• mmtillman mmtillman
    October 09, 2010
    What causes reflux and heartburn every night?
    mmtillman mmtillman
    October 09, 2010

    I wake up with food literally sitting in my throat every morning.  My doctor has been treating me , but it gets worse every night...heartburn. I am concerned about cancer .....anyone else deal w/ this?I am due for an Endoscopy in Nov...should I ask for it sooner?  This is feeling rather serious....

    My mother died from throat cancer...so I am really concerned.

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  • Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    October 12, 2010
    Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    October 12, 2010

    Hello Linda, It makes sense to call the doctor and ask if you can come in sooner. Maybe they can place your name on a cancellation list for an earlier date.

    Meanwhile, be sure to:

    Chew your food slowly and carefully

    Eat small meals more often

    Drink sips rather than a full glass of liquid

    Avoid eating and drinking 2-3 hours before bed

    Avoid foods that trigger symptoms, especially at night

    Elevate the bed with pillows or a wedge

    Ask the doctor about taking medication in the evening or before bed (prescription or over the counter).

    Keep in mind that these tips may not cure the reflux but there may be a decrease in the sensation of food coming up.

    Let us know what you find out.

    Jan

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    • mmtillman
      October 12, 2010
      mmtillman
      October 12, 2010

      Thanks for your response Jan.

       

      I have done most of these steps....I recently went back on my daily and nighttime RX, and am going to try a wedge....I have back trouble and have to lay FLAT to relieve pain....so dont know if I can tolerate the wedge or not. I do have my bed elevated 6 inches at the head, tho. I am calling my Dr today, as well.   Thanks again!  Mary Ann  :)

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    • mmtillman
      October 12, 2010
      mmtillman
      October 12, 2010

      Another question, Jan.  I stop eating at 6 pm. Nothing to eat from then till morning. But at night when I am laying in bed reading, I do eat ice chips. Could that be as bad as eating?  I so hope not....I am addicted to ice! LOL!  ( pica )  :)

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  • linda mason October 11, 2010
    linda mason
    October 11, 2010

    I have had severe acid reflux for years and have now developed Barretts easophogus. My Gp says I need an operation but i have to lose weight as i am at slightly over the weight they need to do the operation. I also had this problem in the mornings and have raised the top of my bed by about 6 inches after about 2 weeks i noticed a difference and it wasnt so bad and in the meantime i will continue to struggle with the weight issue.......... Good luck   

     

    Linda

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    • mmtillman
      October 11, 2010
      mmtillman
      October 11, 2010

      Hello LInda....thanks for writing. Can you tell me alittle about this surgery you are supposed to have?  I elevated my bed, but so far it has not helped...it did help, as long as I was taking Prilecect...but as soon as I stop taking it,  the problem returns again.  :(  

      I am underweight right now....lost alot during the gall bladder attack and surgery...LOL!!  I will do some research on Barretts  and see what I might be dealing with ..thanks again !!   Mary Ann  :)

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