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Finally found people that know what I'm talking about. I was unable breath and thought I was going to die. Raised head of bed and try to sleep on left side. Keep coffee in am. no bad episodes for 6 months. keeping fingers crossed.

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I have an esophagus that is too short causing my reflux...started with Prilosec 20 years ago but had a reaction and switched to a generic Prevacid....I found that taking it in the morning rather than at night works best for me..sleeping with a raised bed helps...dr said lying on left side better than right due to position of stomach...try to eat my largest meal at breakfast or lunch...have had pneumonia and lost my voice many many times...triggers my asthma....after an acid incident, a little dairy helps soothe the burning

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I take Prilosec each night and sleep with Pepto by the bed. The toilet seat says in the up position. I know the horror of being in the wonderful world of sleep to be yanked out by the stomach acid that has come up my throat to enter my ears and nose to send the wonderful burning sensation no one could ever forget! I really thought this was under control as I have not had any flare ups in a long time but for the last 3-4 months it is almost a nightly episode. Of course the asthma attack that follows really tops off the night. After an hour or two of sitting up in the bed, I either have the choice of getting up and trying to study a little before work or try to get some more shut eye....the bed normally wins. Any what in the world is up with all the belching???? My belching has gotten much worse lately. My doctor's appointment in next week.

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I also have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, started out during pregnancy but got better after baby was born and belly went down-- Now same issues resurfaced years later when my belly got big from weight gain. I'm sure it's pushing the stomach back upwards again, causing the horrible nightmarish reflux. I don't mean the occasional annoying heartburn, I mean the kind that makes you think you're going to strangle to death bc it wakes you in the middle of the night, choking on your own stomach acid. Talk about a rude awakening. :( It's a ton better after this past week of no soda and caffeine only in mornings with my one cup of coffee. I'm certain that caffeine is an exacerbator for my acid production. I'm just glad I can sleep without fear of waking up choking to death the last few nights.

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The first time I remember having GERD I was about four years old - that is when I had my first upper endoscopy. My mom told me that the barium was a milk shake. Through the years I had terrible awful reflux with constant regurgitation - I could be driving down the road, in the swimming pool, or asleep in bed and I would just start choking. People wanted to do the heimlich on me, my DH wanted to rush me to the E.R. Turns out my Lower Esophageal Sphincter never closed. No amount of medication would ever remedy that problem and the gastro doctor said I was at risk for Barrett's, aspiration pneumonia or worst of all, pulmonary fibrosis. I was referred for surgery to correct that, called Nissen Fundoplication. That surgery is not for the faint of heart. It is major surgery and requires MAJOR lifestyle changes as far as eating goes...forever. Nearly two years after the surgery I can honestly say it changed my life. No more reflux, very little heartburn, no asthma inhalers, my voice is back to normal and I am actually living a normal healthy life without living with the fear of dying from choking on my own vomit.

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You could have a hiatal hernia like I do. That causes pain in that area. Also, the diaphragm can feel sore and the stomache could be inflamed. I use to be on 2 nexiums a day. Now aciphex and Zantac seem to work better.

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I used to have this bad. I woke up every night choking at least 10 times, it was horrible. I feel your pain. Turns out I have many many food intolerances that is causing it. Staying away from those foods has helped tremendously, and only on occasion if I eat something I'm not supposed to, it will happen, but not as bad. I am gluten free, but my case is a bit more complicated than just being GF. It's not fun.

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I have woken up gasping & feeling like I can not catch my breath from acid comming up. I tend to have this issue from eatting too much & too close to bed.

