Acid reflux?

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Hi there,

im new to this part of this site......I'm female 46, Slim build Not Overweight nor underweight either.....follow a good diet and occasionally have some glasses of wine ( probably biggest downfall!!).. I know about sleeping head tucked onto few pillows etc and mainly what to keep away from Don't like spicy food anyway

the medication I'm on Omerprazole take when needed ...BUT the last week or two I have been in some awful pain tightness under my breastbone and now added with back pain and not a nice tst in my mouth.??

is this medication good or is there a better product out there? I have had acid reflux for 10 years and this is my 2nd different medication...I had a appoitment this morning with a GP and asked about this medication said it was the best for me and keeping me on this what he has done is I have Gaviscon douuble action 2x5 mls after food and before I goto bed?

the pain under my breast bone is tight and very uncomfortable and feel soooo sick with this CAN someone give me some good advice please 10 years I have suffered but the pain , uncomfortable,espicially in my backs I have not experienced this before im unsure of what I can do drink or eat as I daren't do anything incase I aggravate this?


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    Omeprazole ia a PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor). PPIs are the best medication for reducing acid. They may not be very effective about reducing reflux - no drug is available to do that.

    The vagus nerve lies right alongside the oesophagus and can be responsible for refered pain almost anywhere in the upper torso. Always have chest pains investigated in case it's heart but it is probably to do with reflux.

    The banned foods and drinks lists are only a guide. We are all different and respond to foods differently. You need to ascertain your own trigger foods by keeping a food diary. The Banned foods list are simply a collection of some of the common triggers, which may or may not affect you, and some propagated myths - eg the spicy food one. (Although spicy foods may be a trigger for some, there's no reason to exclude them unless they happen to be a trigger for you. If curries were a problem, the Indian sub-continent would have the highest incidence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma!)

    I'm sorry I don't have any easy answer for you. You seem to be following the right course of action as regards resduing reflux. Hopefully your doctor will fathom something more out.

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      Hi Barrets, many thanks for replying.....

      i value you'r expertese many thanks

      yes I will be following my doctors advice I have to go back next week if no improvement has been made!!!!

      thankyou anyway..

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    Hello Shelly, you say you take your medication when needed, but for PPI medicines to reduce the acid production in your stomach they have to be taken as prescribed by your doctor, which is usually regularly. PPI pills don't work like antacids. So if perhaps you haven't been taking them right then the pain you are feeling could be due to the acid production having increased and be making the reflux worse. For the pain you describe is common with reflux acid. My ribs have been pained too on occasion.

    I weaned off my PPI because it caused severe dryness in my throat and mouth. Since then I only treat my gastritis via diet, which is ongoing.

    Just in case it might be helpful, here are my tips from my own experience of gastritis. Best wishes.

    Several medium meals per day (I have seven, one every two hours or bit longer), rather than fewer bigger ones, so that you don't overfill and stretch/pressure the stomach. Be sat upright for and after meals, not bent or slouching, so you don't squash your tum and press its contents upwards.

    We're all different and you might find some foods are ok or bad with you compared to other people, so it's a matter of experimentation, but fried foods, high-fat foods, high-salt foods, carbonated drinks, caffeine, alcohol and chocolate can all impact on stomach and reflux troubles. Spicy and hot foods can also aggravate the trouble for some people. Minty foods relax the lower eosophageal muscle too, which lets acid through easier, so they are bad. I even use a fruity toothpaste.

    Stress and excercise that affect the stomach are also to be avoided. Be as calm and stress-free as you can.

    Having your last meal a few hours before bed can prevent relfux at night, but you may find, as I did, that waiting to be too empty actually causes hunger discomfort and keeps you awake. Because of this I lie-down (on my right is best for me) about an hour and a half to two hours after last meal, and this is much better.

    Another thing which has helped me, is to not burp after ten or so minutes after eating, as this can bring acid up and cause burn damage that then has to heal, even after a gaviscon. And don't take antacids routinely unless you need to during heartburn periods. I know you do, maybe as a preventative measure? but, if possible, you should have them only when needed, unless your doctor has advised it. The PPI will reduce your acid anyway, so you might find you don't even need to be taking gaviscon, but by taking it as a preventative measure you might not be able to tell.


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      Hi Paul, many thanks for your reply.

      10 years ago when I stared having acid reflux, the doctor then said to take when needed, My reflux was no where near as bad then as it is now though it has gotten much worse.....

      However I did manage a few months of actually been ok!!!!! 

      and I did stop them. Which I was glad as I read about the side effects that they have, However recently it's come back and UNFORTUNATLY I have to go back onto them!!!.

      i have also tried Nexium ( over the counter ) but I didn't rate them at all.

      so UNFORTUNATLY I'm back on my medication and with Help of Gaviscon., after lunch I had 2x5ml I was amazed the pain under my breast had actually eased nothing like what I have been experiencing lately.

      however the GP said I had to take everyday and with the Gaviscon.

      so only time will tell if this helps?.

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      Hi Shelly

      It's an awful illness, and will have been so hard for you having had some months of freedom from it only to have it start up again. It's taken me three years of pain, discomfort, trial and error to get as good as I am now, and it's still there but not as bad. But certainly what I eat and keeping to the tips I listed helps me be free of the worst of it. Hopefully in time we'll both improve further. Bye.


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