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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 charmaine, Community Member, asks

Q: Why do I get a burning feeling in my stomach?

When I was pregnant my food started to feel like it was sticking in my throat. It was mainly when i ate solids and it felt like a lump on my left side of my throat when I swallowed. I went to the ENT and they put a camera down my nose. The doctor said it was irritated and red, so he diagnosed acid reflux, but i had no heartburn symptoms. I've been given omeprozole twice, which helped but didn't cure the feeling of food sticking in my throat. I had a blood test which showed i was anaemic. I also saw a different ENT doctor who said I could be getting food debris in my left tonsil that gives me the feeling of the food there and that I could stop taking the tablets. Three days after I stopped taking the tablets I got the worst burning in my mouth and throat that I have ever felt. I could feel the acid burning. It made my upper throat really inflamed and gave me a horrible acid taste in my mouth. I get it all day every day. The funny thing is when I get the burning I dont get as much mucus and food sticking issues. I have now been sent for a blood test for helicobacter plyori and been told to take Gavascon also to see if helps but it's still the same. I have had this for a year now and it's getting me down. Do you have any ideas? Thanks

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Vicki M, Health Guide
9/17/08 1:39pm

Hi Charmaine,


It definitely sounds like you have acid reflux or GERD. Here is some information that might help you ask all the right questions when it's time to see your doctor. Remember, that while online sites like Health Central are wonderful resources for information, they can not take the place of your doctor's solid medical advice.

 

You can read about GERD here in the overview and you can check your symptoms here in the symptoms database. Since your doctor prescribed medication for GERD, you can read about them here in the drugs database. Specifically you mentioned Omeprazole, Lanzoprazole and Gaviscon which is an over the counter antacid. You can also research treatments available and alternatives here in the treatments database. 

 

Here are some helpful tips when you are having issues with heartburn or Acid Reflux.

 

People with heartburn should first try lifestyle and dietary changes. In one study, 44% of patients who experienced symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) reported improvement after changing their diet. Some suggestions are the following:

  • People with heartburn should avoid or reduce consumption of foods and beverages that contain caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, spearmint, and alcohol. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee increase acid secretion.
  • All carbonated drinks increase the risk for GERD.
  • Although physicians often advise patients with GERD to cut down on fatty foods, studies are finding no evidence that a low-fat or high-fat meal make any difference in symptom exacerbation. Better studies are needed to confirm this. In any case, as a rule, it is always wise to avoid saturated fats (which are from animal products), and cut down on all fats if one is overweight.
  • Increasing protein may help strengthen muscles in the muscle valve. Patients should choose low-fat or skim dairy products, poultry, or fish, in such cases.
  • Whole grain products rich in selenium may have some protective role against dangerous cells changes in Barrett's esophagus.
  • Patients should have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, although avoid acidic vegetables and fruits (e.g., oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pineapple**, tomatoes).

Do stay in touch with your doctor because only you and he together can best manage your health. Please stay in touch with us too and let us know how you are doing!

Vicki M

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By charmaine, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/20/14, First Published: 09/17/08