Acid Reflux Pain

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JerryY
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   Posted 5/12/2012 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm new here but not new to Acid Reflux pain. This is just an unbelievable situation. I have had Acid Reflux now for over 5 years. I take Nexium at bed time and ranitidine in the morning. Does absolutely nothing. The pain in my throat is every time I swallow..I mean every time for 5 years now. Sometimes first thing in the morning it just feels like my throat is on fire or I am swallowing acid. The pain continues 24/7 although sometimes not as severe but is always there and always bad. I mean even to swallow saliva, ice water, food, anything at all, it is all the same pain. I know it may be hard to believe but if you're a reflux sufferer you know just what I mean. I'm am being treated at the normally outstanding Hershey Medical Center by the Otolaryngology Dept. and I kindly will not mention the doctor's name. He tells me there is just nothing on the face of the earth that will help my pain and there's nothing on the face of the earth that is better than Nexium. Bull! Have had endoscopy's in the last 2 years but for some reason they did not look at the valve that is supposed to keep the acid where it belongs. I'm 63 and possibly that is why the doc is reluctant to suggest any type of remedial surgery for the reflux or he just doesn't care alot. (comment: I just wish these doc's could spend just 24 hours experiencing the pain that I do. I'm sure that would change their opinion. I know they see the inflamation and such on the scopes I have every four months but that ain't like feeling it) I'd ask for a second opinion but my primary physican is affiliated with the Hershey Med Center and I'm sure the second opinion would have to be with them and I'm sure the doctors in the that are in the same department would be talking. So much for a second opinion.
Bottom line is if there is someone that knows of anything to do for this pain, even if it is a med from another country purchased on the internet, I'd liKe to know about it. As I said, I'm 63 and the quality of life really should be a lot better than it is in these years.
Seriously, please help if you can.
 

stkitt
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   Posted 5/12/2012 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
JerryY,
 
Welcome to HealingWell.  I am sorry to read of your pain but in reading your post I would kindly suggest that you find a new Dr. - one that will listen to you and perform more indepth testing including the pH testing.
 

Suggested Tests for GERD

X-ray -  barium swallow or upper GI series

UGI Endoscopy

acid (pH) probe test

Esophageal motility test

 
We do not recommend posting internet sites that sell meds not available here in the USA.  Each person should seek out a medical Dr. to help them with medications.  We do allow members to share what medications have worked for them no matter what country they are from.
 
Again welcome aboard and I am sure you will be hearing from other members.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/12/2012 9:18:24 AM (GMT-6)


ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/12/2012 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Find a new GI. Do some research. Dont just stay with the dr.you have if he/she isn't helping. I have a new GI that I found rated as a Top Doctor in Philadelphia magazine for 12 years straight. If he doesn't help me I'm off to acupuncture.

JerryY
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   Posted 5/13/2012 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
acupuncture? Is this something that has helped others? I have never heard about that. I guess I'm going to have to ask my doc to refer me somewhere for a second opinion. I'm going to ask this specialist that I now have for a diagnosis. Ask flat out with no cra_ He knows I've smoked for some years and is one of those that either want to blame everything on that or seem less concerned about your health because of it. I have quit for over a year and a half and asked him last time if this shouldn't have helped if smoking was a contributor. As usual, no straight answer. Just the same old "you know smoking ...."
Anyhow, thanks for the reply. I'm sure to get s lot of advice about finding another doc. This is a shame. The Hershey Med Center has been so good treating different illnesses for me over the years. Even had an AAA in 2008 that they fixed through surgery.
Thanks
Jerry
:-)  

JerryY

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/13/2012 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I have heard from people on this site and from people with other illnesses that accupincture helps. I found one in my area who specializes in digestive problems, and I plan to try it if my new doctor can't help. It is frustrating that the place u are at isn't helping but you do have options.

refluxguy
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   Posted 5/13/2012 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I was stuck in the same situation taking omeprazole. Then I found a natural product that got me off the drug successfully
Manukaguard Nutralize - good luck

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/13/2012 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Is that Manuka honey? Where did u purchase it? I take Manuka honey daily

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/13/2012 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to try acupuncture - there was a study comparing treating breakthrough symptoms with doubling the PPI dose or using acupuncture and the acupuncture group did well as I remember.

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/13/2012 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
"Our study included a small number of subjects in each arm. However, because of the profound therapeutic effect of acupuncture and the very limited effect of PPI twice daily on symptoms report, even our small sample size was able to demonstrate clear superiority of acupuncture in addition to PPI once daily over doubling the PPI dose in GERD patients who failed PPI once daily."


http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2036.2007.03520.x/full

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/13/2012 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Warning - Manukaguard Nutralise contains apple cider vinegar. Some people do well on ACV, some of us feel like we've swallowed fire!

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

refluxguy
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   Posted 5/13/2012 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
i got the product at manukaguard.com. I have seen it at Whole Foods and Raley's stores on the West Coast
i had some success with acupuncture for a few years but eventually my problems got worse in spite of diet changes.
My biggest issue was with tea - had to give it up and cut the coffee back

refluxguy
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   Posted 5/13/2012 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
definately has a strong taste but I aclimated to it in a few days - started off watering it down 25%
As the esophogus healed the 'swallowing fire' mmmm my experience was not that - more like taking a shot of straight alcohol and that sensation was gone in a few days.
The big deal for me was getting of the omeprazole as my bone density was low and had to have knee surgery

refluxguy
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   Posted 5/13/2012 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
mudmagnetmum - I just looked at the label - does have acv but also has manuka honey, potassium bi-carb and ginger
took a swig - mmmmmm - no fire ..... taste is not as bad as mylanta, thats for sure! - seems to have quite a lot of manuka honey, i tried apple cider vinegar straight and puked it up every time - way too strong for me.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/13/2012 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. I was OK swallowing ACV but few minutes later my stomach was on fire - very painful. Too scared to try again!! Glad it's helped you though - I'm sure others will give it a try,

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

refluxguy
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   Posted 5/13/2012 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Strange result - mine a was a mild burning sensation in the esophagus above the stomach - for the stomach to burn like that makes no sense as the stomach contents are far more acidic by a huge margin, then the ACV.
Hope you have success with accupuncture

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/13/2012 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I have gastritis and I think it's that that makes my stomach so sensitive to ACV and other things like B vitamins and herbal teas.

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

refluxguy
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   Posted 5/13/2012 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried a high quality manuka honey for the gastritus - manuka honey is a pure natural anti-biotic
there are plenty on the internet - find one that is a high UMF or high MGO - the rest are junk
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