atypical GERD symptoms

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 4/2/2012 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,
I am just wondering if anyone on this board has atypical GERD symptoms. I sometimes have heart burn but most of my symptoms are lump in throat (it comes and goes), chest pain (comes and goes) and stomach irritation (comes and goes). It drives me insane. I am on a strict diet and am experimenting with natural remedies which do help as well as chewing gum which has been so helpful. My endoscopy showed some irritation of esophagus but it was mild. Stomach was fine. My symptoms have gotten more annoying the closer I get to my wedding...I am sure the stress it making my issues worse. . I am also in the process of weening off my ppi due to side effects. Some days I am almost symptom free and other days not. I just am curious to see if there are others who struggle with the atypical symptoms.

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 4/3/2012 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   

many of us. i have had the surgery and still suffer. if i were u here is what i would do. first get the stress under control the best u can. i know easier said than done. if you need meds for anxiety go ask for help. now ur diet sounds good. getting off those ppis may be a mistake. can you switch. its a choice youll have to make i take 2 a day aciphex and the surgeon told me to stop taking them cold turkey a year and a half ago..yeah right...some of these docs have no clue. try and de stress watch your diet and you will probably need a ppi h2 blocker, gaviscon or something. ive suffered to the point of considering ending it so i know the pain hang in there there will be many more on here to respond. take what we all have to say and then make a decision. no easy answers with atypical gerd

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   Posted 4/3/2012 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi erica,
As Joe said, there are many on the forum with atypical symptoms.  My biggest symptom was out of control asthma.  My lungs were very bad and my family doc and asthma doc both were confident that my reflux was creating the problem.
My GI doc, on the other hand, thought my reflux wasn't bad enough to be causing the problem or to indicate surgery.
After four long years my GI doc finally conceded that a couple big reflux episodes a day could be enough to get my lungs irritated.  This, after my family doc sent me directly to a surgeon, because he'd had enough of my GI doc's foot dragging.
Long story short, I had the surgery three years ago and my within about two and a half months post-op my lungs were much, much improved. 
Joe has offered excellent advice.  Get your stress under control, watch your diet carefully, and see if you can find a different PPI that you can tolerate better.
Glad you've joined the forum.  There is a lot of support and understanding to be found here.
Very best wishes,

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 4/3/2012 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Erica.

You mentioned you are on a strict diet. What sort of diet? Is it helping? I never had any luck with a "reflux diet." I did have a bunch of trigger foods though. Keeping a good food diary helped me find what foods I tolerate.

I agree with seeing someone about the stress, also with not trying to stop PPIs. They don't all work the same for everyone. Switching to a different one, even several times, might help. At least try H2 blockers if you can't find a PPI that you tolerate. You don't want your esophagus to get worse.

Taking PPIs properly makes a difference in tolerance and how well they work. They don't work like acid neutralizers. You have to take them half an hour to an hour before eating, and you have to eat. The acid pumps have to be triggered to turn on by food for the medicine to turn them off. Medicines that have to get into the blood stream and changed to an active form take about 45 minutes before they are effective.
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