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Very depressed GERD won't go away

rose_thorn98 Community Member January 10, 2010
  • 2 Weeks ago I could not have been happier in my life.  Then my GERD symptoms came back. 

     

    I had been diagnosed by a GI specialist with GERD, via and endoscopy 3 years ago.  At that time I took Prilosec and Mylanta.  It didn't work very well for me, so I quit the Prilosec after 8 months, quit my very stressful job, and within 2 weeks all my GERD symptoms went away for 1 1/2 years.  My Dr. and I assumed the GERD was coming on due to stress. 

     

    Now here I am, happier than I'd been in years, and out of nowhere it strikes.  Its been 2 weeks and its is not calming down.  I'm taking Zantac and Pepto Bismal everyday, but it only calms the symptoms down by half.  My symptoms are horrible chest pain, feeling like food is stuck in my throat, tightness in my chest, and coughing. 

     

    So now, I'm just getting so depressed and discouraged that this won't calm down.  My husband and I were even trying to have another baby, but now all our plans are on hold so I can deal with this horrible pain.  Does GERD come and go like this? 

     

    By the way,

    I do not ever use caffine, coffee, soda, spicy foods, I'm not overweight, and I don't smoke.  I eat very healthy and I exercise.  According to how I live my life, I should be the poster child for someone who does NOT get acid reflux.  So where do I go from here?  Please help, I'm so sad and upset.

16 Comments
  • Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    Jan. 13, 2010

    Hello,

     

    So sorry you have to join us in the AcidRefluxConnection community. Unfortunately, reflux can come and go but you are not alone.

     

    In the three years since you were first diagnosed, there have been many changes with new medications and new treatments. Start with your primary care doctor or the doctor who did the endoscopy. Let him/her know...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello,

     

    So sorry you have to join us in the AcidRefluxConnection community. Unfortunately, reflux can come and go but you are not alone.

     

    In the three years since you were first diagnosed, there have been many changes with new medications and new treatments. Start with your primary care doctor or the doctor who did the endoscopy. Let him/her know you tried some medications and need to know what your options are.

     

    It is important to see the doctor for another reason-if you have esophagitis (irritation of the esophagus), it is important to receive treatment rather than ignore your symptoms.

     

    Let the doctor know of your future plans to start a family. Your reflux may flare during your pregnancy but that should not stop you from getting pregnant. It just means you and the doctors will need to figure out the best treatment plan. Some adults and especially moms-to-be find that sleeping on a wedge or elevating the bed is a wonderful, non medication approach.

     

    Best wishes,

    Jan

    • Anonymous
      Angela
      Jan. 13, 2010

      I feel the same way.  I want to have another  baby.....I started with GERD after my seconed baby.   I've been on Prevacid for 2 1/2 years which only masks the problem.  I still feel digestive upset every day and now I feel like I can't swallow properly.   I am very discouraged.   i still have to wait over a month...

      RHMLucky777

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      I feel the same way.  I want to have another  baby.....I started with GERD after my seconed baby.   I've been on Prevacid for 2 1/2 years which only masks the problem.  I still feel digestive upset every day and now I feel like I can't swallow properly.   I am very discouraged.   i still have to wait over a month to see a specialist and I am so down right now.   I am almost underweight,have not touched coffee, pop, tea or chocolate for 2 years.   I try to eat fairly healthy and yet I am still dealing with this.  My doctor frustrates me even further saying I might have this the rest of mylife,  yet refused to send me to a specialist.   I had to see another doc for another opinion who finally set up an appointment. 

    • Jan Gambino
      Health Guide
      Jan. 14, 2010

      Hello Angela, Thank you for adding your voice to this discussion. At HealthCentral we often hear from moms and moms to be with GERD. I think this is a great place to share experiences and learn from each other.

       

      I wonder how your pregnancy was. Did your reflux get worse or was it the same? Did the OB help to manage your reflux or did the primary care...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hello Angela, Thank you for adding your voice to this discussion. At HealthCentral we often hear from moms and moms to be with GERD. I think this is a great place to share experiences and learn from each other.

       

      I wonder how your pregnancy was. Did your reflux get worse or was it the same? Did the OB help to manage your reflux or did the primary care doctor manage your reflux treatment plan?

       

      I certainly encourage you to see a specialist at this point. It is worrisome when you have swallowing issues. That really needs to be investigated by the specialist, especially since you have been on medication.

       

      Take care and keep in touch.

