GERD and indigestion

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judy02
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   Posted 6/13/2010 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I seem to get acid reflux and indigestion interchangeably at times. This week I've felt really bloated for about 4 days, (and not produced any stools the whole time), then other times I'll have an acid attack.
 
I was thinking about taking digestive enzymes to help with the indigestion, but at the same time, I don't want to aggrivate my GERD. I don't know whether to just try it and see what happens.
 
But I just wondered if anyone else has had similar problems or symptoms who can give me a heads up at all?
 
Thanks :-)

opnwhl4
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   Posted 6/13/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
judy-
Welcome to Healing Well GERD forum!
I had my first Nissen 4 years ago and I am just over 1 year out from my redo. I still do have those bad bloating days once in a while and I also get the nasty all day on the toilet days too. The latter I am not sure if it's the nissen or the gallbladder removal.
I really haven't tried any of the enzymes myself , so I can't help there. I am sure some of our other members will be along shortly and offer some great advice though.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09


couchtater
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   Posted 6/13/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you on any PPIs or H2 blockers?

They will help with the acid problems.

The bloat/bowel problems could be from dairy products???

Joy

judy02
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   Posted 6/14/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the welcome Bill :)

Hi Joy, I'm taking PPI's, namely Nexium at the moment 40mg and it's not eliminating my symptoms...
 
I've been on PPI medication since August last year, although this is the strongest one I've been taking so far (been on this one for about 2 months). For whatever reason, they're not getting rid of acid reflux.

Post Edited (judy02) : 6/14/2010 11:17:12 AM (GMT-6)


couchtater
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   Posted 6/14/2010 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Before my surgery I was on two 40mg nexiums and a 300mg zantac.

You still have some leeway in the dosage increases. Talk to the GI about getting an increase.

Also, have you raised the head of your bed, yet? This can help with the nighttime issues.

Joy

judy02
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   Posted 6/15/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy. Yeah tried raising the head of my bed. Don't have too much in the way of problems at night.

Good to know I can still increase my dose, may look into that.

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 7/12/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy regarding the digestive enzymes they are definately worth a shot since they wont do any harm but they may help too. I think the motto to helping GERD for any one of us is try try try.

drjohnny
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   Posted 7/16/2010 2:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope this helps anyone who wakes up choking on the worst bitter bile - unable to breath problem.
It gets so bad that when I do catch a breath of air it burns my throat so bad I feel like I am breathing fire.
OK, for prevention...
Elevate the upper body. I find that when I wake up choking I have always slipped off my pillows in my sleep and I am horizontal.
The bile literally cuts off my air supply, so when I awake, I am gasping for air...and those first few breaths are incredibly painful due to the burn I get inhaling over the bile which has scorched my throat.
Now I always have a glass of water, which barely helps, so I RUN for the refrigerator for a glass of milk. Milk is certainly better than water.
Still, just minutes ago, I had it soo bad that even after the milk I was in severe pain, so I tried a solution that I read here.
I took a spoonful of apple cider vinegar in a small amount of water and drank it...and it seemed to help somewhat, not perfect, but it did indeed help.
Also took a single acid reducer.
Next time it happens I will try about two teaspoons of Apple cider vinegar and forgo the water.
Obviously, prevention is key..but when it does happen, someone needs a better solution than what I am providing. If you have one better, please let me know!

couchtater
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   Posted 7/16/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you raising the head of your bed or sleeping on pillows? Sleeping pillows makes you bend at the waist causing more reflux.

What kind of medicines are you on? What kind of testing have you had done?

Joy

MTaylor
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   Posted 7/16/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been suffering from GERD for quite some time.  I have tried a product called the Heart Tracker by Biocom Technologies.  I simply do paced breathing several times a day and have had success stabalizing my condition.

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 7/18/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Dr Johnny don't try taking the ACV by itself because it burns on the way down that way. It definately needs to be in water at least two tablespoons in a big glass. Make sure the water is warm not hot or cold. Another quick remedy is drinking cranberry juice. My Dad swears by this.
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