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ericapeace2000
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   Posted 12/21/2012 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Friends,
I'm having a rough few days. No idea what happened but I went from back pains ( which I was getting used to) to a slight sore throat and heartburn (feels more like vapor ). I haven't had either of those symptoms in a while. The only thing I can think of is stress from the holidays. I was starting to feel hopeful about one day being able to stop Nexium but now I'm back to feeling frustrated. I really hate acid reflux.
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thegspeak
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   Posted 12/21/2012 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Erica I'm really sorry you aren't feeling well. I feel lucky sometimes that my only symptom is cough. Hope you feel better soon.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 12/21/2012 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, me too. Ugh.
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belljar1995
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   Posted 12/21/2012 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Erica
I think it is pretty common for symptoms to change around a little bit. Have you been eating differently due to the holidays? More stress? Less sleep? Could it be something else unrelated to GERD? When I have the back or chest pain, something that helps me is to lie down with a heating pad and just read a magazine, book or watch a movie--even if you can only do this for 15-20 min. For a day with more time, a massage can do wonders to help "reset" everything.

Last year, when I had the throat swelling and soreness I did take Aleve 600mg x 2x day. This was OK'd by my doctor as I was in a lot of throat pain--it helped a lot, but as a gerd person it can be risky, so you could check on this. Gargling with warm salt water helped a lot too--it is supposed to help heal the throat tissue. Also the UK version of gaviscon is very soothing--the licorice flavor is good. Being proactive with a nasal decongestant (the spray --OTC) can also help b/c usually the congestion follows the throat pain.



GERD is a bummer, for sure.

SummerGAL
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   Posted 12/21/2012 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I think GERD can change from day to day. I can go weeks with no GERD and then "bingo" I have it everyday with no change in eating habits. I'm scheduled for the Nissen in January if I don't back out again.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 12/22/2012 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree, it has it's own little life cycle that we can't always influence. But not all change is permanent - you may go back to how things were just as quickly. I had a mini flare not long ago and panicked, thinking it would lead to all the nasty hospital stuff again, but it backed off. Sometimes just a passing virus is enough to throw things off course, or an extra notch of stress or a late night! Hang in there!

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 12/22/2012 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I feel better today, I'm going to try and eat smaller and frequent meals. I really get upset when this happens. I want to be able to get off nexium at some point and I also don't want to be terrified of pregnancy making everything worse. I follow all the annoying rules I should be managing things better. I thought I was progressing enough to forgo the ph study and mamotry tests but maybe not.
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kraftpaper
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   Posted 12/23/2012 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MMM,
It sounds like you've tried a lot of things to help with this condition. I'm wondering what treatments (medication and alternative stuff) you're currently taking... what's working and what doesn't. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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