Acid Reflux and its Symptoms

Posted by mwarenski @mwarenski, Feb 13, 2017

Does anyone have a variety of symptoms associated with Acid Reflux that are chronic? Such as chest pain, back pain, weird tastes, etc.? Please tell me your symptoms. A little worried here…thinking it may be something more serious.

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@amandaburnett

Hi Sue @ashby1947, I know the feeling of having debilitating pain that just won't go away. My heart goes out to you. It's never easy to be in pain. You will notice that I moved your comment to a popular discussion about acid reflux and possible symptoms. I did this so that you could connect with people who have shared experiences.

@ashby1947, Did your doctor suggest anything other than reflux? Is it a burning pain?

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Hi Amanda – I don't think my PCP knows what the problem is. He started me on Nexium and TUMS. Too soon to know if anything is working. No, it is not a burning pain – just ever present and relieved somewhat if I hold/press into my stomach where the pain is. PCP also said Fosamax, HBP meds, and some other drugs can upset the stomach and produce nausea. I'm eliminating where I can – obviously not the HBP meds. I guess I'll give all this a couple of weeks and then go from there. Thank you for your response! Sue

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@ashby1947

Is this acid reflux?
I have been having severe pain in my central upper stomach for several months. The pain is debilitating and accompanied with nausea. All the usual stuff: bloating, no appetite, losing weight, mostly eating chicken soup… It's the kind of pain that requires all my energy just to cope and prevents me from doing almost anything. Endoscopy in October showed a stricture, which was repaired. No other signs except as I described. My PCP has started me on Nexium and Tums. Too soon to see much of a difference. I really don't know anything about acid reflux, but I know I want this pain to go away. Does anyone have experiences or thoughts about what might be going on? I hope you are having a good day! Thank you, Sue.

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@ashby1947 I had a lot of Acid Reflux.. GERD…and was on Nexium for a decade.. then my local GI doctor recommended that I have a Nissen surgery …. I did that … about 6 years ago.. A life Changing event.. for the Worst…. my Mayo GI Doctor told me that 1 in 6 of those Nissen Surgeries FAIL… they damaged the hairnet like network of nerves that make the stomach empty as it should.. So Eat better..Do everything to avoid having a disaster strike your life…. to reduce Acid Reflux.. Eat slowly, chew your food very well, do not get prone for a couple hours after eating … even sleep with 3 or 4 pillows to raise your trunk up at an angle … to keep that remaining food in your stomach and below ….not coming up …. I was in the Service .. and learned to eat fast.. that is a very bad habit… Ken

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@teresaallen

@mwarenski ..My husband and I both have acid reflex. Sometimes I can be sleeping at night and then all of a sudden I feel it coming up into my mouth. The one thing that we have really saw a difference when we take is papaya. You can get this at health food stores and I believe is much healthier, then Tums, Rolaids etc. My mother-in-law introduced it to us many years ago and we swear by it. You can take fives, six, seven tablets at a time.

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@teresaallen .. Papaya Enzyme pills work for me as well .. I use 3 at a time to knock down bloating.. I have gastroparesis .. so food stays in my stomach a lot longer than it should.. so I do not get prone… for 2 hours after I eat.. I eat small meals.. chewing well.. but at the first indication of bloating … the good tasting Papaya Enzyme pills help me a lot.. in 15-20 minutes the bloat feeling is gone..

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@ken82

@ashby1947 I had a lot of Acid Reflux.. GERD…and was on Nexium for a decade.. then my local GI doctor recommended that I have a Nissen surgery …. I did that … about 6 years ago.. A life Changing event.. for the Worst…. my Mayo GI Doctor told me that 1 in 6 of those Nissen Surgeries FAIL… they damaged the hairnet like network of nerves that make the stomach empty as it should.. So Eat better..Do everything to avoid having a disaster strike your life…. to reduce Acid Reflux.. Eat slowly, chew your food very well, do not get prone for a couple hours after eating … even sleep with 3 or 4 pillows to raise your trunk up at an angle … to keep that remaining food in your stomach and below ….not coming up …. I was in the Service .. and learned to eat fast.. that is a very bad habit… Ken

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Thank you for the good advice . Sorry about the bad experiences .

