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Can you please tell me what digest enzyme you take. I suffer from severe burping. I still have tragic heartburn. I recently had my gallbladder removed because I had gallstones.

 

Sadly I still suffer from heartburn and severe burping. I currently take 2 prilosic pills a day, gas pills, slippery elm, I've tried every over the counter medication there is, every prescription there is. What meds are you on? I've had heartburn and severe burping for so long I have literally contemplated suicide. I go back to the specialist this Thursday.

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Hello Sloanw,

 

Welcome to the forums, I hope you find help here. You don't say if you have been diagnosed with Scleroderma, but I am assuming because you have posted on this site that you have. Oesophageal dismotility causes all sorts of problems like heartburn and trouble swallowing, but so do other conditions. You say you are going to the specialist again this week and I think that it is important to discuss all the options with that person. If it is as bad as you say to put up with you must let your Doctor know.

 

Best wishes,

JudyT

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Both my brothers had their hair fall out because of an immune disorder. I have psoriasis which I guess is an immune disorder... could my stomach problems and this immune disorder be related? I never thought of that? What specialist do I need to go to? A stomach specialist or a skin specialist?

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Hello Sloanw

 

Welcome to the forums and I am so sorry you feel so desperate because of your symptoms. It's not unheard of unfortunately to be pushed to the point where we start considering the unthinkable because of symptoms. It's at this point where we have to engage in treatment and by that I mean counselling, therapy, whatever you want to call it, something designed to focus on how we feel emotionally, to help us cope with the pain, both physical and emotional, the disappointments, the loss and I could go on and on here but I won't.

 

I am having counselling myself and I confess to having contemplated the universe from your perspective and I know that's not the place I want to be and it's not a place for you to be either. It's a long process for sure and some days I feel great and others, well best not said. What I do know is that it can get better and indeed it does. Although scleroderma has devastated my life it has, in turn, introduced me to the most wonderful people here on these forums. I always say the best thing about scleroderma is the people you meet so there is always an up side.

 

You don't say whether you have scleroderma or not, if you do you want immediate referral to a scleroderma expert as reflux etc is something they see everyday as part of scleroderma. Alternatively with your gastric issues what about referral to a gastroenterologist? There are many treatments for reflux including surgical ones such as a Nissen Fundoplication. Now I am not recommending any treatment for anything I am just directing you to our resources.

 

You mention that you have psoriasis and it is indeed an autoimmune disorder. You say you are seeing a specialist on Thursday, what is their specialty?

 

Please let us know how you get on and bear in mind it can get better however dsperate we feel.

 

Take care and keep posting.


Amanda Thorpe

ISN Sclero Forums Senior Support Specialist

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Hi Sloanw,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

I'm so sorry to hear how desperate you're feeling and can only reiterate Amanda's wise words. It must be dreadful to be feeling so wretched and I know that it can seem that the health problems you're facing are insurmountable. I've included our link on emotional adjustment which includes one of Amanda's interesting and informative videos and even if you haven't been diagnosed with Scleroderma, I'm hoping it will be helpful to you.

 

I have Scleroderma and although thankfully it hasn't affected me as much as many of our other members (for which I'm eternally grateful!) it still has impacted on my life, particularly as I have lung involvement. I agree with Amanda; things do improve and I can still have a very good quality of life (one good thing is that through being involved with ISN it's caused me to use my idle brain again, which must be an advantage! ;))

 

Now that you've found our forums and joined our community you will find a wealth of help and support. Please keep posting and let us know how you get on with your appointment with your specialist on Thursday.

 

:emoticons-group-hug:

 

Kind regards,


Jo Frowde

ISN Assistant Webmaster

SD World Webmaster

ISN Sclero Forums Manager

ISN News Manager

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Sloan,

 

Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor; I have no medical training at all. It's my understanding that stomach problems are very common in the general, healthy population, and I am not aware of psoriasis causing stomach/heartburn/burping problems. However, some g.i. problems could be caused by medications you are taking to treat psoriasis (or other things), so be sure to review all your medication side effects.

 

We welcome people with all sorts of autoimmune diseases, including psoriasis, but because we are largely geared towards scleroderma, people may wrongly assume you also have scleroderma. So please, just ignore us when we make that assumption, okay? We'll try to remember, but, well, most of us have trouble remembering what we had for breakfast this morning.

