GERD, maybe LPR>>> Stress related??? Help.

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   Posted 9/18/2011 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
A little history - I have been diagnosed with GERD and have had it for years. Originally I took prevacid but a few years ago I was switched to omeprazole (losec). The prevacid worked well however the change was due to the lower price of the omeprazole. But it has been working fine as well.
Two years ago, in October, I had a bad spell with my stomach. It was bloaty, gassy, and the doctor increased my omeprazole from 20 mg a day to 40 mg. It helped but I found that my issues with anxiety and stress kept bringing back the acidity. I worked with a psychologist for these problems and after a couple of months my stomach issues resolved and never came back. I am still on the 40 mg/day of omeprazole.
Now, another issue has come up and maybe you folks can help me out. about 2-3 weeks ago the back of my throat started having a burning sensation and I seem to have some heartburn but only from the back of the throat to about 6-12 inches down my esophagus. My stomach area is fine, no heartburn gas, bloating.
Over the past couple of months I have had issues that have really skyrocketed my stress level and anxiety and I find it hard to relax. But I don't know why this isn't affecting my stomach (thank heavens) - just my throat area. This feeling also started after I got a new refill of omeprazole but from another generic drug manufacturer. I caled the pharmacy and they put me back on the pills produced from the drug company I was using (I don't know why they changed that one time).
I have been reading posts on LPR and also the post on the Koufman Low Acid Diet. I don't know if I have LPR but I am definitely going to follow this diet, as this should help my GERD in any case. I read some on LPR but I don't have many of its symptoms, like something in the back of my throat, hoarseness, etc... I just have that burning feeling, almost like a scratchy throat when you have a cold without the hoarseness.
What do you think? Should I try something like an over the counter antiacid like Tums or Oval 180 for the time being? With our wonderful medical system in Canada, I probably can't get to see my regular doctor for about 6 weeks. But I could see an after hours doctor at his office building any time. I might mention too that although I sleep with the head of my bed raised and I do not eat hours before going to bed, I still wake up with a mouthful of acid-like stuff, ugh (sorry to be gross).
Thanks so much and I apologize for the long post.

Post Edited (flyer99) : 9/18/2011 5:33:12 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 9/18/2011 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
scratchy throat... thats how LPR usually start.

the good thing is if you catch it early.. maybe you can resolve it quickly.

Tums is useless, you really need 2x PPI (day and night).

I would start on the induction diet asap.

if the diet starts working, your probably have LPR.

also try to relax.

LPR usually has multiple causes.

thats just my opinion.

hope that helps.

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   Posted 9/18/2011 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
You can get omeprazole almost anywhere. I was taking it twice a day. Once in the morning, and once in the evening. Then, they bumped me to Protonix, and Omeprazole. My throat started out that way, the burning, etc.
The burning in the back of the throat really stinks. I drank tons of water with no relief. Then it started burning so much that I carried water everywhere with me. The burning eventually made it to my stomach. Sigh...

I can tell you that the low acid diet will help. How long? No idea. For me it didn't last long, I finally gave in after years of battling and got wrapped. I am three weeks out and it's great to not have that control my life anymore. After 15 years it's gone.

Use wisdom...if you drink coffee I'd stop. That really jacks it up.

Hope that helps some.

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   Posted 9/18/2011 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sk55, I should have mentioned in my post that I take omeprazole 40 mg/day, but that it is in two tablets... one 20 mg in the morning and one 20 mg in the evening. I don't know, maybe that's not enough as you mentioned your dr. added protonix. And I will start that diet. I know there are some things I am eating now that I shouldn't be and some things I can eat that I don't. Thank you for your comments.

Aug25myturn, I am happy you finally found relief. Yes, that back of the throat burning sensation is not fun. I have it on and off whether I'm sitting lying or standing and it doesn't matter whether it's before or after a meal. I'll give the low acid diet a shot, may as well.

By the way, I have heard of several things that have helped some people. Anyone ever hear of these (or use them)?:

- Apple Cider Vinegar

- Aloe Vera Juice

- Lots of water (at least 8 glasses a day)

- Almonds

- Apples (someone mentioned red delicious)

- Chewing Gum

Thanks a bunch!

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   Posted 9/20/2011 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
If you believe you have too much stomach acid, I'd stay away from the vinegar, which is quite acidic. Almonds are pretty high in fat, best to avoid them. If you buy Aloe Vera juice, it usually has acid as a preservative, best to avoid. The aloe vera plant is easy to grow indoors, easy to find (I just saw some at WalMart). Water and gum are always good, apples are usually slightly acidic. There are people out there who have similar symptoms from too little acid, so I believe these acidic items help that group.
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