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@ken82

@ashby1947 I had a lot of Acid Reflux.. GERD…and was on Nexium for a decade.. then my local GI doctor recommended that I have a Nissen surgery …. I did that … about 6 years ago.. A life Changing event.. for the Worst…. my Mayo GI Doctor told me that 1 in 6 of those Nissen Surgeries FAIL… they damaged the hairnet like network of nerves that make the stomach empty as it should.. So Eat better..Do everything to avoid having a disaster strike your life…. to reduce Acid Reflux.. Eat slowly, chew your food very well, do not get prone for a couple hours after eating … even sleep with 3 or 4 pillows to raise your trunk up at an angle … to keep that remaining food in your stomach and below ….not coming up …. I was in the Service .. and learned to eat fast.. that is a very bad habit… Ken

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First thanks for your service! I had LYNX surgery at Mayo in 2014. After that I discovered I had a Fructose intolerance even though they tested me for it prior to surgery. I have written several replies to this thread. Please before surgery and taking PPI's or other drugs that have severe side effects try an elimination diet. You may not like what you have to give up but you will feel so. much better. Doctors like to just prescribe drugs and then after a few years you hear they cause cancer and heart problems, soon you'll go down the rabbit hole of taking drugs to relieve the symptoms of drugs you're on. I had to give up fruit and sugars of all kind which is in just about everything, and stick to whole foods. Some vegetables are actually fruits, anything with seeds. Also beans and some nuts are fruits!! These intolerances cause more problems then just reflux. If your eating a food that you can't tolerate can have autoimmune diseases, diabetes, IBS, and many other ailments! I have never had a med since I went off fructose! It's often easier to take a pill then change eating habits but try eliminating certain food groups for a few weeks and see if you feel better. FYI if you've been on PPI's for over 2 weeks and try to get off you will have rebounds that are worse than what you had to start with. I think some people confuse that with assuming that the diet didn't work.

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@saucy

First thanks for your service! I had LYNX surgery at Mayo in 2014. After that I discovered I had a Fructose intolerance even though they tested me for it prior to surgery. I have written several replies to this thread. Please before surgery and taking PPI's or other drugs that have severe side effects try an elimination diet. You may not like what you have to give up but you will feel so. much better. Doctors like to just prescribe drugs and then after a few years you hear they cause cancer and heart problems, soon you'll go down the rabbit hole of taking drugs to relieve the symptoms of drugs you're on. I had to give up fruit and sugars of all kind which is in just about everything, and stick to whole foods. Some vegetables are actually fruits, anything with seeds. Also beans and some nuts are fruits!! These intolerances cause more problems then just reflux. If your eating a food that you can't tolerate can have autoimmune diseases, diabetes, IBS, and many other ailments! I have never had a med since I went off fructose! It's often easier to take a pill then change eating habits but try eliminating certain food groups for a few weeks and see if you feel better. FYI if you've been on PPI's for over 2 weeks and try to get off you will have rebounds that are worse than what you had to start with. I think some people confuse that with assuming that the diet didn't work.

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Thank you so much for the useful information.

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@ken82

@teresaallen .. Papaya Enzyme pills work for me as well .. I use 3 at a time to knock down bloating.. I have gastroparesis .. so food stays in my stomach a lot longer than it should.. so I do not get prone… for 2 hours after I eat.. I eat small meals.. chewing well.. but at the first indication of bloating … the good tasting Papaya Enzyme pills help me a lot.. in 15-20 minutes the bloat feeling is gone..

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Well, Ken. I'm going to try the papaya enzyme pills. I LOVE papaya! Bloating is a tough issue, so tks for the suggestion.Blessings

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I have Gastroparesis. I have been on super enzymes and papaya enzymes with every meal. I have cut out sweets and eat very very minimal dairy. No more coffee, just teas. I got off of all PPI’ and the Carafate I was on for bile reflux. My symptoms of horrible reflux and the bad taste have diminished. I eat slower at meal and do not eat anything fatty or fried.
I am learning everyday of what to eat and not. So far so good. When I get nausea due to Gastroparesis, I eat ginger chews, eat Manuka honey, and use antihistamines. And I feel so much better. I just have to work on my constipation, I go every day but it’s sometimes difficult. But the best part is I no longer have heartburn and that was the biggest issue for me every single day since June

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Good! Kind of a trial and error!

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Sore throat sometimes. Go get checked out. Tomatoes are not good for reflux. I cut them out and made a difference

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@sharonp51

Sore throat sometimes. Go get checked out. Tomatoes are not good for reflux. I cut them out and made a difference

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Yes !!I hate that about tomatoes because they are sooo good.

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@654321

Yes !!I hate that about tomatoes because they are sooo good.

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Cut out all soda, booze, vinegar based products, OJ, spicy foods, Italian, mexican.

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