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#1 barefut

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 08:10 PM

Woke up with unbearable heartburn just now. And esophagus burn. On a pain scale of 1 - 10 this is a solid 9 (10 being natural childbirth).

Also my hands have gone cold and my face gone hot - got the chills and my mouth is watering like a running faucett.

Took 3 extra strength antacids and have been sitting up for 1/2 hour - also ate a slice of bread - don't know......thought it might help. Decided to see if anyone was awake and had any ideas for relief? Occupying my mind with typing not helping either.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 09:24 PM

Sorry to hear you are in misery, dear. Have you got a liquid antacid that would coat your esophagus temporarily? Or maybe just a sip of milk. I would think that eating bread might actually stimulate the flow of juices. Do you sleep with your head elevated? I am finding that my wedge has worked better than anything to prevent the flow of acid into my mouth while I am sleeping. Do you think you are you coming down with something?
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:34 AM

Hi Jefa,

Better now. Thanks for your reply. I knew you'd be out there.

I haven't been sleeping elevated lately because I haven't had any problems for a long time. I have a hard time sleeping that way. I put my son's bean bag chairs under my memory foam matress, which is on the floor and it didn't work out. I am going to buy a wedge now. My recliner is okay but in the living room next to mom's room where she watches tv late and I need complete silence (except for the ringing in my ears :rolleyes: ) in order to fall asleep.

I am also going to have some liquid antacid on hand from now on. Sure wish I had some tonight; I think it would have worked.

Have had a nasty cough for a couple of weeks now which doesn't help matters...

Thanks for your quick reply. It's so nice to have comfort in cyber space.

Love you!

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:22 AM

Barefut, are you sure the cough isn't due to reflux? Or, are you taking cough meds that are kicking up a storm with the reflux?

I find nightime reflux seems to be the most bothersome. It's no fun waking up and then having that sinking feeling that you'll probably be missing out on a whole night's sleep and you know the next day will be a hummer to get through, and then everything starts hurting worse from the lack of sleep.

Whereas if the same reflux happens in the daytime, it may be just as big of a pain but not so bothersome since we have other things to distract ourselves with, and we are more likely to be upright.

Bread would make it just lots worse for me; for some dumb odd reason, flour/sugar products are the most likely to cause heartburn for me (and on the flip side, I can easily tolerate a lot of foods that most people say causes them heartburn!). I know many of us think of bread as possibly soothing for heartburn, but I've personally been there, done that, to only worse results. So pay attention to what really works and doesn't for you; and next time, try removing bread from your Heartburn First Aid kit, since it didn't seem to fix it this time around.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 03:41 AM

Hello Barefut, I'm sorry to hear your having problems. I don't know if I can give you the name of this med that my surgeon gave me for bad reflux or not, but here goes. After my Gallbladder surgery I was in really bad shape with reflux. My surgeon called in Sucralfate 1 gram tabs, generic for Carafate, they really worked for me. I hope you can get some relief soon. Good luck to you.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 04:11 AM

I wasn't up when you posted but I can tell you that bread and sugar are the worse for me too. I find I can tolerate whole wheat or that sort of bread way better than white bread. I really sympathize with you, it's a horrible night to put in when it hits. I have my box spring on the floor and we have the top wedged up with 2x4's up to 4 inches, it helps quite a bit. But when I still have those nights sometimes I just start piling pillows.....I had one doctor say that he used to be able to tell how bad the acid reflux was by the number of pillows the person used......sigh......
The antacid I buy in bulk.....hope you are feeling better today - Hugs - Lisa
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 05:03 AM

Barefut,
I hope you survived the evening Darlin'. Any amount of reflux is unpleasant, but a "9"!!!!! Have you ever tried bananas? I was talking to someone the other day that swears by them for nighttime reflux. I looked it up and apparently bananas are a natural antiacid and coat the stomach providing a natural barrier. So I have a bowl of bananas on the counter and I'm going to give it a try. Hopefully, I'll have one on hand for my next nighttime reflux episode. It's worth a try. If it doesn't stop the reflux, at least you'll get your potassium. Has anyone tried bananas?

Hope you're feeling better.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 05:34 AM

Hi Janey,

I'm not a doctor, blah blah blah...but I agree with you, bananas definitely work for me for reflux. They are the very first thing I reach for, as they are part of the BRAT Diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) recommendations for upset tummy.

The only problem is the Toast part of the BRAT Diet doesn't work for me at all, nor do the variations that include milk products. (And they recommend against the BRAT Diet for anything more than the briefest problems as it can cause nutritional deficiences, so I am not mentioning it as an overall endorsement, but I find it is a helpful thing to remember during the worst times or the middle of the night, for steering immediate food choices.)

