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acidhurtsbad
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   Posted 11/26/2013 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
My name is Karen and I am so glad to see this forum that is current and not years old!
 
I've had a very "active" year. Cervical fusion in April then 6 weeks into that recovery my gall bladder decided it wasn't a happy camper. It wasn't until after my gall bladder surgery that I acquired a feeling that there was a small ball in my throat. Not only when I swallowed but the sensation was there all the time. Saw my Dr. and started the usual OTC drugs for acid reflux...yes, I've had the belchy, choking to death in your sleep thing going on for several years, untreated.
 
Fast forward to the horrific chest pain in the middle of the night, woke me up out of a sound sleep. I, being the google queen and having had a stress test on my heart several years ago, decided that the GERD was mimicking a heart attack. After seeing my Dr several times, chest x-ray, EKG, blood tests and seeing a cardiologist, my h pylori test came back positive. Yipee! turn Thrilled to take two antibiotics whose side effects are nausea, diarrhea and headaches. Stuck to it, done with the antibiotics just yesterday. Still taking two different acid reflux meds plus another that I asked my Dr about and he was gracious to write me a prescription BEFORE I lost my insurance.
 
My abdomen and under my ribcage is tender and has been for some time. Feels like I've done too many sit ups but in a different place. I'm  sure this is due to the spasms I'm having because of my "whatever" at this point.
 
My guess is the next joy will be to have the endoscope to see if there is any permanent damage... would everyone agree?
Thanks again and from the looks of this site I have some reading to do!
 

StephanieJean
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   Posted 11/26/2013 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi There Karen, Welcome!

Did you have your gall bladder removed? I do not know much about this, but I know that some people who have had theirs removed go on to have bile reflux instead of acid reflux, which means that the normal course of treatment for GERD doesn't always work.

And endoscope is a good place to start and many places do them under sedation so its a very simple painless test to have done. I hope you can find some answers!

acidhurtsbad
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   Posted 11/26/2013 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I did have my gall bladder removed. When I went back for my check up I actually told my surgeon that I wanted it back. Lol! Seriously! After seeing both Dr.'s after the first of the year, I'm sure I'll go in for the scope.

Meantime I'm taking ranitidine, omeprazole and Carafate.

Thank you again StephanieJean!

acidhurtsbad
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   Posted 11/26/2013 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Let me also add that after waking up in the middle of the night with horrible chest pains from the upper stomach up into your neck...

The next day I am toast! I have no energy and I feel like I've been beat up with a baseball bat.

I'm assuming that's caused from whatever spasm I've had for 3-5 hours the previous night.

It's hard to sleep sitting up but it sure beats having the pain!

StephanieJean
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   Posted 11/26/2013 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
If it is bile reflux, the good news is you have carafate which binds to the bile and can help with that.
It also might sounds like you have esophageal spasms. Some of the other members on here have those. Hopefully they can chime in with their insight, in the meantime, its good that you are going back to the doctor. It sounds like your current regimen just isnt cutting it and you should really stress to your doctor you want to figure out whats going on.

phil-uk
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   Posted 11/26/2013 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ahb, have you tried some lifestyle mods?
 
1, Sleep Elevated
2, Finish eating at least 3hrs before bed
3, Avoid heavy meals etc
 
You can also try alter the timing of your PPI meds to before bed, to reduce acid secretion at night.
 
Belly or Diaphragmatic breathing [google it] is also a very useful practice when lying in bed before sleep, or if you wake up. Try it lying either on RH or LH side. Basically, as you breathe in, you push your abdomen [not your chest] out, as you exhale, let it fall.
 
There's tons of info on this site to help you. Good luck with the gastroscopy.
 
Cheers
Phil

acidhurtsbad
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   Posted 11/27/2013 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Phil...
 
Yes, I'm doing all of the above however I have not tried the breathing technique.
 
I haven't had an attack (knock on wood) for several weeks now. Just been dealing with the nausea and tummy tenderness.
 
Thank you for your suggestions!
 
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