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   Posted 1/26/2013 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya, I'm 19 years old and suffer with heartburn.. It started just after my 18th and ever since have had it only at nighttime about 3-4 times a week.. To start with it was only slight pains but for the past 4 months its been alot worse. I was told to drink milk which worked only for a small amount of time but then the pains became more violent.. Lying on my back is painful so I've elevated pillows I then got told about gaviscon and that was brilliant! Past month it hasn't been working though and it's now got to the point where it's making me feel like I'm actually going to vomit and lying down seems to make it worse but I just am so tired from trying to stay awake all night to prevent it, I've been to the doctors but they just told me its because I put 2 stone on in a short period of time and to try to loose weight again.. That's fair enough and easy to say but I still have to put up with the constant pains :( I've had 4 double action gaviscon a tonight and some of the liquid medicines but its not touched me HELP!!! X

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   Posted 1/26/2013 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lthgsydd,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Sorry to hear you're struggling.  You're definitely in the right place, as there are many here suffering from GERD.  It is true that weight gain can increase GERD symptoms, it doesn't change the fact that you're suffering.
Since lying flat creates more reflux symptoms for you, I suggest that you elevate the head of your bed.  You can put blocks under the legs, or buy bed risers.  Elevating your bed in this way allows gravity to help keep the acid in your stomach.  Using pillows can cause your body to bend in the middle and create more pressure on your stomach, and thus more reflux.
Don't eat ANYTHING 3-4 hours before you go to bed.  I don't see in your post that you've been prescribed any acid reducers.  Try an over the counter medication like Zantac (Ranitidine) to start, and see if it helps.  There are over the counter PPIs like Prilosec (Omeprazole) as well, if the Zantac doesn't work. 
With the problems you're describing, it seems like you should be seeing a GI specialist.  I suggest that you pursue that with your primary care doctor. 
I expect others will be by to weigh in and add their own suggestions and support.  Good luck!
PS...f you do a Google search for "GERD", you'll find lots of helpful information about food triggers and things you can do to help your situation.
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   Posted 1/27/2013 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
A lot of us are either in the same situation or have been. I agree with dencha to see a GI specialist (fyi, it took my 3rd one to get real "answers"). They need to do an endoscopy to really look in there and see what is going on. The over the counter stuff should help a bit too. I know my biggest triggers were: tomato anything, garlic, chocolate, greasy food, any spices or spicy, caffeine. It got to the point that anything I ate seemed to give me heartburn.

This forum is FULL of information and a lot of helpful people. It also helps to know you aren't alone. I had no one in my life that could relate, they would just tell me to take Nexium or PrevAcid or eat Tums. You came to the right place by coming to this forum, we all understand how heartburn is and how it can screw up your normal life!

Good luck and get to a good GI doctor!!
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   Posted 1/27/2013 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Go to the doctors and tell then you want to try some ppis they may work for you I found nexium the best
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