Bananas and rice, though, are both yummy and very helpful for me. And bananas are very easy to "cook" in the middle of the night or at the drop of a hat, too.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 05:55 AM

I am so sorry to hear what you had to go through. I know exactly what you mean on a scale of 1 to 10 when mine flares up it's like I'm being burned from the inside. I have posted in the past for other people who suffer with this like I do that the doctor has prescribed what he calls a "GI Cocktail" that I have on hand so when these attacks hit I can drink it and it coats my esophagus and throat and calms it down. I too then spend the rest of the night in the recliner. I find that orange juice, any red sauce, anything spicy, too much chocolate will spring on an attack. This is the worst part of my sclero right now is the upper GI issue. The GI cocktail consists of a prescription for Lidocaine in liquid form. Then when an attack hits you mix 3 teaspoons of this in a bottle (get one from the pharmacist) with 30 ml of Maalox and shake it. When you swallow it it immediately deadens and numbs the espophagus and the pain goes away.

Just thought I'd share this with you in case you might want to get this for in the future.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 04:14 PM

Barefut,
I was told by my GI doctor and from books on acid reflux that pillows shouldn't be used under the mattress or under your head. That doesn't work. Some say it can make it worse. My GI doctor said that I had to get the headboard of the bed elevated 4-6 inches. I did it. It hurts my back, but I had to do it. It takes awhile to get used to... I used towake up coughing and choking from my acid reflux. I don't do that as much now. I am on the most medicine I can be on and I still have nausea and acid reflux during the day. It really does interfere with your life. I hope that you can find some relief.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 06:28 PM

Shelley~
Yes! I was dreading today all through the night - trying to muddle through work with no sleep. I told myself if I have to call in sick, so be it. I got in about an hour's nap before I had to get up for work and it helped. I made it all the way through the day okay except for rushing off to work and forgetting to take my meds! :o

My mom just got over a cold with a bad cough so I'm pretty sure I caught it from her. I have been concerned enough to call my pulmon. doctor. for an appt. because this cough stems from my lower esophagus and tickles when I breathe sending me into a coughing fit and grossing everyone out.

Janey~
Bananas! Yes. It just seems so obvious - but I didn't have any :( I will stay stocked from now on....

In my sleepless stupor I thought swallowing some bread might help to absorb some of the acid in my throat and take it back down.....

Peggy~
I read about your GI cocktail awhile back and I thought about you lastnight wishing I had one!

Jackie~
Thanks for the information. I am always interested to hear what works for other people. I will research it.

Nan~
I heard the same thing about pillows. I will be ordering a foam wedge as well as getting a bed frame and some bricks...I still have some room to go up in my omeprazole dosage so that's another possibility if it persists.

Lady-lisa~
That's funny! I can just imagine a doctor prescribing meds based on number of pillows used....."3 pillows? That will be 60mg of proton pump inhibitor"

Thanks everyone, for your sweet replies. I feel hugged.

Love y'all

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 06:41 PM

Barefut, I hope you aren't up again tonight because of heartburn issues. Now, it is my turn. Hah! I thought since I was up getting extra meds I would check in and see if anyone else was up and about. Sometimes thes little attacks just come on out of the blue. I hope you were able to function at work today. I'm sending some soft hugs your way, and some sweet dreams.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 06:49 PM

Thanks Sheryl :D

Isn't it about 1:30am where you are? Get to bed young lady! ;)

Love ya,

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 01:34 PM

Hi Barefut,

Last night must have been the night for acid reflux. I made the mistake of having taco salad for lunch. It usually doesn't bother me. Maybe it was the salad in combination with the storm.

I have 5" lifts under the legs at the foot of my bed. I use to use bricks, but they were hard for me to move around. At Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I found these lifts. I'm sure they must sell them other places, too. I also take nexium twice a day.

Looks like you got a lot of good advice. The banana sounds good. I usually keep some around. Never thought about it working like an antacid.

Hope you feeling better.

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 01:56 PM

Hi, Christy - just a quick question. Did you mean to say that you have lifted the FOOT of your bed? For the lifts to be effective they should only be at the HEAD of the bed, the point being to take advantage of the laws of gravity.
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 02:05 PM

No, I meant the head of my bed. Sorry. Ofcourse, having them at the foot of my bed would be a good excuse for poor brain function!!! :lol:

Thanks Jeta,

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 02:07 PM

Well, I blew that one too!! It's Jefa. I was going to do some ironing, but maybe I'd be safer not to.

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 06:29 PM

Christy~ It's all good :lol:

We all have those days....weeks....months.....

You're so cute. :D

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 04:46 AM

<<Have you ever tried bananas? I was talking to someone the other day that swears by them for nighttime reflux. I looked it up and apparently bananas are a natural antiacid and coat the stomach providing a natural barrier. >>

Hi Everyone,

I find this very interesting. If I eat a banana, within 15-20 minutes, I have to chew a Tums or Maalox tablet because it is coming back up!!! It is the only food that causes digestive problems for me, but I keep eating them for the potassium because I get such wicked leg cramps at night.

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret