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Tommer
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   Posted 7/27/2006 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello,

 

I have suffered from reflux for many years.  I take 30mg of Prevacid daily and Maalox liquid form on occasion.  Done the right things, elevated the head of my bed, quit smoking, lost weight, eating better, moderately drink, and only have one coffee a day. 

 

I have done the scope, x-rays and barium swallow tests, had my heart checked and all tests come back normal, except my esophagus relaxes and allows reflux.

 

This leads me into my question; I have good and bad days with chest pains.  Has anyone been prescribed a med for relieving the pain associated with Reflux/GERD chest pains?  I desperately would love to hear from you all on how to get some relief from theses got awful unpleasant chest pains….

 

Thank you so much for your help.

 

Tommer


ilovecats94
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   Posted 7/29/2006 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Tommer,
I have FMS (fibromyalgia) and my doc gives me Lortabs for the pain. I use those for the chest pains I get from what I call a GERD attack/heartburn. Sounds like it doesn't make sense, but it is the ONLY thing that has stopped that horrible pain for me.

I highly doubt my doc would be pleased if he knew I was taking the Lortabs for the GERD pain.

Hugs,
Faye
I have hypothyroidism (1953), diabetes type 2 (1976), high cholesterol (1989), gastroparesis (1990), FMS (1995), and GERD (2006). I am on these meds for FMS: Prozac 20 mg., Xanax .5 mg., Diclofenac 100 mg., Cytotec 200 mcg. (stomach med to go with Diclofenac), Lortab 10/500 mg. I am also on the other meds for various reasons: Nexium 40 mg., Cytomel 50 mcg., Detrol 2 mg., Reglan 10 mg., Novolog insulin, Novolin N insulin, Bumex 1 mg., Lipitor 80 mg. & WelChol 625 mg. 3 a day with dinner. Also on B12 sublingually, magnesium, Centrum Silver Vitamin, CoQ10.


Tommer
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   Posted 7/29/2006 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   

ilovecats94

 

Thanks very much for the reply.  Due to the lack of responses I have to assume that nobody has the answer to my question?

 

I know by reading this forum there are peeps out there that are experiencing the same chest pains or discomfort from reflux (gerd) and/or anxiety. 

 

I goggled Lortabs and did some research, will mention to my doc next visit.  I tried Xanax the other day (Benzo) and it seemed to help with relieving the pain.  My doc gave me 20 tablets of 0.5 mg Xantax and said take, as needed but not more then two per day.  I am trying this for now and my first reaction is so far positive.

 

Please ---> is there anyone else out there that can share his or her experience or suggestions to relieve chest pain discomfort…PLEASE

 

Thank you,

 

Tommer

bekster
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   Posted 7/29/2006 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Tommer, there are many of us out here, but this is a slow time of the year as everyone is vacationing. Keep posting on this same thread to allow people to read your question. I too, suffered from the chest pain associated with relentless reflux, particularly at night. Coffee and alcohol are very bad for you right now, you may be able to resume use after your crisis has passed. Ditto for medium-sized and big meals, fatty foods of any type, lots of sitting at the computer. I found that liquid antiacids compounded my pain. Try reducing their use for a while to see if the pain subsides the way it did for me. Please keep writing. Good luck!

ilovecats94
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   Posted 7/30/2006 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Tommer, I would be very interested in what others have to say about your question too. I'm hopeful you'll get more answers if you keep the post bumped to the first page of the board.

Hugs,
Faye

I have hypothyroidism (1953), diabetes type 2 (1976), high cholesterol (1989), gastroparesis (1990), FMS (1995), and GERD (2006). I am on these meds for FMS: Prozac 20 mg., Xanax .5 mg., Diclofenac 100 mg., Cytotec 200 mcg. (stomach med to go with Diclofenac), Lortab 10/500 mg. I am also on the other meds for various reasons: Nexium 40 mg., Cytomel 50 mcg., Detrol 2 mg., Reglan 10 mg., Novolog insulin, Novolin N insulin, Bumex 1 mg., Lipitor 80 mg. & WelChol 625 mg. 3 a day with dinner. Also on B12 sublingually, magnesium, Centrum Silver Vitamin, CoQ10.


