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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I was diagnosed with Gastritis, Reactive gastropathy. on Endoscopy. I am OK in the morning but have pain in my stomach after lunch and dinner. Most medications and diet does not help to eliminate symptoms. In desperation I am going to Acupuncture now , had 15 sessions, but no permanent result yet.
Pain is worse at times , no matter how careful I am about my diet. Have taken PPI,s, Acid Relief 360, Vital Red , Zantac etc. Someone suggested DGL now , anyone has had any experience with DGL?
Thank you
bergem

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@bergem

I was diagnosed with Gastritis, Reactive gastropathy. on Endoscopy. I am OK in the morning but have pain in my stomach after lunch and dinner. Most medications and diet does not help to eliminate symptoms. In desperation I am going to Acupuncture now , had 15 sessions, but no permanent result yet.
Pain is worse at times , no matter how careful I am about my diet. Have taken PPI,s, Acid Relief 360, Vital Red , Zantac etc. Someone suggested DGL now , anyone has had any experience with DGL?
Thank you
bergem

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Yes, did nothing! I’ve tried all the supplements and miracle cures. I’m the same way, breakfast of eggs is fine but after light lunch and dinner get bad gas.

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I would encourage you to have your water checked. There are lots of sneaky bugs that can cause gastric upset.

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@robbinr

I would encourage you to have your water checked. There are lots of sneaky bugs that can cause gastric upset.

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Checked and double checked!

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Hi mwarenski, I have silent acid reflux. Didn’t know I had it. It damaged my esophagus and have Barrett’s esophagus. Found on endoscopy. Also have pain high on stomach between breasts and all way around to my back on right side. Gall bladder clear have diverticulosis colon polyps and duodenal ulcer which is healed. Being treated for Barrett’s esophagus and gastritis with Prilosec 40 milligrams twice a day. I still get the pain constantly. I don’t like to eat anything anymore. White rice eggs and applesauce last week or so are ok. Seems many people have the same problem. I’m not sure what the answer is.

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@bergem

I was diagnosed with Gastritis, Reactive gastropathy. on Endoscopy. I am OK in the morning but have pain in my stomach after lunch and dinner. Most medications and diet does not help to eliminate symptoms. In desperation I am going to Acupuncture now , had 15 sessions, but no permanent result yet.
Pain is worse at times , no matter how careful I am about my diet. Have taken PPI,s, Acid Relief 360, Vital Red , Zantac etc. Someone suggested DGL now , anyone has had any experience with DGL?
Thank you
bergem

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Hi what is DGL? I have same problems you have and more. I have tried it all to no avail. Hope you find an answer and can share with us. I will do likewise. Good luck feel better

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@nanny23

Hi mwarenski, I have silent acid reflux. Didn’t know I had it. It damaged my esophagus and have Barrett’s esophagus. Found on endoscopy. Also have pain high on stomach between breasts and all way around to my back on right side. Gall bladder clear have diverticulosis colon polyps and duodenal ulcer which is healed. Being treated for Barrett’s esophagus and gastritis with Prilosec 40 milligrams twice a day. I still get the pain constantly. I don’t like to eat anything anymore. White rice eggs and applesauce last week or so are ok. Seems many people have the same problem. I’m not sure what the answer is.

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I have been diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus since 2008 and have been omeprazole 40 mg twice a day. First 20 mg once a day which was increased in June 2016 when an endoscopy showed dysphasia. Then it changed to high dysphasia in Feb. 2017. Now I have stage 1a adenocarcinoma and am still just on a treatment to keep having ablations to try to clear it up. I am concerned if this is enough and wondered if anyone else is at this stage in treatment. I am waiting and watching I wish I knew the full answer. I have changed my eating habits and think that is helping and trying to be careful to eat more fruits and vegetables and perhaps buy more organic.

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@nanny23

Hi mwarenski, I have silent acid reflux. Didn’t know I had it. It damaged my esophagus and have Barrett’s esophagus. Found on endoscopy. Also have pain high on stomach between breasts and all way around to my back on right side. Gall bladder clear have diverticulosis colon polyps and duodenal ulcer which is healed. Being treated for Barrett’s esophagus and gastritis with Prilosec 40 milligrams twice a day. I still get the pain constantly. I don’t like to eat anything anymore. White rice eggs and applesauce last week or so are ok. Seems many people have the same problem. I’m not sure what the answer is.

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Hello, Linda! Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. We are happy to have you here.

Here is a connect discussion about Barrett’s esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disease and acute gastritis http://mayocl.in/2aSjxzJ

I’d also like to introduce you to a few members. Please meet @dandl48 @yyyy (who has Barrett’s with dysplasia) @jafd @phyllisbator @saucy @travelgirl who have experience with GERD and Barrett’s esophagus.

Linda, did your care provider suggest a specific diet to follow or foods to avoid? What about consulting with a dietician?

