'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

Was wondering if any of you have experienced burning in your bowels and excess gas from acid reflux?

Hi all! Was wondering if any of you have experienced burning in your bowels and excess gas from acid reflux? Spoke to my GI specialist on Tuesday and he prescribed me Bentyl/dicyclomine for IBS. When I had picked up the med, there wasnt any informational booklet but didnt think much of it.
So today, I have been experiencing some odd sensations, including localized burning and puffiness of the tongue; so I decided to look up the med. Straight away, it says I should not be taking Bentyl if I have GERD! I'm a bit surprised because this is my GI doc that had performed my scopies.
After discovering this, I feel its best to stop this med. The burning in my bowels is still there and has even moved to area above pubic bone. I can also feel gas moving aroundin the area of the pain, so not sure what to make of it. Doesnt seem this med is making much of a difference and Ive been on it since Tuesday.
All of my vitals are fine re: temp and BP, so Im not stressing. Just looking to know that the burning and gas in the bowels could be related to acid reflux. Also had the burning in stomach area as well.

COMMENT:

Linda Sauceda
You just described me a month ago. I even had severe bleeding and had to have a colonoscopy

Patricia Jackson
I take the same one and I have no problems with it 30 minutes before meals.

Kate Darke
puffing of the tongue indicates allergy..did your lips swell? you did right to stop..will be well out of your system now.

Kate Darke
and Linda Sauceda !! That's horrendous . Are you ok now?

Meri Wittmann
Back in the ER because I maybe having an allergic reaction.

Kate Darke
you are there now? When did you last take the med?

Meri Wittmann
Yes Kate, Im in the ER now, waiting for doc. I had it last around noon. Im really about to lose my mind.

Linda Sauceda
I changed my diet and started walking 2-4 miles a day. Kate I also took bentyl thank God I didn't have a reaction like Meri . I didn't like it. Melatonin 5 mg works well at night to help sleep with less spasms. Meri I'm so sorry hon that you are going thru this.

Meri Wittmann
Waited 30 mins to get in and now waiting for a doc in another waiting area m

Meri Wittmann
Meri Wittmann Thank you Linda! What did they say it was.

Linda Sauceda
Me? Acid reflux GERD polyps and ulcers in intestines oh and severe IBS is why caused it. :(

Linda Sauceda
*what caused it

Linda Sauceda
What are you feeling Meri?

Kate Darke
have they given you piriton or anything Meri Wittmann...try not to worry you will be ok. keep us posted

Meri Wittmann
*Friday the 14th- queasy
*Saturday the 15th- metallic taste, sharp pains in chest n back by spine, belly discomfort, stomach discomfort, queasy. Dark stool
*Sunday the 16th- pain increased and became intense burning with metallic taste. Had white castle that night. Normally dont eat fast food.
Since then have experienced burning throughout stomach and intestines. Excess gas. Lot of bowel action of gas moving around.
Flank burning as well. Urine has been mostly clear.
These pains are like acidic n sharp. Have felt acid pain in upper back.
* Saturday the 22nd-Feel pain in throat, momentary sharp tongue pain. Minutes later, tongue stinging. Burning pain feels localized- right above pubic bone. Movement of gas in that area and it feels swollen.

Meri Wittmann
This was my past week. Gonna show it to doc.

Meri Wittmann
Thank you Kate! I still havent been seen to.

Meri Wittmann
Linda, burning on tongue in a localized area which is swollen, lower face numbness.

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Kate Darke
Let us know how you get on. might wait a while but you will get seen!

Meri Wittmann
Thanks Kate! Will do.

Kate Darke
Imagine if the doctors knew you were talking to your buddies on the gerd support page while waiting for treatment . Loads do it on here !!

Meri Wittmann
Just met my doc. Talks over me in every sentence & doesnt want to hear about my pain. Says tongue isnt that swollen. I've never met someone so condescending. He had a smirk the whole time.

Kate Darke
How rude! Whats he doing for you?

Patricia Jackson
They can be so arrogant!

Meri Wittmann
Theres this doc thats so nice & compassionate. Wish I got him.
Haha Kate. They'd stamp a big H for hypochondriac on my head. Some docs equate being aware & educated for hypochondria.

Meri Wittmann
Oh and the doc asked me sarcastically if I was in the medical field.
Yeah like I'd choose the A&E over the pub on Saturday night.

Michael Fucci
I hate to say it but if you are a younger woman and go to see a gastroenterologist you are likely to be diagnosed with either IBS or an anxiety disorder. Other times, you may be dismissed entirely. Every one of them treated my wife this way. The only reason we got anywhere in terms of a diagnosis (bile and acid reflux) was despite them rather than because of them.