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hi, everyone! I am also new to this forum but am glad I found it because I have recently developed a big problem with GERD or I guess mine is actually called laryngeal-pharyngeal reflux or LPR. In Sept., I was pt on an oral antifungal pill which seemed to really irritate my stomach- within a week of starting to not feel well with this, I developed a pain in the base of my throat. It began to hurt when a sang(I am a vocalist) and even when I talked. I was also burping very frequently and regurgitating food also. I had a couple episodes of what you described at night. I started taking Zantac 150 mg. for about a week with no relief. I had GERD symptoms in my chest and heartburn about 10 years ago which just resolved on their own but this time it is so different. I don't have any "heartburn" like pain- its all in my throat, which is very upsetting as a soloist who needs her voice alot! Anyway, I then tried Prilosec 10mg twice a day for 4 weeks with it only getting worse all the time. I finally went to the dr. and had an upper GI. they reported only mild esophagitis. but he also wanted me to see an ENT. the ENT scoped me and said I have alot of laryngial swelling from reflux. He increased prilosec to 40 mg. twice daily. I have done that for 3 weeks and still have alot of throat pain. I think my voice isn't quite as hoarse though so that is good. I am following all the diet guidelines, have bed elevated, no night time snacking. I am getting discouraged that I have not had much improvement and am getting scared I won't be able to sing again. Oh, I forgot to mention, he ordered-NO Singing! It's killing me. I go back to him in 2 weeks.
Has anyone else had LPR? Did you have pain in the actual muscles of your neck when you had it or have it? Any info on LPR would be so appreciated. I'm a nurse and never knew that reflux could act this way too. thanks for your input.

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Hi, new to the forum- Here's my two cents worth on the issue.

Unfortunately I am VERY familiar with the experience you described. As a matter of fact, my latest experience of this was just two nights ago.

Waking up with a sudden rush of stomach acid racing up your esophagus, with partial aspiration of gastric contents into your lungs, is INDEED VERY SCARY and potentially life threatening according to my doctor.

I actually wake up most times strangling on the acid and coughing for several minutes to clear my lungs. I know that it partially aspirates there because with each cough small bits of the acid come up into my mouth, from my lungs. (I can tell it's from there and not my esophagus... the burning is in my lungs as well)

In my case, my weight has a lot to do with it. I have a hiatal hernia (stomach is partially pushed up into my esophagus) that occurs when I have excess body weight (as in pregnancy pushing stomach up or post-preg obesity issues). As I lose weight, the hernia reduces and the stomach acid choking issue at night goes away. I have been dealing with this off and on for four years.

For those who have not experienced this...let me tell you, it's pretty intense.

I would not take the situation lightly, definitely tell your doctor about it and take whatever measures he or she recommends.

Sleeping with head elevated and taking a prescription antacid are advised. I also find that not eating anything within at least 3 hrs of laying down is recommended, as many other posters have said.

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10/19/10 12:25 A

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Hello EMZAMOM! I am new to SparkPeople but figured I'd throw my hat in the ring on this topic because I've been there.

I don't think that you threw up any vomit in the familiar sense. It was stomach acid. I can't tell you how many times I have woken up at night with a mouth full of stomach acid and swallowed it. There have been a couple of times that it happened twice in one night and my throat swelled to the point that I almost couldn't breathe. That was scary!

For some reason when this happens I have the urge to eat a piece of bread. I guess I have the idea that it will help "soak the acid up" or give my stomach something to work on. No matter what I do the event will usually affect me for a couple of days with shallow coughing, etc.

I don't like taking medications if I can help it but the Nexium has been the best medication by far. All the other stuff I had previously been prescribed didn't help at all. I see that you take the "purple pill" as well and that is fine but if you eat too much too close to bedtime you can still have an acid incident. Trust me on this.

When I was a kid I remember my mom walking around the house at night coughing and the next morning she would talk about how she "woke up with a mouth full of acid". I think some of my issue with my cardiac sphincter (the sphincter at the top of the stomach) was congenital, some was from being bulimic as a teen and some from being overweight.

Don't eat a few hours before you go to bed. If you must eat spicy foods do so in moderation and don't drink alcohol before bed. Drink alcohol before bed and I can guarantee you will be up with the acid.

Another thing, if you do have an acid incident don't forget to brush your teeth! I know it seems like a no-brainer but if you somehow forget because you are in pain and can't imagine anything else in your mouth you don't want that acid sitting around your teeth destroying precious enamel.

Remember, don't freak out when you have an incident. I know it's scary but you don't want to throw yourself into a panic attack. When you feel like you can't breathe try to take long, slow, deep breaths and tell yourself that it will be okay. It will. emoticon

If you already went to the doctor let me know what you found out. If you have any questions please ask.

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I've had it happen to me too. It has been quiet some time. I try to watch what I eat and cut out snacks after 8. Elevating your head if you lay on your back helps. I would even sugges laying on your side.

But the best suggestion is it continues is to see your doctor.



