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newport
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   Posted 2/3/2005 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
 Hello to all- I am having some of the worst pain I have ever had in my life from Acid Reflux!! I was in the hospital two weeks ago with it and the pain has only given me two days relief!! The pain comes every 20 minutes to and hour and was every hour last night so I got no sleep at all!!! I am affraid to eat or drink anything! I can't go to the Doctor til next week.Is there anything I can do to stop the heart attack feeling til then??? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.Thank You!!!

Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/3/2005 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Newport!

Sorry you are having such discomfort!  Have you tried drinking a mint-based tea?  I know that can sometimes help calm acid, for me, anyway!  Also, I know this is an elementary question, but have you tried OTC acid relievers?  I know Rolaids just came out with a new product, "Soft Chews", which may provide some relief for you. 
 
I'll post more info as I think of it! :) Hope you feel better soon, and please keep us posted!

Toni
And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/3/2005 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Just remembered, you may also want to try chewing some gum (although not cinnamon, as it would probably enhance your discomfort). Supposedly, it creates more saliva which helps wash acid down into your stomach.
And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


newport
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   Posted 2/3/2005 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
 
  Thanks for the advice.I have tried the new rolaids soft chew and it did no good at all. My hubby is going to get me some Prilosec OTC on his way home from work tomorrow.Hopefully that will help. I also tried the gum,didnt work either.I ate a piece of toast and not ten minutes later I had an attack.This is really starting to get on my nerves!! Can stress bring this on?? Am I making it worse by getting so upset over it. I dont have the tea you mentioned,would green tea work? Sorry so many ??? I am new to this. Thanks so much!!!

Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/3/2005 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry it wasn't any useful advice! :(  Yes, stress tends to be acid's best friend.  I usually get awful heartburn & stomach ailments when I'm stressed.  But I know it's hard to NOT worry and stress when you haven't felt well for so long!!  Green tea should be great, in fact, its renowned for its help with your tummy & digestive system. 

Have you tried sleeping sitting up? I know it sounds uncomfortable, but sometimes I've had to sleep like this to get relief from acid so that I could get some shut-eye. 

Hope you are acid-free soon!! And no worries bout the questions, I'm glad to help!

Toni


And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


newport
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   Posted 2/4/2005 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Toni,I will be drinking some green tea in just a few minutes!! I slept in my husbands reclyner last night and it did help.I finally got some sleep.He brought me home some Prilosec last night so we are just praying it kicks in soon!!! Things were so bad last night that I had to vomit!!! Never done that before,and boy did it ever burn my chest!! What was that all about??? Hope you are doing well and thanks again!!!
 
CAROLYN


Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/4/2005 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carolyn,
 
I'm so sorry!  I've never actually had to throw up, but I've come close, so I can imagine how you feel!  In fact, I usually get nauseous immediately preceding my heartburn, but it goes away.  Not to sound gross, but was it food or just bile you vomited?  Because if it were just bile, that would definitely tear your chest & throat up!  I really wish I could remember the prescription that I took when I had bile troubles, it really helped .. I might have record of it, I'll take a look tonight and let you know. 
 
Glad the recliner helped you get some rest!  And I hope the tea and Prilosec help! 
 
Right now, I'm taking a medicine called Zegerid - it's a powder that you mix with water and drink.  It's basically a PPI, but it's more effective than the pills (Nexium, Prevacid) I have taken before.  Is your Dr's office close?  Maybe they could give you some samples to tide you over until your visit.  I am taking it 2xday, morning & night, and my heartburn is barely noticeable.
 
I really hope you feel better soon .. I'm thinking of you!!
((HUGS))

Toni

And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


newport
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   Posted 2/4/2005 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Toni,

Dont worry,your question didnt sound gross to me.It was bile,no food. Let me know if you find what that perscription was.I am going to ask my doctor about the zegerid you are taking.Cant get to my Doctor til next week hopefully Monday.He is real good about giving me samples to last a month or longer because he knows I dont have any insurance.I am so glad I found you on here.Nice to have someone to talk to that understands what I am going through.My husband feels bad for me and wishes he could help but like he said,he really has no idea what this feels like.By the way,I am in Texas,where are you?
 
CAROLYN


Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/4/2005 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry, I hope you never have to go through that again! I will def. look up that RX, as I'm sure I still have it somewhere!

I hope the Zegerid works for you! I've taken every medication out there for GERD .. you name it, I've been on it! This is my last-ditch effort, and if/when it stops working, I'm seriously considering an out-patient procedure that my Dr. recommended called Endocinch.

I know what you mean! I have insurance, but they won't cover my RX for 2xday ... so my Dr. has been kind enough to provide me with tons of samples until the situation is remedied. I am getting married at the end of April, so I will then go on my husband's insurance, but until then, it's nice having an understanding doctor!

I'm glad to have found you, too! My family is very supportive as well, but they can't fully understand. I'm from OH .. will probably always live here, but I do want to travel and see the world :)

((HUGS))

Toni
And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


newport
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   Posted 2/4/2005 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Toni-Thanks for getting that info for me.I was born in Youngstown,Ohio.My family left when I was 10 for Arizona.I have been in Texas for almost five years now.Congrats on your upcoming marriage.

