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How to control the symptoms of heartburn and esophagus, gastroesophageal

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This is really a quite unpleasant, because we produce a lot of heartburn and many times we can not eat or drink because it fills the esophagus and acid gases, is very unpleasant, often we recommend raising the head of the bed, but when it problem is, take the appropriate drugs.


During many years that I just took antacids, but was down a lot of weight because I could not eat completely, then I decided to take the medicine prescribed to me and my rheumatologist gastroentrologo, and disciplined to eat, where we need to chew food well, no plenty to eat in one meal, not eating fried foods, not much chocolate, a little coffee, (but I really took off in small quantities) of all soft drinks, bread, and I feel quite well and I recovered weight, but heavy meals when the stomach hurts and I am full of gas, I recommend that no automediquen, to control the rheumatologist who tell them what to do.


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Yes - reflux is unpleasant and a constant battle. When I think I have it under control, it comes up again (pun intended :) ). I've learned to listen to the signs of doing something wrong. Whenever I eat or drink something that my stomach doesn't like, it tells me immediately - so I stop. For example - one sip of wine and my stomach feels like it's on fire. When I'm eating too much or eating the wrong thing, my body starts coughing.


As far as my big food no-no's - alcohol (except beer, it doesn't seem to bother me so I allow myself one beer a day if I feel like it), citrus juice or fruits, too much chocolate, and raw tomatoes. I switch from coffee to tea and am doing fine with tea. I eat absolute no food after 7:30 pm.


Unfortunately, now that I've figured all this out, I'm doing a great job at gaining weight back - too good of a job actually. :)


Big Hugs,

Janey Willis

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I am one who unfortunatley, refluxes bad in my sleep. I have had aspiration pneumonia several times because of it. I have finally got a "routine" down pat that helps prevent it. I now take my Prevacid twice a day, don't eat after 6pm, have the head of my bed elevated and have to be very careful about what I eat. I also have gastroparesis, so food stays in my stomach longer than it should, which also can aggravate or trigger the reflux.

Peace :)

Barbara aka relicmom1

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