Acid reflux I know this is off topic but I have it again!!

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2012-12-15 09:12:22 -0600
Started 2012-12-14 09:21:10 -0600

I've been through this for years, off and on and I am sure many of you can relate. I had an endoscopy over 2 yrs ago which showed gastritis. Before that, I could take any OTC medication and I was just fine, and then weeks or months later, after stopping meds it would come back. When I was overweight years ago, I thought that was causing it, but been at ideal weight for a few yrs now. hoping the gastritis has not come back, so anyway, it has come up every few months now for about a year or so, and now I've had it since Sat. evening. I've had a few hours of relief most days during the morning and part of the afternoon, then it comes back. Called the nurse earlier, so the doc is calling in a prescription. I used to be on Nexium a long time ago, worked great, had no side effects, so hoping I will be on that again, or at least something I will do fine on. Would like to hear other stories, and what you are on, or have been on that worked well, etc…I have noticed that I have lost about 4 lbs, n the last few weeks without trying. seems to have stabilized for now. I did this about 2 yrs ago, and my doctor said if it was 10 in a month, or so she'd be worried, but for me not to at that point. So this is the same amount of weight loss at that time. My appetite is the same, I don't exercise any more than I have for years, I eat real well, I love to eat, I'm not overly strict with my diet but have a decent one most days. Praying that the weight loss stops. I really want to gain a little. When I was diagnosed 4 yrs ago, I needed to lose 35 lbs. I lost 25 in 3 mnths, and gradually lost the last 10 over many months and my weight settled at a certain number, then I lost 2-3 lbs. and stayed at that number for a very long time, and now again. I can't help but worry a little.

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jayabee52 2012-12-14 11:32:45 -0600 Report

Howdy Tabby,

My 1st wife had gastritis, so did my 2nd. And I believe I also had it back in 2010.

My ex (1st wife) was rather high strung and nervous and is is now no suprise to me that she developed it. One of the things we did, at the Dr's suggestion, was to sleep with our head of the bed elevated 6" or so (we put the top of the legs on inverted 5 gallon pails). That was to use gravity to keep the acid in her stomach from spilling into her esophabus and chemiclly burning it. She was put on one of the newer acid relief meds, (priosec or zantac - don't remember which)

My 2nd (late) wife also had the problem and slept on a hospital bed with the head elevated 30 degrees. She had a lot of other medical challenges as well and that was one of her minor ones, so we didn't dwell on it much except for sleeping with her head elevated. She was on omneprisol to combat the acid)

In the couple months time after my 2nd wife's passing, I myself started having symptoms of what turned out to be a bleeding duodenal ulcer. With this I had no pain, just vomiting black "coffee grounds" looking emesis, and later on black, tar like stools. I also was put on omneprisol.

As far as a meal plan for stomach problems see the recommendations for such here ~ and here ~

I remember reading of a way to stop the pain produced by gastritis used by CAM (Complementary & Alternative Medicine) practitioners, but so far it eludes me. I will look more and see if I can find that information.

Blessings to you


tabby9146 2012-12-15 09:12:22 -0600 Report

Thanks! It took all day long for my prescription to be called in but they put me back on nexium. I never should have taken myself off of it 2 yrs ago. I am still hurting , hurt most of the night but not so much that I could not sleep some, off and on. sleep has been a problem with this for a week now.

tabby9146 2012-12-14 09:26:30 -0600 Report

Since I am so concerned about the weight loss, what things should I eat,that are heart healthy at the same time that are not too high in carbs but would help me gain some? seems pretty tricky to me. kind of afraid to start eating things that I know are not heart healthy and very fattening, although lately I have had some sweets that are but I want to do a test and see for a while, if this helps me go up some and then I won't worry so much. I can think of LOTS of great things to eat that are very calorie dense of course, but they would all make my BS go up too much.

ConnieMarie 2012-12-14 11:48:36 -0600 Report

since my strokes i have acid reflux…often…and the strangest things cause it…i told my doctor i get heartburn eating oatmeal or cheerios…even water can set it off…he said to keep a journal of it for 6 months, meanwhile try over the counter meds and see if they work…then after the 6 months maybe a scope, a script and see if that stops it…
as far as weight loss…have you looked into juicing? heart healthy and will give you a little sweet eating tons of bad things…depending on the juicer you can use the pulp in baking breads too. i'm a firm believer in baking fresh bread so i know what's in it. i also make my own herb blends to avoid added salts or sugars…good luck my friend *hugs*

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