GERD and Doxycycline/ Recovery Time in General for GERD

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   Posted 8/17/2011 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
about a month ago, I was diagnosed with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). I was put on Flagyl and Doxycycline for two weeks to cure the infection. Flagyl had nasty side effects, with vomiting almost every night, while Doxycycline almost was a relief compared to it. Two weeks later, I was off the medications and feeling like myself again. Last week, I started experiencing bad stomach pain and a feeling where something was still in my throat despite how many water bottles I drank. The feeling was awful, and enough was enough, so I went to the doctor's yesterday morning. My doctor told me I had GERD, and a reason behind it could be the Doxycycline irritating the esophagus and then causing the GERD. I was wondering if anyone has had GERD due to Doxycycline usage. If not, I still am wondering what the whole recovery process is like.

How long was your recovery process?:
If no recovery, then what made it tolerable each day?
Did the usage of Zantac make the symptoms go away? If not Zantac, then what other drug?

I've read a lot of severe cases on GERD, where some people just never seem to fully recover from it. I don't want this drastically changing my whole life because I'm still young (in my late teens), and I would like to know what I can do to fully recover.

Post Edited (laulaur5) : 8/17/2011 10:36:26 AM (GMT-6)

mock turtle
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   Posted 8/17/2011 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   

welcome to HeallingWell

ive taken flagyl and it was "rough" on my body especially my hearing...made my ears ring of the hook

i had gerd before taking flagyl and had it afterwards so i cant comment on causation

i have read and i have been told that people who develop a case of gerd because of antibiotic use often recover over a period of a few weeks or months...i can not prove this, but tend to believe it is true based on who posts comments and what they say about ongoing reflux

i suggest you stick to a bland diet and avoid what we call in the gerd business.."trigger foods", especially tomatoes and other highly acidic fruits and vegetables (oranges etc), peppermint spearmint,chocolate, all forms of alcohol, stay away from carbonated beverages, high fat greasy foods (stick with lean meat, fish and white meat skinned chicken) avoid onions and garlic an the hot spices and finally, all forms of caffeine

dont eat within 2 or three hours of lying down (going to bed etc) and try to eat 4 or 5 samall meals a day rather than 3 larger meals.

i suggest you elevate the head of your bed around 8 inches...use bricks or books or blocks of wood under the bed posts if you can

stick around here and you will see more suggestions as the people whop comment toss ideas around

there is data that indicates about 25% of people do recover after a time an i bet most of those who recover are young people

hang in there

best wishes...mock turtle

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   Posted 8/18/2011 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
hi mock turtle!

i'm glad someone there's someone who can relate to flagyl.. kind of a bad thing to relate too since it was such a brutal antibiotic haha

anyways, hopefully that fact is true with people who develop gerd from an antibiotic. i've only had it for a week now, and i'm already struggling. kudos to those people who have had it for over a year.

your suggestions are very helpful and i'll be sure to make these adjustments. it seems like this is a disease in which you have to drastically change your lifestyle i.e diet, exercise.

thanks so much for your help! the information you provided gave me some hope that i can get better!

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   Posted 8/19/2011 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had Doxycyline and Minocycline in that order in 2009 for two months. That is approximately the time my GERD began to escalate but I'd never have connected them to the problem had I not journaled my meds and my health.

I also had shingles and was on a strong medication as well as having 3 rounds of steroids in 2009.

None of them did my GERD any favors.

Best of luck.
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