Tommer
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   Posted 8/4/2006 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi,

 

Very ruff night last night – couldn’t sleep due to chest discomfort.  Drank Maalox, took an extra dose of Prevacid and two 500 mg Tylenol.  Tossed and turned the whole night and here it is morning and still none the better. 

 

Trying to continue the thread in hope someone will eventually read this and have some solution(s) to share from their experiences.

 

I repeat my question to the forum:

 

Please ---> is there anyone else out there that can share his or her experience or suggestions to relieve chest pain discomfort…PLEASE

 

Thank you,

 

Tommer

ABH
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   Posted 8/5/2006 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Tommer,
Having suffered from severe GERD for over 20 years I can offer you the following advice for GERD induced chest pain relief.   Ask your doctor about either increasing the dose of your previcid or changing to another medication such as nexium.  You might find that a simple medication change is all you need to help you.  Over the years I've built up a tolerance to certain reflux medications and needed to change.  Have you discussed surgery with your doctor.  The Nissen Fundoplication can be done lapariscopically in most cases and might be the answer if medication isn't working for you.  I hope you get relief soon, it's miserable to suffer all the time.  Be careful taking OTC antacids, sometimes they decrease the effectiveness of the medication you're taking.
ABH

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/5/2006 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Here are a few more suggestions. Make sure you are not eating or drinking anything with cholcolate in it and don't drink anything that is carbonated. My doc told me that last year and I had never heard that about carbonated stuff but do notice a difference if I drink something like that. I also drink spring water to avoid all the chlorine in city water and purified drinking water. It does make a difference. I have had the surgery and it only worked for a year. My doctor said 1-2 years is the usual for it now. I'm back to severe heartburn at this point and have had meds changed and they are talking about undoing the wrap half way because of the surgery I have significant loss of peristalsis in my esophagus and pooling of liquids in it also small amonts of regurgitation so the surgery can cause more problems. I personaly would not reccomend the surgery. I can't drink any coffee or alcohal so I would suggest getting rid of that also. Barb


My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Singulair, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


Tommer
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   Posted 8/18/2006 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

 

Ok I thought I would share an update in the hopes it may help others and well...maybe to ask a question or two.  Of course we are all unique, but this is the start to my success story.

 

I have suffered with Reflux disease (bad heartburn) for about 16 years.  I have had a scope test and barium swallow tests several times, which confirm my esophagus allows reflux and everything else checks out as being normal.  I have been taking Prevacid 30 mg for the same time period and on occasion have taken 60 mg once a day during certain times for relief.  This medicine neutralizes your stomach acid and even though your still have fluid refluxing its now low acidity, which is less irritating. 

 

This worked for many years but all through this time period I had several occasions where my chest was really sore.  At many times I felt as if I was having a heart attack from this discomfort and through the years have had an EKG done several times at the ER and even a heart stress test.   The tests always came back, fit as a fiddle, so I assumed it was the reflux and must have been something I recently digested in my diet. 

 

That’s the background and until now was the story of my daily life.  Recently I started developing progressive worsening signs of classic GAD.   I was become anxious all the time and was having trouble going shopping, being around friends and well, I guess just leaving the house.  A walk around the block was really, and I mean really difficult.  I had to have my cell phone with me at all times, in constant fear of a heart attack, as my chest discomfort was my barometer as to how I felt or was going to feel.  I could be at the store or out for a walk and all of a sudden the pain would kick in and left me with a deep desire to get back to my safe haven – my home or vehicle to calmly rest.

 

It has been 6 weeks now since I started Effexor XR 75 mg (an anti-depressant) and to my amazement my chest soreness has really lessoned.  I am starting to be less anxious and am getting better each day.  I exercise more, have gone and had friends for dinner gatherings, and even went to the mall shopping for a couple hours.  The doctor also prescribed me Xanax as needed, issued me 50 tablets of 0.5mg and said I could take up to 2 per day if required.  Honestly speaking, I liked the feeling of taking them.  It was very calming and completely took my chest discomfort away.  I have read a bunch and observed several posts on Benzo’s and have really tried not to take the Xanax.  To date I have taken roughly 10 tablets, mostly in the beginning well starting Effexor, but really take comfort that I have something in my pocket that works wonders and is fast if needed

 

Since starting the Effexor I have eaten foods that in the past would trigger chest discomfort or bed-ridden discomfort in the past and well now...nothing.  Up first thing, no heartburn or even the slightest inclination of chest soreness.  Don’t need any antacid or Tylenol.  I wonder now, looking back at my history, if I really had that serious of a problem with reflux or it was the Anxiety monkey all the time?  Or is it just the Effexor that is blocking the retake up of this discomfort?  My gut tells me I have had progressing anxiety problems over the last 16 years, and all along these issues were in the shadow of what my doctor and I chalked up to as reflux disease.

 

In one way I am glad my anxiety is out of the closet and that it kicked me in the butt.  I took the necessary steps to seek professional help and with this medication not only is my anxiety getting under control but also the chest pains are disappearing.  I know it’s early for me in my treatment for Anxiety, but after 6 weeks on Effexor, it’s the first time in a very very long time that I have managed to go a week with no chest pain discomfort. 

 

That’s my update and another chapter in my success story.

 

Healthy regards to all,

 

Tommer


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 8/18/2006 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  now that's a testimony!!! My pain in the stomach/chest area was never as severe as yours, but when i got on an antidepressant it stopped it also, i was making the problem worse with anxiety. i also take ativan(similar to xanax)in hte dose you are taking and have for over a year, i have developed a tolerance to it though and cut back to half the daily dose and even to 1/4 for three or four days a week so when i took the higher dose it workd again . i chose to lower my anti depressant because i was gaining weight, so my old back pain is back along with the stomach, but not as severe as before. so, that is great to hear for you. i always suggest that it is anxiety related.

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/18/2006 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
You are both so lucky to have found relief from heartburn and chest pain. I have several causes of my chest pain because in addition to severe acid reflux, spasms, loss of proper function of the esophagus I have asthma and heart disease. The pain has never been from my heart though in fact when I went to the hospital in 2005 I thought it was my asthma and fibromyalgia in my left shoulder. I had to go in to see the doc today for breathing problems and chest pain. Diagnosis asthma irritated by an infection. Because my stomach is so bad the doc held off on giving me anymore prednizone and is keeping me off the other asthma med singulair. I am so sick of sitting around in my house this summer because I can't breath. All the heartburn is not helping the asthma. I am hoping that once I am off the antibiotic that the stomach meds will make a difference. I have a really good new stomach doc that really seems to want to work with me to get this resolved. I see him again next week. I'll keep you updated. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Singulair, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


IpheliaPayne
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   Posted 8/19/2006 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there-
I popped in here because I am currently having a horrible Gerd attack and this thread seems to be right up my alley.

I was wondering too about the pain and what to take. I find that once I take something strong enough to get the chest and back pain from refluxing calmed down (vicodin), my stomach rebells more and refluxing gets worse, but not as painful...if that makes sense.

I have been through bunches of meds for the Gerd, the most recent being Aciphex which has worked wonderfully for over a year. Attacks, but not nearly as severe. I take Klonopin for anxiety and do find that it must help. When I am all "nerved" up, my belly throws a major fit.
I drank a half bottle of Pepto, 2 Aciphex pills and chewing gaviscon tablets and still, it's there.

One G.I. suggested the B.R.A.T. diet for times like these. Bread, rice, applesauce and tea. Being a diabetic, too much rice throws me into a tailspin. But anyways, thats a thought for anyone who hadn't heard about it.

It's so wonderful to have other people out there who know what its like and can give suggestions and support, even though suffering seems to be how we gain compassion and understanding.

