a lot more frequent on the right, but the same pains began to happen on the left hand side, and as GERD is related to your digestive system, I've come to associate these pains with GERD, due to your intestines also being part of your digestive system.
 
Last week I got tremendous pain in my intestines for days.  The one day it was really bad.  I thought I'd have to go to the hospital.  It started in my upper intestines and moved down.  Then I would go to the bathroom and the process would start all over.  Took about 4 times before the pain subsided.

And yeah, I haven't really tried any of the GERD reliving products yet, so does anyone have any recommendations to make so I can go out and try something? Because I genuinely have had enough of it now, it's not exactly an extremely terrible condition to have, but I do find it rather irritating and it's not the most practical thing to have.
 
Get rolaids and keep them with you.  Even if you don't have symptoms at night, make sure you take one bbefore you go to bed.  And call you Dr!  Get him to refer you to a gastro Dr.
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dencha
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   Posted 1/11/2010 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi JamieLeigh1993,
Stormienite gave you lots of good advice in her post. I'd add no peppermint or chocolate--HUGE triggers. Gum is a no-no. I'll assume your parents are aware of your problems. If not, Kitt and Joy are right-on. You need to let them know.

Elevate the head of your bed first. You can use wood, or blocks, or buy bed raisers from Bed Bath and Beyond or wherever sell them.
Search "GERD triggers" and stay far away from all of them.
Take TUMS or Maalox (or Mylanta, etc.) when you have symptoms.

If your symptoms persist, you need to see a GI doctor, because if you're having reflux at your age, you're setting yourself up for some serious stuff in the future. Your esophagus isn't meant to be doused with acid on a regular basis, and you're causing damage if reflux is allowed to continue.

It's said that GERD sufferers swallow more air than other people. That extra air can translate into gas, that is either burped, or goes through the GI tract to exit through the "back door". That could cause abdominal pain.

Faintness, etc. would be more a symptom of your anxiety than GERD. GERD, however, is very anxiety-producing for many people, so you're not alone.
Good luck, JamieLeigh.
I hope you find the answer to your problems soon!
Denise

rch427
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   Posted 1/11/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Jamie Leigh -- FWIW, you might want to give one of the natural treatments a try, if you haven't already. You have nothing to lose!

I've had GERS for about 4 years now. When I first was diagnosed, the doctor told me that I needed to be on a proton pump inhibitor (first Prevacid, then Protonix). The pill every morning seemed to control the reflux pretty well, although for some reason, after about 3 years, the reflux began occurring in the evenings as well. The doctor suggested taking a Protonix before dinner too, but I did a little research and learned about apple cider vinegar.

Every morning, I take 2 tablespoons of Bragg's organic apple cider vinegar (any unfiltered, organic brand will work), into which I stir about 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda (I buy bulk, low-sodium baking soda). I let it fizz for about 30 seconds, then I add another 4 ounces or so of unfiltered apple juice. I drink this down, followed by some straight apple juice or another beverage, to thoroughly wash it down and get rid of any residual sourness.

In the past 6 months of taking this every morning, I have not had one episode of reflux.

In short, don't accept everything a doctor may tell you. I wish I'd known about ACV from the beginning, but most doctors are either ignorant of its potential, or don't trust "natural remedies", or are in the pocket of the pharmaceutical companies who would rather I pay them $60 a month for Protonix and all of its possible side-effects, than spend $3 for a bottle of ACV that is totally natural and even has other health benefits.

Good luck!

janda
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   Posted 1/11/2010 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety related GERD is quite common. You have some good practical advice. The Milk worked for me when I was young(er), but the retro-mucous later was a pain. The mucous goes into overdrive to try and heal your aesophagus.... I used the apple cider but couldn't commit to the yucky taste. It works though. Try to get help for your anxiety at the same time to heal all of you. I find that Calcium Carbonate in Caltrate D helps me. I need to keep coffee intake down and not eat after dinner unless it is gentle (ie oatmeal). Tomatoes, etc. are acidic and I also find alcoholic beverages can set me off something awful. I also swear by vitamins B and natural unbleached soy lecithin for calming the 'shakes" of anxiety. Lots of sleep, good quality sleep and good nutrition is soooo important!

girl_geek
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   Posted 1/14/2010 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
dencha said...
...Gum is a no-no. ...
Just curious... I could have sworn that I've heard gum is good for GERD (as long as it doesn't have peppermint or something!) -- I think it has something to do with excess saliva production?  Why do you say gum is bad?
 
Jamie -- you've already received some great advice so I don't have a whole lot to add!  I have noticed that my GERD gets worse with stress/anxiety, and also when I eat certain foods (I'm still experimenting to find out what my exact triggers are!)  I'm also taking an Rx since the OTC medications didn't work for me.  Good luck and I hope you can find something that works for you soon!
Diagnoses: GERD, small hiatal hernia, anxiety, allergies
Medications: Nexium (GERD), Lexapro (anxiety), Singulair (allergies), Tazorac (acne)
Note: I suspect my GERD was caused by taking antibiotics for acne. Please be careful about taking antibiotics when not necessary!


babygirl10150
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   Posted 1/14/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
They say gum is bad because you swallow excess air. I personally have to have gum. I was told that saliva helps neutralize acid.
Michelle

~Nissen 12/14/09~

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