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#1 nightfrog

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 05:08 PM

dr calls my heartburn gurd it is worse tonight than it has ever been I talked to my pharmacist to day he suggested sipping malox till it calms down I have tryed today rolaids ,tums,baking soda water,protonix, zantac,milk, now the malox its not working any one have a sure fire tip Please help ifn you can

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 05:15 PM

Yuk! I hate GERD!
A couple of years ago I went through what you are going through and even tried a couple of prescription drugs. Then my rheumatologist prescribed Prilosec OTC. I take two a day and it works wonders. Some days I can go with just one, but to stay consistent, it's best when I take one in the morning and again at night. People on this forum take different things and a lot it works. So I'm sure you'll get more ideas.
Hang in there Darling. You'll find something that works for you.
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:11 AM

Nightfrog,
Oh yes, heartburn is the worst. Before I got mine under control, I went throug so many huge bottles of Tums. Be careful what you sip on for it though because there are some ingredients in some of the over the counters that do not mix well with our other medications. I am sorry, I do not remember the ingredient. I take Zantac (Prilosec) twice a day AND Nexium once a day. It's a bit over board, but just one Nexium (40mgs) wasn't doing the trick. I can't say if it's helped yet, but my father made me five inch bed lifters. We tried the 8 inches and I felt like I had a permanent wedgy...ha ha ha ha.
I can tell if I miss one day of the pills, so Janey's right, it is all about consistency.
Get better!
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:13 AM

One more thing...if you have not already, you many need to see a GI Dr. and see what exactly IS going on down there. Also, possibly increasing your dose of Zantac like I did. Can you pinpoint a food that's triggering it? Mine are chocolate and of course jalapenos, which I love.
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 03:37 AM

Hi,

GERD stands for gastro-esophageal reflux disease (or as we are all calling it...heartburn). And, yes, I was having quite a bit of difficulty with it and was having esophageal spasms until I started taking Aciphex (20 mg 2X a day). It has been a wonder drug for me. As a result of taking it, my appetite has improved (I have probably gained between 5 and 10 pounds since taking it....that part I am not overly thrilled with, but my husband said I was looking anorexic and now look healthy again), I don't have as many choking episodes as before and don't feel as if my food is stuck in my esophagus like I had had before.

I do hope you can find something to help.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:26 PM

thank you for your suggestions I will talk to dr about aciphex my pharmicist told me that the tums and soda water make more acid so they help short term but make more acid than if I haden't taken them at all so I had to sip about 1/4 tsp malox every 5 min till it settled down it finally did about midnight and its not bad today still there but just barely I have elevated the bed it just hasen't been long enough for it to help dr. said it would take a week or better till I noticed a diffrence thank you all for your help I guess I was just whimping uot last night Smiles to all

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 01:33 AM

Nightfrog, I have had a lot of troubles with acid reflux. My doctors keep me on Nexium 3 times daily and Reglan 2 to 4 times daily. If I take one Reglan just before going to bed it has cleared up my night time acid problems. I am so happy not to be up pacing the floors and trying everything to stop the chest pain from the reflux. I told my doctors I was still up pacing a couple months ago and that is when they said to take one Reglan right before retiring for the night. It works great. Hopefully, you will find relief soon. Sheryl
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Posted 28 October 2006 - 01:40 PM

Hi Nightfrog:

I have been suffering from GERD for 14 years. It got worse two years ago. Weight loss is a negative for me. I can't afford to loose even a pound, as I'm underweight as it is. Because of GERD, I'm nauseated 24/7. My doctors have prescribed Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, and Zantac. Th chocking is a constant worry. I have to make myself eat even when I don't want to. There were times when I didn't eat for three days because it would always come back up. The burning was so intense, I didn't know what else to do other than sto stop eating. I realized later on how much weight I loss as a result of getting weak and ill. I was in bed for a week and a half and was cranky because I couldn't go to work. I decided to start a nutritional plan where I created a chart using Excel and kept a log of what I ate at each given time. If my body reacted negatively against it, I highlighted it in red and stopped eating it. Regular milk bothers me so I switched to soy milk. After drinking it for a week, I noticed my weight started to pick back up again. From there I went to trying different meats and vegetables and crossed out what affected me. Stay behind you doctor and find out what the problem is. Ask him/her about a nutritional plan that would be beneficial to you. Don't give up. I do not want to see you suffering with this the way I have. Take charge!!! And make them Listen!!!

Keep us informed on how it's going for you.

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