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It is frightening. I almost never eat at night which helps. Since I've lost some weight it's much better. Went from prilosec every day to 2 pepcid to one. Now I can even skip a day from time to time.
As for sleeping...I actually sleep in my recliner if it's really bad. Keeps my head elevated and breathing is easier.

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I have had the same thing happen to me. It is terrifying!

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Have not read thread, but I wanted to say that, YES, going off grains almost eliminated my heartburn. Especially wheat -- wheat is the killer for me. When I eat wheat, I WILL get wicked heartburn, with or without my meds. I've also found that, even if I don't take my morning meds, if I avoid wheat, I get NO heartburn until bedtime (which is usually when I realize I've forgotten my meds!)

Going off grains has also helped my other digestive problems -- my doc may say I'm not celiac, but going without wheat means I can keep my food in my system for the right amount of time!

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Suffering as I type..I have been eating bad foods and am paying dearly for it (4 days)....Now I have put myself on a bland diet and take my Protonix x2. Chest pains and burning throat, ect, ect....I know better than to eat stuff that bothers me..My pain is more on my left then right go figure...anyways I feel your pain. I hope we all feel better soon. emoticon

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I also suffer from GERD, and have had several endoscopy procedures done in the past. I have been taking prevacid 24 for the last several months, which has helped.

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I also suffer from GERD, and have had several endoscopy procedures done in the past. I have been taking prevacid 24 for the last several months, which has helped.

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I also suffer from GERD, and have had several endoscopy procedures done in the past. I have been taking prevacid 24 for the last several months, which has helped.

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I also suffer from GERD, and have had several endoscopy procedures done in the past. I have been taking prevacid 24 for the last several months, which has helped.

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Hello, I have to agree with everything Allieinshape said. A few years ago it was found I was anaemic so had to have an endoscopy where a camera was put down my throat. It was found I have severe esophagitis, hence the internal bleeding causing the anemia. The esophagus was inflamed due to reflux, except I wasn't aware of it at all. Two doctors could not believe I was unaware as I had severe damage. I've been on acid-reducing medication since. However, seemingly unrelated, I have since been diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea ... That was the cause of the reflux, though no doctors put two and two together. In my sleep, as throat muscles closed together and my lungs were trying to pull air into them but unable to, this forced acid up from my stomach. I would suggest to anyone with GERD, especially if they don't seem to have symptoms through the day, to get checked for sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea really does have negative impact on many aspects of your life. Hope this helps, Deborah

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I have been dealing with GERD for years now. Controlling diet is the biggest part. Taking Protonix 2x a day plus the every wonderful Pepsid AC on a bad food day. Everything bothers me; garlic, tumeric, curry and you name it. Almost everything processed these days contain garlic. Thanks Emerald.

I hate waking up in the night aspirating on my own acid with the burning lungs, throat and coughing. Inhaling stomic acid is very dangerous and can lead to serious other problems.

I have discovered that a couple of Citrucel fiber caplets in the evening wards it off entirely. If I can feel any heartburn I take it. If I ate anything that had hidden garlic or causes trouble, I take the Citrucel tabs. It seems to absorb the acid and the extra fiber never hurts.

Read the label because if you have trouble swallowing, fiber tabs may not be your friend.

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Hello I suffer from GERD. I first began experiencing problems several years ago. However, after changing my eating habits and losing weight I was asymptomatic for years. Now I have gain several pounds and my symptoms have returned. I experience chest pains and heartburn at times. Recently, I began experiencing abdominal pain, burning, and gurgling. I also began experiencing nausea. I am now taking ranitidine. I have been taking this medicine for months. May have to try another medicine.

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There is a lot of good advice in your post. Thanks

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I have never heard of anyone getting off the pills once they started. The problem is that your stomach produces too much acid so you have to slow the production. Then acid is added by the foods that are eaten.

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I also get pain in the upper part of my stomach from GERD. It feels like my stomach is on fire and I have to breathe the fire out. I know if I miss taking my little pill. I have not had fruit in so long. I don't even know what it taste like anymore. The thought of eating fruit scares me.