 

It's my understanding that people with continual burping issues will want to have a physical to rule out any nefarious underlying cause of it. Sometimes we can get in the habit of swallowing air when we are eating, drinking or talking, and burping is simply the release of that air.

 

Please be absolutely certain that your doctor knows about all the herbs or over-the-counter meds you are also taking. Sometimes they can conflict with prescriptions or even worsen the condition. Also remember that most people need to make lifestyle adjustments in addition to the meds, such as avoiding problem foods, elevating the head of the bed, etc.

 

Your regular primary care doctor should be able to handle all these issues, as well as give you advice if they feel you need to see any other specialists. Take care!

 

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Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Hello!

 

I found this forum on a google search and thought I'd explain my problem and see if anyone has any input. I took an over-the-counter thyroid medication that I bought back in April of this year. I feel like a fool for taking it now! I thought I "might" have a thyroid problem....little did I know...now, unfortunately, I have a much bigger problem. I took this capsules for 2 days at the most...and then a "funny" thing happened. I began burping. I immediately got off the pills. I only took them for 2 days. But the burping never stopped. Unbelievably, I have not stopped burping ever since. The burps are deep and "gutteral" sounding, pretty unnatural in the way they sound and feel. It takes a lot out of me to burp like this all day long without relief. Sometimes I've gone maybe an hour with no burps but other times it is constant and takes all I've got to deal with them and takes my concentration away from other things. The only time I do not burp is when I'm laying in bed, in a horizontal position. Also, there is no acid reflux going on. It seems like the burping is coming more from my throat than my stomach.

 

SO, I am wondering if anyone has any ideas, theories, etc...at this point I'm pretty much open to anything! I did go to the doctor once and he recommended Omeprazole, which I have been taking consistently for about 2 months but I don't think it's really working anymore, though I think my burps might have been reduced a bit for awhile. I am hoping to get some assistance from a local hospital so I can go to the doctor again and get some tests done. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to afford it. Thanks for this forum and I look forward to hearing from anyone who might have some suggestions!! :)

 

Melissa

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Hello Melissa

 

Welcome to the forums!

 

You don't say whether you have scleroderma or diagnosis of any illness so I'll address the burping aspect of your post. Firstly, I am not medically trained I am a layperson with scleroderma so consider what I say in light of that. I went a'googling the symptom of chronic burping and found that it can be caused by fatty liver, removal of gall bladder, gastritis and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder) to name but a few.

 

Obviously I have no idea what is causing your constant burping but clearly something is so you need to see a doctor and have some blood tests taken to establish whether the cause is benign or serious and what can be done to lessen the symptom or, hopefully, eliminate it entirely!

 

Please let us know how you get on and keep posting.

 

Take care.


Amanda Thorpe

ISN Sclero Forums Senior Support Specialist

ISN Video Presentations Manager

ISN Blogger

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Assistant Manager

(Retired) ISN Email Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thank you so much Amanda, I appreciate your looking into things and I will do some reseach of my own based on what you said. Yes, ultimately, I just need to get to a doctor!..and I hope to be able to soon. ...I have not been diagnosed with anything else.

Take care!

Melissa

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Hi Melissa,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

Although thankfully you're not suffering with Scleroderma, chronic burping is unpleasant enough!

 

Like Amanda, I have no actual medical training (apart from an out of date first aid certificate!) so I would also recommend that if it persists you consult your doctor.

 

It's my understanding that people with continual burping issues will want to have a physical to rule out any nefarious underlying cause of it. Sometimes we can get in the habit of swallowing air when we are eating, drinking or talking, and burping is simply the release of that air.

 

Please be absolutely certain that your doctor knows about all the herbs or over-the-counter meds you are also taking. Sometimes they can conflict with prescriptions or even worsen the condition. Also remember that most people need to make lifestyle adjustments in addition to the meds, such as avoiding problem foods, elevating the head of the bed, etc.

 

Shelley's quite right; I would certainly mention about taking that particular thyroid pill if/when you see your doctor.

 

Do keep posting and let us know how you get on.

 

Kind regards,


Jo Frowde

ISN Assistant Webmaster

SD World Webmaster

ISN Sclero Forums Manager

ISN News Manager

ISN Hotline Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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