       

      Jan

    • Anonymous
      Angela
      Feb. 18, 2010

      thankyou for your reply.   My Gerd began during pregnancy yet I had no Idea that was what it was until a year later.   I mentioned the pain to my ob on a few occasions and she said I was just having normal pains and they would go away after a while but if not then to see a doctor.   My doctor also said the same thing....that my...

      RHMLucky777

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      thankyou for your reply.   My Gerd began during pregnancy yet I had no Idea that was what it was until a year later.   I mentioned the pain to my ob on a few occasions and she said I was just having normal pains and they would go away after a while but if not then to see a doctor.   My doctor also said the same thing....that my body was still healing from having the baby.    After a year of living with constant burning tight pain under my breastbone It got very intense and someone mentioned to me the pain sounded like an ulcer.........I finally started researching and figured out myself I had Gerd so I went back to my doctor and finally was given Prevacid and had and upper GI and ultrasound which showed basically nothing but a little reflux.   I have now after 3 years been to a specialist and on the list to have a scope.   I really hope they find something that will give me some answers why I am having all this pain  especially since I haven't been able to eat much more than oatmeal for the past month with reflux and pain.  It is so discouraging.   Especially when I've heard from 2 doctors that It is possible I will have to stay on a Protein Pump Medication the rest of my life.   Why would I want to be on medication the rest of my life that isn't helping me>?  And what about the susceptibility to pnemonia and lung infections and osteoperosis?  Do I want to live the rest of my life on a chemical?  

    • dennis
      Jun. 04, 2010

       

           I didn’t know how many people suffer from Acid-reflux, I will try to help as many as I can, I’m 59 years old, 3 years ago I was suffering from Acid-reflux, I tried just about all the drugs in the market but, it didn’t help much, and the side effects were terrible, a friend of mine told me about this natural food...

      RHMLucky777

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           I didn’t know how many people suffer from Acid-reflux, I will try to help as many as I can, I’m 59 years old, 3 years ago I was suffering from Acid-reflux, I tried just about all the drugs in the market but, it didn’t help much, and the side effects were terrible, a friend of mine told me about this natural food supplement that he tried, I ordered and tried myself, it was amazing, no side effects, safe for all ages including babies, I didn’t have to go on a diet, I eat and drink anything any time as much as I want, and I mean anything including coffee, sodas. pizza, chocolate spicy foods (my wife is mexican),. I didn’t have to make any lifestyles changes, I don’t have to elevate my head when I sleep and it lasted for more than a year, I had to order it 2 times since for myself and 1 time for my daughter and my son, my daughter was 18 years old and 32 weeks pregnant, my son was 10, the baby is now 13 months old and my daughter and my son had forgotten about Acid-reflux, until two weeks ago my daughter ask me for the web site address  because one of her friends at school have reflux, I have told many of my friend about it, try it and tell your friends too, let me know if it work for you, the web site is betasupplements.com.

    • Anonymous
      Diane
      Jan. 13, 2011

      Hi Dennis,

       

      Are you still taking this supplement?  It it possible that the website has changed it's name to Metasupplements?  What is the name of the supplement?

      Thanks,

      Diane

    • Anonymous
      Travis
      Mar. 07, 2013
      What is the name of the supplement? Is this some sort of mean joke?
    • Sean
      Jun. 19, 2013

      It is likely a scam, and possibly reply from a bot. Acid reflux is a very common problem. Many people would like to profit from other's desperation because it produces a viable business model, especially when it "works." (maybe due to the placebo effect or actually remedies the problem for some, but that doesn't mean it will work for you, it could even harm...

      RHMLucky777

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      It is likely a scam, and possibly reply from a bot. Acid reflux is a very common problem. Many people would like to profit from other's desperation because it produces a viable business model, especially when it "works." (maybe due to the placebo effect or actually remedies the problem for some, but that doesn't mean it will work for you, it could even harm you)

      I have NOT seen or heard of any RELIABLE study arguing for the use of random supplements to treat acid reflux. See a gastroenterologist if you have ongoing sympyoms, especially if you are on medication. Also try and create close friendships with people in the medical field, often they can help speed up various processes and even fix a few problems bia their connections.

  • dennis
    Jun. 04, 2010

     

         I didn’t know how many people suffer from Acid-reflux, I will try to help as many as I can, I’m 59 years old, 3 years ago I was suffering from Acid-reflux, I tried just about all the drugs in the market but, it didn’t help much, and the side effects were terrible, a friend of mine told me about this natural food...

