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Rocker
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   Posted 12/7/2011 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All I am new here I just need a little advice please.
Anyway i have suffering from heartburn for about 8 years now on and off but last week
It seemed to have got worse.
It all started about 3 weeks ago I started getting mild pains all around my chest which I just got on with then last week I started feeling burning at the back of my throat and tounge I still left it until Friday when I was eating after I had finished I felt like the food was getting stuck as it was going down and was a Horrible feeling I got up the next morning still felt like a there was something there I nearly went to A&E but I first tried taking one of my Omeprazole 20mg which I only take when I need to after about 2 hours the lump seem to ease and food did not feel it was getting stuck anymore.
I went GP the next day and explained all that had happened the last 3 weeks I also told him about the burning throat and tounge which he looked and said it was all down to acid as he can see burns marks at the back of my tounge and it's a bit white at the back.
Anyway he has said to take my Omeprazole every morning now and give it seven days to see how it goes he said I don't need any test done at all as he knows what was causing it but I'm not convinced at all I did have a camera down my throat about 9 years ago.
Does anyone think I need more test or just except that it is just heartburn as I have read all the post on here and it does sound Like heartburn.
Thanks for people reading this and hope I get a reply soon.

Thanks again rocker

dencha
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   Posted 12/7/2011 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rocker,
Welcome to Healing Well!  You're definitely in the right place.  It totally makes sense to give consistent use of PPIs a chance.  Many people do very well on them, and can live a reflux-free life.
 
My only question is the "take in in the morning" suggestion.  Many have worse reflux at night, as gravity can't help keep the acid down.  It tends to migrate more easily into the esophagus, throat, and even mouth when lying down. 
 
I expect you were advised to take it before breakfast...about a half an hour before is good.  PPIs need to be taken before eating, so the acid pumps are shut down before they get started.
 
One thing that can help tremendously, is to elevate the head of your bed by putting bed raisers, blocks, or wood under the legs.  That way, gravity can do its part.
 
You may end up needing more than one dose of PPI to do the trick, but it is wise to start with one and see if that's sufficient. Also they can increase you to 40mg if the 20 doesn't do it.  Some also supplement with Zantac, especially at bedtime.  I'm sure your PCP will be able to monitor and adjust your medication if necessary. 
 
While you're being treated, but sure to watch your eating.  You can search the net for GERD triggers and be sure to avoid them. 
 
I would defer to your PCP regarding further testing.  I had reflux and took PPIs for many years before having the tests.  I think they'll not be recommended unless the meds aren't doing the trick for you.  PPIs can heal the damage acid does to your esophagus, and they have a great track record.
 
Again, glad you've joined us.  Good luck!
Denise
 

Post Edited (dencha) : 12/7/2011 8:21:17 AM (GMT-7)


Rocker
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   Posted 12/7/2011 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise for your quick reply.

I have never joint any forums before so this was my first and I was not sure I was making any sense with my long story above.
One of the reasons I decided to ask questions on here is the People are very nice as I have seen by other replies on here.
Thanks again.
In the reply you said about making sure I am Elevated in bed but I have a problem with doing that as I get problem with my neck due to bad anxiety and muscle problems so I can only use 1 pillow and that's not going help the acid much.
Would anyone have any idea why I have had heartburn for about 8 years and suddenly it's got so bad or maybe it's just my age.

dencha
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   Posted 12/7/2011 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rocker,
GERD has a tendency to get worse over time.  It happens to the best of us.
I'm not talking about elevating with pillows. That's a bad thing to do.  It puts pressure on your stomach.  No, instead I mean putting blocks or something under the legs of your bed.  Then the bed stays flat...just at an angle.
You can also buy bed-raisers to do the job:
It's really worth doing if you're suffering symtoms.  Sometimes people with GERD have a lot of reflux at night and don't even realize it. 
 
Good Luck!
Denise

bcfromfl
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   Posted 12/7/2011 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rocker --
 
Don't use just a pillow to raise your head, expecting it to help your reflux.  As you noted, all it will do is give you cramps in your neck!  What can happen, too, is it will "crease" your torso across your chest, and actually potentially make your reflux worse by trapping it in your esophagus and not allowing it to drain back into your stomach.
 
If you don't want to buy the blocks that tilt your entire bed frame, you can also buy foam wedges that will raise your torso at an angle all the way from your hips.  You may not be from the U.S., but they are sold here in Bed, Bath, and Beyond, for example.
 
Unfortunately, reflux is a progressive condition.  For some people, it continues to worsen as we age.  The good news is that the vast majority of folks can manage it with medication, and some behavior/diet modification.
 
Best wishes.
 
