Help! How can I get the flare up to stop?

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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 7/7/2012 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I'm new here, so thanks for the help.

I have developed serious stomach issues within the past 8-12 weeks. I have acid reflux, and my fam doc suspects I have a hiatal hernia. I take 40mg of omeprazole every morning, and have made SERIOUS dietary changes. Tonight, I ate watermelon & a tiny brownie (maybe 1" square). I feel like hell.

So! Here is my question: Since this is coming on fairly early in the evening, would working out help to speed things along? Does working out make it worse if your are having an active "attack"?

I have already taken one dose of maaloxx, and not getting a great deal of relief. I just want to get my kids in bed, and be able to get some sleep tonight!

Thanks for the help.

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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 7/7/2012 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Liquid Carafate, 20CC in the AM and 20 CC in the evening ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. Makes all the difference in the world in helping heal a flare up. You need liquid, NOT pill form! Best of luck.

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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 7/7/2012 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you! I'll look it up & get some.

I'm still trying to figure out what the heck this acid reflux thing IS & how to deal with it. Now I have to learn about hiatal hernia, too. *sigh* I have a lot to learn.

Appreciate the tip.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 7/7/2012 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi belly-achin,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I totally agree with the Carafate suspension recommendation.  I have a reactive stomach and it makes a world of difference.  It coats your esophagus and stomach and lasts up to six hours.
If you're having a flare-up of your stomach and it's also causing esophagitis, you need to be SUPER careful about what you eat.  Before I had my Nissen surgery whenever I got gastritis I'd automatically get a very raw esophagus. 
It's important to eat smooth foods, and eliminate everything that is acidic, or spicy. Of course, no alcohol. When I had flare-ups I found that the only thing that felt good in my stomach was egg custard.  Be sure to chew your food carefully so it's smooth before swallowing, so you don't further irritate your esophagus or stomach.
It does take a long time to heal, so be persistent and consistent about your very careful eating.  It always took me about 2-3 months to heal.  When I asked my GI doc when I could go back to normal eating, he said to wait until, "[I] feel perfect for two weeks, then introduce foods back into my diet gradually." 
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.Maybe you won't have it as bad as I did.
Good luck.  Hope things clear up quickly for you!
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“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
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