reflux and vomiting

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   Posted 6/23/2012 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I have had problems with regurging and with it I get the horrible burn that nothing relieves and have had times where I would get a mouth full of acid in a sound sleep and choke on it. 
I have been able to pin point the times when I have the reflux that won't go away and if I go to sleep like that I will wake up and regurge. 
A few times when I was like that I made myself throw up and it took all the heartburn away and I spared myself the horrible burn and choking on a mouthful of acid.
I know it's not good to make yourself throw up but it gave me total relief. (I haven't done this often)
Has anyone else experienced this and why does making myself vomit give me such relief?
I'm on ppi's and it's like I have a over abundance of acid at times.  I don't get how this can happen on ppi's.

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   Posted 6/24/2012 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi nofun,
Welcome to the Healing Well GERD forum!  Sorry to hear you're suffering.  If you're regurging as much as you're describing, it sounds like you'd be a good candidate for a Nissen surgery.  Have you discussed this problem with your GI doctor?  Have you had any testing (endoscopy, 24 hr PH monitor, manometry, barium swallow)?  If not, I think it's time to make an appointment with a specialist.
I'm assuming you have the head of your bed elevated...if not, that would be a good stopgap measure. Also, no eating for 4 hours before bedtime. 
It's very possible to regurge even on PPIs.   If your LES doesn't hold your stomach contents in, and allows them to migrate into your throat, a PPI's not going to do anything to stop that.  The only thing a PPI can do is reduce the acid content in the refluxate. 
As for why vomiting helps...I would guess because it empties your stomach.  Still, I wouldn't think it is a wise course of action, so be sure to discuss that strategy with your surgeon.  I would think it would only do more damage in the long run.
Again, glad you've joined us.  I'm sure others will be by to say hi and offer their own suggestions and support.
Very best wishes,
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   Posted 6/24/2012 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I was thinking the same - if empty stomach is what gives relief then you may get some relief on metaclopramide or another motility drug, perhaps taken at night. Be worth enquiring with whoever is prescribing your PPIs.

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