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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 7/9/2012 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
This is the first time I have posted on this particular forum. I had a CT scan of my lungs a few months ago which showed a large hiatal hernia. I was in the hospital with a possible heart attack but when they found that, and all my other tests were fine, it was decided the chest pain was caused by the hh. I had been on Prilosec because of acid reflux that I thought was medication related. I have RA. My GP was not interested much in the hh diagnosis, just keep taking the Prilosec and if I wanted to I could have an endoscopy to check my esophagus. I didn't see the use as I was having too much trouble with the acid coming up, just rarely. But yesterday morning I had the chest pain and took a Pepsid Complete and just laid there and waited it out. But last night I had what was the worst acid reflux attack I have ever had. I was having to spit up phlegm and my throat felt like it was on fire. I took a pepsid complete but it didn't help. Drinking water didn't help. What should I do when this happens?
I take 40 mg prilosec at lunch and then a generic acid reducer at bedtime. I keep the Pepsid Complete for emergencies, so I am on medication. Should I have something like Maalox available for when this happens? Should I see my doctor to look further into what this hh is doing and should I have the endo?
I was going along just fine until last night and now I am worried it is really causing problems.

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 7/9/2012 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Based on my experience, here is what I can share,, though every humanbieng is different and what is applicable to one may not be applicable to other.

Best time to take PPI is on empty stomach which is 1st thing in the morning before breakfast. Rather than taking 40 mg Prilosec once, take 20mg before breakfast and 20 mg before dinner. Have some liquid antaacid nearby.
Usual stuff like eat 3-4 hrs before hitting bed. Don't bend after eating. Discipline in eating etc would help

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Date Joined Mar 2012
Total Posts : 1110
   Posted 7/9/2012 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Gaviscon at night helps. Watch ur diet and chew non mint gum. Sleep propped up.
Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)
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