Issues with GERD
I am a relatively healthy 69 year old male who has had bouts of gerd (acid reflex) in my life. I've had several endoscopy"s done, most recently January of 2022 diagnosis of Gastritis. I don't smoke and drink in moderation socially (not a lot). Recently I developed my worst symptoms ever, not sleeping very good ( I have elevated bed),very bad pressure in chest which creates tremendous anxiety making it had to breathe and catch my breath, floor pacing…terrible stress on body. Oddly enough it's been worse every other morning when I wake up. I take Protonix and Pepcid, Mylanta and I just got some new stuff called Nutrasec, a tablet like Tums only better that you take after eating that helps a little. I was cruising right along until 10 days ago the it hit me like a tank. I gave up coffee and changed my diet drastically and am trying to schedule another endoscopy. I'm hoping maybe my esophagus needs stretched or I'm a candidate for esophagus sphincter surgery. I feel beat and it sucks trying to sleep on my left side all night. Anybody out there having similar problems?
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I’m sorry you are suffering. Can you be more specific about your symptoms?
There are several threads referencing silent reflux or LPR. Perhaps read those and see if you come up with any new ideas on how to proceed. I’m not implying this is what you have-it’s just another avenue to explore.
Best wishes to you, Cindy
Have you tried Dexilant?
How much protonix have u tried?
Sometimes you need to take 40 mg in the am and 40 in the evening 1 hour before dinner for about 2 to 4 weeks then taper off slowly to 40 in the a.m. I took 80 mg daily for severe Gastritis attack.
Funny you should say that, I was at my doctors yesterday and that"s exactly what he told me to do. Took an extra Protonix and Pepcid before bed last night and slept pretty good and feel good this morning after a breakfast of oatmeal. Not familiar with Dexilant. Thanks for your suggestion.
Could this be GERD related? Hello, a while ago I spoke with a friend who had GERD, and lately I think I may have it as well. Feeling a slight pressure in the chest, upset stomach sometimes and coughing. I also notice like a lump in the back of my throat, and sometimes when I cough a little white phlegm appears, so I don't know if it's GERD related, tonsils stones or something else. Anyone else with the same issue? Thanks
Hello @lp3 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. If you'd like to compare your symptoms, you can read more about GERD at this link: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gerd/symptoms-causes/syc-20361940
Also, you will notice I've moved your post into an existing discussion on the same topic where members such as @jimaddessi, @jackielb, and @cmdw2600 have shared some of their experience and can maybe share more with you too.
How long have you been experiencing this?
A "mild" suggestion, my ENT suggested tat I take "Reflux Gourmet" in the evening after dinner.
It has helped my GERD which I have had for a number of years.
I also lift my upper bed, take Pepcid, and Omeprazole.
Had daily nausea for 5 years. Mornings were especially BRUTAL. Nothing helped. Took all the meds anyone mentions. However, was taking 60 mg of dexilant at night. Now I take 30 mg in the am and 30 mg at night. At first nausea subsided about 50%. However, little to no nausea for last 3 weeks! WOW! AM I HAPPY!