-Bruce
 
Ha -- Denise beat me to it!  :)  :)  :)

dencha
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   Posted 12/7/2011 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Great minds, Bruce... turn

Rocker
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   Posted 12/7/2011 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for helping and replying.
I do have another question since last weekend when it was the first time I really noticed that there was a bigger problem is when it felt like when I was eating it was getting stuck and I did get a bit worried but it did go off after a while since then I am a bit worried about eating now so I have only eaten really soft things.
Today I had eaten some Doritos which are quit hard and the same thing happend again not as bad but it still happend.
Is there any thing I need to do to stop it happening or will it just get better after I have been takeing the pills for a while.
Also is it a commen problem with heartburn.

Thanks rocker

dencha
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   Posted 12/7/2011 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rocker,
It is a very common problem with GERD.  Once the Prilosec has time to work, it should resolve itself.  Keep in mind that the acid didn't occur overnight, but was irritating your esophagus for a long time.  It will take time for that damage to heal.
 
It is smart to stick to smooth foods for a while. That includes foods that can be chewed to a liquid.  Take smaller bites and chew completely.  Rough things can scratch and irritate an already inflamed esophagus.  Give it a rest from those kinds of foods.  Also stay away from spicy and very hot foods.
 
It's hard to be patient when healing a GI issue, I know.  Hang in there. 
Denise

bcfromfl
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   Posted 12/7/2011 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
There could be one of several things causing that feeling of something being "stuck" in your throat, but it's probably a symptom, indirectly or directly, from the reflux.

I can't stress enough if you're having reflux problems, you MUST adjust your diet. In my opinion, Doritos are out! Try to eat healthier! There are some helpful links and resources at the top of the forum page.

Stay with the PPIs, and follow your doctor's orders. If you're like most people, you'll start noticing improvement soon.

-Bruce

Rocker
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   Posted 12/7/2011 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again everyone it is helping me to understand a bit more.
I don't think I will be eating mutch today as the Doritos are still waiting to go down
I'm not making a joke of it just trying to make my self feel better as my eating habits are so bad sorry was so bad.
Till I read some of the stuff on here I did not think it was that bad but now I can see it going to change a few things for now me like blending pizza hut (lol)not funny

Thanks again everyone for your help rocker

Rocker
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   Posted 12/8/2011 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
hi all again
 
I i wonder if some one could give me some more advice please.
last night my the back of my tounge and throat was burning a bit again and the back of my to tounge fills swollen aswell but im not sure if it is or not.
anyway is this all part of heartburn or should i go back to the GP again, I dont really want to go back there if i dont have to as i dont think he is any good anyway and dont want to waste people time.
 
thanks rocker

bcfromfl
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   Posted 12/8/2011 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
It's likely that your symptoms are reflux, but only you and/or your doctor can know for sure.
 
If you don't think your GP is any good, then don't see him!  If your reflux needs medical treatment, you need to get in touch with a knowledgable GI anyway.
 
If you're in enough discomfort to see a doctor, you're not wasting anyone's time.  That's what they're there for.  The omeprazole is going to take 3-4 days of daily doses to get up to speed.  If you want to wait and see after that, then you might have a better idea of what you're dealing with.
 
-Bruce

Rocker
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   Posted 12/8/2011 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks Bruce

sorry to sound silly what is a GI please and also i have read people drink mineral water not tap water i have always drunk tap water is mineral better for heartburn.

thanks again rocker

dencha
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   Posted 12/8/2011 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rocker,
When you feel symptoms when lying down, it reinforces your need to elevate the head of your bed and do what you can to keep the acid in your stomach via gravity.
 
Also, report that symptom to your doctor, and I would expect he/she might want to provide some medical intervention (Zantac, perhaps) at bedtime.
Are you being careful to not eat 3-4 hours before going to bed?
 
The feeling that the Doritos are still in your throat is likely due to scratching and irritation.  It's like when you get something in your eye, and even after it's removed you still feel it.
 
Hang in there.
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 12/8/2011 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning Rocker,
 
A GI physician = A gastroenterologist is an internal medicine physician that specializes in the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
 
I have been following your thread in the A & P Forum and responding to you there.  I am glad to see you have received awesome support here in the GERD forum also.
 
Please do look into seeing a gastroenterologist as I think this would be a wise decision for you.
 
Kindly,
 
Kitt
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Bri in ohio
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   Posted 12/9/2011 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rocker,
I just posted the same symtoms this morning on another thread. I wake up with a sore throat some times my
throat is hoarse. The back of my throat sides of my tongue and mouth are burnt and swollen. Feels like glands
and tonsiles are swollen but do not appear so.
Went to see ENT I was worried about throat cancer. ENT scoped throat and diagnosised mild gerd.
If this is mild heaven help the people with severe.
Bri
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