Telling GERD from ulcer?

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fizmore
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   Posted 2/12/2014 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Ive recently tried lowering my PPI intake, and supplementing with DGL, I also am eating stage 1 gaps diet. Ive noticed I feel a lot better. But Im still getting this pain at bottom of esophegus when not taking my PPI. I was diagnosed with GERD, 14 years ago and have taken losec since.

Im wondering if the pain at the bottom is likely an ulcer as I seldom get reflux all way up to my throat. Its in bottom of my chest the pain.

Also if I had a bleeding ulcer, would I likely have signs, like throwing up blood or dark blood in stools? Ive not noticed these. Just pain.

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   Posted 2/13/2014 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
fizmore

Ulcers don't always bleed and cause bloody stools. That said, if the pain is just under your sternum it can be reflux. The most usual affected area is the area just above the opening to your stomach.

When you feel heartburn in the middle upper part of your chest it can actually at the LES junction and the nerves make it seem like it's higher.

Either way I would get into your GI doctor and see what is going on just to be safe.

Take care,
Bill
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fizmore
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   Posted 2/13/2014 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks. yes i definitely think its at the LES junction as i dont get reflux into my throat. it feels like sternum but kind of at my back if that makes sense.

my GIs have never been able to help me, i have given up on that path. they just keep saying i have esophagitis. i want cures so am on the path to trying to cure myself :-). but yeah hopefully i can see them again within six months (public health)
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