I think something is helping.I havent had a SEVERE attack in almost two hours and it has been every 20-30 mins. I am almost affraid to say anything!!! Am starving right now but affraid to eat anything!!!! Maybe I will try a piece of bread. I appreciate your support more than you know!!!!

Hope you are doing well today!!!!!!!
 
CAROLYN


Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/4/2005 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so happy that you're having some relief!!!! :):):)  I'll knock on wood and keep my fingers crossed, so whatever is helping KEEPS helping!!

Okay, the medicine my Dr. prescribed for my bile is called Metoclopramide (Reglan) and I was taking 10mg 4xday.  Try and see if your Dr. can get you something along those lines.  It took a couple of days to kick in as I recall, but once it did, I was a happy puppy!
 
Which do you prefer, of the places you've lived?  I've always thought TX seemed like a really great place to live, nice & warm. I'm a freeze-baby!
 
Thanks, I'm excited .. wow, how'd my font get black?!? lol  It's fastly approaching but that's good, I'm pretty impatient! :)
 
I'm sorry you're hungry.  I know exactly how you feel!  I've had days where I'm so frustrated & afraid to eat, too!  Bread's usually a good food, because it's supposed to 'soak up' the acid.  At least that's what I always thought! 

I'm doing OK tonight ... stomach's a bit irritated, but it's been strange all day.  Haven't had much of an appetite (very unlike me!).  It's gurgling now, so I suspect I'll be hitting the bathroom soon!
 
((HUGS)) Keep feeling better!!!
Toni
And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


Searchin'
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   Posted 2/6/2005 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   

This is my first post on healingwell.com.  I am learning a lot by reading about other people who are suffering from GERD/acidreflux/heartburn.

I have been frustrated searching the Net for ACTIVE message boards.  Seems like so many messages are from one, two, or three years ago and there is no way for current communication.

I have some questions for anybody who might know the answers and wants to share.

Does anyone have horrible bad breath with their reflux?

Is there such a thing as "acid fumes" coming from the stomach even though a person might not ever feel liquid?

If a person's LES is working OK, is it impossible to get acid reflux or acid fumes?

How long does it take for Barrett's esophagus to develop?

How many skinny people have reflux and GERD?

Is GERD and acid reflux one and the same?

I think this is enough for the first post. confused   Thanks a lot for any help!


Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/6/2005 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Searchin'!  Welcome to the GERD board!

I recently joined HealingWell in Dec. and have found the most wonderful people here!
 
I personally do not have bad breath, but wouldn't doubt that could be a side effect from acid reflux. 
 
As for the 'acid fumes', I'd imagine you could have that.  I rarely have bile, but often have heartburn. 
 
I also think that you can have acid reflux even with your LES sphincter working perfectly, although when it DOESN'T work well, you're liable to feel much worse (as I'm sure you know!).
 
I'm not sure how long it takes Barrett's Esophagus to develop.  I know that if you have GERD, you are more likely to get Barrett's, but on the same note, you can have GERD forever and NOT get BE, too.
 
As far as I know, GERD & Acid Reflux are one in the same.
 
And I am probably considered 'skinny' (5'6", 120 lbs), and I've had GERD since I was 15 (8 years).
 
Hope this helps! :)

Toni
And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


newport
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   Posted 2/6/2005 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Toni,Well,The hubby had me in the ER Friday night and they put me on previcid and Carefate to help any ulcers that may be there or may develope.At least I can eat now.I take the carefate 1 hour before I eat.I got to sleep in bed last night!!!!!!! YIPPIE with no problems!!!! So far so good!!! Hope you are feeling good today!
As for living in Ohio or Texas,I prefere Texas,The people here are some of the friendliest you will ever meet.There is no such thing as a stranger here.Yes it can be hot but its ok. Well,need to go get ready to watch the super Bowl!!! Thanks for all your help,will post tomorrow.
 
CAROLYN


Searchin'
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   Posted 2/7/2005 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   

Toni-Thanks for your response.  I appreciate your comments.

From what I have read about GERD, your being slim is to your advantage.  I have about 16 pounds to lose and while I don't think weight causes GERD, it apparently can certainly contribute to the symptoms.

Thanks again for your interest.  It is really helpful to read about the ways in which people are coping with this illness. Best wishes.

Carolyn, I wish you well also.

 

Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/7/2005 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Carolyn! :o)

Sorry you had a scary Friday night :(  BUT, I'm so happy you are feeling better!  I've never heard of Carefate, but I'm glad it's helping you!!!  I was thinking about you all weekend!

I am feeling OK .. had a stomachache all weekend, but it's easing up! 
 
I fell asleep with my son last night, so I slept right through the Super Bowl!  How was it?  Any memorable commercials?
 
I've heard that about TX, also about W.VA.  My friend is from W.VA and she said Ohioans are some of the rudest people she's ever come across!  I'd probably love living in a place like TX, with all the kind people, but my all of my family is in OH, so I'll probably stay here.
 