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Anyone waking up with a gasp in the middle of the night should also be tested for SLEEP APNEA. Check to see if your pulse is still regular too. This is very serious!! This can go hand and hand with GERD. Did you wake up suddenly because of GERD, or something else. Overweight people with neck size more than 15 in.,among others,can have an obstruction that closes their throat when sleeping and they stop breathing for several seconds repeatedly thru the night - can cause many symptoms, even stroke. If you snore, wake up often or suddenly from a sound sleep, have to make many trips to the washroom, are sleepy during the day even if you think you had slept, falling asleep at the TV or at your desk, or worse at the wheel, PLEASE check it out with your doctor and insist on a sleep clinic test. Not all of them know much about it so you need to check it out on the web too. I found out I have sleep apnea last year after waking up suddenly at 3am with arrythmia (extremely rapid and irregular heartrate), went to emerg, was there 8 hours trying to slow down my heart with drugs. Later a(useless)heart specialist said my tests showed my heart was fine, I was just old and fat and this happens sometimes. I asked him about sleep apnea, but he shrugged his shoulders. When I was in emerg twice again with it I checked the web myself and found sleep apnea as one cause of arrythmia, especially if it happens while sleeping. I insisted my GP book me the sleep test and had it confirmed as severe SA. I now have a C-pap machine with a mask that blows air down my throat to keep me breathing. Takes a while to get used to but worth it! I am no longer afraid to go to sleep, no more trips to the bathroom, sleep all thru the night without constantly waking up, I feel rested and alert all day, much less irritability and depression too. Do not assume your doctor knows everything about every symptom, or makes the right diagnosis. I might be dead now if I did not do my own research.



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Yes! I have found that raising the head of the bed helps.

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hello
I am new to the forum. I also suffer from acid reflux or gerd. I often throw up after a greasy meal. but, something has changed I have been waken from my sleep on two different occasion with the top portion of my stomach hurting it's only one spot right in the middle at the very top . I am sure it's related in some way to the acid reflux. I currently take 40 mg of Nexium a day. Has anyone had this experience??



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Hi. I just joined Spark People today, so have just been reading this thread. Has anyone here taken Prilosec for many years, and then successfully gotten off of it? This is not a drug to be taken lightly, but doctors just kept giving it to me, which in retrospect really irritates me. It totally resolved the GERD, but now I have a horrible burning - way worse than any heartburn I ever had - if I skip a dose. I've managed to cut back to only 10 mg/day, but can't seem to go lower than that. Any ideas?

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Wow I never thought of that 2' blocks does that really work? Well I guess it does or you would not have it under your bed.LOL thanks Charlene thanks surgary is Nov 2nd. Im excited!

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Thanks for the reminder...I had 2' blocks under the head of my bed and recently moved and placed them back in place...

Hopefully I'll sleep better tonight..

Good Luck on your Surgery..

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Hi All,
Boy reading these post are just like me. I have awoke
twice gasping for breath. I thought I was going to die. My doctor did give me good advise that helps.
Use two pilliow. Raise your head up when you sleep. So the acid does not back up . I have not had a attack like that since.
Then He put me on a pill that really works! but It is very expensive. Prevacid. It worked .It took about
a week. I took it for a long time. Then my doctor said try with out it I did, But if I ate the wrong food sometimes coffee being a big one. It would return. I felt Like I was having a heart attack . My heart was tested they said it was good old gurd.I was also told it was from being obese. I have so many things wrong from being obese, So I desided to have bariatric surgery. They told me that I would not have Acid reflux after the surgery. I was so suprized. LOl I guess its the way they re wire you.
I also have diverticulitis. Dont know if I spelled that wrong. Spelling not my best subject.I am sure you can tell. I also try to keep a food jornal and when my chest hurts Im like ok what did I eat. They had to try a lot of med before they found one that worked now I take protonix and that works. If it does not sometimes I keep the prevacid on for emergency.
Oh also I have a hernia that I think causes some of this too. Good luck too all of you guys, I feel your pain. Oh one more thing. My doctor said that sleep Apathy can cause these same symtoms. Have a blessed day!

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Having GERD is awful..I really think this is one of the reasons I'm so overweight (along with hypothyroidism).

I take Prilosec and it seems to work but the thing I've noticed is I can't find the 'right' combination of food to eat so I eat everything and this happens with every med I've taken for GERD.

When I go to bed just as I start to sleep I can't catch my breath..I end up gasping for air for about 2-3 minutes and that is scary..then the 'throw up' happens..so acrid acid it burns my throat.

I wish us all the best of luck in dealing with GERD and hopefully some type of miracle will come along.