Stephanie Hafner Merri
your in nyc? Me too .. Have you considered seeing a functional dr, naturopath or primal dr. Maybe they could help sort out a good diet for you ? Not to lose weight , but to sort out possible food intolerances ?

Robbie Park
My doc whos about to retire, told me he wishes i live to be 100 to look after my Mother .. shes nearly 80 ?!

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Robbie Park
Yes, I have 'Burning' in my Bowells too .. it always happens at nite around 9pm .. Its all been going on for around 7 Months now .. I have to get this checked out i know .. I already have voice loss problems becoz of A'Reflux ... I have had Sciatica for months also and now im wondering if something connected to the bowell is pushinging into my lower back onto the Sciatic Nerve .. I feel like jumping off a bridge with all this pain ... Im very 'Deppressed' :(

Meri Wittmann
Michael, you're so right! On numerous visits they've suggested anxiety meds or a counselor.
Now I don't brush off the likelihood of there being a connection- I'm a sensitive person. However, my symptoms are real and how can I get my stuff in order with this pain?
My reflux makes it feel I have something in my throat constantly, even when there's no burning and when I'm not anxious at all.
Also having gyn problems adds to this and fighting two internal wars, along with trying to get proper care needs to be sorted.
At this point though I am considering anti anxiety meds as a trial to see if it helps.
My best to you and your wife. You're a wonderful husband for being so involved every step of the way. Such care makes a world of difference!

Meri Wittmann
Stephanie, I'm actually going to make an appointment for a nutrtionist and allergy test on Monday. I'm 10 lbs underweight, which is probably due to reflux- I've very little appetite.
I'll see how it goes from there but will make notes of your suggestions if it doesnt work out.

Meri Wittmann
Robbie, so sorry to hear you're going through all of this.
First things first, you must get yourself sorted before anyone else. Go get a barium swallow, then a colonscopy and endoscopy.
In the meantime, best advice I can give is try avoid eating meals after 7 and sleeping on your back with your head and neck propped up at an angle. If you're a side sleeper make sure you lay on the left due to the shape of the stomach.
I'm a right side sleeper and all my throat problems have been on the right. My right tonsil area looks much different than the left because of acid. So I'm trying to retrain myself.
You made a great choice joining this group, there's loads of great advice and supportive, caring folks here. I wish I had this group 7 years ago when I had my first attack.
Keep your head up and feel better!

Meri Wittmann
Thank you all for being here in my maddest of times. Being able to chat with you all when I was in hospital made a world of difference.
So I was discharged after midnite. I did have a reaction to the dicyclomine and am off it now. Also got a script for the epi pen. Very handy!
The high cocktail of drugs administered has for now relieved my bowels burning. Im not sure of the dose but pepcid was in there.
I feel more normal today after 2-3 weeks of pain. This leads me to believe my omneprazole is not that effective after all.
He didnt do a contrast to look for bowel damage but I just had my scopies last month- so I dont think I have any ulcers or major damage.
Lost a Saturday night but to feel less pain is worth it.
Thank you all again for being there! You all seriously rock! XO

Michael Fucci
Thanks, Meri. Have you tried diaphragmatic breathing exercises? They seem to be a great way to reduce anxiety and should also help strengthen your crural diaphragm at the same time. The crural diaphragm surrounds the LES and seems to help prevent acid from entering the esophagus when the LES is weak.
I'd recommend doing them every time you feel anxious until you feel calm. Also, doing them for more focused periods of 30 to 60 minutes would be ideal. Curiously, have you ever had anyone count your respirations per minute? Do you tend to breathe from your chest (shallow breaths)?

Michael Fucci
Oh, didn't see your last post. Glad that you are feeling better :)

Meri Wittmann
Thank you Michael! I used to practice kung fu and an essential part of my training was retraining my breath. So since '96 I've been breathing deeply in which you see my tummy expand. I can't breathe any other way. My upper chest doesnt expand.much at all.
It's my head. I tend to overanalyze and hold in anger or frustration. I try to approach things calmly and logically and by the time I'm done- I feel no need to let anything out. It does still affect me but I refuse to deal with irrational hotheads in that moment.

Michael Fucci
Then it seems like you got that covered :)

Regine Puls
I have upper stomach burning

Regine Puls
Doc in england not very helpful too.

Meri Wittmann
Sorry to hear that Regine. Prayers you get the answers you need to feel better.

Jerel Eastham
Good morning, Meri! I just wanted to see how you are feeling today.

Stephanie Hafner
Oh meri not sure where u are in nyc .. But my therapist is a doll .. She works in forest hills queens . I'd be happy to send you her number if you like , or She could probably give me a colleagues reference in manhattan if you there

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