My thoughts are with you all. I guess I just wanted to vent. It's so wonderful Tommer that you are finding success! Best of luck and feel better thoughts everyone!!!
Take care,
~Jen

pandacrazy
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   Posted Yesterday 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I find eating stuff like potatos, goats milk, goat cheese ( alergic to cows milk) rice, and baby rice cereal help soothe my stomach. Beef is something that seems to be really hard on my stomach when having problems. I think the easier it is to digest the better the stomach feels. Anyway that is the way it seems for me. I have been on all the meds too. Work for a while and then quit. Newest one am trying is nexium. about a month now. Not working real well but is better. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


PTM
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   Posted Yesterday 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   

confused  I am new to this board.  I was diagnosed with gastritis/acid reflux back in July.    I had terrible chest pain, was taken to the hospital 2 times, troponin levels were normal, chest x-ray normal, EKG normal and CAT scan of the abdomen and thoracic area (checked for an Thoracic or Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) were all negative.  Cardiology exam in a private practice plus stress test - again all negative.  Upper Endoscopy showed gastritis.  No H Pyleori.  Had an abdominal sonogram to rule out gallstones/gall bladder.  Given a round of Nexium - had no results.  Prescribed AciPhex -  20 mgs, first once a day then upped to 2 times a day that I take 30 minutes before a meal (breakfast & dinner).  Told to reduce my weight and I have now lost 11 pounds and need to lose more.  Totally stopped all forms of caffeine, reduced fat intake, living on chicken, no butters, can tolerate certain veggies, i.e., broccoli, carrots, green beans.  Lettuce sometimes causes pain.  No citrus fruits at all or citrus fruit juices.  I can tolerate apple juice.  I take psylum husk - a high fiber to help bind fats, 1 teaspoon (1.5 hours in the morning after I take the AciPhex) mixed with 4 ounces of apple juice and 4 ounces of water.  I take a teaspoon of Manuka Honey - 16+ which comes from New Zeland and is expensive.  Once in awhile I take activated charcoal in powder form mixed with apple sauce.  Sometimes these alternative remedies offer relief.  I also take 500 mg of Tylenol to help with the chest pain.  Occasionally I get relief, but again their are times when I get no relief from Tylenol.  I walk in the evenings - about 30 minutes to relieve some stress.   

Bottom line:  Even though I am still on the AciPhex, I still have chest burning.  Gastroenterologist had warned me that I might need Xanac to help with the anxiety.  I have been fighting to take this because I do not want to start with these type of pharmacological therapies. 

I feel for anyone who has the same type of chest pain as mine. All of the proton pump inhibitors that I have been on, well, again, sometimes they work and sometimes they just do not.  

Outreach to a Gastroenterologist Who May Be Reading This Board:   I have read and heard about certain laprascopic procedures being performed on patients with my symptoms.  However, I have also heard that these procedures do not guarantee permanent results and that you could have a return of these symptoms.  Therefore, for those of us who fall into the category that I have described, are we to assume that we need to learn how to live with this through diet, prescription proton pump inhibitors and any other alternative therapies that we can find?  Or, is their some new research and/or new drugs that are in clinical trials that might offer this group some help?  Thank you. 

Post Edited (PTM) : 8/20/2006 7:07:25 AM (GMT-6)


pandacrazy
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   Posted Yesterday 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Make sure your doctor also does the test to see if your gallbladder is functioning right. Because if it isn't like mine was and no stones they can't tell that from the sonogram. They have to give you IV meds that make it work and then scan it. Mine was the worse one the surgeon had ever seen. They didn't find it until they did that second test. I had 24/7 heartburn for 3 months and ended up with asthma from it so insist they do this other test to rule out a non functioning gall bladder. I had the surgery for acid relux a full wrap and now my esophagus doens't function right to push the food through and I still have reflux. So that may not be the answer either. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


Joan M
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   Posted 8/22/2006 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
make sure to take the perscription meds properly. They should be taken right before bedtime on an empty stomach, at least TWO hours of not eating or drinking.

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/22/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to take the zantac earlier because I take carafate right before bed. I'll ask the doc about that on Friday. I also have problems with the zantac getting stuck in my esophagus and causing burning. Alot of pills get stuck because of that nissan fundoplication I had done and the esophagus does not work properly anymore. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


PTM
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   Posted 8/23/2006 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Why is it better to take my AchiPhex before I go to bed when the instructions say 30 minutes before a meal>  Thank you.