( One Doctor has come up with tying stomach in knot LITERALLY ) and it works!! I've been thinking about it but it seems to invasive..

Take Care All.

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GERD is often a trigger for asthma. I have MANY fewer attacks since my GERD is more controlled now. So glad you're doing so much better BTBTAT!! The event that leads to the intial diagnosis can be so scary!! I know mine was and it was no where near as dramatic as yours!! I just vomited in public and ended up at the ER....Needless to say we never went back to that restaurant again!!

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I do think it's important to have these tests even though most come out okay. I had a similar experience when first diagnosed several years ago. I woke up unable to breathe (literally gasping for breath) with vomit on the bed. I was hospitalized over night while they checked out my heart, but decided that I had aspirated some of the vomit and had a severe asthma attack (which I had not had before). I had an endoscopy and they found that the GERD had progressed to Barrett's esophagus which is essentially a pre-cancer stage. I've been trying to watch my diet, avoid eating late, elevate the bed, etc. I'm supposed to go every year to have an endoscopy but I'm quite late to do so right now. I also have to lose weight. I would say that it is very important to get to a doctor when something like this happens to you, and be sure they do an endoscopy if the symptoms persist.

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So glad to hear that your procedure went so well. You can get probiotics at any vitamin shop, health food store, drug store and even some grocery stores. They are becoming alot more popular. There are lots of different probiotics. I would probably start at a vitamin store or health food store and ask an employee what they recommend. Make sure you tell them what you've experienced so they can find the most beneficial one for you. Probiotics are also very good immune boosters because they are supposed to keep bad bacteria in your colon from taking over. I learned a lot about them from just doing some general internet searching. Hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions. I'm not an expert but I try to do my own research when I'm going through my own health issues.

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I'm so glad I read your message. How do I get probiotics? I had a hard time reaching you because Internet Explorer has been cutting any transfer to another site. Surprised that they let this one on. My procedure went well, and I want to thank all of you who were interested in my situation. The doctor removed a big polyp, so you all know how happy I am to have taken this step. Anyone of you afraid of doing it: it's a simple procedure. Go ahead and do it.

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I've had issues with Acid Reflux for about four years now. I had a couple of tests done and did the prilosec for several months until my stomach and throat healed. I decided I did not want to be on medication for the rest of my life so I tried a couple different things. I started taking probiotics and would not live without them now. They help break down your food and make it easier to digest through the colon. Since I have been taking probiotics my acid reflux is mostly under control. I can't eat spicy foods but anything acidic is easier to digest. I've also been a vegetarian for two years and this has also helped. I think it takes more acid to break down meat and this would always cause me problems. By eliminating meat from my diet it has allowed my stomach to empty quicker. The strongest thing I take now for my acid reflux is tums which usually works for me. I hope this information can help someone else. Hope your procedure goes well.

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I don't like the idea of the wooden blocks, but I try not to eat after 7:00 pm. I uused to have spicy foods, but now I avoid them. Every so often my stomach acts up when I eat the wrong foods. Stress is also a factor. I should not feel nervous about this test, and I really don't feel nervous, but I'm noticing that I have a nervous stomach. You always wonder what if...

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Something similar happened to me when I was first diagnosed. After I finished panicking I found that when I sat up I felt much better but it was the middle of the night and I really wanted to go back to sleep because I had class the next day!! So I piled pillows up and went back to sleep in a semi-upright position. I have since been told that pillows are NOT the best way to deal with that because it messes up your spinal aliment....The recommendation is that anyone who suffers from GERD or acid reflux should raise the head of the bed 6 inches. You can do this with wooden blocks or small cinder blocks. It takes some getting used to but it works!! Personally, if I must take an afternoon nap I usually do so in my recliner since it elevates my torso enough that my reflux isn't a problem even if I've eaten within the last hour.

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This is going to be my fourth colonoscopy, and I think it will be my last. I'm 75, and I wouldn't want to go through this when I'm 80. They have never found anything wrong. I don't worry about the anesthesia. What bothers me is the prep. Will let you all know how it went.

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My GERD is totally under control with Prilosec. Before that I had frequent chest pain and jaw pain - a classic symptom for a heart attack in woman. I had trouble swallowing but never had an acid feeling in my throat or what I would have described as indigestion...so the acid was just working on my throat with no pain to warn me. I'm not INTO taking drugs, but many foods they tell you to give up are good for you and I couldn't afford to replace my waterbed and it can't be raised at all. So, that was my decision - 3 years ago (not saying that should be anyone else's).

