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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 7/25/2012 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,

I'm trying to get a handle on my symptoms, so I figured I would post here to a) determine what else I can be doing to improve them, and b) determine if I have a different or more serious problem than GERD.

Backstory: I'm 32. I started dealing with reflux when I was in my early 20's. Back then, the only symptom was the reflux of acidic, burning fluid, mainly brought on by alcohol and coffee with sugar. I used Zantac for years, which helped manage the problem. I upgraded to Prilosec OTC in my late 20's, and have been on prescription Prilosec for two-plus years now. Prilosec used to work perfectly, but it's not working well now. I'm 6'0, 195. I exercise some (golf, walking) but could stand to exercise more. I was diagnosed with Barrett's (no dysplasia) two-and-a-half years ago. The area was small, less than a centimeter. When it was retested a year later, it hadn't progressed. That was Jan. 2011.

Starting in March, things took a turn for the worse. I get a fair amount of chest pressure right in the middle of my chest; sometimes it's bad enough that I get short of breath just sitting in a chair and talking (though that is relatively infrequent). When things are bad, as they are today, I get a general achy, burning feeling in the center of my chest that does not subside much with eating or medication. I also get muscle weakness in the center of my chest, which makes it somewhat painful to sit up. I occasionally get hoarse (maybe once a month), and, when things are bad, dry food will momentarily get stuck in my throat, though this does not happen when things are good.When things are good, I don't get many symptoms other than mild chest pressure (comes and goes).

Clear triggers are catsup (the worst), excess processed sugar, excess coffee (more than one cup a day), tomato sauce, hard alcohol, orange juice, and sometimes wine, all pretty clear cut stuff.

I'm particularly worried about the chest pain and muscle weakness, and that the condition generally seems to be getting worse. I'm used to the annoyance, but it is becoming unmanageable. When I call the doctor/gastroenterologist, the answer I usually get is "take more Prilosec." That worked well at first, but is not working now. I am hoping this will not just continue getting worse for the rest of my life.

If anyone has similar symptoms - specifically the chest pain and weakness - and has had some success improving the symptoms, please let me know.

Thank You


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Date Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 7/25/2012 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I have similar symptoms, and my cure for this is completely mental. This goes against everything I'm taught (in med school) and it also goes against common logic, but if I can tell my mind that my body needs to heal it usually does it. But, during my spurts and spikes of GERD, I find that my mind isn't really in control. I usually take a Zantac - like you - and eat some saltine crackers.

Also, if I get the symptoms right before bed, I usually swallow down some Alka-Seltzer. Alka-Seltzer makes you burp, and sometimes that's just what I need.

Sorry that you're going through these problems, but realize that you're not alone and you could even have worse problems. I've seen some pretty ill people on these (and other) forums, and I've learned to be happy with only having IBS and GERD.

Hopefully your problems will cease.

-Jonathan P.
The advice I provide and present to you is solely based on research and doctor diagnosis. I am personally not a doctor. Going to a doctor is far better than listening to what I have to say.

I have experienced a lot over the course of years, and I am glad to give you some pointers to help you overcome your struggles.

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Date Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 7/25/2012 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Various effects could be becasue of various reasons
2) Direct medications (PPI) side effect
3) Low stomach acid (due to medications) could be resulting into some mineral deficiency

PPI is necessary evil. Its necessary for medium or severe GERD but it can produce some side effect which is beyond comprehension.
For some people exercise, loosing weight, posture, chiropracture, massage, accupressure works in cases of side effects.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 7/28/2012 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there a specific herbal medication . Let us know the name. Want to give it a try.
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