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Sunday, September 27, 2009 queen of acid reflux, Community Member, asks

Q: I have acid reflux, and drink diet coke frquently. Could the coke be making the acid reflux worse?

coke will make my stomach feel better, when nothing else will. On the other hand I have a hiatal hernia along with the acid reflux. My stress levels are through the ceiling, and won't be improving anytime soon. My appetite is getting worse. To the point that I can go sometimes all day without eating. So what if anything can I do to improve my stomach, acid reflux, and hiatal hernia?

 

Respectfully,

 

Under the weather again 

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Stephanie, Health Guide
9/27/09 10:50pm

In general sodas are considered to be very irritating to the stomach. They often do feel better going down but can cause more problems in the long run. I have found that coffee soothes my frequently sore throat but then I realized that all of my reflux symptoms are worse when I drink the coffee. At first I was surprised as I was thinking the irritant was caffeine and I drink decaf but it's not the caffeine it's the acidity.

 

It is very concerning though that your appetite is so poor. Having nothing in your stomach can serve to only make things worse. I've often mentally equated this to if your stomach acid has nothing to eat it'll just eat your stomach!

 

This is an indication that your reflux is very poorly controlled right now. You need to get back to your doctor to determine a new plan. You may need to take different medications, take them at different times, take a combination of medicines, etc.

 

You obviously already know the stress isn't helping things but maybe if you are able to do some of the other lifestyle changes.... If you do, don't smoke, decrease alcohol consumption, frequent small meals, aviod greasy or other trigger foods, don't eat soon before lying down, etc.

 

Good Luck - Stephanie

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By queen of acid reflux, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/16/10, First Published: 09/27/09