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Good luck on your colonoscopy. I had my first and only one several years ago and the procedure iteslf went like a breeze. I was more worried about being sedated. You, see, I'd never taken anything but tetracycline or Advil my whole 50 years and had no idea what effect any other drugs would have. But I had no problems. The result was fine too.

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Thank you so much for your good wishes, Kandace. I'm having a colonoscopy on Wednesday.

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Hello,

I'm new to the group and posting a bit late to this thread. I too have experienced acid regurgitation (that's what my doctor told me is the name). All of the advice you've been given is great. But I can't emphasis how important seeing your doctor is. Talking to my doctor was the most helpful for me. Good luck and I hope you feel better.

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I will let you know as soon as it's over. Thank you.

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Hope you feel better real soon. When you don't feel well or have pain you can't control it's the miserable.

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Thank you so much for your advice. Maybe one of these I'll try the wedge again. The first time I found it difficult to sleep because I use two pillows. I love to exercise, but I'm dealing with a bad case of sciatica - for eight months now. I can only do the exercises my physical therapist recommends, and they only concentrate on my legs. Some of them also help my stomach. Today is "one of those days" when I feel like screaming. I have fairly good days and very bad days. Nothing in between. My medication is very strong, but still I suffer a lot of pain. In a month my doctor is going to lower the dosage because of the side effects. My colonoscopy is on 9/2. Will keep you posted.

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The wedge pillow definitely helps. My allergist told me about it years ago. Soda, coffee/caffeine are definite no's as well as chocolate, tomatoes, fried or greasy foods, spicy foods and anything acidic. Your doctor should be able to give you a list of foods to avoid. As we get older it is more difficult for the body to digest food, especially animal products. Nothing to eat or drink 2 to 3 hours prior to bedtime also helps. As far as exercise goes, anything you can do in an upright position is much better for you -- like walking or marching in place, step type exercises, etc. Bending over (from the waist) will cause reflux to occur. If you must bend, bend your knees to lower your upper body. This keeps your upper torso in an upright position. Maintaining a normal body weight is also very effective. Glad to hear you're having it checked out. It's wise to know exactly what is happening in your body.

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I have been eating more fruits and vegetables, and have been avoiding spicy foods. I feel better, but I'm still going for my endoscopy and colonoscopy on September 2nd.

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I sleep with the head of the bed propped up.

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I will let you all know what happens. I'm afraid of the colonoscopy, but I know that this is something I should have done a few years ago.

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Thank you so much for your help. I know that I have been eating the wrong foods, but I will try to modify my diet. At the present time I cannot do any exercise but the ones that my physical therapist recommends. I will see a gastroenterologist very soon.

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I have had reflux for many years and I now drink no soda, although my favorite thing used to be a fountain pepsi a few times a week, I recently had to give that up too. (Haven't been able to drink canned or bottled soda in several years). I also used to drink 1/2 caf coffee, cause I too love the taste of coffee. A couple of months ago the reflux got so bad I gave up all coffee, but can now drink decaf, but only in the morning. I have to very careful about chocolate, I can have a piece now and then, but not daily, and I try to avoid all acidic food. Yes, I've thought I was having a heart attack many times from my GERD symptoms. I sleep with the head of my bed elevated about 6 inches and that seems to help. I tried the wedge pillow, but found I would curl up at the bottom of it and not get the benefit so I finally gave in and raised my bed on bricks. Hope these ideas help. BTW, the reason I went to the doc (many years ago) and received my diagnosis was due to waking up projectile vomiting in my bed! It was very scary. Try eating several small meals a day instead of big meals. I drink a protein shake for breakfast around 9:00, eat a banana an hour or two later, and maybe another small snack, then have a light lunch around 12:30 - 1:00, eat a small snack mid-afternoon, and then dinner is my largest meal and I try to eat before 7:00 (at least 2-1/2 hours before bedtime. Be careful when working out that you don't do exercises that squeeze the abdomin too much, that can put pressure on your esophagus and make the food come back up. Do pilates moves to strengthen abdominal muscles without putting too much pressure on the stomach. Hope all of that helps. Even with everything you try, there will still be bad periods. I usually have a few weeks every year that I suffer terribly, usually because I'm either very stressed or I've been cheating and eating the wrong foods. It's a little wake up call to get back on track, and sometimes there seems to be no apparent reason, that's just the way GERD seems to be. Good luck, I hope all goes well and you find solutions that work for you!!!

