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Date Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 7/26/2013 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I noticed a few people did journals. I I'd like to join in, maybe it can help somebody. Maybe somebody can help me too!

In 2005, I was experiencing terrible pain and heartburn, this went on for months. My Doc took a long time to diagnose, and I kept putting off visits due to my anxiety (silly really). Eventually after failed prescriptions of Zantac and Gaviscon they discovered I had H.Pylori. I took the Antibiotics with Lansoprazole and in 3 weeks I was cured. Couldn't have been happier. It was from that point on that I would often feel bloated and have to swallow sometimes to keep the 'wet' burps from coming up. In the next 5 years I was symptom free, maybe got heartburn once or twice a year, I would still sometimes feel a bit bloated in the AM but it wasn't really a big deal.

Jan 2010, I started getting heartburn again. I was really worried that it was something sinister due to all the reading I had done about what H.Pylori can lead to. My Dr, a new one and a better one this time sent me for an Endoscopy. Which I did un-sedated (I would NOT recommend) I was diagnosed with GERD, no Pylori though. The GI doc said I have mild GERD and gave me 2 months of Lansoprazole, a pamphlet about GERD and sent me on my way. He told me to stay off the Cola (I was drinking quite a lot).

After a month or two my symptoms went away. I was watching my food intake and being more healthy about it. For the next 3 years I was symptom free more or less. In this period I was particularly stupid with my diet. As the months went on with no symptoms I slowly began drinking diet coke again. In addition to this I often ate too fast. I work a stressful job so I would eat late, and eat unhealthy and eat fast. All big no-nos. I also started drinking a lot more than I used to and enjoying far too much Coffee. I was drinking cold brew iced coffee every day for months. I was often constipated (and still am) I try to increase my fiber intake but sometimes I get forgetful and slip into bad habits. Before my latest flare up I was particularly constipated and stressed.

This time it took me a while to notice my reflux issues. I often found a lot of drool on my pillow when I awoke. I assumed it was because I was a mouth breather and it was just one of those things. In addition to that I would wake up in the middle of the night with a really itchy throat, and I would need to blow my nose. Must be allergies or something I thought I found myself itching my throat with my tongue. Eventually I started having a sour stomach, little bit of heartburn and indigestion.

I had another endoscopy and was diagnosed with GERD again. GI said my LES looked weak, gave me another pamphlet and sent me away with 40mg Omeprazole. Since then things have not been so rosy. I have been keeping a food and symptom log. I still experience:

    Indigestion and needing to swallow immediately after a meal.

    Pain in between shoulder blades

    4 hours after eating I will feel bloated. I will often wake up in the morning feeling bloated and will burp a little

    Ear ache, itchy throat/sore throat still and a sour taste in my mouth in the morning

    I went back to the GI and he did Lactose, Fructose and Bacterial Overgrowth tests. Bacterial Overgrowth came back positive and I'm now on Xifaxan too. He told me to take 20mg of famotidine and an additional 20mg of omeprazole in the evening if I experience the itchy throat. I'm still having the same symptoms. I also had an ultrasound of my abdomen which came back normal. My GI recommended I see an allergist and an ENT. I'm in the process of doing both but I'm struggling to pay all these bills right now so I have to take it somewhat slow.

    What I think contributes/causes my reflux:

    I worry way too much
    I work in a stressful job that has long hours
    My eating habits where poor (eating late, large meals plus alcohol)
    I am often constipated
    mouth breather (I think I swallow too much air)

    What I'm doing to try and fix it:

    Food log, trying to stick to bland food,, I've cut out all booze, coffee/tea and coke
    Wedge pillow
    More fiber (I eat a lot of prunes and dates to help with that, and an apple a day)

    I'm not sure what else I can do. I really don't think the Omeprazole does much for me. I intend to see my GI again when I can get some money together. I'd like to switch to another PPI. In the meantime I will keep updating this. If you have read this far I'm impressed!

    Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 8/30/2013 12:35:49 PM (GMT-6)

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    Date Joined Jul 2013
    Total Posts : 9
       Posted 7/27/2013 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
    I noticed there are other people having Journals though, for example drtinsac had a journal for months documenting his symptoms before he had his procedure. Which is why I made mine. How come he was allowed but other users cannot?

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    Date Joined Apr 2007
    Total Posts : 32602
       Posted 8/30/2013 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
    I am sorry that I am just now saying  Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I made a snafu in mentioning that members only start journals after surgery as I have gone back and realized other members post journals starting prior to their procedure and following surgery. 
    Lifestyle changes may help reduce the frequency of heartburn. You seem to know yourself and what contributes/causes your reflux.
    I like your goals that you have set for yourself, now make them realistic and more defined.  Are you keeping a food diary at home ?
    Everyone has specific triggers. Common triggers such as fatty or fried foods, tomato sauce, alcohol, chocolate, mint, garlic, onion, and caffeine may make heartburn worse. Avoid foods you know will trigger your heartburn. skull
    Avoid overeating by eating smaller meals. Don't lie down after a meal. Wait at least three hours after eating before lying down or going to bed.
    These are just a few ideas.  I am sure the members will have many more suggestions for you.
    Keeping talking with us and do respond to other posts anytime you feel like it.
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    GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.

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