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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/9/2012 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
     I've had GERD for many years and have been using omeprazole steadily for a few years now.  While on it I have less instances of acid shooting up into my throat and making me choke.  I do know that if I miss one dose of the omeprazole I will have heartburn symptoms that day and if I'm off for two days the acid is out of control.
     Here's my questions:  I always wake up with a stomach ache and nausea and need to drink a couple of swallows of milk so I don't throw up.  Is that just because of too much stomach acid?
     Many times after I've eaten and I know I can't possibly be hungry I still have a stomach ache.....the kind you have when you are hungry.  Does this have anything to do with GERD?
     Does anyone get that excruciating burning pain in your ears when acid shoots all the way up your throat?
     Last question!!  If you have GERD for a very long time and you ARE on medication....does the acid still cause damage to your esophagus?

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/9/2012 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome!

The only two things I can mention are that while milk does bring temporary relief from acid reflux, it actually can exacerbate the problem in the long term, as it contributes to the acidity of the stomach. Also, even if you are on medication, the acid can still cause damage to the esophagus if the medication is not strong enough, or treating the right cause of the reflux.

Make sure that your stomach is producing too much acid because it could be producing too little acid. If milk is helping your symptoms, maybe your stomach is not producing enough acid.

I know for me, I went to my health food store and grabbed some Betaine HCL supplements (which adds acid to your stomach) and took the recommended dose with my meal that had protein, and my reflux actually went away while I was eating and for a while after I was done.

Again, I am not an expert and I am new to GERD.

I hope you find relief soon.

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   Posted 6/9/2012 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
It doesn't have to be milk....just anything in my stomach to make it stop the pain and nausea in the mornings.

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   Posted 6/12/2012 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I sympathise Stormywen, morning nausea is my dominant GERD symptom. I chew DGL tablets as soon as I wake up and that does help. I also have that false hunger thing - I eat to relieve my symptoms and feel like the overnight fast is actually quite difficult. I have some Carafate to try but I just can't fit it round medication and the frequent eating to relieve nausea etc!

New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/26/2012 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!! I joined today just because of that nauseated full/hungry feeling.. Please someone help.. Honestly I'm glad someone on here with GERD has dealt with this also. It makes me feel that it IS a GERD issue. If that even makes sense or makes it better.. Looking to get answers soon so will update. Peace and love

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   Posted 6/27/2012 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey stormy,

Morning nausea used to be a bad symptom for me too but I started eating breakfast and it went away. The only liquid I drink first thing in the morning is water, I usually have my coffee around 10am WITH food.

The false hunger thing is two things, IMHO: One, some weird GERD symptom (no clue what causes it); and two, eating releases endorphins and I think our brains want the pain to stop, too. I get desperately hungry when I'm having a flare up but I don't eat for fear of making things worse.

Take care,
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