Really worried. In constant pain :(

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   Posted 5/14/2011 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there. I'm new to this forum.

I've suffered from Acid Reflux for about 10+ years now and have been on various PPI's ever since.
At the moment (and for last couple of years) I am taking 40mg Nexium (Esomeprozole) daily. Ever since my reflux started it has been welll managed by the PPI's. If it started to return, a different PPI usually worked.

Since taking the Nexium I have had little issue with Reflux apart from the odd flare up - usually caused by alcohol and spicy foods which would only last 24 hours.

The PPI's have been so effective that I have been able to eat almost what I want, when I want.

However, over the last 2/3 weeks I have been suffering from bad Heartburn. This is unusual because I normally rarely get Heatburn. Normally, if my reflux is flaring up I get regurgitation of acid into my mouth and the sting of it coming up + the lump in throat sensation - I rarely get the symptoms of heartburn. This time though, it's mainly just heartburn with the lump in throat sensation and it's constant with no let up.

Prior to these few weeks of heartburn, I had been eating very badly and drinking more than usual too (probably for a good few months). I have been extremely stressed due to having an 8 month old daughter who has been suffering from (ironically) reflux and was up all night every night with a cough. This meant that I had hardly any sleep for months and no inclination to watch what I ate and I craved comfort foods. I ate a lot of take-aways and bad foods and coffee etc. and more alcohol than usual too.

So I can see why I may have induced this flare up. However, for the last 2 weeks I have eaten only the so-called 'Reflux-safe foods and zero alcohol or coffee etc. My concern is that my symptoms have not got any better since I drastically changed my diet. If anything, they seem worse. Everything I eat makes it worse. I can't sleep at night because of it, even sitting upright in bed doesn't alleviate the discomfort. I saw the doctor 2 weeks ago and he prescribed Domperidone to be taken as well as the Nexium but that isn't helping either. I have also tried the over the counter antacids too with no joy.

I have had 3 Endoscopy's in the last 10 years. The first one showed inflammation and a Hiatus Hernia, Second one also showed inflammation. My last one (Oct 2009) showed normal so all inflammation gone.

How long does it take for the body to reduce the acid levels after changing your diet to a reflux safe one? Should I be concerned?

Any help or advice appreciated.

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   Posted 5/14/2011 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I wish I could help. I have cut out a bunch of stuff that makes mine worse and I still suffer. Take 2 perscriptions for it and still a problem. My daughter just had a test a month ago that showed she had severe reflux, worse the radiologist had ever seen. She never eats spicey food and isn't overweight. I think some people just have this problem no matter what they do.

Hope the flame dies down in your stomach soon.
Fibromyalgia,Gastroparesis,Heital Hernia,Gastritis,Gerd,IBS,Depression,Dsyautonomia,Raynauds Syndrome

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   Posted 5/14/2011 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
According to the surgeon who did my surgery for reflux hiatial hernias are a birth defect of the diaphram. You are born with a slightly enlarged hole that the esophagus goes through and it doesn't support it well. This causes the HH to develop and weakens the LES muscle. The combination of both can cause acid reflux that can not be helped by medications.

I'm sorry that both of your daughters and you suffer from this annoying problem.
One thing is to raise the head of the bed 6-8 inches.
No food 4hrs before bed time.
Stay away from chocolate, coffee, sodas, greasy foods, and peppermint.
Take your medication 1 hr before you eat your last meal of the day.

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   Posted 5/14/2011 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. I guess I'm confused as to why although I changed to a reflux safe diet a couple of weeks ago I'm still suffering from bad heartburn. Does it take a while for the body to respond to the better diet and produce less acid?

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   Posted 5/14/2011 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi British Beef,
Welcome to Healing Well! My guess is that feeling of heartburn is the residual damage that was done in the first place. I suggest you are very careful about eating, and don't eat anything that is at all rough.

I've experienced similar issues due to severe reflux, when I have burned my esophagus and it has taken many weeks to heal it. Unfortunately, it takes a long time for this healing to occur, and your careful eating will have to continue until it's better.

If you can get it in the UK, there is a great prescription med here called Carafate Suspension. It coats the esophagus and helps protect it as it heals. You could at least ask and see if it's available, or if there is something else similar that you can get.
It is probably known there as Sulcrate Suspension. I take the strength 1G/10ml. It's also available in a pill form, but that's more for the stomach. I have put the pill into a little medicine cup and mixed it with a bit of water, then threw it down, but the suspension is a better way to go.

I wish I could give you a quick-fix answer, but I can at least tell you that what you are experiencing is not unexpected. When you have severe reflux for a period of time, it can cause esophagitis, which takes time to heal.

Here is a link that you might find informative:

Best wishes! Try to be patient and eat very carefully. I know it isn't what you want to hear, but there's just no quick answer. That type of tissue takes a long time to heal.
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