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I can understand the fear of doing any procedure. I am afraid my doctor will want the same test for me. Again, the other I woke up to gagging and this time it almost went through with it. I am now cutting out the meat and cutting way back on dairy.
I hope your test comes back with good results. I get a lot of my pain in the middle of my chest as well.
Good luck...keep us posted

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I'm seeing my primary ddctor today. I also think that this is due to acid reflux, and I'm due for a colonoscopy. It's very scary, though, don't you think? I had chest pains before with the same results, but the pain was different this time - right in the middle of my chest. Will keep you posted. Thanks for replying.

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Chest pains is how I discovered that I had Acid Reflux. I went to the ER with chest pains thinking I was having a heart attack, instead it was GERD. My pains lasted for three days before I went, though, I thought it was really bad heart burn.

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I have thad this problem for over 20 years. Sometimes I get chest pains, and they turn out to be gas. Once I belch they go away. It's happening too often, so I'm planning to see a gastroenterologist. Has anyone of you suffered chest pains as a consequence of GERD?

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Thank you, I will look into this pillow. It might be a good investment.

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Just want to say that there is a theraputic pillow called a wedge and it comes in various heights. You can pick these pillows up at a home healthcare store and the purchase was covered under my flex spending account. They do cost around $25 each, but if placed under your mattress at the head of the bed, they are extremely effective in preventing reflux/backwash while sleeping. I have had reflux for a very long time and I find this type of pillow much more helpful than just lying on 2 pillows. Hope this helps. These pillows are so worth the money if you end up having to pay for them out of pocket. They also help with any snoring issues if you have that issue too.

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I have been feeling better, I am taking everyones' advice and doing what feels best for me which seems to be most of everyones' suggestions so my sleep has been better and my GERD doing better.
Thanks to everyone support and advice..

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Thank you for your response, lucky on the coffee, I too love coffee but I have no choice and say good-bye to it...

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I have had that same situation while sleeping but it is always when I have overeaten/drinking (like with a party) and I go to bed feeling really overstuffed. I too sleep with two pillows when I am feeling overstuffed but the rest of the time I can just sleep with one. Coffee doesn't seem to bother by GERD thank goodness as I loveeeeeeeee coffee. I try not to drink it late in the day though.

Good luck.

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Thank you for your response,those are good ideas. I will try to the no eatting after 7pm. The others I am doing now, but does soda affect acid reflux?


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I have had that happen to me before - not a fun experience! I've made a lot of changes though - I don't eat after 7pm, I sleep with pillows propped up, I take my medications at night, I don't drink coffee or soda's. That all seems to help - one thing that works for me if I'm having a particularly bad night I eat a thing of yogurt. It seems to calm things down.

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Thank you for replying, no I swallowed it back down from fear but my throat burned so bad. I just drank water to calm the burning. I do now sleep with extra pillows behind me especially after that.
Now I am cutting back meat, dairy, chocolate, and no coffee. I have to learn to live without the coffee which is hard but I have to.
I have turned to green tea in morning and afternoon, and trying to eat more vegetarian to vegan diet. I will eat meat twice a week but no more than that.
I will call my doctor and tell them what happened.


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I would be inclined to go to the Dr sooner than planned, and in the meantime, try putting a few pillows behind you so that you sleep sitting up a bit more. It would be a bit safer. Mind you, it may never happen again, but should be checked out, still. Also, was it "coffee granule" type (dark brown/red) (either streaked thru' or all of it) or just normal type "up-chuck". You may need an investagative procedure to find out.

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The other night I woke from a deep sleep feeling like I was choking. To come to find out, (not to be gross) I had thrown up in my mouth and I started to feel like I couldn't breathe. I have no idea what is going on with me, I see my doctor soon but I was wondering if anyone tried a gluten free diet for this diagnoise?
I take my meds once a day(the purple pill) so I eat careful but I haven't gone to the gym due to my kids at home. I do plan on going back in September. What kind of exercise could I do, that might help me?
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