'Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD

Acid reflux is the worst, especially when it boils over and gets in your throat and nose

Acid reflux is the worst, especially when it boils over and gets in your throat and nose. My condition is a combination of acid reflux, stomach gas, bloating, upper abdominal pain, spasms, soreness, chronic nausea, nerve damage, tightness in the esophagus, dysphagia, constant belching, difficulty breathing, anxiety and just overall discomfort. It's hell on earth and I can't even get the core problem looked at, let alone treated.

COMMENT:

Kira England
Do you take a PPI? I had many of those symptoms that aren't nearly as bad now that I quit PPIs (gas, chronic nausea, bloating) and take Zantac instead. Hope to wean from that eventually too. Reflux is a bit worse and I have to watch my diet more closely but elminating those symptoms has been totally worth it. sorry you're in so much pain!

Alex P. Reed
I take Nexium or Protonix, whichever I am given. It helps for a short while but my body metabolizes medicine too quickly and I end up having the symptoms flare up awhile later. I really want and need an endoscopy, but they refuse to do it even once a year to me and I am at the point where I don't trust doctors and thinking about switching my gastroenterologist.

Kira England
Yeah I don't trust my doctors either, even though I'm a scientist myself. I was on Nexium for 5 years and the bloating and nausea got so debilitating that my doc tried to schedule an endoscopy, but told me to just quit the Nexium cold turkey 5 days before, as if she had never even heard of acid rebound. She didnt even care enough to look at my detailes food and symptom diary. I decided to wean off slowly and am doing much better thanks to suggestions from people in this group who actually suffer.

Alex P. Reed
I don't know if I should wean off the proton pump inhibitors or not, as my symptoms are quite extreme if not taken care of. I try to eat less and eat healthy when I do eat. However, these days, eating is even a chore because I am having esophageal pain and slight regurgitation when I swallow food, like it's being pushed back up my throat. I think I have a stricture somewhere in my esophagus but I won't know unless they perform an endoscopy. Haven't had one in a year.

Erica Samantha
What's the reason they won't do one?

Alex P. Reed
They said I need to go to a psychiatrist for the anxiety. I've had endoscopies before without anything for anxiety (because nobody would give me anything for it then) and I find this time to be a bit strange. I am not as worried about my anxiety attacks as I am about my stomach and esophagus problems. I have digestive tract problems with or without preceding anxiety.

Erica Samantha
Can you switch docs? I find that ridiculous that they think it's a psychiatric issue

Alex P. Reed
I know, and I am thinking about switching gastroenterologists. The one I have now is nonchalant and keeps stonewalling my recovery.

Erica Samantha
You definetly need to switch. I'm on my third GI, the new one I'm seeing dec 11. I typed out a summary and it is clearly written that I have had this disease 11 years I'm well educated on it and have done all of the meds, diet/lifestyle changes and am heading to surgery. I'm done with it. If this GI doesn't work I'll move to the next. I need further tests if I am heading to surgery. Be your own advocate

Alex P. Reed
I just hope I can find one between now and the end of January. I have a concert to go to then and I can't be feeling this ill, and especially since it's a 2-hour drive to the venue. The last time I went to a concert, I was nauseated and very weak, despite taking antiemetics and trying to keep my blood sugar from dropping. I missed the whole show because of it and had to go back home, a 2-hour drive.

Erica Samantha
Ugh that sucks I'm sorry.

Alex P. Reed
I should move back home and see if I can still get any help down there. I was only a few short miles from a hospital and always got endoscopies.

Erica Samantha
Where are you now?

Alex P. Reed
An hour north of where I used to live

Erica Samantha
Could be worth driving the hr for an appointment

Alex P. Reed
I can't even handle a 25-minute drive, let alone an hour. That's how bad the nausea has gotten.

Kira England
I really think your nausea would benefit from switching to an H2 blocker. Like you, when I was on Nexium and would run out of it I would think there was no way I could quit, that the reflux was just too horrible. I felt like dying when i would miss a pill by even just an hour. But weaning is truly the key

Alex P. Reed
My nausea is caused by more than acid reflux, it can happen with (or without) anxiety attacks and I believe the vagus nerve is damaged and causing re-amplification of the nerve circuits, causing nausea at will.

Kira England
My nausea was caused solely by Nexium, not reflux

Alex P. Reed
All I know is that nothing relieves it for long and it's hard to control, the nausea and acid reflux that is. Feels like I should get a partial or total gastrectomy sometimes.

Erica Samantha
May be worth exploring surgery.

Kristie Townsend Davis
I take a PPI for now that is my only relief. I can't go without it becaused i developed barretts esophagus, you may need to take something just for now to get control you definitely don't need long term damage like my mom had and pre cancer cells due to years and years of reflux.

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Alex P. Reed
I've been diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus in the past. Sometimes I wonder if my doctors don't care if I get stomach and/or esophageal cancer or not, because they are nonchalant about their care.

Kristie Townsend Davis
I know, i hated going back to PPI because of what i hear from the gut related stuff. I hacw1 thyroid issues also. But it did resolve my barretts on the last scan. Good luck to you!

Alex P. Reed
I don't know what the next step is for me, can't get anyone to care and to help me. My symptoms only worsen with time and I have a lot of important events to go to and I can't be this sick and expected to go.

Kristie Townsend Davis
Do you take a prescription for it? Over the counter neds didnt help me at all they are not as strong, i was on prevacid and it was ok but zantaz did nothing for me. I am on a generic now to prilosec abd as king as i take it daily i am good. But if i miss oh boy

Kristie Townsend Davis
Sorry for misspellings lol

Alex P. Reed
Nexium or Protonix usually, but I am running low on meds. Medicine only does so much before physical problems become too much for medicine to handle.

Alex P. Reed
Just had acid come up my throat and then I suddenly felt very nauseous and anxious. Feel like vomiting but I don't want to. I took an antiemetic for it
Sylvia Lopez Merila Take some meds to get comfort. I did 40mg twice a day for 6 weeks then weaned down. I watch my diet. I did go crazy at thanksgiving and now I suffer from some symptoms. So I started taking meds till it calms down. I watch ph balance in my diet usually works. I get constipation and after 3 days of not going I get problems too.

Sylvia Lopez Merila
Take some meds to get comfort. I did 40mg twice a day for 6 weeks then weaned down. I watch my diet. I did go crazy at thanksgiving and now I suffer from some symptoms. So I started taking meds till it calms down. I watch ph balance in my diet usually works. I get constipation and after 3 days of not going I get problems too.

Joyce Gerhardt
Do you take Magnesium Citrate for the constipation? And if so, what is the right amount to take?

Sylvia Lopez Merila
I take two pill I think 250mg. Before bed.

Abby Obenchain
I would definitely find a doctor who is willing to do the correct diagnostic tests!

Abby Obenchain
P.S. Are you following all the recommended lifestyle changes?
Try following a low acid diet -- especially avoid tomatoes
Also avoid alcohol/coffee/tea/pop/chocolate/fried/fatty foods/mint (all reflux triggers)
Raise the head of your bed (4-8 inches, whatever you can tolerate)
Avoid tight-fitting clothes
Take UK Gaviscon Advance after meals (aluminum free kind)
Do not eat for at least 4 hours before lying down at night and eat smaller meals
Avoid coughing or throat clearing--take a sip of water instead
Keep hard candy or gum handy for when you don't have water handy
If you are overweight...try to lose some weight...major risk factor for reflux...I know this is hard!

Alex P. Reed
I've been doing all of that and still feel like crap

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