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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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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The vinegar thing sent me to the ER with the worst GERD of my life. All my doctor said was: “What were you thinking? Vinegar is pure acetic acid. Do I have to remind you how your esophagus looked when you had your endoscopy?” It was awful.

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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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Kanaaz,  thanks for doing what you did re the vinager suggestion.  I am shocked every time I see people take something that someone with no apparent medical training suggests without checking with their primary care physician.  Please people, let your Dr know what you are considering.  I too suffer from GERD along with Barrett's esophagus with high grade dysplasia at one time.  Listening to my Mayo Clinic Dr and getting an RFA every 3 mo has Improved my Barrett's to the point that I no longer have dysplasia and my last visit went so well that I didn't need a RFA and​ now I have to go back in 6 mo instead of 3 mo.  Listen to your Gastroenterologist please and run every thing past him.  Alternative medicine might have a place in your treatment, but let your Dr tell you it is ok

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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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Just curious, are you taking any acid reducers such as Prevacid or Nexium for your Barret’s? My husband had surgery for Barret’s 3 years ago and must take Prevacid (dr.s choice) every day for the rest of his life. Now reading reports of how these meds may cause dementia. But have checked with our geriatric doc and she says those advisories are false.

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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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I take 40 milligrams of Nexium twice a day. I also have a hiatal hernia which prevents me from getting my esophagus wrapped. I too will also be on Nexium for the rest of my life. But considering the alternative, it’s a small expense. Because of the high dose of Nexium taken, I also have to take vitamin D3 which helps with the absorption of calcium.

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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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@dandl48 Interesting… I had a 3-4 cm hiatal hernia, and they fixed it when doing my wrap / nissen fundoplication. My brother had his hiatal hernia fixed when doing his wrap, too. They did say that because of the size of my hernia, I couldn’t have the alternative LINX done though.

Did they explicitly say that they couldn’t do the wrap because of the hiatal hernia?

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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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I had a hernia and had the LINX procedure, they fixed the hernia at the same time.

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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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@kdubois Not because of the hernia but because my Barretts was so bad in the area they would do the wrap it would hide the Barretts and wouldn’t allow them to monitor the area. My Barrett’s had high grade dysplasia which is just short of cancer. Now no dysplasia but does need monitoring.

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Have you tried chewing gum? I have dry mouth and gum chewing seems to make it disappear. There’s some kind of catalyst that occurs when you start chewing either food or in this case gum. If you’re allowed to chew gum then try it, otherwise ask your doctor about this and maybe it could help.

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I also am suffering from severe acid reflux. I bave had both POEM and fudoplication surgery at Mayo clinic. The latter 3 weeks ago. I live in Northern California and itis financially difficult for me to go to Mayo. On advice of my surgeon i had a berrium swallow Monday and was told I need to wait and see. The procedure is still in place and structurally ok. However I have considerable chest and back pain as well as constant pressure that requores continuous burping. I cannot sleep and am depressed. I know this is not helping you. But, I will say the pain before POEM Surgery was almost unbearable.i also have constipation and frequent abdominal pain. I find reflux diets on line to be contradictory.

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Have you tried eating an apple? It helps my Reflux immediately.
Phil

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@meggotty

Have you tried chewing gum? I have dry mouth and gum chewing seems to make it disappear. There’s some kind of catalyst that occurs when you start chewing either food or in this case gum. If you’re allowed to chew gum then try it, otherwise ask your doctor about this and maybe it could help.

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Gum has always worked for me and keeps me from wanting desert!

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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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What has been your experience since the procedure?

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I never had acid reflux until I had surgery for a very large hiatal hernia. The doctor also did a fundoplication. Now I am on Nexium 40 mg. every day. I recently was told I have the hernia back. It either wasn’t totally covered with mesh patch or part of the patch came off so I may need more surgery. I have been suffering since the first surgery with gastroparesis. I don’t know what to do.

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@ptfitzy

Thanks for the info. Vinegar did not help.
Phil

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From the LINX? Wish I would have known about fruit intolerance before surgery. I was tested but it was negative. If I eat too much or the wrong kinds of food that cause gas it will put pressure on the device and it’s very hard to belch, it can be very painful.. Was considering having it stretched or removed but costs too much.

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