A question abt acid reflux.

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aeis2000
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   Posted 2/11/2006 2:57 AM (GMT -6)   
When you burp, does it hurt or do you feel the acid sensation in the throat?
I'm not even sure if i have reflux but feel a sensation that is quite hard to explain behind the throat.

It's like if you breathe through your mouth during the cold weather and it kind of hurts your throat feeling is what i'm experiencing.

I can eat chocolates with no problem but coffee or tea just gives me a lump in the throat sensation.
I have hiatal hernia btw.

Anyone with reflux can provide any info?

CathyA
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   Posted 2/11/2006 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi aeis,
I'm not expert, but I'll tell you what I know. I think reflux can present itself differently with different people. The most obvious sign is "heartburn". But I know that acid in your throat can cause symptoms of coughing, asthma, nausea, hoarseness, bloating, pressure, etc. I know it gives me diarrhea too. I think your hiatal hernia can definitely add another dimension of funkiness to things!

Are you male or female? What is your age? The reason I ask that is that it seems like alot of women of perimenopause age (late 30's-60's), can experience "globus", which is a sensation of something caught in their throats. This seems to be more of a neuro-muscular thing.
Coffee and tea are very acidic. Some of us can tolerate some acid things more than others.
Sometimes, with my reflux, I only get nausea. Other times, I can actually have liquid spray up into my throat from some stomach, and it burns like heck. Sometimes I feel like my lower esophagus is spasming, and it sends a knife-like pain through to my back. So.....there are alot of different symptoms. Hope this helps.

aeis2000
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   Posted 2/11/2006 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
CathyA > Thanks for the reply. The reason i ask is so the doctors don't misdiagnosed me and put me on PPI everytime they hear the words hiatial hernia.

The only problem now is that i wake up feeling a tightness around my upper abdomen. A diffcuilty to breathe sensation.

Last night, me and the missus had a big japanese dinner and i came back home and had a glass of wine and off to bed i went with no problems abt reflux.

BTW, i'm male 44 yr old.

CathyA
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   Posted 2/11/2006 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow aeis.........did you luck out not having any reflux after that meal and wine!
It's strange, but I've never had a doctor give any importance to hiatal hernias. They always say "oh, you just don't see many symptoms with those", but I think some of us have alot of problems from them. I've never been officially diagnosed with one, but I would bet my life on my having a sliding one. I can go from feeling completely fine, to feeling unbelieveable pressure in my chest, with trouble breathing, and tons more reflux symptoms. I always get irregular heartbeats then too.
I think people with hiatal hernias are much more likely to get GERD symptoms.....but that doesn't mean you HAVE to.
I guess I would be very hesitant to get on a PPI, if I didn't have more obvious symptoms of GERD. As you have probably read on some other posts here, they aren't always without their own problems. It's good to think things through, and not always just pop pills.
I hope you enjoyed your evening last night. It sounds like it was fun! And I'm glad you didn't suffer from it!

Steve J
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   Posted 2/12/2006 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
aeis2000 said...
When you burp, does it hurt or do you feel the acid sensation in the throat?
I'm not even sure if i have reflux but feel a sensation that is quite hard to explain behind the throat.

It's like if you breathe through your mouth during the cold weather and it kind of hurts your throat feeling is what i'm experiencing.

I can eat chocolates with no problem but coffee or tea just gives me a lump in the throat sensation.
I have hiatal hernia btw.

Anyone with reflux can provide any info?
You ought to go ahead and give up tea and coffee. And giving up soft drinks would be a good idea too. And beer is the number one acid maker. Also try to avoid foods with added vitamin C. And chocolate can cause reflux. Try these things and see if your condition gets a little better.
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