Smoking and Reflux

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/11/2005 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Acid Reflux and yes I smoke...I keep reading that quitting smoking can make the symptoms better or even reduce them completely.  Has anyone quit smoking due to reflux and if so did it help? 

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   Posted 5/12/2005 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I smoke as well and I did quit for about 2 weeks for reasons other than acid reflux.  Personally, I didn't notice a difference.  I think everyone may be different though because my mom quit smoking as well and noticed that here reflux wasn't as bad and she even has a hiatal hernia.  Hmmm... the more I think about it, maybe I'm just in denial because I don't want to quitl. eyes
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IBS, Diverticulosis, GERD, Cervical Disc Degeneration
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   Posted 6/6/2005 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kellyjean,
I've smoked on and off for years. While I did notice a decrease in heartburn while nicotine-free, I was plagued by stomach ailments & still suffered with heartburn. I half-expected to feel 1,000% better after quitting, which wasn't the case. I even told my doctor flat-out that I felt miserable and was very frustrated (he wasn't very sympathetic, however). I've since resumed smoking again, and surprisingly feel much better stomach-wise. I think you should do what makes you feel best, regardless of what you read and what doctors say. It's YOUR health.

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   Posted 6/7/2005 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I was a 1 1/2 pack a day smoker until I was dx 2 1/2 years ago with COPD (I was 36 at the time) and then the following spring quit smoking. I hate to say this but I did NOT notice a difference in my heartburn, of course, I was on Nexium at the time. The heartburn got worse again later and I have since, "almost" eliminated caffine too. I noticed a slight difference but not overnight.

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