A quick remedy for reflux?

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minnietoty
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   Posted 1/6/2013 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a Crohn's sufferer and a GERD patient for 14 years. I take Nexium 40 mg x 2 and of course a lot of other lovely meds for crohn's. More than a week ago, I started to have nausea, so I took Zofran and Alizapride for a couple of days but in vain. I saw the GP and she gave me 2 tablets of Motilium and they did miracles and pushed reflux down. Unfortunately, I abused Motilium for 6 years and ended up w z risk of hyperprolactinoma. So, I can't take any domperidones.
What I'm suffering from most is reflux esp at night though I follow all the giudelines. Elevated bed, v restricted diet, never skip meds. I wake up every day w severe headache and sore throat coz of reflux.
Any clues will be highly appreciated.
GERD, gastritis, duodenitis, ileocolitis, chronic proctitis and persistent mouth ulcers.
Current meds: Pentasa sachets 4g, Entocort 6mg, Nexium 40 x2, Pentasa suppositories 1g before bedtime (not anymore), Ensure, Calcium and magnesium supplements
Failed: Azathioprine, Imuran, Methotrexate
Resumed:Pentasa enema in the morning and budesonide enema before bedtime.

dencha
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   Posted 1/6/2013 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi minnietoty,
How high is the head of your bed elevated?  If it isn't at 7-8 inches, try moving it up a little higher...I know...we all slide down in the middle of the night.  Still, it's worth it. 
 
Have you tried Zantac/Ranitidine at bedtime?  Before my surgery, my PCP and asthma doc had me on 300mg at bedtime in addition to 40mg Protonix before breakfast and dinner.  Some people need this in addition to PPIs.
 
Sorry you're struggling!
Good luck,
Denise
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minnietoty
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   Posted 1/6/2013 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Denise, thank you very much. Well, I don't find relief w these meds anymore. I used to in the past but now no. But it's worse trying. The height of the bed is around 4 pillows high. Should I raise it more?
GERD, gastritis, duodenitis, ileocolitis, chronic proctitis and persistent mouth ulcers.
Current meds: Pentasa sachets 4g, Entocort 6mg, Nexium 40 x2, Pentasa suppositories 1g before bedtime (not anymore), Ensure, Calcium and magnesium supplements
Failed: Azathioprine, Imuran, Methotrexate
Resumed:Pentasa enema in the morning and budesonide enema before bedtime.

dencha
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   Posted 1/6/2013 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Minnietoty,
Are you using pillows to elevate your head?  If so, it's not recommended.  Because of the way they configure your body, they can actually create more reflux.  Instead, put blocks or risers (I use 4" risers with two cut squares of 2X6, which raises it 8"). 
 
When you raise the whole bed, your body stays flat at an angle.  When you elevate your head with pillows, it can actually bend at the middle and put pressure on your stomach, thus creating more reflux issues.
Good luck!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“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.”
Eckhart Tolle

greatunclebill
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   Posted 1/6/2013 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
i have 40 yrs experience with reflux. even with meds like nexium or prilosec i can still get some reflux at times. i've found that zantac or its generic is the most fast acting one for quick relief.

raising the head of the bed seems better than pillows and wedges. however i found 7" to be ridiculously high for me and my wife. not saying it don't work for others. bed bath and beyond sells nice little sets of 7" and 4" bed risers. before buying something like that, try bricks or boards under the head of the bed wheels so you can add and subtract and find a height that is comfortable for everybody in the bed. when you get the right height then buy or build something nice and permanent that the wheels won't roll off of.

the problem with pillows and wedges is your body bends which can cause hip pain over time. raising the head of the bed keeps the body itself flat on the mattress rather than bent someplace in the middle.
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dencha
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   Posted 1/6/2013 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
You're right...over 7 or 8 inches it's tougher to stay in bed! yeah
 
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“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.”
Eckhart Tolle

minnietoty
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   Posted 1/6/2013 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise and Greatunclebill, thank you very much. It never crossed my mind that sleeping on pillows is that harnful. All these years I have been harming my esophagus!! I can't believe it. It's true that one has to ask experienced people. I mentioned sleeping on pillows to doctors, but not my GI, and they never said anything. Really I appreciate it.
Take care :)
GERD, gastritis, duodenitis, ileocolitis, chronic proctitis and persistent mouth ulcers.
Current meds: Pentasa sachets 4g, Entocort 6mg, Nexium 40 x2, Pentasa suppositories 1g before bedtime (not anymore), Ensure, Calcium and magnesium supplements
Failed: Azathioprine, Imuran, Methotrexate
Resumed:Pentasa enema in the morning and budesonide enema before bedtime.

dencha
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   Posted 1/6/2013 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
That's what's great about this forum...learning from others who've "been there"!  Have a great day!
 
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“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.”
Eckhart Tolle

minnietoty
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   Posted 1/6/2013 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. Same to you.
GERD, gastritis, duodenitis, ileocolitis, chronic proctitis and persistent mouth ulcers.
Current meds: Pentasa sachets 4g, Entocort 6mg, Nexium 40 x2, Pentasa suppositories 1g before bedtime (not anymore), Ensure, Calcium and magnesium supplements
Failed: Azathioprine, Imuran, Methotrexate
Resumed:Pentasa enema in the morning and budesonide enema before bedtime.

IlliniFan
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   Posted 1/6/2013 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Morning headaches can also be caused by sleep apnea. do you snore?

minnietoty
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   Posted 1/7/2013 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
No, I don't. Thank you.
GERD, gastritis, duodenitis, ileocolitis, chronic proctitis and persistent mouth ulcers.
Current meds: Pentasa sachets 4g, Entocort 6mg, Nexium 40 x2, Pentasa suppositories 1g before bedtime (not anymore), Ensure, Calcium and magnesium supplements
Failed: Azathioprine, Imuran, Methotrexate
Resumed:Pentasa enema in the morning and budesonide enema before bedtime.

NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 1/7/2013 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
A quick fix is also taking a shot of Aloe Vera juice/gel. I swear it has been helping me!

minnietoty
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   Posted 1/9/2013 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
NoDoubtLOve, could you please tell me what's Aleo Vera gel? Thank you.
GERD, gastritis, duodenitis, ileocolitis, chronic proctitis and persistent mouth ulcers.
Current meds: Pentasa sachets 4g, Entocort 6mg, Nexium 40 x2, Pentasa suppositories 1g before bedtime (not anymore), Ensure, Calcium and magnesium supplements
Pred 40 mg from Oct. 2010 till Jan.2012
Failed: Azathioprine, Imuran, Methotrexate
Resumed:Pentasa enema on one night and budesonide enema on the other

SummerGAL
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   Posted 1/9/2013 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Chewing gum helps me when nothing else will help, but it's only a temporary relief.

Summer
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