Extremely Long digestion times??

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   Posted 6/22/2007 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been dealing with reflux despite all the meds over been on for over a year and a half now, nexium, carafate, ranitidine, antacids, you name it.

My diet has basically become organic turkey sandwiches on potato bread and some soy milk. But I find I'm still having some problems now and then and tonight it's particularly nasty.

But I just burped and finally i tasted something familiar... the 2 Meatballs (terrible indiscretion) I had at 6:30 pm this past evening. That would explain it except that was NINE AND A HALF HOURS AGO!!!!

I've had several small meals since then, so can anyone tell me why the hell anything, even meatballs would keep producing acid for nine and a half hours!? Is it possible its actually in my intestines and my intestines arent processing it properly, creating gas that moves up and forces its way through the stomach to the seophagus bringing some acid with it? I'm so confused, this doesn't make any sense.

Any ideas will be helpful.

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   Posted 6/22/2007 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
If you find out it's your intestines, etc.  I'd like to know...the doctors haven't helped me one bit and i'm in a similar situation ....

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   Posted 6/26/2007 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
The same thing happened to me for years and then I was diagnosed and treated for panic disorder. Go figure. Apparently anxiety and panic do a number on the digestive system, causing motility problems. I still experience it from time to time, but it's pretty rare now. Whenever it does happen I still think it's weird to burp and taste what you ate hours and hours ago. Knowing what causes it doesn't make it any less strange.

You may not have anxiety or panic, but that was apparently what was going on with me.
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   Posted 6/26/2007 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Geeez! Well, I have noticed that when I eat anything my stomach isn't used to digesting, it saves the gas from that wonderful experience and lets me "have it" at the worst possible time. Perhaps, if you are old enough, you'll remember college drinking days. How awful it was to be having "gin" burps at three o'clock the next day.
My husband only has "questional, or borderline" foods for lunch, that way he can take a walk, and generally be upright for several hours, and even have another meal on top of the "boo-boo" food. We have pretty favorable food for lunch, and go back to the bland stuff for dinner. He says dinner seems to be able to "lay" in his stomach for hours.
The good news is, gas goes upward. Just like a little baby who needs to be burped after having their bottle. This burping process cab take awhile, holding the child upright, walking with them and patting their back. By the way, babies can also have GERD, bummer right? All that patting and walking will eventually make the child burp, a great big, sour-milk burp.
I have no idea how far down the intestine gas goes, well, it can actually "go" all the way, if nearest the throat you get a burp, if nearest to the other end, you get a fart. I don't mean to be gross, but people with a disgestion issue often have pass gas that is warm, and smells very much like what they ate. So, I don't think what you are experiencing is is way off the mark, but it is probably something your stomach has trouble doing with ease what is usually done.
My husband does continue to eat certain questionable things because he does not want his digestive track to forget how to digest it. Any time he stops eating or drinking something and then tries to go back to it after several months, it gives him big problems. He has stopped drinking caffiene for a while and then started again, all this stopping and starting has made him ultra-sensitive to caffiene now.
I always believe you should see your doctor to make sure it isn't something bad, after that, sensible portions, and eating 80% stuff that's good for you, and only eating 20% stuff that is Taking a Walk on the Wild side.
Good Luck, Gremma
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