Pain Killers for Heartburn?

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   Posted 5/22/2014 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
I am here to see what everyone thinks about pain killers for heartburn. My esophagus hurts pretty much all the time. My doctor has convinced me not to get surgery at this time. I have grade A esophagitis and my doc says I'll probably never get cancer. I currently take Elavil and it helps some with the pain. With that said, I want to eliminate the pain, because fankly, it sucks. Opiates? Aspirin? NSAIDS? What helps with the pain? If so, what is recommended?


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   Posted 5/23/2014 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Generally any kind of pain killer like an NSAID or even opiate can cause even more stomach problems like heartburn and ulcers.

I know full and well how much the burn hurts and I even took percoset I had before I had my Nissen surgery and frankly, it didnt do much for the pain I experienced in my throat.
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   Posted 5/24/2014 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Speak with your doctor. Pain is two symptoms from your problem possibly.

First is sounds that you have an acid issue where your acid is higher up than where it should be: your stomach where we have mucus to protect ourselves from the acid harming and hurting our internal stomach wall tissues.

If the acid goes above our stomachs where mucus isn't created, then we experience the acid basically burning or better said, agitating out tissue. How high up your acid goes is up to your system and how much acid is escaping and traveling north toward your esophagus.

So symptom one is acid higher where it's not supposed to be. Symptom 2 is the pain from the acid upsetting your unprotected tissue walls AKA Heartburn or GERD.

Treating or stopping the pain is a bad strategy, because just because you don't feel the heartburn, doesn't mean your tissue isn't being burned by your acid. Remember, we secrete this acid to breakdown and digest foods. When the acid is outside our stomach we are digesting ourselves to some extent.

So, in this case, pain is an alarm and actually your friend because it's telling you something needs to be fixed. So what you might consider is reducing the acid or it's flow out of your stomach, which in turn will reduce or stop the pain.

Said another way, focus on the acid, where it is going and if you are producing too much acid. Make sense?

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   Posted 5/24/2014 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Stay away from NSAIDs and Aspirin. They weaken the stomach lining and possible esophagus lining so will likely make symptoms worse and put you at risk of ulcers.

I take paracetemol and sometimes codeine for the pain. Codeine is very effective and strong but it also slows down stomach emptying so has its drawbacks, also makes me feel a bit nauseous so I only take it sparingly when I cant stand the pain any more.

If you have esophagitis then your esophagus is inflamed and likely hurt all the time, but it should settle down in time if you are on acid reducing drugs. I've never had bad esophagitis but I've had it and I also have a hypersensitive esophagus so for me it was awful - so I know what you're going through and trust me it does settle down gradually over time as your esophagus heals.

Try a natural anti-inflammatory like ginger root.

Also use a heatpad on your chest and only drink and eat warm things, not cold as this seems to worsen my symptoms. The heatpad really helps me.
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