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/23/2006 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I would do what your doctor tells you to do with your meds. I took aciphex in the morning and before bed when I took it. Make sure you ask your doctor and also talk to the pharmacy about it. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


Tommer
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   Posted 8/25/2006 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Greetings,

 

I had an appointment on Wednesday with a cardiologist. I was dressed in my fitness attire but to my surprise never had the stress (treadmill) test. I was there for a half hour and had my blood pressure checked (135 over 80 today) and was give a cardiogram. He then went on to ask some very extensive questions; about family history, heath history, what prescriptions I am taking, do you smoke, exercise, where’s the chest pain, how much do you drink…etc

After all the questions, and the two tests (blood pressure and Cardio) he scheduled me for a treadmill test this Friday at 2 PM. I was sneaking a peak well he was scheduling the test and noticed his pre-diagnosis. It was indicating Anxiety and that I was a smoker.

I asked him what he thought thus far and he said everything looked OK, but let’s see how you do with the next test.

 

That was Wednesday and here is today…

Had my treadmill stress test today.  They hook you up to a heart monitor and ask you to exercise on a treadmill.  They start you off slowly and then progressively increase the incline height and speed.  The objective is to slowly raise your heart rate to 90 percent of your maximum heart rate for your age group.  As the test is progressing they take your blood pressure several times. 

 

I was able to finish the test in just under 10 minutes and then they allow you to cool down while still checking your blood pressure and vitals. 

 

After all was done, I was scheduled for another appointment to go over the results with the cardiologist.  Preliminary results were good as I was able to finish the test and the technologist said everything looked normal.

 

I am sure glad it’s all over and am feeling pretty good with piece of mind.

 

My appointment is next Friday…

 

Tommer

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   Posted 8/25/2006 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
How come they didn't do a scan of your chest after the treadmill test and after putting IV dye in while on treadmill. I hate to tell you but I don't think that just the treadmill is very accurate because I was able to do the treadmilll test when I had a 90% blockage of my LAD which is a main artery and the only way they found it was when they did the scan. The blood tests and ekg showed nothing and neither did just walking on the treadmill. I am very thankful that I had the doc I did in the ER because he had second thoughts about letting me go after the first 2 tests and then insisted on the treadmill test with scan. I was told by more than one doc that within 2 weeks I would have had a major heartattack and most likely died  or had severe damage to left side of heart. Hope this helps you out. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


PTM
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   Posted 8/26/2006 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   

In order to really diagnose if your condition is acid reflux related, the gastroenterologist has to perform an upper endoscopy - they put you out for a brief period. 

When my gastroenterologist did this test, he took a biopsy of my abdomen and then told me that what he found was that I had gastritis.  Several people that I know who have what I have told me that they get the same chest discomfort that I get --  it comes and goes. 

Tommer - did you have an upper endoscopy performed and what does your gastroenterologist say about your chest pains?  Regards, PTM


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   Posted 8/28/2006 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I found out the hard way that nexium and other ppi's as well as the "dines" as in ranitidines are supposed to be taken on an empty stomach. They have a 24-hour-life activity. This worked for me and has helped me to stop eating before bedtime which is a big GERD no-no. I had no problem switching from the ppi's to the ranitidine stuff. Wish I knew what is going on with my VERY SORE THROAT though. I have lost weight and lowered my caffeine intake.

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   Posted 8/28/2006 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I was never told to take zantac on an empty stomach. I will have to try that. Although my doc says after a few months it will stop working again. I take the nexium in morning on an empty stomach. That I was told by doc and pharmacy. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


PTM
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   Posted 8/29/2006 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Joan -

You are correct.  You are supposed to take prescription ppi's that include Neximum, AciPhex, etc. at least 30 minutes before you eat.  My doctor never told me to take AciPhex before bed time - again, 30 minutes before eating. 

Does anyone else out there have burning in the chest, etc.?  It would be great if others could reply to this question. 

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