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Update on bad reflux problem

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Thank you everyone who gave me advice. I did almost everything in hopes of getting better and it's slowly beginning to improve.

 

I also called my gastroentertologist who doubled my dose of prevacid for 10 days and told me not to use cough drops with menthol.

 

Only my cat is really happy, tho' I have to give her medicine for her stomach also!

 

Annie N.

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Hi Annie,

 

I'm delighted to hear that your reflux is gradually improving! Which things do you think helped you the most?

 

I knew menthol cough drops are bad for hypertension, but I didn't realize they were bad for reflux, too. But on the University of Michigan site, they noted that menthol and eucalyptus cough drops can cause reflux. That's especially interesting since reflux can cause coughing, so it might create a vicious, endless cycle.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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Annie,

I'm so glad to read that your reflux problem is improving. Like Shelley, I'm curious to know which lifestyle changes are working best for you. I know that I can't take anything with menthol. Just that cold feeling you get from it sets me off immediately into a coughing fit. I didn't know if could cause reflux, but then I never could finish anything with it.

 

I hope things continue to go well for you.

 

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

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(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

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Hi Shelly

I'm definitely getting better, I hope. I think the doubling of the prevacid helped a lot. But eating lighter and eating earlier I think helped. And switching cough drops definitely helped - I teach and I use cough drops like crazy to keep my mouth moist.

I still cough a lot in the morning but it's doing better as things clear. I'm really relieved.

Hope you are doing okay and feeling all right.

Annie N

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My daughter is a singer and menthol is a major no-no. It is terrible for the vocal chords, it burns the chords and the throat. I guess it would be bad for a throat or esophagus made sore with reflux as well. My daughter takes nexium twice a day and other meds and also an antacid for reflux breakthrough when she is having a particularly bad time. It is not unusual to be prescribed more than one med for reflux. There are teas that are also helpful for your throat to keep it moist for you when you teach. If you can sip tea when you teach try a throat coating variety. It will help coat your throat and keep vocal chords moist. Some singers use that and a refreshing herbal tea mixed together. The tea will be more beneficial than candy or lozenges.


Smurfette

 

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Keep in mind when selecting herbal teas for throat soothing that many of these contain large amounts of licorice. Our page on Alternative Therapies has this article discussing the problems with licorice. Please read this MedlinePlus article on Licorice, in particular the section n Side Effects and Warnings.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

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Hi Annie,

 

Nothing worked for me. Aciphex was my best hope. I was willing to risk going on feeding tube, but chose surgical option to improve my acid reflux. I am glad I did it and I am much better now. I had over 300 episodes of acid reflux each day before, now I have less than 20, mainly at night during sleep.

 

I believe surgery is last, but very valuable option.


Kind regards,

 

Kamlesh

 

 

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Hi

Thanks for all your ideas and help. I'm sorry I didn't post sooner but my husband went thru a few weeks of being sick. He's better at last and I also am doing definitely better!!

I'm not coughing as much and I can use my voice more than I could before, tho I still really have to shut up and let my throat rest and I still sound like a frog.

I'm now on just 2 prevacid a day and I have begun to drink tea because I'm afraid to have even decaf coffee as that affects my stomach.

Drinking throat soothing tea sounds good to me tho' I never heard of any. Smurfette, if you have any suggestions I'd be so appreciative.

And, yes, Shelly, the University of Michigan website was right! Not taking the menthol cough drops made a surprisingly major difference. I don't need them as much as I used to and I think it's true that it became a vicious cycle!

I've made a point of eating dinner really early and I think it's also a major help. I always ate late because hubby comes home late, but now I eat without him. Oh, well.

I see my GI doctor on Thursday and want to find out how long my voice will be hoarse like this. I always talked almost constantly at work and it's a strain. I've modified that and that's also been a help.

So I hope everyone is doing okay as we all muddle thru one day after another.

Thanks to all....

Annie N

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