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rosyposy89
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   Posted 6/22/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't actually been diagnosed with GERD but i'm pretty sure i have it. I've had problems with acid for years now and have been prescribed Ranitide by my doctor. This normally helps with my usual symptoms, excess acid, wind etc. Tonight, however, i'm experiencing a new symptom... i've got a horrible tingling/burning sensation in my throat and it makes me feel as though i need to gag or vomit. I haven't vomited but the tingling is keeping me awake. I've taken my Ranitide tablet but that has done absolutely nothing. I have a big day tomorrow and i really need to get some sleep! Has anyone got any suggestions as to what else i could take/do to relieve my symptoms and help me drift off? Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated... i'm getting desperate! Thanks so much. :-)

couchtater
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   Posted 6/22/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Prop your bed up 6-8 inches.
Try some Malox to soothe your stomach.

You need to see a GI for some testing to see if you need stronger medication or surgery.

Joy

rosyposy89
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   Posted 6/22/2010 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy. I'm sat up now and itt's helping a bit. What is Malox...i'm from England so don't know if we get that over here as i've never heard of it. To be honest my Doc doesn't seem particularly interested, last time i saw her she pretty much told me my acid was something i needed to learn to deal with. After finding this website and matching so many of the symptoms on the diagnoses thread with my own i'm inclined to go back and demand to be taken more seriously.

rosyposy89
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   Posted 6/22/2010 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
BTW... i heard that milk can be a good acid neutraliser. Is this right, or is there anything else that works in a similar way?

Alcie
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   Posted 6/22/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
In the short term milk raises the pH, but then acid is triggered because you have eaten, and you only make it worse. Stick with PPIs or any of the many OTC meds until you get a doctor's diagnosis.
Alcie
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 6/23/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
rosyposy89
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I checked for info re antacids in UK and found this info for you.

Antacids are a type of medicine that can provide immediate relief for mild to moderate symptoms of indigestion. They work by neutralising the acid in your stomach (making it less acidic), so that it no longer irritates the lining (mucosa) of your digestive system.

Antacids are available in tablet and liquid form. You can buy them over-the-counter (OTC) from most pharmacies without a prescription. Check with your pharmacist if you are unsure about which type of antacid is suitable for you.

The effect of an antacid only lasts for a few hours at a time, so you may need to take more than one dose. Always follow the instructions on the packet to ensure that you do not take too much.

It is best to take antacids when you are expecting symptoms of indigestion or when they start to occur. For example:

after meals
at bedtime
This is because antacids stay in your stomach for longer at these times and have more time to work. For example, if you take an antacid at the same time as eating a meal, it can work for up to three hours. In comparison, if you take an antacid on an empty stomach it may only work for 20 to 60 minutes.

Do check with your pharmnacist and ask about a liquid antacid similar to what Joy referred to, Maalox here in the USA.

Kindly,

Kitt
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