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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 2/18/2011 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Newbie over here. I've been told I've had reflux for a long time. I've just delt with it. Up until last year, I had my first eppisode of awaking at night with the whole chocking aweful!!!
Since that time, it would happen every once in a while... now pretty much if I eat anything after 6 or 7 I have that feeling and sensation of it starting to come back up, and if I fall asleep, the whole thing starts. It seems like my body now catches it before it gets really bad, but still the waking up, coughing and that bad taste, its aweful. My doctor has me on protroix to help.??? Does that seem to be strong enough for me? Not sure, still experiencing the whole nasty ordeals, but if I eat very light around 6 I'm usually ok.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 2/18/2011 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
There is many types of PPIs out there. Give the medicine your on about two weeks to work. If it's not helping ask your doctor for a different brand.

Have you elavated your bed yet? This also helps with the nighttime reguratation.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/18/2011 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear hopegirl,
Welcome to the GERD corner of Healing Well! Protonix is a very good the time when it was prescribed to me it was the "Gold Standard". I think they may have come out with another since then, but it is certainly strong enough. It depends on the dosage you've been prescribed.

Doctors tend to start with 20mg of PPI's before dinner, then as your reflux gets worse it is upped to 40mg before dinner. A certain number of patients need 40mg twice a day to get relief.

Do you have the head of the bed raised? You can put bed risers or blocks under the legs at the head of your bed. It helps gravity keep the acid in your stomach.

Your idea of eating a light dinner is a good one. You should not go to bed right after eating. It's recommended that you wait 3-4 hours before lying down.

I hope your symptoms subside soon. As Joy said, it takes a couple of weeks for the PPI's to start working. If you aren't getting relief, just call your doctor and tell him/her.

Good luck! Hope you're feeling better soon.
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