    RHMLucky777

    Read More

     

         I didn’t know how many people suffer from Acid-reflux, I will try to help as many as I can, I’m 59 years old, 3 years ago I was suffering from Acid-reflux, I tried just about all the drugs in the market but, it didn’t help much, and the side effects were terrible, a friend of mine told me about this natural food supplement that he tried, I ordered and tried myself, it was amazing, no side effects, safe for all ages including babies, I didn’t have to go on a diet, I eat and drink anything any time as much as I want, and I mean anything including coffee, sodas. pizza, chocolate spicy foods (my wife is mexican),. I didn’t have to make any lifestyles changes, I don’t have to elevate my head when I sleep and it lasted for more than a year, I had to order it 2 times since for myself and 1 time for my daughter and my son, my daughter was 18 years old and 32 weeks pregnant, my son was 10, the baby is now 13 months old and my daughter and my son had forgotten about Acid-reflux, until two weeks ago my daughter ask me for the web site address  because one of her friends at school have reflux, I have told many of my friend about it, try it and tell your friends too, let me know if it work for you, the web site is betasupplements.com.

    • Anonymous
      XXSammieXX
      Aug. 04, 2013
      I am a 19 year old girl dealing with this disease. I was diagonsed with it when I was 5. Hurts so bad, it came back and it's been bugging me for 8 days now. Taking this organic supplement that's supposley I'm taking this all organic supplement called "organic green grass" that they said will heal it. It's hurting so bad and will not go away. Tried all medication...
      RHMLucky777
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      I am a 19 year old girl dealing with this disease. I was diagonsed with it when I was 5. Hurts so bad, it came back and it's been bugging me for 8 days now. Taking this organic supplement that's supposley I'm taking this all organic supplement called "organic green grass" that they said will heal it. It's hurting so bad and will not go away. Tried all medication for it, so what's the next step?
  • Anonymous
    lynda
    Jan. 19, 2010

    try using apple cider vinegar,a decent teaspoon...thatl CURE it.....eating a slice of apple helps too.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 18, 2010

      I have tried apple cider vinegar in my salads and have had worse symptoms after eating it.   Also my last time eating an apple was a year ago when I suddenly had stomach spasms and burning pain and felt dizzy after eating one.   I'm not sure if it was just an anxiety reaction but It came out of no where and scared me so I have touched either....

      RHMLucky777

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      I have tried apple cider vinegar in my salads and have had worse symptoms after eating it.   Also my last time eating an apple was a year ago when I suddenly had stomach spasms and burning pain and felt dizzy after eating one.   I'm not sure if it was just an anxiety reaction but It came out of no where and scared me so I have touched either.

    • linda
      Feb. 18, 2010

      hi, sounds like a stomach ulcer!....did u have an endescopy?....also, you could google siberian pine nut oil........hope that helps instead.x

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 18, 2010

      I booked the scope today for 3 weeks from now.   Hopefully it shows something.  Thanks

  • Anonymous
    Annie
    Jan. 17, 2010

    Well, there is good news and bad news.  The bad news is you have GERD.  The good news is that you have GERD and not cancer/high blood pressure/cardiac problems, etc.  I used to take TUMS like crazy and finally mentioned it casually to my doctor about my heartburn.  He took it far more seriously than I did and promptly sent me to a GI doctor...

    RHMLucky777

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    Well, there is good news and bad news.  The bad news is you have GERD.  The good news is that you have GERD and not cancer/high blood pressure/cardiac problems, etc.  I used to take TUMS like crazy and finally mentioned it casually to my doctor about my heartburn.  He took it far more seriously than I did and promptly sent me to a GI doctor who did an endoscopy.  I had an erosion of my esophagus due to the constant acid reflux.

     

    He put me on a medication called protonix which is a proton pump inhibitor.  Unlike some of the other PPI drugs, protonix not only stops the acid it also heals any erosions in the esophagus, etc.

     

    Mine went away after being on this med for probably a year.  It is now 5 years later and it's back.  This time I immediately mentioned it to my new doctor who put me on Protonix again.

     

    I feel much better.  I, too, didn't use caffeine, eat fast food, not overweight, etc.  And not a senior citizen either. I bike 25 miles/day 5 days a week, so, it is isn't from my food or age.

     

    This medication had no side effects that I was aware of.  But, it certainly took care of the problem.

     

    Best wishes!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 18, 2010

      can you eat all the foods you want when you are on the medication?   Even on the medication if I eat chocolate or caffinated beverages  I get burning pain tightening pain under my breastbone.    Even after 2 years.