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starrnr
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   Posted 11/10/2007 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. I normally post elsewhere on HW, but figured I'm come to the "experts" on GERD & Hearburn for info.

I generally do not suffer from heartburn, but the past month or so, I've been having some humdinger episodes that seem to have evolved into acid reflux (I think).

I've been getting this 'hot' feeling in the back of my throat (almost feels like a bile feeling for a lack of a better explanation) and sometimes it makes me want to cough, most times not. Sometimes I'll burp and feel like I"m going to toss my cookies (trying to be polite here). If I have it at night (and I do on occasion), I can't sleep on my stomach as it just pushes that feeling through my throat. If I sleep on my back, I'm fine. I'm now carrying Maalox tablets in my purse.

I drink coffee, but generally not late in the day or in the evening, I am sugar, gluten, wheat & dairy free. I eat pretty healthy, enjoy spicy foods, yes, I do smoke, but have cut down considerably the past few months and for the life of me, can't figure out a trigger for this.

Is there anything a bit stronger OTC that I can take?

Does any of the above even make sense?? tongue I'd appreciate any information you can provide. I just want to stop the burning at the back of my throat and water just isn't helping any.

Thanks.
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/10/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Does the Maalox help with the burn? It sounds like it can be acid reflux. I'm still learning myself all about this condition since I've only recently been diagnosed with it. And OTC med you can take is Prilosec. You can try it for a couple of weeks and see if it helps with the burn. You have CD too right? Can it be that is acting up?
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   Posted 11/11/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there...welcome over here to the GERD area! Nice to have you.

I think you could go ahead and try the Prilosec OTC. See what that does for you. You can also try liquid antacids, like Malox and see what it does for you.
Especially with the burning in your throat, I'd suggest a liquid form of something to see if that will coat your throat and give you some relief.

Please, let us know if there is anything else we can do for you and let us know if any of the above work out for you!

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starrnr
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   Posted 11/11/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there - thanks for the replies and help.

The Maalox doesn't really help with the burn at the back of the throat, but it does help with the heartburn. I bought some Max Strength Zantac yesterday and took one after dinner last night. Seemed to make a difference. I'm getting kind of paranoid now - if I eat, will the burn come on...

I did look at the Prilosec, but in reading the box, seems it could take a few days before it worked. That's fine, but what do you do in the meantime? Can you take anything while waiting for the Prilosec to kick in? Tammy, thanks for the suggestion on the liquid med's - didn't even think of it and it makes a lot more sense.

Oh by the way, Red - I was "undiagnosed" with CD a few months ago. Seems it's the gluten/wheat issue that was the big problem.

I appreciate your help - this is just not a common thing for me and whoa nelly, I feel like a fire eater!!!

~S.
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RA, AS, intolerance/sensitivity to gluten, wheat and dairy.

Remicade every 6 weeks, Methotrexate weekly, Folic Acid daily


Red_34
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   Posted 11/11/2007 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
That is awesome to hear about the undiagnosing! Truly great to hear - wish I could hear that I've been mistakingly diagnosed with UC! lol When I was waiting for my Prilosec to start working, I gobbled up the Tums (within reason of course!). Just to bide my time until Prilosec started working. For me it took about 3 days.
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starrnr
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   Posted 11/11/2007 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I had argued with my GI for a year about the CD diagnosis - just didn't make sense and it didn't fit the family profile and all that. He wasn't convinced, but every single test I've had (blood tests included) have come back completely negative and with no "evidence" of CD. Then we talked about the specific food issues I was having and the lightbulb went on! I'm not celiac, but I am intolerant/sensitive to certain things. I've been doing really well since I've changed the diet (it's hard). Now I just have to kick this heartburn/fire thing and I'll be a happy camper!

Thanks so much for the help...I'll let you know how it goes.

~S.
Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield

RA, AS, intolerance/sensitivity to gluten, wheat and dairy.

Remicade every 6 weeks, Methotrexate weekly, Folic Acid daily

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