Question about Gerd and the esophagus

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   Posted 8/9/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
When acid refluxes up into the esophagus can it just come up into the esophagus and not make it's way into the throat or does most of the time it comes into the throat as well?

And if a person wakes up in the morning with no acid in their throat could they still have gotten reflux in the esophagus overnights?

Silly question I'm sure but I need help understanding all of this better.

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   Posted 8/9/2007 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Halls, from what I've read about reflux it can come up to the area just behind your breastbone and not come up into your throat. If I do indeed have reflux I never have anything come up into my throat, very few times that is. I believe mine stops behind the breastbone. Only once or twice since I've been on meds for it have I ever had anything come up into my throat. I wouldn't know for sure about still having gotten reflux in the esophagus overnight. I would imagine you could tell by the way you felt the next morning. They say it is best for a person with reflux to sleep with the head of their bed elevated 4 or 5 inches. We were doing that with ours when I had that really bad spell back in December. I was sleeping propped up even on a wedge pillow which wasn't easy to sleep on. The elevating the bed did best. It keeps the acid down in your stomach. A couple of hard back books 4 or 5 inches thick under the legs of the head of your bed should do the trick. Try it a while and see if that helps. If you want to order one of those blue and white wedge pillows along with a pillowcase you can order it from a site called Dr. Leonards. Good luck. Oh, and drinking plenty of water is very good for keeping the acid down if present. It neutralizes it.
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