GERD

Debe Pendice
By Debe Pendice Latest Reply 2009-01-13 22:12:09 -0600
Started 2009-01-04 06:27:14 -0600

(Gastroesophagel Reflux Diease.)

Does anyone have this ? What do you take to make it better. Give some ideas of what you do to control this?


21 replies

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-01-13 22:12:09 -0600 Report

Several years ago, before being diagnosed with Type 2, I noticed that every morning I woke up with a bad sore throat that always went away by mid-morning. One time in the middle of the night the taste of acid in my mouth was the clue as to WHY. I mentioned it to my doctor who ordered a barium-swallow that revealed I had a hiatal hernia. He immediately prescribed Prevacid that I have been taking ever since. I have also lost 40# and have the bed elevated. When I asked him what would have happened if I had not told him about the acid reflux, his answer shocked me. In five years I would have probably come down with esophageal cancer. Interestingly, the proton pump inhibitor (which is what Previcid is) blocks the formation of stomach acid. Stomach acid is needed to metabolize iron, so I devloped a third kind of anemia besides the other 2 kinds I have. Therefore, my diet is selected to treat the anemias as much as to treat diabetes, and I've been lucky so far. A1c is 5.5, and a recent CT scan of my heart reveal that I had no cholesterol plaques in my heart or aorta. So my diet of red meat, cheese, and real butter (in moderation) works for me. Along with a lot of activity.

2muchswee2th
2muchswee2th 2009-01-10 13:32:57 -0600 Report

I had been diagnosed with GERD at least 15 years ago. I had it bad; stomach pains, vomitting up what I'd eaten …yuck. I started on Prilosec and that seemed to be the miracle drug. But then that stopped working so well, and I was given Nexium. It worked for a while and then it didn't. Then I was put on Previcaid and when that stopped working, I graduated to Protonix. Blue Cross Blue Sheild would not pay for Protonix without a letter from myself and my physician stating that I had tried all the other options. It was over a year before I received the acceptance letter that they would pay a portion of the $120/month cost. Believe me, I made those pills last as long as I could each month … testing my body to see how long I could go per pill. After 3 years on Protonix, using each pill sparingly, my mom turned me on to Natren Probiotics.
I can't tell you it's the cure, because of all the stuff I took before then, but now I only have the symptoms of GERD if I've eaten too much chocolate, or Mexican. I hope that helps. I don't have the toll free number for Natren, but I'm sure you can find it easily on the web.
Peace. <><

shepherdsrgrt
shepherdsrgrt 2009-01-10 11:46:39 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with GERD over 8 years ago and ignored the diet limitations-love the spice stuff. Well, now I have Barrett's Esophygus, which is a pre cursor to Esophygus cancer. I take Nexium, which helps alot and I have mellowed out on the spicy foods.

BeckyJ
BeckyJ 2009-01-10 10:24:30 -0600 Report

I have had GERD for years and tried a lot of different prescriptions. The best I have found is the prescription strength prilosec. I take one in the morning before breakfast and another after lunch. I tied to raising of the bed but that really didn't seem to help much so I went back to laying flat. I did go and see a gastro but he said that mine wasn't severe enough to attempt surgery. Just remember that with whatever OTC acid reducer you drink plenty of water. My pharmacist said that seemed to make a difference and it really has.

Candace - 28586
Candace - 28586 2009-01-05 00:36:53 -0600 Report

I HAVE HAD GERD FOR SEVERAL YEARS.I TRIED MANY DIFFERANT MEDS(UNDER MY DOCTOR'S DIRECTION OFCOURSE) AND THE ONLY MEDICINE THAT WORKED FOR ME WAS NEXIUM. LAST YEAR MY GERD GOT REALLY BAD AND THE NEXUM WAS NOT HELPING ANY MORE SO,I WAS TOLD BY MY DOCTOR THAT THERE IS A SURGERY THAT WILL RELIEVE THE GERD BUT WILL NOT CURE IT. THE SURGERY WORKED FOR ME AND I NO LONGER HAVE TO TAKE MEDICINE FOR IT. DO YOU GO TO A REGULAR DOCTOR FOR YOUR GERD OR DO YOU SEE A DOCTOR THAT DEALS ONLY WITH GERD AND OTHER STOMACH PROBLEMS? IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SURGERY I WILL BE GLAD TO GIVE IT TO YOU.

