Never had an issue, all of a sudden bad GERD?

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   Posted 5/22/2011 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have never had any problems with acid reflux, now for over a month I'm having daily issues with it.
The doctor prescribed Prilosec and it isn't helping!
Has anyone else experienced a sudden onset of GERD like this?
Thanks, Tom

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   Posted 5/22/2011 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm on my third round of GERD. Each time it started without much warning and this time I've had it non-stop for a year. I can't manage without medication but they don't fix it either. Sometimes I wonder if the medication is somehow keeping it going, like a vicious circle that you just can't break.

There was nothing obvious to trigger my GERD; no alcohol, no fast food, was off tea and coffee when it started, no pain killers . . No reason I have ever found, it's a mystery!
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
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   Posted 5/22/2011 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tom,
Welcome to Healing Well! I don't think it's uncommon to suddenly notice GERD--especially if it's a big flare-up. There is such a thing as "silent GERD"--you can actually have reflux without even knowing it.

I didn't know I had GERD until I was suddenly attacked after taking an antibiotic.
I have asthma, and the reflux was making it a lot worse. Actually my first bout with heartburn was when I was pregnant, but I didn't notice it again until much later.

How long ago did you start the Prilosec? It usually takes a week or so to get into your system and start working at peak effectiveness.

Generally I was given a reminder of my reflux when I took an antibiotic that my stomach couldn't handle. For me, when my stomach got going/reacting my reflux would worsen.

It's possible that you have a hiatal hernia, and it may have gotten worse recently. None of us are good at figuring out the cause of our reflux.

Are you taking the Prilosec before your meals? You should take it a half hour or so before your meals. That way it shuts off the acid before it starts. It does its best work when taken before meals.

Sometimes people take PPI's and never have reflux again. Others (like me) have a lot of breakthrough. Also most often people with a wide-open LES can't manage it well with PPI's. There are many different versions, and perhaps your doc will try a different one if you don't find Prilosec helpful.

When do you notice your reflux to be the worst? Is it during the day, or bedtime?
If you have continued problems, it is recommended that you raise the head of your bed with bed-raisers or blocks. It helps keep the reflux in your stomach.

If you don't get relief soon, be sure to check back with your doctor and see what the next move is.

I hope you feel better soon!

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   Posted 5/22/2011 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I would get spells of food getting stuck when I ate. Sometimes I'd have a pain in my chest, but most of the time I just coughed up gunk. I had no idea it was from gerd.

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   Posted 5/23/2011 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont think its sudden. Healthy tissue in the esophagus can take some acid and you wont notice. The problem is when it takes lots of acid all the time over time you will start noticing pain more and more till you realize you have gerd.

Start eating smaller healthier meals 5-6 times a day or whatever you can. If you are really bad blend it all down. Dont eat rough skinned stuff like corn beans unless you blend it down to a pulp it will hurt the aggravated tissue. Dont eat 3 hours before you sleep. prop up your bed or whatever so that you sleep on an angle and the acid from your stomach doesn't climb up your esophagus while you sleep.

If you can take the pain dont get on any of the ant acids(ppi,etc) getting off that crap can be more painful then just dealing with the problem and learning how to eat properly. You may want to dump all carbs but rice fruits and veggies(steam them). You can read up on other tips.

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