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dmomhere
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   Posted 2/18/2005 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 
I just found this forum and have been on the fibromyalgia section cause it is that that brought me here. However, I noticed some talk of Gerd in there which led me to this section. I've never heard of Gerd - I do have Reflux disease (that diagnostic came after a scope two years ago). I was just wondering what Gerd stands for and is it the same as Reflux. I only take Zantac for this and the symptoms come and go depending on what I eat or drink. However, I quit smoking a month and a half ago and have had to deal with this every single daysince. It lets go when I remember to take a Zantac (which I sometimes take three a day lately) but I am terrible at taking meds. I looked around this site and read some to find what Gerd stands for and couldnt seem to find anything. I would really appreciate it if someone could elaborate a little on this disease and whether or not quitting smoking could make it worse if anyone knows. (I smoked for 24 years and am 35 years old. I am also being tested for Lupus and Thyroid. I've had stomach problems since I was a kid, don't believe I have an ulcer at the moment, dealing with a lot of sinus problems and am only taking sleep aid which I just started - just some info to help anyone who would like to give a little advice on what's going on with the frequent heartburn (which is putting it mildly, I feel like a volcano is going on inside) Thanks in advance.

Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/18/2005 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again!  I should have read this post first, sorry!
 
GERD stands for Gastroesophagal Reflux Disease.  Yes, GERD and acid reflux disease are one in the same. 
 
Not sure if you know, but alcohol can weaken your LES gland (the gland that keeps acid from entering your esophagus), therefore producing heartburn.  It's recommended if you have GERD/acid reflux that you avoid alcohol in excess.  It basically has the same effect as smoking (although as I said in my earlier post, I feel worse than I did smoking).
 
Feel better soon!!

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


dmomhere
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   Posted 2/18/2005 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again, guess I should have read this post first too. We must be two and the same hehehehe

Creekaholic
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   Posted 2/18/2005 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Laughin' :)
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 2/18/2005 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   

DavidS - YES!  I definitely would like to hear what you did to make your acid reflux "a thing of the past"!   Thanks for posting about the pH.  I have used those test strips but it is often difficult to tell for sure about the color and what number it is trying to show.

Will look forward to your next post. Thank you!  (Searchin')


dmomhere
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   Posted 2/19/2005 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Well Davids,

 

That's as clear an explanation for any disease, disfunction, disorder I have ever received from anyone. Thank you so much. I will look to see if we have these strips (I'm from Canada and we tend to drag behind on some medicine and medical aids).

I would very much like to know how you made your reflux a thing of the past....and whether or not you still enjoy your favorite foods (I would dearly love to keep drinking coffee as I have given up pretty much everything else, well most of the time anyhow.Do I email you as well.

Why don't you post it and everyone who cares too, can benefit from your experience?

Thanks again for taking the time to post your information.
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