Is this really GERD?

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Natasha1986
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   Posted 5/9/2012 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I've been reading this forum over the past week as I've been diagnosed with acid reflux and I'm completely lost on what's going on with me at the moment.

I've just recovered from a serious bout of sinusitis where I was put on all sorts of antibiotics and steroids. The sinusitis is 90% gone, which is good.

Before the sinusitis I was waking up every morning with a very dry and sore throat which mostly faded as the day went on. I was put on Somac, which I stopped while taking the sinus meds.

I've never had any heart burn, chest pain etc. I get what feels like palpitations, but I always put that down to anxiety as I am an anxious person.

I saw my GP a couple of days ago with the following symptoms;
-Fatigue & dizziness - both come & go
-Burning feeling up the back of my throat into my nose
-Swollen right gland and tonsil (lymph nodes)
-'Itchy' feeling in my throat and chest (mainly on the right), like a throat tickle, but only on one side.. like there is hair in my throat!
-Feeling like I am being strangled/hard to swallow/lump in throat
-Excessive phlegm, always clear. Always feeling like I need to clear my throat
-Bad post nasal drip
-Feeling like I have slight asthma (but ventolin does nothing)

She told me it is acid reflux combined with anxiety. Put me back on the somac and is helping me deal with my stress levels.

I am here because I've never had acid reflux before and my GP is relatively new to me, so although I trust her and like her, I want some people who have experience with GERD to shed an opinion. Does this sound right to you?

Thank you all for any opinions, it's driving me crazy! I've been home for 6 weeks and I look like having to drop uni and if not better by Monday, leave my job... it's making me incredibly sad.

Natasha

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 5/9/2012 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Natasha,

Welcome to HealingWell :) We're glad to meet you and hope we can help you.

Your symptoms do sound like GERD (possibly LPR) to me. I myself have "classic" GERD (symptoms only in my stomach and chest) but I do occasionally have the feeling that something is stuck in my throat, so that really stands out to me.

Here is the 5-cent tour (I apologize if you know all of this already).

Our tummies come equipped with a valve at the top of them to prevent food (and the powerful stomach acids) from coming back up into the esophagus. When this valve - called the lower esophageal sphincter or LES - fails to do its job, we get symptoms like heartburn, chest pressure, nausea, etc. These "classic" symptoms are called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, aka GERD or acid reflux disease. Sometimes, the symptoms are felt higher (in the throat) and is then called Laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR (because of the area it affects).

So that's the lowdown on the condition. Both can be caused by a myriad of underlying reasons (see a fabulous post about these causes and their treatments here: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2405744).

Now, doctors will do a few things. They may suggest lifestyle changes (more on that later) or will probably prescribe one of two classes of drugs. One are Proton-Pump Inhibitors (called PPI's for short) or H2 receptor antagonists (called H2's). Both drugs attempt to lower the acid production in the stomach in order to minimize splashback into the esophagus and eliminate symptoms. They work well for most, just a bit for others, and don't work at all for some. Some examples of PPI's are Nexium, Somac, and Prilosec. Zantac is a common H2. Something to supplement these drugs are your normal antacids - Tums, Gaviscon, Carafate. There are also a lot of herbal and naturopathic rememdies (like slippery elm and manuka honey) but I can't speak too knowledgeably about them because I don't personally use them, but there are loads of posts here about them.

For most of us, lifestyle changes are essential. Here is a list of common foods to avoid, but I cannot stress enough that everyone is different and you will probably find your own triggers through trial and error:
-chocolate
-soda, tea, coffee
-garlic and onions
-tomatoes
-spicy foods (curries, peppers, etc)
-spicy spices like paprika and chili powder
-alcohol

Another way to help yourself is through lifestyle changes. You can start by:
-avoiding laying down for 3-5 hours after eating
-raising the head of your bed 6-8"
-eating smaller portions
-if you are overweight, lose it (GERD can be exacerbated by excessive weight)
-don't wear clothes that cut into your stomach

Anxiety can be a large and contributing factor. Have you tried something like Yoga to get you through the hard times? I find that the deep breathing helps quite a bit.

Feel free to ask questions and also use the "Search" box in the upper right hand corner of the page if you'd like to know any more information.

Again, welcome to HealingWell.

Take care,
Ashley

Natasha1986
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   Posted 5/9/2012 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ashley & JPT - thanks so much for your responses!

I did know most of what was said just from reading these forums, but it's nice to have it all in one place and have someone reaffirm what my doc has said. I've already started avoiding all sugar, stimulants, alcohol etc. I have a huge interest in nutrition so I knew a lot of what to do re. diet even before I got any symptoms. I've raised my bed with phone books (this also helps sinusitis), I always eat small portions and I am not overweight. I've started not eating for 4 hours before bed....

I will check out your thread JPT, thank you :)

I think the hard bit is I am still recovering from sinusitis, too, so it's hard to distinguish between the two.

Am I right in thinking that LPR and GERD is more common in people who tend towards an anxious personality? I am hoping that by watching my diet and controlling my anxiety I will be able to dampen these symptoms.