Hope you're still feeling fantastic, and enjoying left-over Super Bowl yummies! :)

Toni

And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/7/2005 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Searchin' -

Glad to be of some help! Please let us know if there's anything else we can help with :)

Toni
And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


newport
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   Posted 2/7/2005 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there Toni-Well,I spoke too soon!!! First thing this morning I had to vomit again!!! I am getting so sick of all this.I just keep taking my meds and praying they will work.They helped all weekend so maybe that crap this morning was just a fluke???
Whats left of my family is still in Ohio also.Both my parents are gone now so really have no desire to ever go back there.I forgot to say anything about Az. I suppose that say's enough right there huh?? LOL
The super bowl didnt go my way but oh well!!! As for the commercials,well,they werent that great this year.
Hope your tummy is better!!!!
Have A great day!!!! : )
 
CAROLYN


newport
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   Posted 2/7/2005 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Searchin'

I too had trouble finding a site that didnt have two year old post on it. Finding this one and finding Toni has been a God send!!!
Hope it is for you also.
hope your feeling better.
 
CAROLYN


Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/7/2005 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry, Carolyn! :(  Did anything stressful happen yesterday?  Or maybe it was something that didn't agree with you?  After having a good weekend, I know you've got to be feeling really upset!  How are you this afternoon?  Any better/worse? 
 
I'm sorry about your parents.  Truthfully, apart from my parents, my Grandparents are why I'm still here.  I'm sure I'll stay here even when they pass, but they're just really special to me and I want to be close to them.
 
I'm glad you at least had a nice night last night, despite the outcome of the game :) 

Still feeling a bit icky, but not bad like this weekend.  I was on medicine for the cramping, Pamine Forte, but it gave me really awful sharp pains and I couldn't function.  I'd had over a month of relief (from the cramping) but most recently stopped taking the Pamine, and had an 'attack'.  Think I will call my Dr. and see what else he can prescribe. 
 
You're very sweet - thanks for the compliment, it made my day!  Would you like to exchange email addresses? :)

Toni

And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


newport
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   Posted 2/8/2005 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Toni-I cant really think of anything that stressed me out,but who knows? Had to sleep in the reclyner last night.Had to vomit three times.I have reached a point now where all I want to do is cry cuz I think it is never going to go away.I was only awake for 30 minutes this morning and it hit so bad that all I could do is moan and cry.
I would love to exchange email addresses with you!! Mine is rcgrogan@hotmail.com Just got an email from my sister in law and she said my brother was the same way when he had five ulcers so I think I am going to ask her more about it.
I understand about not wanting to leave Ohio,I am getting that way with Texas.My husband would love to go back to Oregon where he is from.I like it there also but I think our place is here for now.Maybe someday when the time is right we will go back there.
I'm sorry to hear about your tummy!!! Hopefully your Dr. will give you something else. I hate this hit and miss thing with the meds,dont you?
Well,I hope you feel better :) Buh bye for now.
Oh Yeah,I also have Yahoo messenger if you want to do that also.Let me know.
Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!!!!!
 
CAROLYN


Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/8/2005 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry!! Real quick I wanted to tell you you're in my thoughts ... also, maybe ask your Dr. about a medicine called Metoclopramide, it may help relieve your bile. (I can't remember if it was instant relief, or if it took a few days, though).

I'll write more later!
((HUGS))

Toni
And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


Searchin'
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   Posted 2/8/2005 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Carolyn - Have you ever had an endoscopy procedure?  If so, what did they find?  How is the OTC Prilosec working for you?
 
Do you ever have a burning throat and mouth?    Mine is all of the time anymore, or so it seems, but it is especially bad several hours after I eat.   Strange, though, that my appetite remains fantastic!  Wouldn't you know it!!!!! Can't figure that one out.
 
I am surprised that there aren't more posters on this board because I know that many people suffer with GERD.  Keep in touch.
 
P.S. Hi, Toni!

Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/8/2005 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Searchin'!  :)
 
I, too, have a rather healthy appetite.  It's when I'm NOT hungry that I know something's up. 
 
You mentioned you have acid in your throat after you eat .. what are your other symptoms?  Are you taking any prescriptions, etc.?
 
I agree with you on the posters (those who post) .. it seemed like there was a flood of responses & posts and then it sort of died off.  I personally love talking to other Gerders, it helps me not feel alone!

Take care, and let us know how you are!!

Toni

And days go by
I can feel them flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind
And cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start living right now
Cause days go by


Searchin'
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   Posted 2/9/2005 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, Toni!  You're right.  It's about as dead as a doornail here.

Maybe people are just tired.  Maybe they don't know about the website. 

As for my acid reflux, I think it may havr a lot to do with anxiety.

Sometimes the reflux is worse than other times.  I am not depressed, but I guess I am subconciously anxious.  I worry a lot and I know that this is not good but it is hard to stop when it is in a person's nature.

I don't take any medicine for the reflux except intermittent Pepcid and Tums and sometimes Pepto Bismal.  The Prilosec made my stomach cramp and feel bloated.  I try to eat well.  Have cut out all carbonated drinks, tea, and coffee.  I only drink water.

Hope you are doing well.  :-)     Searchin'

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