Managing Nighttime Reflux?

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   Posted 4/6/2014 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone have any ideas or things that work for them?

Doctors tend to worry about nighttime reflux more, and for good reason. I experience nighttime symptoms in waves...a month w/o symptoms at all, then a few weeks with. No correlation with anything I can identify...

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   Posted 4/7/2014 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Every night that goes by without a response to this question is one more night in agony during which satan's spawn consume pieces of my soul via terror at the lowly hours of the night. Just sayin...

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   Posted 4/7/2014 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you doing all of these things?
Raise the head of the bed by 4 to 6 inches, so you can sleep with your head and chest elevated. You can lift the top end of the bed by sticking blocks underneath. You could also lie on special wedge pillows designed to help you sleep on an incline.
Eat meals two to three hours before bed, since this will reduce the risk of nighttime heartburn. Avoid bedtime snacks.
Don't wear clothes that fit tightly around the waist, since they can aggravate your symptoms.
Chew gum during the evening. This can boost the production of saliva, which neutralizes stomach acid.
Try sleeping on your left side. Some studies have shown that this helps with digestion, simply because of a quirk of the body's design. Sleeping on your right side seems to be most likely to aggravate symptoms.
Avoid foods that can trigger reflux or irritate the esophageal lining. These include alcohol, chocolate, peppermint, coffee, carbonated drinks, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, pepper, vinegar, catsup and mustard, and spicy or fatty foods.
Don't use medicines that can worsen reflux. Examples include aspirin, other painkillers, and calcium-channel blockers. Check with your doctor about alternatives if you are currently taking any reflux-worsening medications. Never stop a medication without first talking to your doctor.

I know these directions have been posted many times but it is a good review.




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   Posted 4/7/2014 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting, thanks. I actually have been taking aspirin lately, as it is protective against esophageal cancer and reduces the risk of getting Barrett's significantly. I'll take it mornings to see if it helps...

Other than that, I'll just have to chew gum.


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   Posted 4/7/2014 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know your history, but would you consider linx surgery? I had hernia repair and linx surgery 5 weeks ago and it has changed my life. Used to not be able to sleep flat, would feel reflux while exercising, etc, and it's gone baby gone now. I take no medications for gerd. Insurance coverage is an issue but I hope the more people getting linx, the more studies will show its efficacy and insurance companies will cover it.

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   Posted 4/8/2014 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing that would touch nighttime reflux for me was Dexilant. I tried every other PPI under the sun, but with unsatisfactory results - even with the lifestyle modifications mentioned above. Dexilant was the first PPI that I felt actually did something for me, especially at night. If your doctor can prescribe it, and you haven't tried it yet, maybe give it a go and see if it works for you too? Good luck; night reflux is awful.

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   Posted 4/9/2014 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Unfortunately I am not a good candidate for the Linx

Dexilant looks expensive...
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