Thanks again,
Natasha

ativan45
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   Posted 5/15/2012 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Natasha, im not a doctor or anything and don't want to scare you, but its not reflux that your having. This sounds like side effects from your protonix. To make a long story short ppis ruin lives and cause terrible side effects one being extreme anxiety that will only get worse the longer, your on them. Im 27 and have been to 3 neuroligist in the past year and found out it was all ppi side effects. Been on protonix since I was 12 years old. It took almost 8months for the side effects to go after stopping them and also terrible stomach pains but its worth it. If you have been diagnosed with gerd get a procedure. Everybody on ppis will eventually get the anxiety diognoses then comes the benzos and antideppressants. Sorry for the long post but I feel I should inform people how evil theses pills are and how they trick you. Good luck.

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 5/16/2012 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry, I can't agree that "PPI's ruin lives" and that "everyone on PPI's will eventually get an anxierty diagnosis". While I respect your personal experience, of course, PPI's work rather well for the vast majority of people on them.

What exactly do you mean by, "If you have GERD, get a procedure"? Do you mean a Nissen? I'm sure you know not everyone is a candidate.

I'm sorry for your troubles and glad you're over them now, but what happened to you is not common from what I've read.

ativan45
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   Posted 5/16/2012 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I mean taking ppis doesn't correct the problem it masks it by shutting down your acid pumps and creates a dangerous and unhealthy environment for your stomach. Over time this can led to a great deal of stomach pains and bowl troubles along with a long list of other problems that are not fun. When you treat an acl in your leg you can either get it fixed or take pain milkers to mask the pain and over time suffer the consequences of side effects and damage the pills are doing to the body. When I say surgery I don't ma'am Nissen. That scares me greatly. I mean torax linx sounds like it is the real deal and works a good if not better the Nissen without the awful side effects. Torax is the first procedure ever that acts lille a sphincter muscle. technology is only getting better and so at procedures, I think eventually torax will be the procedure that surgeons will recommend. If people really think that they will be able to use ppis forever they are in for a rude awakening. My story is not common a of right now because most people have only been on these pills for a fee years. Talk to the vets that have taken them for 12 or 13 years. Ask them how they feel. Doctors should be sued for giving this junk to babies. This is just my opinion and I feel I need to educate without scareing people. Im not advising people to stop taking there ppis, but i'm saying find a fix for the problem not a mask.sorry about the spelling errors.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/16/2012 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I think PPIs do just take care of the symptoms, but I think for some people it helps them. They are only supposed to be taken for 8 weeks and then the person is supposed to change their diet and life style and ween off. A lot of people do not want to change their diet and lifestyle, so they take the PPI so that they can continue to live next to normal. Some people do change their lifestyle and diet and still continue to have issues, and taking the PPI is the only thing that helps them. you need to figure out the root cause of the GERD. It could be the losse LES or it could be a symptom of other issues. PPI's do have long term side effec ts and I plan to ween off of mine after I heal up after a nasty bout of GERD. LINK looks promising, but it is still in the early phases and not everyone will be a candidate. NIssen does appear to have some problems associated with it as well. It is up to everyone to make the decisions that they feel will work for them. Some people may intermittently be on PPIs when they have an issue, some will be able to ween off and others may have to take them to function. Surgery would be a godsend but there are risks with that as well.

ativan45
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   Posted 5/16/2012 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah well said. Linx looks like the best solution for surgery as of now.theres always a chance for failures and side effects with linx to. Iv just had my fill of pills.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/16/2012 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
me too, i hate pills.

Jmoss01
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   Posted 5/22/2012 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to you all!! I am currently experiencing the "lump in throat" feeling and the first doctor I went to put me on z-pack and medrol and this did nothing. I then went to a ENT and they put me a prilosec. I was planning on following all of the guidelines for diet when dealing with GERD. My question is "Is it okay to drink alcohol while on Prilosec". Before you comment and say this will bother your GERD..blah blah blah. I realize that. I plan on following all of the diet regiments but still enjoying a few beers on weekends. My question is will drinking alcohol while taking prilosec bad for me in other ways. Not will it be bad for my GERD but will it be bad on my liver and organs etc..

Jmoss01
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   Posted 5/22/2012 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to you all!! I am currently experiencing the "lump in throat" feeling and the first doctor I went to put me on z-pack and medrol and this did nothing. I then went to a ENT and they put me a prilosec. I was planning on following all of the guidelines for diet when dealing with GERD. My question is "Is it okay to drink alcohol while on Prilosec". Before you comment and say this will bother your GERD..blah blah blah. I realize that. I plan on following all of the diet regiments but still enjoying a few beers on weekends. My question is will drinking alcohol while taking prilosec bad for me in other ways. Not will it be bad for my GERD but will it be bad on my liver and organs etc..

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/22/2012 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I answered this on another thread
Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

ativan45
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   Posted 5/22/2012 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear jmoss,wondering if drinking a few beers will be the least of your problems if you dont tr

Jmoss01
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   Posted 5/22/2012 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
What?

ativan45
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   Posted 5/22/2012 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear jmoss,wondering if drinking a few beers will be the least of your problems if you dont throw those prilosecs down the toilet. If what your expriencing is a lump in the throat without any pain or burn give it a little more time. I took a prilosec this morning and felt like death all day. Good luck. Oh yeah and onee more thing if you decide to take the proton pump killer dont wear white underwear that day.

Jmoss01
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   Posted 5/22/2012 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Been 17 days already

ativan45
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   Posted 5/22/2012 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Have mercy on your soul. Good luck.
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