Hello everyone! I'm new here, so will introduce myself. I'm a 47 yr old female, and was diagnosed with GERD about 5 yrs ago. I'm currently taking Pariet, which seems to work very well for me. I've also got IBS and Interstitial Cystitis (IC), and am very overweight at 225lbs. I sleep propped on a foam wedge, and that usually seems to work.
Occasionally, usually if I "slip" off of my wedge at night, I'll wake up suddenly gasping with some acid in the back of my throat, gag for a bit, cough, take some antiacid of some sort and be ok by morning. But last night was different:
I woke up suddenly about 2 hrs after going to sleep, with HORRIBLE acid in my throat. I could have sworn I'd swallowed bleach or something else caustic. I'm no stranger to heartburn, but this was much worse. I coughed and coughed, and felt like my throat was very tight and couldn't swallow or even breathe properly, for about 2 hours. I have to say that my stomach is also HUGELY bloated, I"m burping continually (almost "acidic" air coming up!), and I've also been having many bowel movements in the last 24 hrs, with acidic, burning and very foul smelling gas and bm's. The rest of the night was awful, trying to find something that would take away the burning for more than an half an hour, falling asleep only to wake up with the burning worse again in the back of my throat and belching like an old drunk!
Not sure what this was all about, I went to see the doctor this morning, who informed me that I have a "lot of acid" in my stomach, and that I have a hiatus hernia ("Did no one ever tell you that? I can FEEL it quite easily" ... yikes!). He suggested I double up on my Pariet for a week or so, and try a bland, mostly liquid diet. My throat, however, is still burning now mid-afternoon, and I'm still bloated up like a balloon with burning acid in my stomach.
My diet is already restricted because of my IC (no alcohol, citrus, spices, caffiene, etc) and my IBS (mostly I watch fats for that, and it's ok). I must admit that my daughter and I were shopping out of town yesterday, and shared some Chinese food for lunch; not only that, but we had homemade hamburgers with onions for supper. None of these things singularly would usually bother me, but to top it off, I took half of a pill of Naproxin for back pain before bed, but didn't eat much with it (it's evidentally hard on your stomach and is supposed to be taken with food).
I guess I'm just looking for some information, and support. Does this sound GERD related, or might it have been brought on by the grease, Naproxin or even a stomach bug?? What can I do about the sore throat? How long will it/should it last?? I've been reading some stuff on the internet (I shouldn't do that) that's scaring me about burning in the throat being associated with inflammation of the esophagus and even cancer .... could one bad episode like I had last night result in, or be a symptom of, one of those more serious problems? What should I do?? I also have anxiety disorder, and am terrified to be put "under", so never did have the scope done, although I did do a Barium swallow. Sorry this was so long, but I need some advice, please!