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Gigi33914
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   Posted 3/2/2013 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there - I am desperate.  I have reflux and have had my esophagus dilated once and am taking Nexium daily.  This last month I have awakened 3x with acid in my throat and I had aspirated some into my lungs, it is so scary.  This after I had not eaten for 6 hrs.  I am so scared.  I have already burned my esophagus and my voice has gotten hoarse.  Any advice?  I only have a slight hiatal hernia.  Thanks!!!

dencha
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   Posted 3/2/2013 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gigi,
Welcome to Healing Well!  You're definitely in the right place.  There are many like you, who've suffered with reflux and even aspiration into the lungs. Hoarseness is also typical.
 
Have you seen a GI doctor?  What amount of Nexium do you take, and when?  Have you had any testing done?  If so which testing is it?
 
Obviously if you've needed a dilation, you've had reflux for a while.  Do you elevate the head of your bed 7-8"?  That helps keep things in your stomach.  Some here with very bad reflux actually have slept in a recliner to help keep the acid where it belongs.
 
Once acid starts hitting the lungs, it's an issue that really needs attention.  You can do permanent damage to your lungs if you ignore the problem and allow it to continue without stop.  I assume you're already watching your diet and staying away from triggers.  This sounds more like an LES valve that isn't working to hold the acid where it belongs.
 
It is time to make an appointment with your GI doc, or even consider a second opinion if you're not getting satisfactory care from the one you're seeing.  One option that is out there for people whose LES is allowing regurgitation of stomach contents is the Nissen fundoplication. I had it done four years ago and have had excellent results. It is considered the "gold standard" for preventing reflux.  It has been done for over 50 years, and over 15 years laproscopically.  Keep it in the back of your mind as a last resort treatment...a kind of light at the end of the tunnel if you can't find relief via medications and interventions.   Here is a link to GERD treatments that you might find helpful:
 
Also, please read this document about the correct way to get the most out of your PPI (Nexium):
 
Glad you've joined us.  It's definitely the place you should be!  I'm sure others will be by to greet you and share their own experiences. 
Hang in there!
Denise
 
 
 
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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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

Gigi33914
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 3/2/2013 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have seen a doc - yes, I elevate my head - I think a cause may be that I don't eat after 5pm and take my Ambien at 11 pm - is it perhaps the Ambien that is causing this? I really burned my esophagus 2 weeks ago - pain lasted 2 days but got better after I swallowed some honey...go figure-
thanks for your reply. BTW - I am 79 yo!

dencha
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   Posted 3/2/2013 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gigi,
You've got me beat...I'm nearly 61, so I've got a ways to go to catch up with you...I keep trying, though. turn You definitely need to get yourself into the doctor again.  This isn't something to play around with on your own.  I'm glad to hear your esophagus got feeling better fairly quickly.  I've had burned esophagus episodes that lasted 2 to 3 months.  It hasn't happened since my surgery, though.  I'll keep the honey in mind.
 
In my case, medication can flare up my stomach and reflux.  See if the Ambien suggests taking it with something.  I know it's tricky to eat that late, but it might be an improvement.  Unfortunately,  it sounds like your LES isn't doing its job.
 
Make that appointment.  Write down everything that has been happening.  Give your GI doc a chance to help you sort this all out.
 
Again, glad you've joined us!
Good luck!
Denise
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
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