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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 12/4/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

For the last few months I have been having stomach issues. I went and a saw a doc at an Urgent Care in August because I was suffering from extreme bloating, stomach pain, heartburn and overall a lack of appetite. I didn't know if it was an ulcer or GERD. He couldn't do much for me. He just prescribed me a generic form of Prilosec (40mg x1 daily) for about 30 days. The bloating, heartburn, and pain went away while on the script.

From then on, the symptoms come and go. I usually can manage them with Zantac 150mg x2 day. Some days I need one Zantac, some days 2, and somedays none. Then I will hit a week when the pain gets bad and I start a 14 day regimen of Prilosec. Then things go away.

Basically, where I am at now is this... My symptoms: my heartburn is never really extreme. It doesn't really burn up my throat like others have. But I do have this weird burn feeling in my nostrils when I breathe in and out (at times). Mostly, what bothers me is that when I don't eat for a while or when I begin to get hungry, my stomach really starts to ache. it is like a dull ache, a somewhat nauseous feeling, but i know i won't puke. after i eat something, that usually settles the problem somewhat.

i don't know what it is, but i feel very fatigued and have headaches often.

i am going to arrange to see a doctor soon. but are these classic GERD symptoms. i don't have really bad heartburn, or any regurgitation. mostly just a dull stomach ache and some bloating, and burning nostrils.

thanks, zach

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 12/4/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like GERD to me, but I'm not a doc, just a patient.

I think if zantac was working for me I'd take it daily and be happy I didn't need anything stronger. But I'd also se a gastroenterologist, not just my PCP.

I would want to know WHY I had GERD, not just treat something.

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   Posted 12/5/2010 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi zdkaiser,
Welcome to Healing Well! It sounds like you're in the right place! I'm with DEFINITELY sounds like GERD, and perhaps reactive stomach as well. I have a very reactive stomach, and notice that when I'm hungry, I get symptoms very similar to yours.

Have you tried raising the head of your bed so that when you sleep gravity helps hold the acid in your stomach?

It's true, if Zantac is working, keep taking it. You could discuss increasing your dosage, though. My asthma doc (and earlier, family doc) prescribed 300mg Zantac at night. I've also read of someone who did well with 300mg morning AND night. You might talk to your doctor and see if you could try that.

If the Zantac isn't doing it, than PPI's are the next step. (Some docs will also prescribe PPI's with Zantac at bedtime to help keep acid down at the time when it's most problematic--when you're lying in a horizontal position.)

You're lucky your lungs aren't reacting, if you feel symptoms in your sinuses.

Have you ever been to a GI specialist? If not, it might be time to ask for a referral, if you've got insurance that will cover it.

Good luck with finding answers! If you haven't done it already, Google "GERD trigger foods", so you can eliminate them from your diet. That would help a lot.

Take care,

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Date Joined Nov 2010
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   Posted 12/5/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, zdkaizer
I havent had as much experience as most of the forum pals - but when you mentioned that you did not have heartburn . a little bell tinkled somewhere in my brain.   I was diagnosed with Gerd -but never ever had heartburn,  told I had too much stomach acid and was put on a PPI which made me worse, so did research and found that a lot of people with Gerd actually have low stomach acid.   The way I see it ... Gerd is a reflux disease .. which means your stomach flap/valve doesnt work properly .. and your stomach will release anything from pure acid if you have too much acid, or phlegm or half-digested food up your gullet if you have low acid.  If I'm wrong .. you guys out there, help out please.  The phlegm will stick in your throat, or run down your bronchial tubes and you'll cough, amd even develop lung problems as I did, or the half-digested food with a bit of acid will also push up and irritate your throat, or even work its way up your nasal passages.    After realising I had low acid,  concentrated on enzymes which solved my problem  ... posted a message about this.   My husband never coughed or didnt have heartburn, but he was for-ever clearing his throat, felt bloated and belched all the time.  Now that I'm taking enzymes, he does too .. and what do you know .. he is much better!
We don't want to take enzyme capsules all the time, so busy with research to take in natural enzymes.   Found that papaya, or as we know it, paw-paw works well, especially if eaten after meals.   We also found out that dates contain a lot of enzymes and assists with digestion, so we have a jar of dates handy and chomp them all the time.  Also found out that turmeric has so many healing powers .. also assists with digestion = so I think there must be oodles of natural stuff out there which we can take.   Its easy to google these products ... you'll be surprised!!
Found this website very informative:
Wishing you well,  Cecelia 

Post Edited (Cecelia) : 12/5/2010 8:52:17 AM (GMT-7)

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