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@nanny23

Hi mwarenski, I have silent acid reflux. Didn’t know I had it. It damaged my esophagus and have Barrett’s esophagus. Found on endoscopy. Also have pain high on stomach between breasts and all way around to my back on right side. Gall bladder clear have diverticulosis colon polyps and duodenal ulcer which is healed. Being treated for Barrett’s esophagus and gastritis with Prilosec 40 milligrams twice a day. I still get the pain constantly. I don’t like to eat anything anymore. White rice eggs and applesauce last week or so are ok. Seems many people have the same problem. I’m not sure what the answer is.

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Seems like it is progressing in the wrong direction. How often do you go in for a scope? When I had high grade dysplasia I was going in every 3 months for an RFA treatment and mucosal resections . I no longer have dysplasia and have been moved to going to Mayo every 6 months which is in 2 weeks. I would check with my Gastroenterologist re your eating habits. Good luck

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Hello @l3440r,

Since you mentioned Stage 1A adenocarcinoma, I would also encourage you to view this discussion in the Cancer group on Connect:
– Esophageal cancer….transitioning to food https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esophageal-cancer-transitioning-to-food/
Please feel free to scroll through the conversation and tag members.

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@citygirlannie

I had hernia repair surgery 2 years ago. It left me with gastroparesis. I just found out I have another hernia. I am taking protonix 2x’s a day.

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I was just told on June 13 after having an EMR (resection) of tissue in my esophagus that I have a adenomarcinoma cell whicxh they removed, but that I also had a hiatel hernia. I have had four endoscopes and two ablations but never was told about my hiatel hernia. The doctor mentioned it but didn’t explain how it affected my GERD. I guess they assume we know. I have taken omeprozole for 9 years 20 mg once a day and then upped it to 40m,,,, twice a day for the past six months. I have also tried protonix 2x’s a day and I like it just fine. It is actually a little smaller oval pill. It does control my acid, but obviously something is going on or I wouldn’t have high dysplasia. I will be having another ablation on Aug. 30 and will see if it takes care of the high dysplasia Barrettts Esophagus. So far, the other two did not change the diagnosis. I have asked for others who have had similar experiences to reach out to me to share their experiences but so far, I have only heard about survivors who had had the big operation of esophagetomy. They are satisfied that they did the right thing, but am told that I am not a candidate for that. I am interested i hearing from the people who have cured their BE with ablations. Are any out there who have cured their BE???I did read of one person today who apparently has gotten rid of the
BE. That was encouraging.

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@citygirlannie

No, I have silent reflux,. Part of my surgery was a fundoplication part of my stomach was wrapped around my esophagus. My vagus nerve was damaged. I no longer have a digestive system.

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I assume Protonix is workig in that I don’t notice much Gerd any more but obviously I have BE with high dysplasia so I question how well omeprozole was working. I am told that I must take a PPI and have scopes for the rest for my life. I would like to be told that I can be cured, but no one has told e that straight out.

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@citygirlannie

I had hernia repair surgery 2 years ago. It left me with gastroparesis. I just found out I have another hernia. I am taking protonix 2x’s a day.

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I had Barrett’s Esophagus with high grade dysplasia,. After 2+ years of RFA treatments along with a few mucosal resections all my dysplasia was gone as of 5 1/2 months ago. Going back to Rochester Mayo in 2 weeks for hopefully just a scope. I will have to monitor my esophagus for rest of my life since the Barrett’s and HGD was in the area of my hyatial hernia which doesn’t allow me to have the wrap. I wish I was a candidate for the wrap since I need to take 80 mg of Nexium a day. I would ask your MD if your HGD is in the area of the hernia, if not talk to him/her re the wrap or possibly the Linx. Hope this gives you some hope.

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@citygirlannie

No, I have silent reflux,. Part of my surgery was a fundoplication part of my stomach was wrapped around my esophagus. My vagus nerve was damaged. I no longer have a digestive system.

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Hi my name is lynn. I also have Barrett’s esophagus. I also had ulcers. I was on protonix for about 5 Weeks and it healed my ulcer. Had to have endoscopy and colonoscopy to check ulcers and I constantly produce polyps. That’s when they found Barrett’s esophagus. Doctor that did scope changed me to Prilosec cause apparently I have silent acid reflux. I never had heartburn just terrible stomach and right side pain. Sorry to hear you have high dysphasia. Are they just treating that with protonix? It worked very well for my ulcers healed it in 5 weeks. Don’t know why doctor changed drug to Prilosec except he thinks it’s better for tightening LES in esophagus. Hope you feel better.

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@citygirlannie

No, I have silent reflux,. Part of my surgery was a fundoplication part of my stomach was wrapped around my esophagus. My vagus nerve was damaged. I no longer have a digestive system.

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You might want to ask your MD about taking vitamin D3 since long term use of PPI can affect calcium uptake.

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