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Ag10
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   Posted 1/19/2011 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Well it's been almost 4 weeks since my GERD first came on suddenly and I'm still not feeling well at all.

I have lost a lot of weight because mostly the slightest thought of food just makes me nauseous. I can't stomach much. I'm also sort of afraid of choking and have been eating mostly a liquid diet.

The tightness in my throat is what gets me the most though. It's not my neck, it feels like someone is squeezing my throat, especially up high...it feels so tight and uncomfortable. And it's really uncomfortable to stretch my neck (like when looking up).

Do any of you have these things along with GERD...the tightness in the throat, the nausea, fatigue, tightness in the chest after eating.....I'm taking 60mg of dexilant....seeing ENT thursday again and making an appt with my regular doctor for later this week, hopefully.

How do you all deal with this....? I'm just so sick of feeling this way...

Alcie
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   Posted 1/19/2011 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you seen a gastroenterologist?

Do your symptoms come on spontaneously, or are they brought on by eating?

Start keeping a journal listing all your foods and everything you drink, meds, times, and reactions an hour and two hours after eating. This can be helpful in ruling out food sensitivities and such.
Alcie
 
 

jasmine8
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   Posted 1/19/2011 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
GERD is awful that's for sure and what's worse is the inability to fix it. I was so hoping that PPIs would be a magic pill but they never worked and made me worse. So here are some natural remedies that help me make it through the day. I hope that they will help some of you too. They are definitely not magic but they helped more than any medication or chalky tablets ever did. Here's the schedule:

Ginger tea or ginger root: 1/2 an hour to 15 min. before I eat, I drink a cup of ginger tea it is supposed to help with digestion.

Digestive Enzymes and probiotics: Make sure it doesn't have HCI in it that burns! I take a digestive enzyme with every meal

Raw Honey: not the kind from the store but from a farmers market or health food store you have to scoop it with a spoon and then just lick it. It coats the throat and has enzymes in it. I have a spoon of honey after every meal.

Aloe: I drink aloe all day any time between meals it is very soothing.

Licorice root tea: I drink this between meals or an hour after I eat. It is also very soothing.

Bedtime arsenal: Of course don't eat 3 hours before bed and then prepare for battle!!! drink 2 oz of aloe juice followed my a cup of slippery elm decoction. Slippery elm is the consistency of snot (gross I know) but it will coat your stomach and throat for hours. In fact it coats so well that you shouldn't take it with pills or with meals because it will interfere with absorption. Slippery elm is also good for nausea. Buy slippery elm bark from a health food store and boil it in water for 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy.

I hope this helps you it really helps me make it through, but I hope for all of us that we can one day be 100% healed and not just make it through.

Licorice tea:

couchtater
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   Posted 1/19/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome AG10,
the tightness in your throat you're describing does not sound a lot like Gerd me. It makes me think of the thyroid possibly causing trouble. Be sure to ask your primary care physician to give you bloodwork for thyroid problems, just to be careful.
Joy

one4tee4
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   Posted 1/19/2011 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with couchtater. My sister suffered with symptoms similar to what you are describing and her outcome was problems with her thyroid. Good Luck & Feel Better soon!

Ag10
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   Posted 1/20/2011 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response. So the throat tightness doesn't sound like GERD? I will bring it up with my ENT tomorrow. It just feels like my throat is tightened all the time, like some sort of pressure.

I've been tested for thyroid, all clear. All bloodwork was normal actually, as well as throat cat scan, chest xray and barium swallow. I just have this tightness in my throat that won't go away. Any other ides?

Ag10
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   Posted 1/20/2011 12:03 AM (GMT -6)   
jasmine8 said...
GERD is awful that's for sure and what's worse is the inability to fix it. I was so hoping that PPIs would be a magic pill but they never worked and made me worse. So here are some natural remedies that help me make it through the day. I hope that they will help some of you too. They are definitely not magic but they helped more than any medication or chalky tablets ever did. Here's the schedule:

Ginger tea or ginger root: 1/2 an hour to 15 min. before I eat, I drink a cup of ginger tea it is supposed to help with digestion.

Digestive Enzymes and probiotics: Make sure it doesn't have HCI in it that burns! I take a digestive enzyme with every meal

Raw Honey: not the kind from the store but from a farmers market or health food store you have to scoop it with a spoon and then just lick it. It coats the throat and has enzymes in it. I have a spoon of honey after every meal.

Aloe: I drink aloe all day any time between meals it is very soothing.

Licorice root tea: I drink this between meals or an hour after I eat. It is also very soothing.

Bedtime arsenal: Of course don't eat 3 hours before bed and then prepare for battle!!! drink 2 oz of aloe juice followed my a cup of slippery elm decoction. Slippery elm is the consistency of snot (gross I know) but it will coat your stomach and throat for hours. In fact it coats so well that you shouldn't take it with pills or with meals because it will interfere with absorption. Slippery elm is also good for nausea. Buy slippery elm bark from a health food store and boil it in water for 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy.

I hope this helps you it really helps me make it through, but I hope for all of us that we can one day be 100% healed and not just make it through.

Licorice tea:



Thanks for these tips!! I'm going to start them right away!

jasmine8
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   Posted 5/30/2011 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Your welcome. I hope things are going well for you. I just started a new thread because I got the stretta done and want to let everyone know how it goes in case any of you are thinking about it.
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