CANDACE

2catty
2catty 2009-01-05 22:33:31 -0600 Report

My Dr. told me today I have to go to a gastro. to have another look around. I am hoping something can be done about this because the stomach acid being breathed into my lungs makes me feel like I am drowning and now when I breath in deeply it hurts and I start coughing and vomiting. The stomach acid is irratating the lining of my lungs. But my lungs sounds good so no damage. Hopefully, it won't.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-05 22:48:37 -0600 Report

I am so glad you are going to see a gastroenterolgist. I hope he will be able to pin point the problem. Let me know what they find and what he gives you. I know I do the prilosec, and when I am in the hospital I get IV reglan. But if there is something better I would like to suggest it to my MD…Debe

2catty
2catty 2009-01-06 13:02:53 -0600 Report

I am thinking the only other option is surgery. My Dr. said Nexium is the king of meds for gerd. That is why he is sending me to the gastro. I will actually be releived I believe if I can have a surgery to totally eliminate this horrible problem. And I will keep you posted, thanks for your kindness.

Avera
Avera 2009-01-04 22:03:27 -0600 Report

I had tried every medicine mentioned on here to control mine and they did not work.

Finally, a friend recommended Protonics.My doctor said OK and prescribed them for me. I now take one a day each morning, 45 minutes before I eat anything. It has been 3 years since I had any kind of heartburn and I no longer have to worry about limiting any kind of food.

svengali35
svengali35 2009-01-04 18:02:27 -0600 Report

I had GERD in the worst possible way 6 years ago and I tried everything Prilosec cases and cases of tums and several other pills, powders and liquids. I even tried to elevate my bed and nothing worked. It was so bad that I would wake up choking in the middle of the night. I consulted several specialists that all had their own particular solutions with varying success rates until one suggested having a Nissen fundoplication done. It has over 93% success rate completely eliminating the GERD. I had it done, the recovery time was short and have never had a problem since except what to do with the boxes of tums I had laying around the house.

2009-01-04 16:57:27 -0600 Report

I also take Prilosec everyday. Without it I get heartburn so bad I can't swallow water. I also get stomach pain from time to time now. It was bad after my surgery and got better with my last long dose of a different antibiotic (for something else). The gynecologist suspects I have an ulcer that flared in the hospital and I will be talking to my regular doctor about it at my next appt. I'm doing good now, just occasional pain if my stomach is empty. They told me to keep taking the Prilosec until I see him in February so if there is an ulcer it has time to heal.

If it ain't one thing it's something else in this life.. :)
Oh well!!

*Judy

2009-01-04 15:32:13 -0600 Report

I take 30mg of Prevacaid. I really like it. It works for me really well. I am fortunate that my dr. gives me samples, so that saves me on buying a prescription.

2catty
2catty 2009-01-04 13:00:39 -0600 Report

I have to take nexium and zantac both. I have gerd so bad that through the night I have stomach acid come up and I inhale it and wind up choking in it.Sometimes my chest hurts so bad the next few days I feel like I've been hit by a truck. I also wind up congested in my chest. Aspiration is what they call it. So I also take reglan 4 times a day and still have this happen. But I don't get heartburn as long as I take my nexium. Just have the acid come up in my throat.

highlandcitygirl
highlandcitygirl 2009-01-04 10:58:59 -0600 Report

i also use prilosec! everyday! on bad days i take two, bur most of the time one in the morning is enough.

johndeere67
johndeere67 2009-01-04 12:21:46 -0600 Report

i have used aciphex for about 6 yrs now. nothing else i used worked until a friend who was using it at the time told me about it. i have had the prescription since then and the only time isuffer is when i forgett to take it

2009-01-04 07:16:06 -0600 Report

Hi Debe. It looks like Prilosec is the winner so far. I spice up everything, the hotter the better for me. Prilosec works well for me also. I also take Aciphex on ocassion when the Prilosec doesn't work which is rare.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-04 06:47:09 -0600 Report

Prilosec seems to be the longest lasting for me. It is a little on the expensive side, but at least it is OTC. Also try to stay away from real spicy foods.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-04 06:54:34 -0600 Report

You are oh so right there. I love hot sauce but it doesn't like me. I love hot dog chili every now nad then, but makes me cry like a baby the next few days.(LOL) But does that stop me from using it…Not!!!…Debe

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-04 06:34:13 -0600 Report

I am now taking prilosec. I was taking nexium and they switch me when I was in the hospital. I limit acidity foods alot. I still have my spagetti sauce and suffer everytime I eat it though. I limited it to maybe 2X a month. I had the top of my bed elevated on blocks the sell for this condition, and it helps alot. I was also told not to lay down after I eat. Being ealt in the morning I can't think right of the top of my head but I will come back to you with more…Debe

2009-01-04 06:40:24 -0600 Report

I use prilosec and it has worked for me, and I'll tell you a little secret, I use beano if I think I will have a problem and Boy does it take the pain away. Remember to take it just before you eat.
Claudia

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-04 17:07:47 -0600 Report

I have a friend who has had to elevate her bed as well. She says that helps. Not sure what med she ended up taking, as she had to try 2 or 3, if I remember correctly.